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Pope Francis tells new Australian bishops to listen

BISHOPS don’t discern God’s will by lording over his flock, but only by listening and participating in the lives of those entrusted to his care, Pope Francis has told 120 new bishops including four Australians. Speaking at the end of the annual training school for bishops, commonly known as the “baby bishops school”, Pope Francis reminded the bishops to “cultivate ... Read More »

New penalties for cybersex trafficking

THE rapid rise of cybersex trafficking – the live streaming of sexual exploitation of children – has galvanised international action by police, lawyers and politicians to act quickly to shut down the insidious crime. In Australia, the Federal Government wants tough new penalties including mandatory imprisonment for perpetrators, and at short notice agreed to amend its sex crimes reforms to ... Read More »

Standing for truth amid same-sex marriage protests at university

WILSON is a 19-year-old homosexual university student opposed to same-sex marriage. In the heat of a national postal survey debate on whether to allow same-sex marriage, he stood in front of a hostile and divided crowd at the University of Queensland and explained why he would be voting No. “I am a gay conservative who wants to see marriage the ... Read More »

Australia’s good fortune not distributed equally, Social Justice Statement says

AUSTRALIA has maintained a solid momentum of economic growth over a quarter of a century – the longest economic growth in the western world – yet the benefits of this good fortune have not been distributed equally. This inequality forms the basis for the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement 2017–18, titled Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy. ... Read More »

Why the Ordinariate is the ‘living form’ of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism

Ordinaries

CHRISTIAN unity has various meanings within the Catholic Church, but for two former Anglican Bishops and one Catholic Bishop it is more than just “working together”. Monsignor Harry Entwistle, Monsignor Keith Newton and Catholic Bishop Steven Lopes are the world’s first Ordinaries for the extraordinary canonical structure that allows former Anglicans to be in full communion with the Church while ... Read More »

Catholic teacher says staff are on the frontline of youth suicide prevention

Young person

HIGH school teacher Elizabeth Chilnicean knew something was wrong when a student started isolating himself from his peers. He was by her standards a well-behaved student who associated with a healthy group of friends that maintained positive relationships with their teachers. Then he started showing problems focusing in class, displaying a lack of emotions and not spending time with his ... Read More »

Sydney bishop calls Edmund Rice Centre guide on same-sex marriage confusing

Phil Glendenning

AN Australian bishop has called an Edmund Rice Centre “guide” on same-sex marriage confusing to Catholics and recommended changing it to match Church teachings. Former Brisbane priest, Sydney auxiliary Bishop Anthony Randazzo made the call after reading Rights for LGBTQI Australians – A Guide to the Marriage Equality Plebiscite – a document published on the Edmund Rice Centre website. It ... Read More »

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