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Path to freedom – looking back on the terror and hope 20 years after East Timor’s independence vote

IT is 20 years since East Timor, Australia’s neighbour, voted for independence, ending 24 years of often-brutal struggle against ruling Indonesia. East Timor, with its vast Catholic majority, has long been a focus for Australian parishes supporting human rights and justice. Thousands of Australian Catholics have worked, volunteered and donated their energies to support East Timor, where faith, hope and community ... Read More »

Lack of government planning means most vulnerable could die before quality care arrives

AGED care is reaching crisis point, with a Catholic healthcare chief warning lack of government planning means our most vulnerable could die before they receive the high-level care they required.  Catholic Health Australia chief executive Suzanne Greenwood told an aged-care and end-of-life inquiry in Brisbane the waiting list for vulnerable seniors to receive the Level 4 package, was two years ... Read More »

Prime Minister remains committed to introduce Religious Discrimination legislation by year’s end

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has committed to introduce a Religious Discrimination Act into parliament by the end of this year, amid growing pressure to “positively” protect religious freedoms. “I would like to see this issue progressed with a sensitivity, with a sense of cooperation, and with a sense of balance,” he told ABC’s 730 program on July 1.  “Religious freedom ... Read More »

Pope gives reminder on climate crisis as Catholic advocate speaks out in Queensland against Adani

ADANI has the go-ahead to start building the Carmichael coal mine – but is the governments’ approval for the project the future direction we had hoped for? Pitted against the prospect of jobs and an economic boost are the lingering concerns for environmental protection. “The project will deliver 1500 direct and 6750 indirect jobs during ramp-up and construction, with Rockhampton ... Read More »

Professor Margaret Somerville warns Queenslanders of false claims about euthanasia

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LEADING Catholic bioethicist Margaret Somerville has warned Queenslanders of the dangerous long-term consequences for societies that allow euthanasia. As assisted suicide became legal in Victoria last week, Professor Somerville addressed the Cherish Life Queensland annual conference in Brisbane. She posed the question: “We need to ask ourselves: if euthanasia is permitted, how do we think our great-great-grandchildren will die?  “What ... Read More »

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 »

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