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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 »

Bishop reaches out to bushfire victims

BISHOP Anthony Fisher of Parramatta has visited two school communities impacted by the ongoing bushfires in the Blue Mountains Deanery. The diocese’s Catholic Education communications manager Annette Loughlin-Smith said the bishop visited St Thomas Aquinas and St Columba’s schools in the badly affected Springwood area on October 28. Ms Loughlin-Smith said Bishop Fisher had told staff and students at school ... Read More »

Still questions of difference

“DESPITE the claims of those advocating marriage equality, you cannot equate something that is essentially different.” Canberra archdiocese administrator Monsignor John Woods said this was because “a union between same-sex people and a union between opposite-sex people is essentially different and only one has the potential to create new life”. Msgr Woods’ comments were made after the Marriage Equality (Same-Sex) ... Read More »

Faith formation vital in early years

Faith formation vital in early years

TEACHERS at Catholic schools should not only teach the faith, but should be visible witnesses to it, a leading educator told the 15th annual Call to Holiness Conference in Brisbane last weekend. Catholic Education Office Sydney religious education and evangelisation director Anthony Cleary made the comments during his speech at the conference focusing on the Second Vatican Council. About 100 ... Read More »

Protest anger disrupts pro-life march

Protest anger disrupts pro-life march

YOUNG Brisbane woman Veronica Hayes will not stop her campaign against abortion despite being caught up in last weekend’s violent clash with pro-abortionists during the March for Babies in Melbourne. “There were times when I was very afraid for my own safety,” Miss Hayes said. “I was also very concerned for the safety of all the other marchers, especially the ... Read More »

Centre to give new life and energy to Marist ministries

Centre to give new life and energy to Marist ministries

THE Marist Brothers Australian Province have continued the dream of their founder, St Marcellin Champagnat, with a new facility to serve Marist Schools, youth ministry, and international aid and development. The new facility, Marist Centre Brisbane, shares the same land as Marist College Ashgrove. Australian provincial leader Marist Brother Jeffrey Crowe officially opened the Marist Centre Brisbane on Friday, October ... Read More »

Reforms to make the Church safer

Reforms to make the Church safer

DEVELOPMENT of a reform agenda to effectively deal with clerical sexual abuse has been called the most “significant” in the Church’s more than 200-year history in Australia.Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive officer Francis Sullivan said the reforms were now being fully developed and would be presented to Church leaders in the first half of 2014.“These proposals recognise that ... Read More »

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