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Diocese of Ballarat failed to act in the interests of abused children for decades, Royal Commission reports says

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THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has exposed “catastrophic failure” in Church leadership in the Diocese of Ballarat. “That failure led to the suffering and often irreparable harm to children, their families and the wider community,” commissioners said in a report released today (November 6). “That harm could have been avoided if the Church had acted ... Read More »

Melbourne archdiocese had culture of secrecy to protect Church interests, new report says

THE Archdiocese of Melbourne allowed paedophile priests to abuse scores of children, according to a report released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The report, which describes “a culture of secrecy” inside the Melbourne archdiocese, was released on December 5, just 10 days before the Commission’s final report is due to be handed down. It ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge reflects on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Christian faiths across the globe remembered the 500th anniversary since German Catholic priest Martin Luther published his 95 theses in 1517, marking the beginning of what would become the Protestant Reformation.  Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge reflects on the conflict and graces that have come out of this important movement.   RECENTLY I saw an item on a website which bore ... Read More »

Healing liturgy at Kenmore acknowledges sexual abuse failures of the Church

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CATHOLICS from seven parishes in Brisbane’s west have acknowledged the Church’s failing of survivors of sexual abuse during a moving healing liturgy in Kenmore. Parishioners from the Brisbane West deanery, which incorporates the parishes of Corinda Graceville, Darra Jindalee, Inala, Indooroopilly, Kenmore, St Lucia and Toowong, gathered at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Kenmore, on October 23 to acknowledge ... Read More »

Aileen wants to spread the Word of God

AILEEN Nasalio is a young Catholic who has “re-connected” with the Church; now she wants to head for prison. The 20-year-old Brisbane woman is so fired with renewed faith that she would love to take the program that’s made such a difference for her and share it with prisoners. “I really want to let people in prisons know that God ... Read More »

Brisbane fertility experts helping couples find healthy alternatives to IVF

A LEADING Brisbane doctor is among a group of health care practitioners aiming to set up a new field of medicine dedicated to a restorative approach to solving infertility. Dr Luke McLindon, an obstetrician and gynaecologist from Brisbane’s Mater Hospital, is promoting restorative reproductive medicine as a holistic approach to helping couples restore fertility. “The big challenge over the last ... 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 »

Impressive first church ready to open at Springfield

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BRISBANE’S newest church will be blessed and dedicated next Friday – the completion of a “spiritual dream” for parish priest Fr Mauro Conte and patient parishioners of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Springfield Lakes. For seven years Springfield’s place of worship has been a hall at St Augustine’s College, with packed Sunday congregations reaching 450-500 people. Together parishioners have ... Read More »

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