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Relationships educator warns of ignorance within Churches on pornography use among teens

Paul Ninnes

A PROMINENT Catholic relationships educator has warned that Christian churches are blind to the reality of the “porn pandemic” that is affecting young Queenslanders. Paul Ninnes, whose organisation Real Talk Australia sees more than 30,000 students in Catholic and state schools every year, said it was rare to meet teenagers who had not been exposed to pornography. “There’s huge ignorance ... Read More »

Greens pushing to scrap Our Father from parliament day

Our Father in Parliament

WHEN parliament returns from its winter recess, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has vowed to renew her push for the Lord’s Prayer to be ditched from Federal parliamentary proceedings. She describes the opening of each day of parliament as “insulting”. “Considering there’s many people who aren’t religious, there’s many people of different faiths, it’s time we started having an institution that ... Read More »

Iraqi Archbishop sees signs of new life in Syriac refugee families who moved to Australia to escape the Christian genocide

MOSUL’S former archbishop has named Australia one of the best countries for Iraqi refugees to build a new life amidst continued efforts by Islamic State to force a Christian “genocide” in their homeland. Archbishop Georges Casmoussa, an episcopal leader of the Syriac Catholic Church born in Iraq and based in Lebanon, said Australia was the first choice for many refugees ... Read More »

Lord’s Prayer in parliament a good reminder of work beyond politics

parliament

PRAYING the Lord’s Prayer in Queensland Parliament would remind politicians of a higher calling beyond politics, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Responding to a report in The Courier-Mail on mixed reaction from Labor ministers about the Lord’s Prayer during parliament, the Archbishop said the Lord’s Prayer was an “effective way” of setting parliament “in a larger context”. “At a time ... Read More »

Young Catholics party in the name of Jesus

Rave Party

FORGET the drugs and alcohol – there’s a rave party culture that’s opting for good, clean fun without the regrets. A former lay missionary from the Philippines Fredney Gales is helping to foster a culture of young people who can confidently reject the allure of a drug-imbued night out. After working as a lay missionary for seven years, Mr Gales ... Read More »

Q&A with Eric Abetz

Senator Eric Abetz is an Australian politician and a member of the Australian Senate since February 1994, representing the state of Tasmania. Mr Abetz is a Christian and throughout his political career he has been associated with Focus on the Family, Lyons Forum, Endeavour Forum, Family Council of Victoria, Fatherhood Foundation, Australian Christian Lobby, Australian Family Association and Right to ... Read More »

Marriage debate appropriate at university

Traditional marriage supporters

CATHOLIC university students are commending a Melbourne institution’s public support for a talk on traditional marriage and are asking for more in the debate. Australian Catholic University provided a venue for a public talk on the future of marriage organised by the Australian Christian Lobby last month. Renowned public speaker Ryan T. Anderson, known for adding a “refreshing” voice to ... Read More »

Discussion on ecumenism

Theologian Matthew Tan

MENTION social justice in a room where Catholics are mingling and expect a lengthy, heated discussion. The internal combustion caused by this term, “social justice”, and its push or pull among Catholics, almost defines the influence of the Second Vatican Council in the Catholic Church in Australia. But Dr Matthew Tan, a former Brisbane student and lecturer at Sydney’s Campion ... Read More »

The Catholic Loop | January 12, 2015

The Catholic Loop – Today’s news headlines for the busy Catholic | January 12, 2015 Pope Francis compared God’s Word to “a mother’s nourishing milk” in a baptism homily for 33 babies. France is in “a state of shock” but Paris Cardinal André Vingt-Trois urged the French to respond with “moderation, temperance and control”. Christian Mosul refugees are grateful to be alive in ... Read More »

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