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Abortion grief overwhelming

Abortion grief overwhelming

AUSTRALIA is “drowning in abortion grief”, according to the founder of Victims of Abortion and author of Redeeming Grief For more than 20 years, Anne Lastman has counselled thousands of post-abortive women who pass through her Victoria-based trauma and counselling practice. In March, she will share about the effects of abortion symptoms, of post-abortion trauma, different behaviours of males and ... Read More »

Religious criticise secrecy

Religious criticise secrecy

THE Federal Government’s policy of secrecy on issues relating to asylum seekers has come under attack by Catholic Religious Australia leaders. CRA president Sisters of Charity Sister Annette Cunliffe and CRA justice network co-ordinator Sr Suzette Clark said a “pattern of secrecy” had existed on the issue ever since the Federal Government took office. “For example, briefings on the matter ... Read More »

Cherish Life backs bid to create safe havens for babies

Cherish Life backs bid to create safe havens for babies

CHERISH Life Queensland has thrown its support behind a Tasmanian senator’s bid to create safe havens for babies abandoned at birth. Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has been advocating Baby Safe Havens for several years. She renewed her efforts late last year following Tasmanian Coroner Olivia McTaggart’s call for the mother of a new-born baby found deceased in a park ... Read More »

Vinnies alert on welfare

Vinnies alert on welfare

THE Federal Government has been challenged to look at “broadening its revenue base to ensure those at the top actually pay their fair share” as it looks at a review of welfare     payments. The St Vincent de Paul Society’s national council chief executive officer Dr John Falzon said “the Government needs to abandon an ideological fixation with taking from ... Read More »

Caritas hit by government cuts

Caritas hit by government cuts

CARITAS Australia has added its voice to other groups protesting against the Federal Government’s cuts of $650 million from Australia’s official aid program in the 2013-14 financial year. Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan said it was “unfortunate such a decision had been made in the first year of our partnership with the new government”. He said the generosity ... Read More »

Cosgrove taking on major role

Cosgrove taking on major role

AUSTRALIAN Catholic University chancellor General Peter Cosgrove has resigned to take up a five-year term as Australia’s next governor general. General Cosgrove starts his appointment, as the Queen’s representative in Australia in March, replacing Quentin Bryce. The former Defence Force chief was appointed ACU chancellor of in November 2010. Pro-Chancellor Edward Excell will take over from the general until a ... Read More »

Bishop challenges ‘fighting’ words on asylum

Bishop challenges ‘fighting’ words on asylum

AUSTRALIAN Catholic Social Justice Council chairman Bishop Christopher Saunders has challenged the Federal Government’s claims of “fighting a war” on asylum seekers. “If it is a war, then it is being fought against wretched and defenceless people,” he said. “We are ignoring the most important issue – the millions of people in our region and around the world who need ... Read More »

Church agency wary about closure of detention centres

Church agency wary about closure of detention centres

THE Federal Government’s decision to close four immigration detention facilities in Australia has drawn mixed reactions from the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office.ACMRO national director Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettenà welcomed the decision, but questioned the fate of those not reaching Australia’s shores for asylum as a result of Government policies. “If these people are not coming to Australia, where ... Read More »

Parliamentary prayer holds broad appeal

Parliamentary prayer holds broad appeal

POLITICIANS calling for an end to the saying of The Lord’s Prayer to open Federal Parliament should realise the prayer has Jewish as well as Christian connections. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, a noted scripture scholar, said The Lord’s Prayer was “in fact largely Jewish in its inspiration, concepts and language”. “Therefore it offends neither Jewish nor Muslim sensibility – given ... Read More »

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