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‘The love of a same-sex union is valuable’ but not marriage, Archbishop Coleridge says

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has spoken out in favour of traditional marriage, addressed the use of “slippery language” in the same-sex marriage debate, and says Catholics will make up their own minds how they vote in the national postal survey. Archbishop Coleridge used an ABC TV interview to reinforce his recent pastoral letter in which he explained why he would ... Read More »

Fierce backlash from Hervey Bay and Bundaberg over cashless card benefit plan

THE plan to rollout cashless welfare cards to thousands of residents on the dole in Hervey Bay-Bundaberg has sparked a fierce backlash from opponents claiming the cards will cause social segregation, stigmatise job seekers and entrench poverty. “The people of the Hinkler region (Hervey Bay-Bundaberg) are feeling threatened, scared and worried for their financial futures and inclusion in our communities,” ... Read More »

Nanango’s Little Cathedral in the Bush turning 100

By Michael Crutcher THIS weekend, the Nanango Catholic community will mark 100 years to the minute when the foundation stone was laid for their “little cathedral in the bush”. It was a wet, spring afternoon on September 23, 1917 when the stone for the Fr James Bergin Memorial Church was blessed and laid. The blessing was supposed to happen in ... Read More »

Pope Francis tells new Australian bishops to listen

BISHOPS don’t discern God’s will by lording over his flock, but only by listening and participating in the lives of those entrusted to his care, Pope Francis has told 120 new bishops including four Australians. Speaking at the end of the annual training school for bishops, commonly known as the “baby bishops school”, Pope Francis reminded the bishops to “cultivate ... Read More »

New penalties for cybersex trafficking

THE rapid rise of cybersex trafficking – the live streaming of sexual exploitation of children – has galvanised international action by police, lawyers and politicians to act quickly to shut down the insidious crime. In Australia, the Federal Government wants tough new penalties including mandatory imprisonment for perpetrators, and at short notice agreed to amend its sex crimes reforms to ... Read More »

Standing for truth amid same-sex marriage protests at university

WILSON is a 19-year-old homosexual university student opposed to same-sex marriage. In the heat of a national postal survey debate on whether to allow same-sex marriage, he stood in front of a hostile and divided crowd at the University of Queensland and explained why he would be voting No. “I am a gay conservative who wants to see marriage the ... Read More »

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