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Religious freedoms becoming crucial issues in the same-sex marriage debate

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has identified the rights of religious freedom and conscience as the crucial issues in the same-sex marriage debate. “It’s not just Church people like me who are concerned, there’s a broad concern in the community on this issue which goes to the heart of things in a country like Australia,” Archbishop Coleridge said, inviting Catholics to ... Read More »

Faith important in former Wallaby Paul McLean’s game plan

Donna Lynch recently sat down with Wallaby legend Paul McLean (pictured) to discuss life, family, faith and the game played in heaven. Can you tell us the early years of Paul McLean? I suppose (it was a) simple upbringing – grew up in Ipswich, went to the local school which was St Mary’s Primary School which then turned into St ... Read More »

Just who is listening to 14-year-old girls?

By Selina Venier IT’S reasonable to pick up Madonna King’s latest work, Being 14, and be alarmed at the reality of what this demographic is thinking, feeling and indeed, doing. With one daughter who’s traversed the threshold of 14 and another within its depths, the title and its themes were a must-read. Of course Madonna’s skillful knack of diving headfirst ... Read More »

Fr John O’Doherty’s sailed the journey of life with faith, hope

BRISBANE-born missionary priest Fr John O’Doherty has a life-defining connection with the sea. Celebrating 50 years as an Oblate priest, 83-year-old Fr O’Doherty remembered how, while still at school, he was introduced to the world of sailing by one of his schoolmates. Later it opened up the more challenging life of ocean racing. This was part of life giving lessons ... Read More »

Jan Heath’s extraordinary journey of renewed faith

By Sylvia Stuen-Parker IT took the insight of three strangers to spark Jan Heath’s journey of renewed Catholic faith. Despite her Catholic upbringing and Mercy Sisters’ education, Jan’s commitment to the Church soon faded due to her priorities as an 18-year-old. “There was travel, there was my job, there were boyfriends. Lots of things took away my focus from attending ... Read More »

Victoria could kill 1000 terminally ill patients each year by 2030, Catholic researcher claims

VICTORIA’S proposed voluntary euthanasia scheme could claim the lives of more than 1000 terminally ill patients a year by 2030, a leading Catholic researcher claims. On September 21, the Victorian Government unveiled legislation for an assisted-dying scheme, with debate on the bill to begin next month and a conscience vote expected before the end of the year. The predominantly self-administered ... Read More »

Praying the peace prayer of St Francis

By Sr Hilda Scott THE Peace Prayer of St Francis is well known to us. It has been set to music and most parishes sing it in one form or another; “Lord make me an instrument of your peace etc”. It is attributed to St Francis of Assisi and even if he didn’t actually write it, the sentiments in the ... Read More »

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