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Right to teach beliefs threatened by proposals to repeal faith-based exemptions, bishops say

In the classroom

AUSTRALIAN Catholic bishops have demanded federal members of parliament provide protection for religious schools operating according to their faith. The move follows the shadow attorney general Mark Dreyfus announcing on November 27 that Labor would introduce its own Private Member’s Bill, to repeal the exemptions for religious schools in section 38(3) of the Sex Discrimination Act. The Bishops said Parliament ... Read More »

Fr Ray Kearney fondly remembered by those who worked with him over the years

IT was a conversation in the priest’s carport in Sunnybank parish, on Brisbane’s southside, that changed the trajectory of my life. The then parish priest and my former employer Fr Ray Kearney, who died on October 29, spoke candidly of how he saw a difficult decision that lay ahead of me. “God doesn’t want this for your life, Selina,” I ... Read More »

Queensland government orders inquiry into end-of-life care including euthanasia

Legalising euthanasia in Australia

JUST a month after the Queensland Government legalised late-term abortion, Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk has given the green light for an inquiry into voluntary assisted dying. Speaking in Parliament on November 14, Ms Palaszczuk (pictured) said a parliamentary committee would hold hearings over the next year to determine the desirability of the act, and would report its conclusion to the legislative ... Read More »

Graham Preston facing arrest if he continues his pro-life activism for the unborn in Queensland

PRO-lifer Graham Preston, a regular campaigner outside Brisbane’s abortion clinics, knows his days of freedom to do that are numbered. Queensland’s Termination of Pregnancy Bill – effectively legalising abortion – comes into force on December 3, and 63-year-old Mr Preston faces arrest if he continues his activism. New laws will establish 150m exclusion or “bubble zones” around abortion clinics or medical ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris urging the release of the last remaining Bali Nine drug mules

A QUEENSLAND bishop has demanded it was time to bring home the remaining Bali Nine, convicted after smuggling drugs in 2005 and still languishing behind bars in Indonesia. “Surely our government and the Indonesian government could get together and talk about the possibility of getting those Australians home,” Townsville Bishop Tim Harris, who has a deep pastoral connection with the ... Read More »

Voluntary assisted suicide raising grave concerns

LAST month, the Health Issues Centre displayed a life-like model of a dying elderly woman in a hospital bed on Melbourne’s Southbank. The project’s aim was to encourage Australians to have a discussion about improving end-of-life care. “Our research has shown that people are in denial about what’s going to come ahead,” project co-ordinator and senior policy advisor at HIC, ... Read More »

Caritas Australia CEO critical of long-term loan plans for Pacific Island nations

THE head of Church aid agency Caritas Australia says Australia’s strategic pivot towards the Pacific region, including the introduction of long-term loans for new projects, ignores needs and priorities identified by the region’s political and Church leaders. Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan said “climate-change financing and local aid are really what Pacific Islanders are calling for”. Mr O’Callaghan ... Read More »

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