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Shocking extent of Church abuse revealed at Royal Commission

Francis Sullivan at the Royal Commission

THE final hearing into the Catholic Church at the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has revealed shocking data highlighting the extent of abuse in Church institutions spanning decades. In the opening session of a three-week hearing, Senior Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission Gail Furness SC revealed a study of ... Read More »

Queensland MPs say if they will oppose proposed abortion Bills or not

Abortion bills

Political decision: Queensland MPs responded to two questions about the proposed abortion Bills. LIBERAL National Party members are likely to vote against changes to Queensland’s abortion laws when Parliament resumes this week, with one calling the proposed Bills a “liberalisation” of current law. The Catholic Leader asked all 89 Queensland ... Read More »

Friends and family of ‘God’s donkey’ start charity to support India’s mentally and physically disabled

Sr Mary Theodore

RELATIVES of a Brisbane-born nun who spent her final years in Chennai caring for children and adults with disabilities have launched a new charity to support the Indian mission. Friends of Mithra is an Australian-registered charity set up to fund the works established by Sr Mary Theodore, a Brisbane-born Lebanese religious ... Read More »

Conscience vote on abortion bills promised to MPs, Premier confirms

Pro-life supporters

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has promised to allow Government members a conscience vote on two contentious abortion bills. The Premier’s promise follows speculation that some Labor MPs had urged colleagues to consider the bills as decriminalisation matters rather than the abortion vote that requires a mandatory conscience vote under Labor’s ... Read More »

Camp Hill parish priest retiring but still wants to minister to the people

Fr Peter Casey

FR Peter Casey, a priest for 47 years, is retiring as a parish priest but he’s not about to put his feet up. Any mention of the word “retirement” is met with friendly correction. “No – not retirement – lesser duties,” he said from his parish office at Camp Hill ... Read More »

Thousands of students (and parents) survived the first week of school

MORE than 147,000 students started a new school year in Catholic schools across Queensland this week, with special thoughts and prayers for students at two new Brisbane Catholic Education schools. Buzzing with the excitement of a new school, teachers at St Clare’s Primary School, Yarrabilba, and McAuley College, Beaudesert, eased ... Read More »

If you live in Queensland and consider yourself pro-life, you need to do this

pro-life

PRO-life group Cherish Life has called on Queenslanders to rally, write letters and sign petitions opposing proposed abortion bills due to be debated in Parliament. “It is crucial now more than ever that Queenslanders take action to defend women and children from this tyranny,” Cherish Life Queensland president Julie Borger ... Read More »

Vinnies puts offer on Southport property to open homelessness prevention centre

homeless

SLEEPING inside a car in the chilly Gold Coast winter may not have to be the only option for some when a dedicated centre tackling homelessness opens as early as April. The St Vincent de Paul Society is planning to open a homelessness prevention centre, called the Cornerstone Centre, to ... Read More »

Mango tree in Maroochydore parish backyard removed for construction turned into cross

Mango cross

A GNARLY old mango tree that stood for decades on the site of Maroochydore’s new Stella Maris Church now takes pride of place in the place of worship. Part of the mango tree was salvaged during construction and was fashioned into a cross that is the centerpiece of the new ... Read More »

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