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Archbishop Coleridge says ABC not interested in the ‘real story’ of the Catholic Church following controversial domestic violence report

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge has condemned the ABC for its “antagonistic, one-sided narrative” of the Catholic Church, calling for a return to honest and true reporting of “the real Australia”. The Archbishop of Brisbane made his comments after a controversial essay published on the ABC website that explored domestic violence issues within Christian churches falsely reported that he did not respond to ... Read More »

Listening should be primary focus of Plenary Council, Queensland committee members say

Queensland Plenary Council executive committee members

QUEENSLAND Catholics appointed to advise the Plenary Council Bishops’ Commission say the Church needs to listen to the experiences of the faithful in order to plan for a viable future. Former Emmanuel Community moderator Shayne Bennett, ACU campus minister Sally Hood and Townsville theologian Fr Orm Rush are among 14 Catholics appointed to the plenary council executive committee. This committee will ... Read More »

Long-awaited Mary, Mother of Mercy Church opens at Burleigh Heads

Mary, Mother of Mercy Church

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge praised “the vision and energy” of the Burleigh Heads community as he blessed and dedicated the new Mary, Mother of Mercy Church in Australia’s largest Catholic parish. “I praise God not only for the priests who have built this place, for the craftsmen who have done the same, but for all of you who have been ... Read More »

Shocking extent of Church abuse revealed at Royal Commission

Francis Sullivan at the Royal Commission

THE final hearing into the Catholic Church at the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has revealed shocking data highlighting the extent of abuse in Church institutions spanning decades. In the opening session of a three-week hearing, Senior Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission Gail Furness SC revealed a study of Catholic Church data found 4444 people alleged child sexual abuse ... Read More »

Cultural change the key to protecting children, Archbishop Coleridge says

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AS well as fronting the Royal Commission this week, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has spent time speaking extensively to journalists about child abuse and the Church. Speaking to the ABC’s Radio National Breakfast, Archbishop Coleridge told presenter Fran Kelly, the Church was doing all it could to change the culture of the past to protect the children of today. “The data is ... Read More »

US doctor says Church committed ‘soul murder’ to abuse victims, urges changes

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

THE priest who exposed systemic child sex abuse in the Catholic Church in the United States has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the Church’s views on human sexuality were a major factor in the abuse crisis. Called as an expert witness, former Dominican Dr Thomas Doyle, a canon lawyer and consultant in the areas ... Read More »

Clergy and politicians say a change in the definition of marriage will impact all Church members

marriage

ALL members of religious groups deserve the right to not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies if they hold a traditional view of marriage, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said in a submission to a Senate inquiry. The Australian Senate has established a select committee to examine draft exemptions in proposed same-sex legislation for ministers of religion, civil celebrants and service ... Read More »

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