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Rockhampton’s new bishop ordained

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By Paul Dobbyn ROCKHAMPTON’Ss newly-ordained Bishop Michael McCarthy has invited young people to answer the call to religious life.  “We need you to help us folk in the faith,” he told a packed congregation during his episcopal ordination Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral today Thursday.  The episcopal ordination of Rockhampton’s 10th bishop was held in glorious sunshine.  Bishop McCarthy was ... Read More »

Budget’s downsized global role

By Paul Dobbyn THE Federal Budget’s cutting of billions of dollars in foreign aid “marks a notable turn to a more insular Australia for the first time in several decades”. Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan made the comment after the government’s announcement it would slash nearly $8 billion from foreign aid funding in the next five years. “This ... Read More »

Focus on faith

By Paul Dobbyn AN “overwhelming religious illiteracy” in Catholic schools and the loss of Catholic identity in public life were among issues discussed at the gathering of the Oceania bishops in New Zealand. More than 80 bishops and delegates attended the Assembly of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania in Wellington from May 12 to 16. Topics discussed ... Read More »

Budget dismay

By Paul Dobbyn THE 2014-15 Federal Budget’s widespread cuts to welfare, health, education and foreign aid have drawn sharp criticism from Catholic agencies. The cuts include changes to family benefits, resuming fuel excise increases, a $7 health care co-payment for GP visits and an estimated $7.6 billion decrease in foreign aid funding over the next five years. Federal Treasurer Joe ... Read More »

Bishop condemns the Manus solution as lacking moral worth

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By Peter Bugden THE scarred face of a man he met in the Curtin Immigration Detention Centre, in Western Australia, is one Bishop Christopher Saunders will never forget. The image of that man came back to Bishop Saunders on the day (May 8) the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued a statement calling for the end of the “institutionalised cruelty” of ... Read More »

Planning for health care


CATHOLIC Health Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have released a document to help ensure people think about their health care needs and discuss them with others. The Advance Care Planguide, which is accompanied by documents for health care professionals and for people receiving care, gives people who are in good health and of sound mind the chance to ... Read More »

Strong opposition to proposed changes in Racial Discrimination Act

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BRISBANE archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has called on the Federal Government to withdraw its proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act. The commission has joined with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and ethnic community organisations who have expressed concerns about amendments proposed by Attorney-General Senator George Brandis. Brisbane priest Fr Gerry Hefferan, who was full-time chaplain to ... Read More »

‘People deserve a fair go’


  CARITAS Australia acting chief executive officer and international programs manager Jamie Davies as a trained economist understands the need for “fiscal restraint” driving the Federal Budget. But she believes the cutting of nearly $8 billion from Australia’s foreign aid funding in the next five years is a “disproportionate burden”. “Foreign aid cuts represent about 20 per cent of savings ... Read More »

Prison ministry claims services for released prisoners inadequate

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By Paul Dobbyn  CATHOLIC Prison Ministry co-ordinator Dave Martin has warned rehabilitation of prisoners from Queensland prisons was being threatened by inadequate post release accommodation and other services. The unsatisfactory situation is threatening the safety of the wider community, he said. Mr Martin’s warnings follow findings in the recently released report Post Release Services for Prisoners in South-East Queensland commissioned, ... Read More »

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