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Queensland’s shameful secret

Queensland’s shameful secret

By Paul Dobbyn A YOUNG brother and sister living with their parents in cars in bayside Brisbane are among Queensland’s best-kept secrets. So are the other 5000 homeless young children in this state, according to Rosies chief executive officer Troy Bailey. “I met the bayside family a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “Somehow the mother was getting the children ... Read More »

Unveiling the horror of child detention

Unveiling the horror of child detention

By Emilie Ng UNCERTAINTY about the morality of child detention could be shaken by a provocative art installation organised by international aid agency Catholic Mission. Catholic Mission’s Brisbane office displayed the organisation’s Free the Children art installation outside St Stephen’s Cathedral on September 15. Free the Children is one of two public support campaigns supported by Catholic Mission Brisbane this ... Read More »

Bishop Fisher still in shock over appointment

Bishop Fisher still in shock over appointment

THE rise of terrorism in the world, the challenge of child sexual abuse in the Church, and the importance of marriage are among topics covered in a Vatican Radio interview with Sydney’s Archbishop-elect Anthony Fisher. The interview was aired after Pope Francis’ September 18 announcement that the Bishop of Parramatta would be the ninth Archbishop of Sydney. Bishop Fisher succeeds ... Read More »

Bishop Anthony Fisher appointed Archbishop of Sydney

Bishop Anthony Fisher appointed Archbishop of Sydney

BISHOP Anthony Fisher, a Dominican, is the new Archbishop of Sydney. Pope Francis announced the appointment on September 18. The Bishop of Parramatta becomes the ninth Archbishop of Sydney. His appointment follows the transfer of Cardinal George Pell, former Archbishop of Sydney, to the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy. In a statement released from Parramatta diocese, Bishop Fisher said he ... Read More »

Victims are top priority

Victims are top priority

By Peter Bugden THE biggest challenge for the Church in dealing with child sexual abuse is to address its culture and tendency to be self-protective of its image, Truth, Justice and Healing Council chief executive officer Francis Sullivan said in Brisbane recently. Mr Sullivan was guest speaker at Brisbane archdiocese’s Assembly of Catholic Professionals lunch at the Hilton Hotel on ... Read More »

Australian participants hope synod on family will show a better way

Australian participants hope synod on family will show a better way

By Peter Bugden  AUSTRALIANS invited to the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family are not hoping for changes in Church teaching, but for better ways to spread its message of love and compassion and to pastorally support families. That was a consensus among some of those who will attend the synod from October 5-19 in Rome. The extraordinary synod ... Read More »

Striving for the best in our sporting nation

Striving for the best in our sporting nation

AUSTRALIA’S Catholic bishops have gone into bat for the future of “good sport” in Australia. This follows the launch of the bishops’ 2014­2015 Social Justice Statement, A Crown for Australia: Striving for the best in our sporting nation. The statement comes ahead of Social Justice Sunday being celebrated on September 28. Former AFL coach and player Kevin Sheedy and journalist ... Read More »

Church people comment on Australia’s military involvement in Iraq

Church people comment on Australia’s military involvement in Iraq

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Deacon Gary Stone is watching Australia’s deepening military involvement in northern Iraq with concern and frustration yet he knows the lives of innocent people must be protected. As an infantry lieutenant colonel, he commanded an Australian Army peacekeeping contingent on the Iran-Iraq border in 1989-90. In 2003, Deacon Stone warned in a story in The ... Read More »

Brisbane student to say ‘g’day’ to Pope Francis

Brisbane student to say ‘g’day’ to Pope Francis

CAMERON Harder-Hutton found out on Monday that next week he will need to make an important phone call that he will never forget. The Year 12 student will call Pope Francis at 1am on September 5 to take part in a global meeting with six other young representing the world’s continents. He will be the only person to represent Oceania ... Read More »

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