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Archbishop says Church must end ‘culture of concealment’

Archbishop says Church must end ‘culture of concealment’

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge described the Church as “a law unto ourselves”, and said Pope Francis and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse were catalysts for cultural change. Archbishop Coleridge was a panellist on the third day of the Royal Commission hearing in Sydney discussing Catholic Church ... Read More »

Son nominated dad who volunteered with Vinnies for 37 years for Order of Australia Medal

Son nominated dad who volunteered with Vinnies for 37 years for Order of Australia Medal

THERE’S a strong bond between new Order of Australia Medal recipient Paul Finch and his son Michael. Mr Finch, 76, received the award on Australia Day for his outstanding volunteer work for the St Vincent de Paul Society over more than 37 years. It came as an overwhelming surprise to ... Read More »

Cultural change the key to protecting children, Archbishop Coleridge says

Cultural change the key to protecting children, Archbishop Coleridge says

AS well as fronting the Royal Commission this week, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has spent time speaking extensively to journalists about child abuse and the Church. Speaking to the ABC’s Radio National Breakfast, Archbishop Coleridge told presenter Fran Kelly, the Church was doing all it could to change the culture of the ... Read More »

US doctor says Church committed ‘soul murder’ to abuse victims, urges changes

US doctor says Church committed ‘soul murder’ to abuse victims, urges changes

THE priest who exposed systemic child sex abuse in the Catholic Church in the United States has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the Church’s views on human sexuality were a major factor in the abuse crisis. Called as an expert witness, former Dominican Dr ... Read More »

Religious sister named Senior Australian of the Year full of joy

Religious sister named Senior Australian of the Year full of joy

IN accepting her award as 2017 Senior Australian of the Year, Sr Anne Gardiner did so “on behalf of all Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, who have lived and ministered among Australia’s indigenous people for more than a century”. “I am most humbled and grateful to receive ... Read More »

Community legal centres can’t keep up with the high demand for DV services, according to new report

Community legal centres can’t keep up with the high demand for DV services, according to new report

MASSIVE increases in the number of women accessing domestic violence services means Queensland’s community legal centres are unable to keep up with demand. Last year community legal centres helped almost 60,000 vulnerable Queenslanders, but had to turn away more than 55,000. A new report from Community Legal Centres Queensland titled ... Read More »

Clergy and politicians say a change in the definition of marriage will impact all Church members

Clergy and politicians say a change in the definition of marriage will impact all Church members

ALL members of religious groups deserve the right to not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies if they hold a traditional view of marriage, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said in a submission to a Senate inquiry. The Australian Senate has established a select committee to examine draft exemptions in proposed ... Read More »

Poverty blues: The number of young people living on the street is rising

Poverty blues: The number of young people living on the street is rising

MAX Bushnell and Bianca Jackson sit with an empty hat begging for help. They are the hard-luck face of the street in 2017, as support agencies like the St Vincent de Paul Society are bracing for a tough year ahead. Young people make up an increasing number of people turning ... Read More »

Disaster zones need your help, not heels and handbags, says new report

Disaster zones need your help, not heels and handbags, says new report

UNREQUESTED donations given to Pacific neighbours after disasters may cause more harm than good, a report commissioned by the Australian Red Cross has found. It’s the first research of its kind examining the often-huge financial burden of having to dispose of unwanted goods sent by well-meaning Australians. Fiji received 133 ... Read More »

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