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Bishop John Gerry, a generous soul gone but not forgotten

Bishop John Gerry

ONE of Brisbane’s most popular leaders and the “architect” of an archdiocesan social welfare arm, Bishop John Gerry, will be laid to rest on the 67th anniversary of his priesthood. Tributes have flowed for the retired Brisbane auxiliary bishop, who died on December 13 at Holy Spirit Northside Hospital, aged 90. Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend his funeral at St ... Read More »

Brisbane’s newest deacon ‘fired up’ for his 58th Christmas

ANDREW O’Brien’s had 57 Christmases in his lifetime, but his 58th will be different – the Holy Spirit is making sure of that. Married and the father of three sons, he was ordained a permanent deacon for Brisbane archdiocese only last month so he and everyone around him are still getting used to that. He’s still the same Andrew but ... Read More »

Royal Commission’s final report urges major changes to child safety across Australia

Justice Peter McClellan delivers Royal Commission final report to Peter Cosgrove

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommends prioritising child safety across the nation, including strengthening national and state laws, changing the culture within churches and organisations and providing for compensation and treatment for abuse survivors. The Commission’s final report was released today, comprising 409 recommendations. Of those, 189 recommendations had not been made until today’s 17-volume ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge calls for new nuptial catechesis following same-sex marriage poll results

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has advocated reconciliation and healing in Advent following the bitter same-sex marriage debate. In the wake of the postal survey and as new marriage legislation takes shape, Archbishop Coleridge has called for “clear-eyed vigilance” to ensure religious freedoms were protected, and a new approach to marriage preparation within the Church. “After a debate which was often ... Read More »

Crisis talks tell Vatican officials about state of the Church in Australia

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has delivered a sobering assessment of the Catholic Church in Australia, “shaken to the core” by the sexual abuse scandal and now facing its “biggest crisis”. Archbishop Coleridge and fellow Australian Church leaders have just returned from Rome where they held summit talks with senior Church officials over how to address the fallout of the clerical ... Read More »

Religious freedoms becoming crucial issues in the same-sex marriage debate

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has identified the rights of religious freedom and conscience as the crucial issues in the same-sex marriage debate. “It’s not just Church people like me who are concerned, there’s a broad concern in the community on this issue which goes to the heart of things in a country like Australia,” Archbishop Coleridge said, inviting Catholics to ... Read More »

‘The love of a same-sex union is valuable’ but not marriage, Archbishop Coleridge says

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has spoken out in favour of traditional marriage, addressed the use of “slippery language” in the same-sex marriage debate, and says Catholics will make up their own minds how they vote in the national postal survey. Archbishop Coleridge used an ABC TV interview to reinforce his recent pastoral letter in which he explained why he would ... Read More »

Expert picked by Pope to fight child sexual abuse visiting Brisbane to talk with priest, bishops, and laity

Fr Hans Zollner and Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE will host a public seminar by one of the Church’s front-line fighters against child sexual abuse, German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner. With a reputation as a reformer, Pope Francis named Fr Zollner, together with Irish child abuse survivor Marie Collins as founding members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2014. Fr Zollner is president of ... Read More »

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