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Plenary Council 2020 take a major step forward with release of national themes for discernment

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PLENARY Council 2020 has moved into its next preparation phase with an announcement of six national themes for discernment that emerged from a historic process of listening to the voices of more than 222,000 people. National Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins outlined the themes and the next phase “Listening and Discernment” on June 9, speaking to nearly 100 parish and ... Read More »

Three Victorian Court of Appeal judges retire to decide Cardinal George Pell’s fate after hearing

A PANEL of three judges has retired to consider whether there are grounds to quash a sexual assault conviction against Cardinal George Pell.  During a two-day hearing in Victoria’s Court of Appeal, prosecutors maintained a guilty verdict should stand against 77-year-old Cardinal Pell, who is three months into a six-year gaol term for assaulting two choirboys, in 1996 and 1997, ... Read More »

Appeal barrister says it was ‘literally impossible’ for Cardinal George Pell to have committed abuse

CARDINAL George Pell’s lawyer has told an appeal court that his client had a “strong, credible” alibi and that crimes of sexually abusing two choirboys in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne were “literally and logically” impossible. One the first day of an expected two-day hearing in the Victorian Court of Appeal, barrister, Bret Walker SC, said the timing of the ... 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 »

Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against conviction set to be held next week

JAILED Cardinal George Pell will return to an Australian court June 5 and 6 for an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two Melbourne choirboys in the 1990s. Lawyers for Cardinal Pell, who has been behind bars since February, will argue his guilty verdict was “unreasonable”. Cardinal Pell was handed a six-year prison sentence, after being convicted in December, ... Read More »

Record deaths predicted for 2019 flu season puts the morality of vaccination in the spotlight

EXPERTS predict 4000 Australians will die from influenza in 2019 after an unprecedented start to the flu season claimed 25 lives in Queensland. The Immunisation Coalition Australia said almost 40,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza had occurred this year, with about 10,000 of those reported in Queensland. Queensland businesses and organisations, including the Archdiocese of Brisbane, have provided free vaccinations for ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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