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Statement of Commitment from leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia to support the work of the Royal Commission

THE Catholic Church in Australia, in its submissions to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and in its communications with both the Catholic and broader communities has made the following commitment: The leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia recognise and acknowledge the devastating harm caused to people by the crime of child sexual abuse. We ... Read More »

Overcrowding in jails a major concern

Overcrowding a jail concern

 PRISONERS in some Queensland jails are unable to use the toilets through the night due to overcrowding. Catholic Prison Ministry co-ordinator Dave Martin said he had seen the overcrowding in his contact with prison communities over the past six years. The practice of “doubling up” where prisoners share cells was potentially a major problem, he said. Mr Martin said overcrowding ... Read More »

GP warns on abortion law

GP warns on abortion law

A MELBOURNE GP facing deregist-ration under Victorian abortion laws for refusing to refer a client for an abortion has warned similar laws could soon spread to other states. Dr Mark Hobart, who runs a practice at Sunshine North, gave the example of proposed abortion laws under discussion in Tasmania – Tasmanian Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013. “These laws ... Read More »

NSW MP continues defence of marriage

NSW MP continues defence of marriage

OPPONENTS of the legalisation of same-sex marriage have reiterated the Federal Government should be the only legislator on the matter. NSW MP Greg Donnelly (pictured) warned “the battle over the meaning of marriage has clearly moved from the Commonwealth Parliament to state and territory legislatures”. His comments came as debate in the NSW Parliament on a proposed bill to create ... Read More »

Flyers to give council overview

Reading glasses on pile of paper

THE distribution of more than 70,000 information flyers will give Catholics throughout Brisbane archdiocese and the rest of Australia greater understanding of the Church’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The flyers outline the role of the Truth Justice and Healing Council in engaging with the Royal Commission and its role as an advisory ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics walk to honour God

Pilgrims make their way into Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo at the end of the annual Christus Rex pilgrimage

WEARY, blistered Brisbane Catholics trekked from Ballarat to Bendigo in Victoria last weekend in extreme heat on the annual Christus Rex pilgrimage. The three day, 90km journey challenged the bodies, minds, hearts and spirits of the 200 Australian and international pilgrims who walked in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s passion. A spokeswoman  said for many it was a physical way to ... Read More »

Bishop reaches out to bushfire victims

BISHOP Anthony Fisher of Parramatta has visited two school communities impacted by the ongoing bushfires in the Blue Mountains Deanery. The diocese’s Catholic Education communications manager Annette Loughlin-Smith said the bishop visited St Thomas Aquinas and St Columba’s schools in the badly affected Springwood area on October 28. Ms Loughlin-Smith said Bishop Fisher had told staff and students at school ... Read More »

Still questions of difference

“DESPITE the claims of those advocating marriage equality, you cannot equate something that is essentially different.” Canberra archdiocese administrator Monsignor John Woods said this was because “a union between same-sex people and a union between opposite-sex people is essentially different and only one has the potential to create new life”. Msgr Woods’ comments were made after the Marriage Equality (Same-Sex) ... Read More »

Faith formation vital in early years

Archbishop Julian Porteous 2013-10-20

TEACHERS at Catholic schools should not only teach the faith, but should be visible witnesses to it, a leading educator told the 15th annual Call to Holiness Conference in Brisbane last weekend. Catholic Education Office Sydney religious education and evangelisation director Anthony Cleary made the comments during his speech at the conference focusing on the Second Vatican Council. About 100 ... Read More »

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