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Push to remove conscience vote on abortion denounced by Brisbane pro-life leader

Push to remove conscience vote on abortion denounced by Brisbane pro-life leader

AN Australian Labor Party push to deprive its members in the Queensland Parliament of their right to vote according to their conscience on the decriminalisation of abortion has been criticised by Cherish Life Queensland. A pro-abortion group within the ALP, Labor for Choice, is pushing for this change to the party platform at the next national conference in July. “Freedom ... Read More »

Lowest income earners worse off after Budget, St Vincent de Paul Society says

Lowest income earners worse off after Budget, St Vincent de Paul Society says

THE St Vincent de Paul Society has spearheaded the Catholic response to the Federal budget, detailing how people on the lowest incomes will be worse off. “If you’re locked out of a job or in an insecure job, this Budget doesn’t even bring home the two-minute noodles,” St Vincent ‘s National Council chief executive officer Dr John Falzon said. Dr ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge elected president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Archbishop Coleridge elected president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge will take inspiration from Pope Francis as he prepares to lead Australia’s Bishops through the humiliation of the sexual abuse crisis and the upcoming historic plenary council. Archbishop Coleridge was today elected president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the permanent collegial assembly of the Bishops of Australia. “With few illusions about myself or the task ... Read More »

National standards for safeguarding children, vulnerable adults open for comment

National standards for safeguarding children, vulnerable adults open for comment

DIOCESES, congregations and parishioners will all be able to have their say about the Catholic Church’s draft national standards to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. Submissions are being sought about the draft standards that can be found on the new Catholic Professional Standards Ltd website launched this week. CPSL chief executive officer Sheree Limbrick said broad consultation around the standards ... Read More »

New eBook will prepare people with dementia for natural disasters

New eBook will prepare people with dementia for natural disasters

AUSTRALIANS are warned to prepare for natural disasters. But how do hundreds of thousands of Australians suffering from dementia cope during cyclones, floods and fires? A new guide from Queensland University of Technology’s Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration aims to assist the army of Australians who care for people with dementia, to be ready for the next disaster. Centacare’s dementia ... Read More »

Gonski 2.0: Major changes urged to overhaul education curriculum in Australia

Gonski 2.0: Major changes urged to overhaul education curriculum in Australia

THE Catholic education sector has welcomed sweeping changes recommended in the latest Gonski 2.0 report that advocates an overhaul of Australia’s school curriculum over five years. The National Catholic Education Commission said the report reflected many of the strategies identified in Catholic sector submissions including recommendations to ensure a strong foundation for the early years of schooling and a stronger ... Read More »

Parramatta bishop calls for increase to minimum wage on feast of St Joseph the Worker

Parramatta bishop calls for increase to minimum wage on feast of St Joseph the Worker

‘It’s impossible to look for paid work if you’re homeless and hungry’ AUSTRALIA faces a wage crisis with low paid workers and their families in danger of falling into poverty, according to the chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen. In his annual pastoral letter for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker ... Read More »

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