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First Queenslander ordained for the Pauline Fathers ‘as cool as a cucumber’

Fr Joseph Maria Buckley and Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green

PAULINE Fathers from around the world have welcomed the first Queensland-born priest into the monastic order. Fr Joseph Maria Buckley, originally from Brisbane, was ordained a priest of the Order of St Paul the First Hermit, better known as the Pauline Fathers, on June 9. He is the first Queenslander to be ordained for the order, which was founded in ... Read More »

Prime Minister to deliver national apology to child sexual abuse survivors

Malcolm Turnbull

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to deliver a national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse on October 22. “Now we have uncovered the shocking truth we must do everything in our power to honour the bravery of the thousands of people who came forward,” Mr Turnbull said, announcing the Federal Government’s formal response to the Royal Commission into ... Read More »

New law requiring priests to break confession seal ‘premature and ill-judged’, Archbishop Coleridge says

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CHURCH leaders are standing firm in support of priests upholding the seal of confession as a “religious freedom”, despite a new law that would require a priest to break the seal to report allegations of child abuse and misconduct. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge described the new law – that will apply in the Australian Capital ... Read More »

Biloela battles for Sri Lankan family taken from their home to detention

Biloela protest

RESIDENTS of the Central Queensland town of Biloela have ramped up a campaign demanding the return of a local asylum-seeker family seized by Australian Border Force officials and placed in a Melbourne detention centre. In a dawn operation on March 5, Tamils Nadesalingam and Priya and their two Australian-born daughters were taken from their home. The couple were put into ... Read More »

Leaders confirm Catholic Church will join the national redress scheme

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THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have today confirmed that the Church will enter the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse when that becomes possible under national legislation. “Since as early as 2013, the Catholic Church has called for a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse,” ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge ... Read More »

Australian bishops call for religious freedom laws to be updated after government receives report

religious freedom panel

THE Federal Government has received a report into religious freedom in Australia, but it could be weeks before the findings are made public. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered the review following concerns that last year’s legalisation allowing same-sex marriage could undermine freedom of religion. Former attorney general Philip Ruddock has led a panel of experts, including Catholic lawyer Jesuit Father ... Read More »

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