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Australia’s saint turned Margaret Hatzis’ grief into joy with music

Margaret Hatzis

PRIMARY school teacher Margaret Hatzis had one of those “aha moments” while standing next to Mary MacKillop’s tomb in North Sydney. It was 2008 and as she was surrounded only by candlelight, Margaret looked at the holy tomb and realised her entire life – literally from the moment she was born – had been shaped by the then soon-to-be saint. ... Read More »

Queensland’s same-sex adoption laws denies child the right to a mother and father, opponents say

gay adoptions

NEW Queensland legislation allowing same-sex couples to adopt, denies the rights of the child, according to opponents including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. “It represents another attempt to say there is no difference between heterosexual marriage and same-sex partnerships or marriage, and raises all sorts of questions about the rights of the child,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “The fundamental problem is that ... Read More »

Queensland couple told toddler Cal can stay in Australia until January

Mackalistair So-On

THE Brisbane guardians of a toddler born on Manus Island have been told he can stay in Australia until at least next January. It’s a temporary reprieve for two-year-old Mackalistair So-On, who was left by his biological mother and father in the care of Karen and Craig Wells during a trip to Brisbane last year. The couple has been fighting ... Read More »

75 unborn babies “spiritually adopted” in Toowomba

Fr Roque Maguinsay and Nancy Webb

“I LOVE you.”   Doesn’t everyone long to hear these words? To be told they are loved unconditionally? My own experience of love and the desire for everyone to experience this love is what inspired me to spread the culture of life with the 2016 spiritual adoption program in Sacred Heart parish, Toowoomba. Spiritual adoption involves praying for an individual ... Read More »

What it’s like to be an adoptive parent

Adoptive parents

WHEN we first moved into our local suburb, the sight of my wife and children walking down the main street would cause quite a few heads to turn. It is not every day that you see a redhead walking hand-in-hand with two Korean children. In this country, at least, adoption remains very rare although the comments are always positive and ... Read More »

Pro-life supporters pray on Brisbane streets for end to abortion

March for life

HUNDREDS prayed the Queensland Government would continue to uphold a child’s right to live during the first pro-life march through Brisbane last week. More than 400 people, including Catholic supporters, converged for the first March for Life through Brisbane city in a silent protest against abortion. The march took the pro-life message from Queens Park to Parliament House in an ... Read More »

Religious freedom wins in Victoria same-sex adoption law

Victorian adoption laws changed

RELIGIOUS adoption agencies can freely refuse same-sex couples wanting to adopt a child in Victoria under an amended bill that passed yesterday. Victorian Parliament passed the controversial bill allowing same-sex couples a chance to adopt children in the state, but with an amendment omitting Clause 17, which would have prohibited faith-based agencies from an exemption. The amended bill would also ... Read More »

Catholic MP says Vic Govt wants to “crush Catholic influence” with same-sex adoption

CATHOLIC Liberal politician Bernie Finn suspects backlash against a religious exemption on Victoria’s new same-sex adoption law is an “ongoing war on Christianity”. Same-sex adoption became legal when Upper House passed the legislation on November 12, but with an exemption for faith-based agencies. The exemption is at the heart of a debate between the state’s Liberal-National coalition, which voted in ... Read More »

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