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Church voices weigh in on confusion over some Catholic schools teaching gender-neutral prayers

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A CANON lawyer has spoken out about the correct form of prayers, after a mainstream media furore about some Brisbane Catholic girls’ schools teaching gender-neutral descriptions to replace traditional terms like “Lord”, “Father”, and “Son” during prayers. “My observation is that many teachers in Catholic schools don’t know the Catholic faith, and Catholics among them don’t practise the Catholic faith, ... Read More »

Fr Josh Whitehead and Fr Brendan Gormley become Brisbane archdiocese’s newest shepherds

FATHERS Josh Whitehead and Brendan Gormley became Brisbane archdiocese’s newest shepherds at their ordination to priesthood at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Friday, May 31. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated the ordination, which was attended by dozens of priests from across the archdiocese, including Auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell and Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Tony Randazzo, former Holy Spirit Seminary rector.  Fr Whitehead ... Read More »

Brisbane parish priest charged with an historic count of sexual abuse

A BRISBANE parish priest is to face court later this month charged with an historic count of sexual abuse. In line with protocols adopted by the Catholic Church in Australia, Darra Jindalee parish priest Fr Dan Carroll has been stood aside while the legal process is underway. Fr Carroll denies the sexual abuse allegation that dates back more than 40 ... Read More »

Indigenous hopes rising with the appointment of Ken Wyatt to leadership at the highest level

A BRISBANE indigenous Catholic leader has hailed the appointment of Ken Wyatt as indigenous Australians’ minister as a significant moment for reconciliation in this country. “I think that this is a great milestone and our young people need to see some leadership at the highest level,” Murri Ministry co-ordinator Ravina Waldren said. “They need to see that through reconciliation we ... Read More »

Shamiran Merkhaal fled Christian persecution in Iraq and discovered her dream here in Australia

WHEN Shamiran Merkhaal and her family fled Iraq because of persecution of their Christian faith, she could barely speak English.  Ten years later, Ms Merkhaal now teaches disadvantaged students in Melbourne’s western suburbs. “I’ve been teaching for 11 months. It’s still new. I still have my bad days and my good days,” Ms Merkhaal said.  “I never thought I’d be ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics digging into some Real Talk with guest speaker Matt Fradd at annual dinner

TELLING the story of how he found Jesus in his small country town, renowned author and podcaster Matt Fradd left the Real Talk Australia annual dinner in fits of laughter at Brisbane’s Hotel Grand Chancellor on May 23.  Sponsors, clergy, seminarians, Catholic professionals and faithful flocked to support Real Talk – a Catholic organisation that engages young people on God’s ... Read More »

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