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Canon lawyer agrees with proposal to include environmental care in canon law

Fr Adrian Farrelly

PLANS to make Catholics legally obligated not only “not to harm” the environment but to improve it has “real merit”, Brisbane canon lawyer Fr Adrian Farrelly said. Fr Farrelly, a judicial vicar for the Queensland Regional Tribunal, said he agreed overall with a proposal from the former head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to insert a new canon in ... Read More »

Where big banks and Catholics can agree

money

READING beyond the headlines of the scandals in the banking Royal Commission won’t necessarily improve your water-cooler conversation, but it might bring you to a common ground with an uncomfortable ally. Headline after headline has been printed about Aussie Battlers down on their luck, QCs ripping in to them and fat cats wiping away crocodile tears on their golden parachutes. ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan – Part III

Wedding dance

“I … TAKE you  … to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.” Or until we “fall out of love”, or until you get sick of me, or I get sick of you, or one of us ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan: Part II

IN the previous edition of The Catholic Leader, I urged Catholics firstly to engage in the marriage debate with truth and love, and secondly to understand that we are not debating equality or love, we are debating whether the definition of marriage should change. It is necessary to point out that there are many kinds of loving relationships. I have ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan

Pellicaan wedding

ON January 9, 2010, I looked into the eyes of my beloved and vowed to take her as my wife,’to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part’. Seven years and car full of children later, there can be no doubt that those ... Read More »

Dominican priest joins Christian refugee advocates in week-long prayer vigil outside Brisbane immigration office

Fr Pan Jordan

IN the lead-up to Refugee Week, Christians have held daily vigils outside the Brisbane offices of the Department of Immigration calling for a fair onshore assessment process for asylum seekers. Thousands of asylum seekers living in Australia have been given until October 1 to submit their asylum claims, or risk deportation. “They are traumatised people, they didn’t keep a record ... Read More »

Robots are coming to help humanity, whether we like it or not

Robots

A ROBOT can now deliver pizza, another can carry out life-saving surgery, while another is ready for dispatch along the Great Barrier Reef to detect and control the devastating Crown of Thorn starfish. The new technologies – robots and artificial intelligence – are making our world more connected, saving lives and even protecting the environment. But as these technologies enter ... Read More »

A chat with One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson

Steve Dickson

One Nation is tipped to become a major influence in Queensland politics. The Catholic Leader journalist Mark Bowling spoke to its new Queensland leader about a range of issues in a recent interview.   ONE Nation’s new Queensland leader Steve Dickson was an altar boy and schooled by nuns at St Martin’s Catholic school in Carina on Brisbane’s southside. It ... Read More »

Family advocates say government’s support of childcare in Omnibus bill ‘competing’ with stay-at-home mothers

mother with children

FAMILY advocates believe plans to save $4 billion by scrapping family tax benefits shows the Australian government is only interested in “competing” with stay-at-home mothers. National Civic Council Queensland president and father of five Luke McCormack is against the controversial childcare and welfare omnibus bill, which calls for a complete cull of the Family Tax Benefit end of year supplements ... Read More »

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