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Church rolls on with its safety plans aimed at tightening protection and governance

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THE Church is pushing ahead with historic safeguarding measures aimed at tightening protection and governance – in line with recommendations of Australia’s Royal Commission into child sexual abuse. The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards – containing 10 criteria – is the latest tool to be adopted and, according to the presidents of Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, ... Read More »

Church voices weigh in on confusion over some Catholic schools teaching gender-neutral prayers

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A CANON lawyer has spoken out about the correct form of prayers, after a mainstream media furore about some Brisbane Catholic girls’ schools teaching gender-neutral descriptions to replace traditional terms like “Lord”, “Father”, and “Son” during prayers. “My observation is that many teachers in Catholic schools don’t know the Catholic faith, and Catholics among them don’t practise the Catholic faith, ... Read More »

Church advocates higher wages for Australian families who are doing it tough as real wages slump

LOW-income families have not been “sufficiently protected by the decisions in the annual wage reviews”, a Church delegation told the Fair Work Commission on May 15. The Fair Work Act has “failed to provide an adequate wages safety net for low-paid workers with family responsibilities” or “alleviate the poverty and disadvantage suffered by them and their families”. John Fernon and ... Read More »

Franciscans, students, parishioners – Kedron celebrates 50 years of Little Flower Church

PARISHIONERS, Franciscan friars and sisters, parish school students and locals filled Little Flower Church, Kedron to celebrate 50 years of worship and community on March 31. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated the anniversary Mass, joined by parish administrator Franciscan Father Mario Debattista and Franciscan Father Anthony Selvaraj in a packed church. There have been three churches where Little Flower Church ... Read More »

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