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Fear and Anxiety in Australia explored by ACU panellists

Fear and Anxiety in Australia explored by ACU panellists

IS Australia in a time of fear? If so, what are we afraid of and what does this mean for our future? These were the questions posed to four eminent panellists at the Australian Catholic University’s fifth annual stakeholder dinner in Brisbane on March 21. The panellists were Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, ACU vice-chancellor and president Professor Greg Craven, Catholic ... Read More »

Jesuit Father John Reilly remembered as a dedicated spiritual father, retreat director

Jesuit Father John Reilly remembered as a dedicated spiritual father, retreat director

AUSTRALIA’S longest-serving Jesuit superior who directed silent retreats for hundreds of priests, religious and lay Catholics, Fr John Reilly, has been remembered as a dedicated spiritual father at his funeral at St Ignatius Church, Toowong today. Fr Reilly, who was the former superior to the Jesuits in Brisbane for 12 years, died peacefully on March 15 aged 88. He leaves ... Read More »

Youth Off the Streets leader says young offenders need help

Youth Off the Streets leader says young offenders need help

AUSTRALIA’S youth justice system is under extreme pressure. In the past few months incarcerated juveniles have rioted in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria, with serious incidents in the Northern Territory. On November 10, up to 20 young offenders at Townsville’s Cleveland Detention Centre went on a night-long rampage that forced prison staff into hiding. Some sustained serious injuries and were ... Read More »

‘Please pray for me’: New bishop belongs to Lismore

‘Please pray for me’: New bishop belongs to Lismore

Bishop Gregory Homeming addressed the congregation at the end of the Mass for his episcopal ordination and installation as the Bishop of Lismore in St Carthageís Cathedral on February 22. This is some of what he said. IN thanking people, I will name very few, because if I name some I will offend others. I have two that I want ... Read More »

New horizons in sight following Royal Commission hearings on the Catholic Church

New horizons in sight following Royal Commission hearings on the Catholic Church

IN the wake of the Catholic Church’s final hearing before the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Church leaders from across Australia have held a day of “reflection and conversation” on child safety. The three-week Royal Commission hearing investigated the Church’s response to a crisis of child sexual abuse by members over six decades, and particularly the Church’s plans for child ... Read More »

Catholic advocates say State of the Environment report echoes Papal encyclical Laudato Si’

Catholic advocates say State of the Environment report echoes Papal encyclical Laudato Si’

CATHOLIC environmental advocates say the State of the Environment report recognises the links between climate change and human activity. Sister of Mercy Wendy Flannery, the convener of Climate Frontlines at Friends of the Earth, Brisbane, said the report “echoes Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ in so many ways”. She said the report acknowledged what Pope Francis eloquently affirmed throughout his encyclical ... Read More »

Catholic Religious Australia criticises penalty rates cut, says it will hurt the vulnerable

Catholic Religious Australia criticises penalty rates cut, says it will hurt the vulnerable

UNIONS, churches and even some businesses have joined a chorus of concern against the recent decision to reduce weekend penalty rates. While unions are planning an ongoing campaign of industrial action, Catholic Religious Australia is concerned that the Fair Work Commission’s decision will increase inequity and hurt the most vulnerable people – the young, women and students. “As politicians claim ... Read More »