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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 »

The Catholic Leader wins Best Newspaper for 2017

EXPERT media professionals have named The Catholic Leader the best Catholic newspaper in Australasia. The Catholic Leader was named Best Newspaper out of more than 100 news publications at the 2017 Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) Awards in Auckland, New Zealand, last night. Published for the Archdiocese of Brisbane with a national focus, ACPA judges said The Catholic Leader was ... Read More »

Bishops call for protection of confessional seal following Royal Commission’s recommendations

confessional

PROTECTING the sacred dialogue between God and sinner in the confessional needs to be paramount if Australian lawmakers are to follow new recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said. Archbishop Coleridge was responding to the recommendations made by Royal Commission into child sexual abuse that would require members of clergy to report information even if ... Read More »

Push to have women tested for Fragile X Syndrome ‘ethically troublesome’

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A THORNY ethical dilemma surrounds a new push by doctors to have women screened for Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), linked to intellectual disabilities and the most common single genetic cause of autism. Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne are recommending that women should be offered testing for FXS, an inherited genetic condition, if pregnant ... Read More »

Catholics leave comforts behind to roam city streets proclaiming the Gospel

Neocatechumenal Way evangelisation missions

FOR 10 days, Brisbane Catholic Stephen Kearney put his IT job on hold to tread the winter streets of Sydney’s inner west, announcing the Gospel. He took no money or mobile phone, only the Bible and rosary beads, and walked with a companion, a priest from Perth, visiting Catholic parishes, talking with priests and parishioners and anyone he met, knocking ... Read More »

NDIS rollout calls for reflection on original Centacare mission, disability service expert says

Annette Drew

DISABILITY services expert Annette Drew believes advanced pre-planning and keeping to the “mission at heart” would ensure Centacare’s Brisbane clients make a smooth transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Mrs Drew has managed Centacare’s Supported Accommodation Independent Lifestyle (Sail) in Sunnybank for 17 years, and said the NDIS offered great opportunities but also big challenges for staff and clients ... Read More »

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