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Same-sex marriage story on protest outside a Brisbane church failed to ensure fairness and balance

same sex marriage protesters

THE Australian Press Council has concluded that a News Corp Australia story published during the lead-up to last year’s same-sex marriage vote, failed to ensure fairness and balance in reporting a protest outside a Brisbane church. The story on the news.com.au site on September 8 was headlined “Marriage equality supporters clash with church-goers in Brisbane protest” to describe a protest ... Read More »

Myanmar cardinal praises Australia’s generosity in helping return ‘dignity to our poor youth’

Cardinal Bo

CARDINAL Charles Bo, the Archbishop of Yangon, has praised Australian efforts to support quality teaching and build schools, during an Australian tour arranged by Catholic Mission, whose major Church Appeal in 2018 is raising funds for innovative education programs in his native Myanmar. “The education system has been destroyed over six decades, and so we are trying to keep rebuilding ... Read More »

Psychiatrist says laws to remove confessional seal are ‘a distraction’

Confession line

A LEADING psychiatrist has described efforts to remove the confessional seal as a “distraction” as governments continue to respond to the final report of the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. Associate Professor Carolyn Quadrio, who was an expert witness at the Royal Commission, said she agreed with clergy views that confessions of sexual abuse were extremely ... Read More »

Young film crew highlights the importance of going to school

Young film crew from Gordonvale Catholic school

MISS a few days of school at St Michael’s, Gordonvale, and you might find yourself disappearing into thin air. That’s the premise behind a winning video by a group of primary aged students who creatively interpreted the effect of staying in school.  St Michael’s Film Club, headed by first year teacher Joshua Bowling, took first place in the Cairns Catholic ... Read More »

Catholics urged to change mentality as shopping bags head for history’s bin

Erin Kennedy shopping

AS Queenslanders prepare for a ban on plastic shopping bags from July 1, Catholics are being urged to think more broadly about giving up harmful, single-use plastic items to protect the environment. “Using plastics is not a respectful use of resources,” Brisbane Catholic Erin Kennedy, a member of the archdiocesan Justice and Peace commission, said. “It has such a detrimental ... Read More »

People with a mental illness turn to their patron saint for prayers

Members of Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care

THE daughter of an Irish pagan king and a beautiful Catholic mother has become the lifeline and friend to a group of Catholics from Brisbane who live with a mental illness. Members of Brisbane-based ministry Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care, which offers spiritual support and companionship to people with a mental illness, have developed a deep love and devotion to St ... Read More »

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