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Queensland’s same-sex adoption laws denies child the right to a mother and father, opponents say

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NEW Queensland legislation allowing same-sex couples to adopt, denies the rights of the child, according to opponents including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. “It represents another attempt to say there is no difference between heterosexual marriage and same-sex partnerships or marriage, and raises all sorts of questions about the rights of the child,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “The fundamental problem is that ... Read More »

Seminary turns 75: Rector says Jesus still calling ‘disciples’ in Queensland

Monsignor John Grace

TODAY’S crop of seminarians at Queensland’s Holy Spirit Seminary is reflective of the nature of church-going Catholics – fewer in number, older in age and multicultural. It’s a comparison that struck Monsignor John Grace when he arrived from Rockhampton diocese at the start of the year to become the seminary’s 13th rector. He was also pondering such matters as he ... Read More »

New role for parent body leader Carmel Nash

Carmel Nash

FUNDING uncertainty in Catholic schools is a major concern for the newest member of the national peak body overseeing government and Church relations for Australian Catholic education. Carmel Nash, who is the executive director for the Federation of Parents and Friends Queensland, was appointed to the National Catholic Education Commission on October 25. Mrs Nash replaced Ann Bliss for a ... Read More »

Not just a politician: Tony Abbott as you probably don’t know him

WHEN former Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke at last week’s Assembly of Catholic Professionals lunch, he was at pains to point out he intended to talk about the man and his faith, not the politician. Mr Abbott did that, and in entertaining fashion.   And while he avoided commentary of contemporary Australia politics, he offered insights about his formative years, ... Read More »

Catholic school students recall plight in Cambodia at special Mass

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HUNDREDS of Catholic school students marked World Children’s Mission Day by attending a Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral, focusing on the plight of young Cambodians. “We are part of a global economy; how we live affects others,” Catholic Mission’s diocesan director David McGovern told students. “There are many children who cannot attend school because of poverty or disability.” Mr McGovern described ... Read More »

Dreamworld tragedy: Police chaplains offered a listening ear during the worst

Vigil at Dreamworld

AS police and ambulance workers rushed to the fatal accident scene at Dreamworld, a priority call was made to police chaplain Fr Paul Kelly. Fr Kelly’s urgent help was required. He and other chaplains would be working shoulder-to-shoulder with the “first responders” as a crime scene was set up around the Thunder River Rapids ride, statements taken and next of ... Read More »

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