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Glory days to sing about

John Sattler

By Peter Bugden JOHN Sattler is no angel – having earned the reputation of being one of the toughest men to play rugby league doesn’t quite fit the picture. But he is a regular Mass-goer in Surfers Paradise parish, and the holiday crowds belting out carols at Christmas celebrations there this week can expect to see him among them. Instead ... Read More »

Suffering the ongoing horrors of Iraq

Brisbane Catholic Chris Ng recently returned from volunteer work helping Iraqis in a refugee camp in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Fr Douglas Bazi, one of the priests with whom he worked while he was there, gave him this letter to pass on to others   To the Australian people, My name is Fr Douglas Bazi. I am an Iraqi ... Read More »

Asylum-seeking is not illegal

“DISHONEST and unprincipled” aptly describe Australia’s mistreatment of asylum seekers, for it is premised on the political lie that seeking protection from persecution is illegal, when in law it is not, and Australia has not withdrawn from the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. We remain bound by it.  Politicians may claim that they have to be cruel to be kind, but ... Read More »

Memorable year for ACU

By Professor Greg Craven AS Christmas rushes towards us at astonishing speed, I would like to extend my best wishes for a happy and holy Christmas to you on behalf of all of us at Australian Catholic University. The year 2014 has been a busy one for everyone at the university. It was a year of partnerships and strengthening relationships ... Read More »

Margaret’s miracle

By Emilie Ng WHEN Margaret Keast was given three to six months to live, she didn’t bat an eyelid. The 68-year-old had already endured a 15-year battle with breast cancer, and news that it had worsened, turning into secondary cancer in her stomach and bones, had “no effect”. The Beenleigh parishioner decided she “had no problem with death” because of ... Read More »

Is the Church obsessed with sex?

By Bernard Toutounji WITHOUT a doubt, the columns I write which attract the most feedback are always those that discuss sexual morality and the Catholic Church. Nothing seems to raise the emotions of people more than knowing that the Church has an opinion on sex. And while it may seem that issues such as contraception, IVF, masturbation or homosexuality are ... Read More »

Time to speak out for farmers

POOR Prime Minister Tony Abbott could never get a pat on the back in the The Catholic Leader pages for mostly anything, especially with regard to the G20 Summit, although the Holy Father was gracious in his letter of his hopes for the leaders. One would think that the political arm of the archdiocese, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission would be more outspoken ... Read More »

Mike’s faith overcomes challenges

By Paul Dobbyn INTERNATIONAL Disability Day on December 3 is a date of great potential in the eyes of West End’s Mike Duggan. Because the 67-year-old born with cerebral palsy, and passionate advocate for the rights of people with a disability, knows “the majority of the world still don’t get it and that so much more needs to be done”. ... Read More »

Act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God

By Sr Elvera Sesta  A REMINDER that the end of the school year is approaching is when the Jacaranda trees come into bloom. As we survey the city from our vantage point on the hill there are many splashes of purple colour mingling with the yellow blooms of our flowering trees and soon to be followed by the red-orange of ... Read More »

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