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Push to have women tested for Fragile X Syndrome ‘ethically troublesome’

Push to have women tested for Fragile X Syndrome ‘ethically troublesome’

A THORNY ethical dilemma surrounds a new push by doctors to have women screened for Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), linked to intellectual disabilities and the most common single genetic cause of autism. Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne are recommending that women should be offered testing for FXS, an inherited genetic condition, if pregnant ... Read More »

Catholics leave comforts behind to roam city streets proclaiming the Gospel

Catholics leave comforts behind to roam city streets proclaiming the Gospel

FOR 10 days, Brisbane Catholic Stephen Kearney put his IT job on hold to tread the winter streets of Sydney’s inner west, announcing the Gospel. He took no money or mobile phone, only the Bible and rosary beads, and walked with a companion, a priest from Perth, visiting Catholic parishes, talking with priests and parishioners and anyone he met, knocking ... Read More »

NDIS rollout calls for reflection on original Centacare mission, disability service expert says

NDIS rollout calls for reflection on original Centacare mission, disability service expert says

DISABILITY services expert Annette Drew believes advanced pre-planning and keeping to the “mission at heart” would ensure Centacare’s Brisbane clients make a smooth transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Mrs Drew has managed Centacare’s Supported Accommodation Independent Lifestyle (Sail) in Sunnybank for 17 years, and said the NDIS offered great opportunities but also big challenges for staff and clients ... Read More »

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

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

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 »

Queensland Catholic education leader on Gonski review panel

Queensland Catholic education leader on Gonski review panel

QUEENSLAND Catholic educational leader Dr Lee-Anne Perry has been applauded as a key appointment to the new Gonski 2.0 review panel that will advise the Federal Government on school funding in the next decade. “I want to contribute to the conversation around improving outcomes by bringing to the table the perspectives of Catholic schools and also my own experience as ... Read More »

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

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

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 »

Central Australia’s Arrernte people can now read the Bible in their own language

Central Australia’s Arrernte people can now read the Bible in their own language

ABOUT 5000 central Australian Aborigines are now able to read the Bible in their own Arrernte language. “It’s a project that has taken more than twenty-five years,” Divine Word Missionaries Father Prakash Menezes, who is assistant priest at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Alice Springs, said. “Having their own language Bible allows people their own identity now. ... Read More »

Australian Catholic religious congregations apologise for abuse at national assembly

Australian Catholic religious congregations apologise for abuse at national assembly

A NATIONAL assembly of Australia’s Catholic religious congregations has included an apology for past abuse in schools and institutions, and a call to religious congregations to “be prophetic” and emerge from dark times with healing and hope. Keynote speaker, missionary and educator Sister of Notre Dame Mary Sujita urged 130 participants at the assembly in Melbourne from June 20-22 to ... Read More »

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