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Pope’s great work lauded

By Paul Dobbyn POPE Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ has been called “a blockbuster”,  “a call to action in a time of crisis”, “a game-changer for the Catholic community” and a call for the affluent “to live more simply”. These responses and a flood of others, throughout the Catholic and wider commuity, have come since Laudato Si’(On the Care of Our ... Read More »

Companies warned against marriage redefinition push

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By Paul Dobbyn COMPANIES funding advertisements in support of same-sex marriage have been challenged to also fund a newspaper advertisement supporting the equal right of a child to a mother and father. Australian Marriage Forum president, Toowoomba general practitioner Dr David van Gend, made the call in his Letter to CEOs and Directors: On your support for same-sex marriage. The letter ... Read More »

Don’t mess with marriage

By Paul Dobbyn CHURCH leaders and lobby groups continue to sound notes of caution as the push to legalise same-sex marriage persists. Brisbane’s John Paul II Centre for Family and Life director Dr Ray Campbell said “talk of marriage equality is just rhetoric which avoids the real question”. “So far we are not addressing the real issue which is the ... Read More »

Scholarship to change foster child’s life

By Emilie Ng AUSTRALIA’S first women religious congregation has offered a young woman who lived in a foster home for 15 years a $30,000 scholarship to study at the University of Western Sydney. The Sisters of Charity Foundation has partnered with UWS to provide an aspiring student who has lived in out-of-care or foster homes with a $30,000 scholarship. Kimberley ... Read More »

Pastoral letter presents Church view in same-sex marriage debate

AUSTRALIA’S Catholic Bishops’ pastoral letter Don’t Mess With Marriage has been issued to parishes around the nation as the push for same-sex marriage legislation continues. “We now face a struggle for the very soul of marriage,” the letter said. “Redefining marriage in the way now proposed would see marriage reduced to a committed, affectionate sexual relationship between any two people.” ... Read More »

Caritas slams foreign aid cuts

By Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIA’S hard-won reputation as a responsible figure on the world stage has been shredded by “historic cuts” to the foreign aid budget, says Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan. Mr O’Callaghan said the cuts, executed over the past 15 months, were also damaging “our reputation as a significant leader and contributor in the Asia-Pacific region”. “It’s ... Read More »

New book faces up to social media

Online savvy: Beth Doherty with her new book, “Tweet others as you wish to be tweeted”.

By Emilie Ng CATHOLICS struggling to navigate social media for the Church can find Scripture-based inspiration in a new book by journalist Beth Doherty. Commissioned by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, “Tweet others as you wish to be tweeted”, is a beginner’s guide to social media and an attempt to highlight the good work of the Internet. Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham ... Read More »

Sharing the Catholic voice

By Emilie Ng CATHOLIC communicators revitalised their mission to spread the Gospel message in media at the recent Australian Catholic Communications Congress in North Sydney from May 4-6. More than 170 journalists, multi-media experts, religious, priests and bishops, including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, and lay people working in Church communications attended the congress. Themed around issues concerning the Catholic voice ... Read More »

Doing it tough

Daily battle: Moggill family Aimee and Jared Smith, with their children Lily and Lucian, like many others, find life hard on the basic wage. Photo: Alan Edgecomb

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE couple Jared and Aimee Smith’s struggle on the basic wage to keep ahead of bills as they raise their family is unfortunately all too familiar. Because of their experience of living with constant hardship, the parents of two children have welcomed the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations’ (ACCER) push to raise the national minimum wage. ... Read More »

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