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Leader renews its goal to reach out in Jesus’ name

Leader renews its goal to reach out in Jesus’ name

To welcome the new format of The Catholc Leader, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has written to support the paper’s new direction. THE Catholic Leader first saw the light of day long ago when things in society and the Church were different. In the meantime, it has established itself as one of Australia’s leading Catholic papers, with a distribution far beyond ... Read More »

Government asylum ruling ‘mean-spirited’

Government asylum ruling ‘mean-spirited’

By ROBIN WILLIAMS CATHOLIC religious organisations have hit out at the Federal Government’s decision to suspend the granting of new permanent protection visas for asylum seekers. Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning said the freeze was “a new low” and “partisan politics at its worst”, while Josephite leader-elect Sr Monica Cavanagh (pictured) called the move “un-Australian”. Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice ... Read More »

Difficult days for Catholic community

Difficult days for Catholic community

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin hearings into the Catholic Church’s victim’s reparation and pastoral response scheme, Towards Healing, from today. Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive officer Francis Sullivan said the start of the hearings would be a difficult day for both victims and the Catholic community. “These are important days of ... Read More »

Statement of Commitment from leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia to support the work of the Royal Commission

Statement of Commitment from leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia to support the work of the Royal Commission

THE Catholic Church in Australia, in its submissions to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and in its communications with both the Catholic and broader communities has made the following commitment: The leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia recognise and acknowledge the devastating harm caused to people by the crime of child sexual abuse. We ... Read More »

Overcrowding in jails a major concern

Overcrowding in jails a major concern

 PRISONERS in some Queensland jails are unable to use the toilets through the night due to overcrowding. Catholic Prison Ministry co-ordinator Dave Martin said he had seen the overcrowding in his contact with prison communities over the past six years. The practice of “doubling up” where prisoners share cells was potentially a major problem, he said. Mr Martin said overcrowding ... Read More »

GP warns on abortion law

GP warns on abortion law

A MELBOURNE GP facing deregist-ration under Victorian abortion laws for refusing to refer a client for an abortion has warned similar laws could soon spread to other states. Dr Mark Hobart, who runs a practice at Sunshine North, gave the example of proposed abortion laws under discussion in Tasmania – Tasmanian Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013. “These laws ... Read More »

NSW MP continues defence of marriage

NSW MP continues defence of marriage

OPPONENTS of the legalisation of same-sex marriage have reiterated the Federal Government should be the only legislator on the matter. NSW MP Greg Donnelly (pictured) warned “the battle over the meaning of marriage has clearly moved from the Commonwealth Parliament to state and territory legislatures”. His comments came as debate in the NSW Parliament on a proposed bill to create ... Read More »

Flyers to give council overview

Flyers to give council overview

THE distribution of more than 70,000 information flyers will give Catholics throughout Brisbane archdiocese and the rest of Australia greater understanding of the Church’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The flyers outline the role of the Truth Justice and Healing Council in engaging with the Royal Commission and its role as an advisory ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics walk to honour God

Brisbane Catholics walk to honour God

WEARY, blistered Brisbane Catholics trekked from Ballarat to Bendigo in Victoria last weekend in extreme heat on the annual Christus Rex pilgrimage. The three day, 90km journey challenged the bodies, minds, hearts and spirits of the 200 Australian and international pilgrims who walked in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s passion. A spokeswoman  said for many it was a physical way to ... Read More »

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