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More than 2000 Australia priests reject breaking seal of confession

Confessional

CLERGY advocacy groups representing more than 2000 priests across Australia have rejected outright breaking the seal of confession, even if it becomes law in some states and territories. The National Council of Priests of Australia, with 1700 members, rejects new laws announced in South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and Western Australia –which would require priests to break the seal of ... Read More »

Proclaim Conference explores new ways of contemplating the face of Christ

Archbishop Coleridge

THIS is a spirit moment for the Church, Archbishop Mark Coleridge has told the Proclaim 2018 conference in Brisbane, challenging Catholic delegates to renew and rejuvenate the Church in Australia. “I am intensely conscious as I sat amongst you that I face the danger of being pale, male and stale,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “Here at Proclaim what we set ourselves ... Read More »

Self-taught sailor riding waves for Indigenous literacy lands safely in USA

Andrew Brazier enters marina in Los Angeles

HELEN of Troy may have launched a thousand ships, but it was the hope to see Indigenous people read a medical script that launched Andrew Brazier’s ship to Los Angeles. The young doctor from the Blue Mountains completed his 15,000km solo journey from Sydney to Los Angeles to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation earlier this month. The former ... Read More »

Nursing student to advocate for social change in Indigenous communities through scholarship

Kate Gavin in Rome

NURSING student Kate Gavin will honour Indigenous women as she prepares to study in Rome thanks to a scholarship from the Australian Catholic University. The Australian Catholic University student from Brisbane was named the 2018 Francis Xavier Conaci scholarship recipient, which will allow her to study at the institution’s Rome campus. Named after an Aboriginal boy from Australia who left ... Read More »

Bishop Peter Comensoli to right the wrongs of the past as new Archbishop of Melbourne

Bishop Peter Comensoli

MELBOURNE’S Archbishop-elect Peter Comensoli has vowed to “right the grievous wrongs of the past” and rebuild trust following child abuse scandals that have rocked the Church. Pope Francis announced the appointment of Melbourne’s ninth archbishop on June 29, at the same time accepting the resignation of Archbishop Denis Hart, who is retiring after 17 years. The Bishop of Broken Bay ... Read More »

Calls for convicted Archbishop Wilson to resign growing as he appeals court’s decision

Archbishop Philip Wilson

Updated July 5, 2:39pm SOME Australian bishops have added their voice to the growing public debate about whether convicted Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson should resign after receiving an imprisonment sentence for covering up child sexual abuse. Survivors and prominent Australians including the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have called for Wilson to resign. “Although we have no authority to compel ... Read More »

80,000 older Australians have suffered violence by family or carers

elder abuse

COMBATING elder abuse and protecting the rights of older Australians has been given a new priority by governments and banks. Almost 80,000 older Australians have suffered physical violence at the hands of someone known to them and many others have been financially exploited, often by a family member. Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter used World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, on June ... Read More »

Religious peak body elects new president Josephite Sr Monica Cavanagh

Sr Monica Cavanagh

ALLORA native Sr Monica Cavanagh, as the new president of Catholic Religious Australia, will lead religious men and women to be “a prophetic voice”. The Josephite Sister originally from Queensland was elected CRA president during the national body’s 42nd National Assembly on June 20. “It is a great honour to be elected by my peers to the role of president,” ... Read More »

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