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University professor says pornography exposure to children “a public health crisis”

pornography

DR Michael Flood laments the lack of research in Australia about the effects on young people exposed to pornography. The Wollongong University associate professor was a pioneering researcher in the field in Australia.  In 2003, even before the Internet explosion with myriad porn sites and pop-ups, he documented the exposure of young people to X-rated videos and made recommendations to ... Read More »

Academic Robert Manne: Why Australia has a ‘uniquely harsh’ border control system

refugees

ONE of Australia’s leading public academics has documented what he describes as Australia’s descent to a “uniquely harsh” border control to stop asylum seekers. “Thirty years ago if you had been told that Australia would create the least asylum seeker-friendly institutional arrangements in the world you would not have believed it,” Robert Manne (pictured) told a justice and mission conference ... Read More »

Azar’s battle to survive: ‘I know that if I am sent back to Afghanistan that it will be the end of my life’

Afghani refugee in Australia

This is the story of Azar, an Afghani refugee. This is not his real name – he could be deported if his identity is revealed.  AZAR knows that if he is sent home, it will mean certain death. He lives in a suburban house under community detention awaiting an interview by Immigration Department officials, which could determine whether he is allowed to ... Read More »

Church leaders call for cease on hate speech

Interfaith

CHURCH leaders working closely with Australia’s Muslim community have called for dialogue and dignity to counter a wave of anti-Islam media commentary. The commentary turned mainstream last week, when television personality Sonia Kruger called for an end to Muslim migration. She said she wanted to “feel safe”. On social media, her comments went viral. Senator-elect Pauline Hanson fuelled public debate ... Read More »

Pope Francis addresses annulment

Annulment

ANNULMENT. It is a profound, life-changing process for a Catholic to divorce and then remarry within the Church. And traditionally, Church teaching held that unless a divorced and remarried Catholic obtained an annulment, they were seen as committing adultery, and, among other things, could not receive some sacraments. Pope Francis has broken new ground on the thorny annulment issue, both ... Read More »

Trailblazing surgery on unborn baby in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital

Mater Surgery

BRISBANE doctors have successfully performed an Australian-first spinal operation on a baby diagnosed with spina bifida while it was still in the womb. A team at the Mater Hospital carried out the operation on a 24-week-old in-utero baby on July 23. “The surgery went as well as we could have hoped and both mother and baby are doing well,” Mater ... Read More »

Young husband pleads for refuge for detained wife

IMMIGRATION Minister Peter Dutton has refused to step in and allow the release of young Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor who is in detention in Brisbane. The 22-year-old woman has been held in immigration facilities in Darwin and Brisbane the past two years and faces deportation, despite the impassioned pleas of her community support group and her 22-year-old husband Milad ... Read More »

Archbishop defends rights of unborn children

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has strongly defended the rights of the unborn child in a written submission to the inquiry into Queensland’s abortion law reform bill aimed at decriminalising abortion.  Archbishop Coleridge described the Church as both pro-woman and pro-life. “Each of us are here today because when we were infants in the womb people cared enough to protect our ... Read More »

“Church suffering” paved the way to faith for Monsignor Tomas Halik

CZECH Republic Catholic priest Monsignor Tomas Halik knows about the “Church suffering” first hand – it turned him into a courageous man of faith. Raised under eastern Europe’s repressive communism, Msgr Halik trained underground to become a priest, and his ordination had to be kept secret – even from his mother. “I realised … I had to be part of ... Read More »

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