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Archbishop Coleridge says ABC not interested in the ‘real story’ of the Catholic Church following controversial domestic violence report

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge has condemned the ABC for its “antagonistic, one-sided narrative” of the Catholic Church, calling for a return to honest and true reporting of “the real Australia”. The Archbishop of Brisbane made his comments after a controversial essay published on the ABC website that explored domestic violence issues within Christian churches falsely reported that he did not respond to ... Read More »

Presentation Sister Carmel Hodgkinson has given a lifetime of service to God’s children

Sr Carmel Hodgkinson

SHE danced before taking a step. That’s what Presentation Sister Carmel (Jean Marie) Hodgkinson knows about her early years. “My parents said I’d hold onto the bar near the radio and bounce, up and down, to the beat,” the sprightly 76-year-old said from Holy Spirit Home, Carseldine, in Brisbane’s north. “I’ve got rhythm, I’ve always had it.” The toe-tapping sister ... Read More »

Relationships educator warns of ignorance within Churches on pornography use among teens

Paul Ninnes

A PROMINENT Catholic relationships educator has warned that Christian churches are blind to the reality of the “porn pandemic” that is affecting young Queenslanders. Paul Ninnes, whose organisation Real Talk Australia sees more than 30,000 students in Catholic and state schools every year, said it was rare to meet teenagers who had not been exposed to pornography. “There’s huge ignorance ... Read More »

Young Brisbane man Br Sebastian Condon makes first profession with Dominicans

Br Sebastian Condon keeling during his first profession

ORDINATION to the priesthood has come one step closer for former Brisbane seminarian Br Sebastian Condon who made his first profession with the Dominicans last month. Br Condon made his first profession on June 29 in Melbourne, following study in the novitiate for 12 months. The regular columnist for The Catholic Leader had previously discerned the possibility of becoming a ... Read More »

Fr Francis Ching, the priest who can’t read

Legally blind priest Fr Francis Ching

MASS etiquette suggests Catholics turn off or silence their mobile device before entering the church, but that rule doesn’t apply to Canadian priest Fr Francis Ching. Every time the 45-year-old Chinese-born priest celebrates Mass, or when it’s time to say his prayers of the Office, the iPad is on and right at his fingertips. Without it, Fr Francis couldn’t fulfil ... Read More »

Dedicated parish nurse Sarah Dunlop a ‘safety net’ for vulnerable Catholics

Parish nurse Sarah Dunlop

IF there’s something strange with your health, who you gonna call? For parishioners at the Jubilee parish, they dial the “hotline” to parish nurse Sarah Dunlop. A former fashion designer who changed careers to become a nurse more than 15 years ago, Mrs Dunlop is the “safety net” ensuring parishioners don’t disappear from their radar, especially when it comes to ... Read More »

Queenslanders raise nearly $13k for Chennai rehab centre started by Brisbane nun

Friends of Mithra Fundraiser

LOYAL supporters of an Australian nun who started a rehabilitation centre in India for children with disabilities have raised nearly $13,000 for a charity funding the centre. Brisbane-based charity Friends of Mithra is a major financial supporter for the Madras Institute to Rehabilitate Retarded, Afflicted (Mithra) in Chennai, founded by former Brisbane nun Sr Mary Theodore. Sr Theodore devoted the ... Read More »

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