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Don’t major in minor things: A businessman’s key to success

businessman

AT the age of 30, I applied for a marketing position.  Nothing strange about that, except the newspaper advertisement stated that unless you were over 40 you would not have the maturity for the job and that therefore anyone under 40 need not bother to apply.  As on many other occasions in my life, my wife Pattie encouraged me to ... Read More »

There’s a problem when God’s people don’t support Catholic media

Catholic media

THE Catholic Church is not getting much good press of late.  The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has made the Church an easy target for the media and deservedly so.  Mother Teresa made headlines for a few days with her canonisation, but always paired with negative connotations regarding her legacy. This is the state of mainstream ... Read More »

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 »

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