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Church agencies condemn pay cut for low-paid workers

Church agencies condemn pay cut for low-paid workers

CATHOLIC groups have labelled the Fair Work Commission decision to cut the pay of some of Australia’s lowest-paid workers through reductions in penalty rates as “deplorable” and a “sad day” for Australia. St Vincent de Paul Society national council chief executive officer Dr John Falzon (pictured) said the cuts on ... Read More »

Gladstone priest welcomes city’s planned Islamic centre

Gladstone priest welcomes city’s planned Islamic centre

ONE of Gladstone’s Catholic priests has lent support to a bid to build an Islamic centre in the central Queensland town, despite an anti-Muslim campaign. “I’m absolutely in support of them being able to worship as easily as I do,” Star of the Sea parish priest Marist Father Kevin Redmond ... Read More »

Country spirit rises from ashes of NSW fires

Country spirit rises from ashes of NSW fires

MICHAEL Quade knows well how people in small country towns stick together in tough times, and he’s being reminded again as his school community rallies to support a young family whose house was destroyed by recent bushfires. Mr Quade is acting principal at Sacred Heart Primary School in Coolah, one ... Read More »

Catholic Church authorities have paid $276.1 million in victim compensation

Catholic Church authorities have paid $276.1 million in victim compensation

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard Catholic Church authorities have paid $276.1 million in victim compensation, treatment and other costs in the past 35 years. Counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness, told a commission hearing on February 16 that Church authorities had made the payments ... Read More »

Dementia emergency across the nation

Dementia emergency across the nation

TEN years ago at 53, Robyn Weller was working hard and looking forward to a happy retirement with husband Bob, but she was forgetting things. “She’d go downtown to do the shopping, and I’d get a phone call. ‘I can’t find the car’,” Bob Weller, who used to run cattle ... Read More »

Bishop Vincent Long tells Royal Commission he was abused

Bishop Vincent Long tells Royal Commission he was abused

PARRAMATTA Bishop Vincent Long has told the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse that he was a victim of sexual abuse by clergy. Bishop Long, who came to Australia as a refugee from Vietnam, told the commission he was abused soon after his arrival. “I was also a victim of ... Read More »

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 »

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