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Passionist Fathers’ failed outreach to Queensland Aboriginal people actually deemed a success 175 years on

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IT was the first attempt to evangelise the Aboriginal people of Queensland, and it failed. Archbishop John Bede Polding, the first Bishop of Australia, approached the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ, better known as the Passionists, to preach the Gospel to the Aboriginal people of Queensland. Archbishop Polding believed the Catholic Church had for too long neglected the ... Read More »

Pope calls Australians to be leaven of ‘holiness, justice and reconciliation’ in Plenary Council blessing

Pope Francis offers blessing for Plenary Council

THE Catholic Church in Australia has officially launched the Plenary Council 2020 – with support and blessings from Pope Francis – setting off a three-year conversation about the future shape of the Church and its mission. Launched on the feast of Pentecost, May 20, the plenary council will culminate in gatherings in 2020 and 2021 to consider the Church’s governance, ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge elected president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge will take inspiration from Pope Francis as he prepares to lead Australia’s Bishops through the humiliation of the sexual abuse crisis and the upcoming historic plenary council. Archbishop Coleridge was today elected president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the permanent collegial assembly of the Bishops of Australia. “With few illusions about myself or the task ... Read More »

National standards for safeguarding children, vulnerable adults open for comment

Sheree Limbrick

DIOCESES, congregations and parishioners will all be able to have their say about the Catholic Church’s draft national standards to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. Submissions are being sought about the draft standards that can be found on the new Catholic Professional Standards Ltd website launched this week. CPSL chief executive officer Sheree Limbrick said broad consultation around the standards ... Read More »

Missionary Sister released from detention calls Australians to support human rights causes in Philippines

Sr Patricia Fox

UPDATE: The Philippines Government has ordered Sr Patricia Fox to leave the mainly Catholic southeast Asian country within 30 days after immigration authorities revoked her missionary visa for joining protest rallies. The immigration bureau has demanded Sr Fox leave the Philippines after “she was found to have engaged in activities that are not allowed under the terms and conditions of ... Read More »

Australian ambassador to the Holy See gives insight into Vatican life during first visit to Queensland seminary

Melissa Hitchman

AUSTRALIA’S first resident woman ambassador to the Holy See Melissa Hitchman has described Pope Francis’ papacy as a “unique moment in history”. “He is willing to dialogue on issues that the Church has previously not been prepared to do,” Ms Hitchman said at the start of a mid-term tour during which she will be speaking with Australian Catholic leaders and ... Read More »

What will be discussed at Australia’s plenary council?

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NOW that Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church in Australia to hold an historic plenary council – the first in more than 80 years – what is the biggest hot-button issue up for discussion? For some, the issue is whether the Catholic Church should allow married men to become priests, a move that would end a ... 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 »

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 »

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