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Sacking of Wallaby Israel Folau has triggered questions about freedom of religion and expression

THE sacking of Wallaby star Israel Folau has prompted soul-searching questions of religious freedom and expression – far beyond the confines of rugby, “the game they play in heaven”. The thirty-year-old’s $4 million contract was terminated on May 17 after an independent panel found he committed a high-level breach of Rugby Australia’s code of conduct for posting religiously-inspired, anti-gay comments ... Read More »

Church advocates higher wages for Australian families who are doing it tough as real wages slump

LOW-income families have not been “sufficiently protected by the decisions in the annual wage reviews”, a Church delegation told the Fair Work Commission on May 15. The Fair Work Act has “failed to provide an adequate wages safety net for low-paid workers with family responsibilities” or “alleviate the poverty and disadvantage suffered by them and their families”. John Fernon and ... Read More »

Catholics must learn to survive in post-Christian world, US author Rod Dreher says

AMERICAN journalist and New York Times best-selling author Rod Dreher urged Brisbane Catholics to prepare for a future where Christian beliefs would become scarce.  Mr Dreher was in Brisbane to promote his popular book The Benedict Option: A Strategy For Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. In The Benedict Option, Mr Dreher calls on traditional Christians to learn from the example ... Read More »

Centacare volunteer Jennifer Scheers is still giving back and challenging young minds to learn

JENNIFER Scheers’ teaching skills run so deep that in spite of retirement and some health setbacks, she is still challenging young minds. Most Mondays will find her at the Catholic Early EdCare’s St Augustine’s Long Day Care and Kindergarten in Augustine Heights, volunteering as an adult reader to the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten-aged children. Whilst these two distinct groups can swell up ... Read More »

Close to half a million Queenslanders living in poverty, St Vincent de Paul’s report shows

CLOSE to half a million Queenslanders are living in poverty, new statistics from the St Vincent de Paul Society reveal. On the cusp of its Winter Appeal launch, Vinnies’ Queensland state president Dennis Innes said the effects of poverty were becoming far-reaching in the state, causing an epidemic of loneliness and isolation. “For too many Queenslanders, poverty is leading to ... Read More »

Newly elected Morrison Government faces three million Aussies on struggle street, Vinnies says

Miracle win: Prime Minister Scott Morrison on election night at the Wentworth Sofitel Hotel with his wife Jenny and daughters Abbey, 11, and Lily, nine. Photo: AAP

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition face the major challenge, after the federal election win, of helping three million Australians living in poverty, the St Vincent de Paul Society says.  The Coalition will form government after an upset election win on May 18. Despite all major media polls unanimously favouring Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, the Coalition coasted into a ... Read More »

Oakey parish reaches faith centenary, day of festivities shared by the whole community

OAKEY parishioners, students, local representatives and inter-faith leaders headed for St Monica’s Church to celebrate 100 years of parish life on May 12. Toowoomba Bishop Robert McGuckin celebrated the centenary Mass, with parish priest Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Father Thomas Areekuzhy concelebrating. Parish pastoral council secretary Anne Teakle said it was a wonderful Mass. Mrs Teakle said there ... Read More »

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