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Look on asylum seekers with compassion

Look on asylum seekers with compassion

CATHOLICS have been called upon to look on asylum seekers with compassion and mercy “in the spirit of Christmas”. Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office director Fr Maurizio Pettenà said this year more than 6000 asylum seekers would spend Christmas in immigration detention facilities. Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Migrants and Refugees Bishop Gerard Hanna said “while (Government) policy is ... Read More »

Adoption reform gathering speed

LIFE-AFFIRMING independent advocacy group Women’s Forum Australia have welcomed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s commitment to reform inter-country adoption processes in Australia. Women’s Forum Australia have been conducting research and education campaign into adoption barriers in Australia since August this year. Research committee member Dr Joanna Howe, who last month spoke at the annual Cherish Life dinner in Brisbane, said the ... Read More »

Archbishop gives testimony at Royal Commission

Archbishop gives testimony at Royal Commission

By PAUL DOBBYN BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has described his recent appearance as witness at the Royal Commission hearings as “draining” but also encouraging. “The experience made it clear to me that everyone involved, for all their differences of perspective, wants the same result – healing for victims, a safer world for children and a purified Church,” Archbishop Coleridge said. ... Read More »

Idris in league with Vinnies

Idris in league with Vinnies

By PAUL DOBBYN TITANS rugby league star Jamal Idris has dived in to help the Gold Coast’s St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas drive following a dramatic increase in calls to the charity from the region’s less fortunate. His appeal came as the society’s Diocesan Central Council president Jim Donaldson reported a 25 per cent increase in calls for help ... Read More »

Bid for same-sex referendum

Bid for same-sex referendum

By ROBIN WILLIAMS THE day after dozens of same-sex couples took part in ceremonies in the Australian Capital Territory a move by a Victorian senator to have the question of same-sex marriage put to a referendum was defeated. Democratic Labour Party Senator John Madigan gave notice on December 4 of his intention to move for a referendum on marriage laws ... Read More »

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 »

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