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Jesuit Father John Reilly remembered as a dedicated spiritual father, retreat director

Fr John Reilly

AUSTRALIA’S longest-serving Jesuit superior who directed silent retreats for hundreds of priests, religious and lay Catholics, Fr John Reilly, has been remembered as a dedicated spiritual father at his funeral at St Ignatius Church, Toowong today. Fr Reilly, who was the former superior to the Jesuits in Brisbane for 12 ... Read More »

Brisbane Cathedral dean calls attack on Melbourne priest ‘disturbing and surprising’

Fr Tomy Kalathoor

THE stabbing of a Melbourne parish priest was “disturbing and surprising”, Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral dean Fr David Pascoe said. “We see it overseas, we don’t expect it here, so when it does happen here we are taken aback,” said Fr Pascoe, who has seen security beefed up around Brisbane’s ... Read More »

Youth Off the Streets leader says young offenders need help

Fr Chris Riley

AUSTRALIA’S youth justice system is under extreme pressure. In the past few months incarcerated juveniles have rioted in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria, with serious incidents in the Northern Territory. On November 10, up to 20 young offenders at Townsville’s Cleveland Detention Centre went on a night-long rampage that forced ... Read More »

‘Please pray for me’: New bishop belongs to Lismore

Bishop Gregory Homeming

Bishop Gregory Homeming addressed the congregation at the end of the Mass for his episcopal ordination and installation as the Bishop of Lismore in St Carthageís Cathedral on February 22. This is some of what he said. IN thanking people, I will name very few, because if I name some ... Read More »

New horizons in sight following Royal Commission hearings on the Catholic Church

Royal commission hearing

IN the wake of the Catholic Church’s final hearing before the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Church leaders from across Australia have held a day of “reflection and conversation” on child safety. The three-week Royal Commission hearing investigated the Church’s response to a crisis of child sexual abuse by members ... Read More »

Catholic advocates say State of the Environment report echoes Papal encyclical Laudato Si’

Environmental dilemma

CATHOLIC environmental advocates say the State of the Environment report recognises the links between climate change and human activity. Sister of Mercy Wendy Flannery, the convener of Climate Frontlines at Friends of the Earth, Brisbane, said the report “echoes Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ in so many ways”. She said the ... Read More »

Sydney author of illustrated child protection book wants Bishops to use Only For Me as educational resource

MIchelle Derrig

PROTECTING children from sexual predators is uppermost in the minds of every good parent and guardian. Even with the public spotlight on child sexual abuse, and with a raft of new legal and reporting practices in place, can we be assured of our kids’ safety? It was at a dinner ... Read More »

Catholic Religious Australia criticises penalty rates cut, says it will hurt the vulnerable

Hospitality workers affected by penalty rates cuts

UNIONS, churches and even some businesses have joined a chorus of concern against the recent decision to reduce weekend penalty rates. While unions are planning an ongoing campaign of industrial action, Catholic Religious Australia is concerned that the Fair Work Commission’s decision will increase inequity and hurt the most vulnerable ... Read More »

‘The people, religious and priests of Lismore will show me my job’, new bishop says

AUSTRALIA’S newest bishop Gregory Homeming has stepped into the role in Lismore diocese concerned not so much with power, but ready for grace in weakness. Addressing the crowd at the end of his ordination and installation as Bishop of Lismore on February 22, Bishop Homeming, a Carmelite friar, said “at ... Read More »

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