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Atheists and Christians can enjoy sympathetic and interesting conversations about religion

Atheists and Christians can enjoy sympathetic and interesting conversations about religion

RELIGION is one topic that should never be discussed at the dinner table, so the old maxim goes. And, for years, atheists and Christians have been considered poles apart on this topic.  According to Australian Catholic University’s Professor David Newheiser, this caricature is based on a false premise. Prof Newheiser is part of an international collaborative project called Atheism and ... Read More »

Church welcomes Federal Government move to protect freedom of religion in Australia

Church welcomes Federal Government move to protect freedom of religion in Australia

2019 is shaping as a year of reckoning for religious freedom in Australia, with the Church welcoming a Federal Government move to protect freedom of religion in law. “Our preference is that the law recognise religious freedom in a positive way as a basic, internationally-protected human right – and one that deserves protection,” the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference spokesman on ... Read More »

Tongan Caritas leader says ‘effects of climate change are being felt on a daily basis’

Tongan Caritas leader says ‘effects of climate  change are being felt on a daily basis’

AFTER world leaders gathered in Poland for the United Nations’ annual climate conference, a Catholic advocate in the Pacific has warned of the environmental damage being suffered on her island home. “The effects of climate change are being felt on a daily basis,” Caritas Tonga director Amelia Ma’afu said. Tonga and other countries across the Pacific are among those most ... Read More »

Archbishop Philip Wilson’s conviction for concealing child sexual abuse quashed

Archbishop Philip Wilson’s conviction for concealing child sexual abuse quashed

A JUDGE has described how Australia’s mainstream media can exert subtle pressure during court cases, as he quashed the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson for covering up child sexual abuse. The former Adelaide Archbishop, on December 6, won a court appeal against his conviction for covering up abuse.  The Newcastle District Court upheld an appeal by Archbishop Wilson, 68, who ... Read More »

‘Devastating’ fires hit region, Rockhampton bishop praises the spirit and generosity of volunteers

‘Devastating’  fires hit region,  Rockhampton bishop praises the spirit and generosity of volunteers

THE courage of firefighters battling to save lives and property has been recounted by a priest as Queensland turns to recovery after a fortnight of scorching conditions classified as “catastrophic” for the first time. “This was like hand-to-hand combat,” Finch Hatton parish priest Fr Don White said, describing how volunteer firefighters fought intense flames to defend their town of 260 ... Read More »

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