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Catholics honoured with nominations for Australian of the Year awards

Catholics honoured with nominations for Australian of the Year awards

COURAGEOUS taxi driver Aguek Nyok who kicked down the door of a burning bus and unstoppable teenager with Down Syndrome Olivia Hargroder are among the list of nominees for the Australian of the Year awards. The South Sudanese refugee and Brisbane hero has been nominated as one of four Queensland finalists for Australia’s Local Hero, while Southern Cross Catholic College ... Read More »

Former Australian prime ministers speak out against Victorian euthanasia vote

Former Australian prime ministers speak out against Victorian euthanasia vote

HISTORIC voluntary euthanasia laws will head to Victoria’s upper house next month after the state’s lower house MPs endured a marathon sitting to pass proposed legislation. However, warnings from former Australian prime ministers have the potential to slow the political trajectory of the laws that would allow terminally ill patients with less than 12 months to live and who are ... Read More »

Informed conscience key for last minute voters still deciding yes or no to same-sex marriage

Informed conscience key for last minute voters still deciding yes or no to same-sex marriage

AS the same-sex marriage postal survey approaches a final deadline, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said yet-to-decide Catholics should vote with a “well formed and informed” conscience. “That means knowing what the Church teaches on marriage and why, understanding the relationship between the Church’s view of marriage and the secular law, and sifting some of the very slippery language that has ... Read More »

Brisbane fertility experts helping couples find healthy alternatives to IVF

Brisbane fertility experts helping couples find healthy alternatives to IVF

A LEADING Brisbane doctor is among a group of health care practitioners aiming to set up a new field of medicine dedicated to a restorative approach to solving infertility. Dr Luke McLindon, an obstetrician and gynaecologist from Brisbane’s Mater Hospital, is promoting restorative reproductive medicine as a holistic approach to helping couples restore fertility. “The big challenge over the last ... Read More »

Pastoral letter says voluntary assisted suicide will never be safe

Pastoral letter says voluntary assisted suicide will never be safe

RELIGIOUS leaders, politicians and doctors have rallied for a last-ditch campaign against Victoria’s proposed voluntary assisted dying bill expected to be introduced into parliament. Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, along with fellow Victorian Church leaders Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird, Sale Bishop Patrick O’Regan and Sandhurst Bishop Leslie Tomlinson, sent a pastoral letter to the Catholics of Victoria warning that voluntary assisted ... Read More »

Good Sams leadership to focus on people at the margins

Good Sams leadership to focus on people at the margins

THE newly-elected leader of the Good Samaritan Sisters has spoken out about the growing threat of conflict between the United States and North Korea. Sr Patty Fawkner, elected congregational leader for the next six years, has warned of “a potential disastrous conflict” and urged for prayer and “active peace-building” dialogue. “We observe with dismay the growing tensions between the United ... Read More »

Marriage changes will alter much more, advocate says

Marriage changes will alter much more, advocate says

COALITION for Marriage spokesman Dr David van Gend has told a conference in Brisbane if same-sex marriage passes into law Australia’s religious leaders would be intimidated “with the relentless threat of anti-discrimination lawsuits”. “Traditional moral teaching will become something to be whispered in private,” Dr van Gend (pictured), addressing the Spirit in the City conference, said. With the national same-sex ... Read More »

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

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 »

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