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Nurse who lost her son to leukaemia and literacy educator among Queensland Catholics in Australia Day honours list

Dr Rod Campbell and Margaret Miller

MARGARET Miller’s mission to stop young children dying of leukaemia and her dedication to the Warwick community has landed the Catholic parishioner an Australia Day honour. The former nurse helped start the Warwick branch of the Leukaemia Foundation when her son Robin died of the blood cancer. Mrs Miller said Robin was sick between March and December of 1979 from ... Read More »

Departing CEO of council overseeing Church’s engagement with royal commission wants laity, not bishops, to run new implementation body

Francis Sullivan

THE chief executive officer of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council has a blunt, final message to Australia’s Catholic leaders following completion of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse: “There needs to be reform, renewal and refreshment in the Church”. As the council’s chief executive officer since 2013, Francis Sullivan is compiling a final report to be handed to ... Read More »

Queensland Catholic doctors support plans for national “united front”

Catholic doctors Dr Terry Kent and Dr Alison Bignell

QUEENSLAND medicos have welcomed plans to set up a national body to give support and a voice to Catholic doctors. Australian Catholic bishops have approved a body to be known as the Catholic Medical Association of Australia – following a request from doctors wanting to highlight what Catholic teaching brings to healthcare in an increasingly secular world. Catholic doctors face ... Read More »

Western Sydney doctor to sail 15,000km solo to close indigenous literacy gap

Andrew Brazier

BOOKS are said to open doors to the world and the saying is especially true for self-taught sailor Andrew Brazier. The junior doctor, who studied at the University of Queensland, pursued sailing after reading the autobiography of Joshua Slocum, the first man to single-handedly sail around the world, and is now planning a solo voyage across the Pacific Ocean to ... Read More »

Bishop John Gerry, a generous soul gone but not forgotten

Bishop John Gerry

ONE of Brisbane’s most popular leaders and the “architect” of an archdiocesan social welfare arm, Bishop John Gerry, will be laid to rest on the 67th anniversary of his priesthood. Tributes have flowed for the retired Brisbane auxiliary bishop, who died on December 13 at Holy Spirit Northside Hospital, aged 90. Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend his funeral at St ... Read More »

Royal Commission’s final report urges major changes to child safety across Australia

Justice Peter McClellan delivers Royal Commission final report to Peter Cosgrove

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommends prioritising child safety across the nation, including strengthening national and state laws, changing the culture within churches and organisations and providing for compensation and treatment for abuse survivors. The Commission’s final report was released today, comprising 409 recommendations. Of those, 189 recommendations had not been made until today’s 17-volume ... Read More »

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