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Right to teach beliefs threatened by proposals to repeal faith-based exemptions, bishops say

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AUSTRALIAN Catholic bishops have demanded federal members of parliament provide protection for religious schools operating according to their faith. The move follows the shadow attorney general Mark Dreyfus announcing on November 27 that Labor would introduce its own Private Member’s Bill, to repeal the exemptions for religious schools in section 38(3) of the Sex Discrimination Act. The Bishops said Parliament ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris urging the release of the last remaining Bali Nine drug mules

A QUEENSLAND bishop has demanded it was time to bring home the remaining Bali Nine, convicted after smuggling drugs in 2005 and still languishing behind bars in Indonesia. “Surely our government and the Indonesian government could get together and talk about the possibility of getting those Australians home,” Townsville Bishop Tim Harris, who has a deep pastoral connection with the ... Read More »

Voluntary assisted suicide raising grave concerns

LAST month, the Health Issues Centre displayed a life-like model of a dying elderly woman in a hospital bed on Melbourne’s Southbank. The project’s aim was to encourage Australians to have a discussion about improving end-of-life care. “Our research has shown that people are in denial about what’s going to come ahead,” project co-ordinator and senior policy advisor at HIC, ... Read More »

Caritas Australia CEO critical of long-term loan plans for Pacific Island nations

THE head of Church aid agency Caritas Australia says Australia’s strategic pivot towards the Pacific region, including the introduction of long-term loans for new projects, ignores needs and priorities identified by the region’s political and Church leaders. Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan said “climate-change financing and local aid are really what Pacific Islanders are calling for”. Mr O’Callaghan ... Read More »

Church members talking with young people and rebuilding faith and hope for the future

THE National Year of Youth has given young Australian Catholics a resounding and much needed voice. On December 3, 2017, Australia’s bishops identified the liturgical year of 2018 as a year of prayerful discernment about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the local Church and society. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Office for Youth director Malcolm Hart ... Read More »

Call to close centre as institutionalisation destroys child-parent ties on Nauru

WHILE federal parliament debates a policy proposal to allow for asylum seekers on Nauru to resettle in New Zealand, families stuck in the detention centre continue to fracture from a lack of parental attachment. Psychologist and traumatologist Paul Stevenson, a Brisbane Catholic who spoke with The Catholic Leader in 2016 after he lost his contract working on Nauru for revealing ... Read More »

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