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Bishops call for protection of confessional seal following Royal Commission’s recommendations

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PROTECTING the sacred dialogue between God and sinner in the confessional needs to be paramount if Australian lawmakers are to follow new recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said. Archbishop Coleridge was responding to the recommendations made by Royal Commission into child sexual abuse that would require members of clergy to report information even if ... Read More »

Seminary turns 75: Former seminarians return to their alma mater for anniversary celebrations

Fr Anthony Mellor as a seminarian

ON November 3, the bishops and priests of Queensland went to Banyo to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary. Many priests, spanning several generations, some now retired, recalled fond memories of their years of formation at the seminary. Mass was celebrated in the former seminary chapel at the Australian Catholic University campus now called Holy Spirit Chapel. ... Read More »

Clergy relish trip down memory lane on jubilees

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RETIRED priest Fr Bernie Costigan was 25 when he walked through St Stephen’s Cathedral to become a changed man. The year was 1966, and Fr Costigan was to take his first step on the long walk down the centre aisle to enter the priesthood. “Well, it was all very exciting in a way, and very humbling,” he said. Fifty years ... Read More »

Big step in the right direction

By Michael Crutcher MONICA Applewhite was removing her shoes at an airport security station when she had a thought about changing community attitudes towards sexual abuse. “Twenty years ago, no one was walking with bare feet through an airport,” Dr Applewhite, an expert in abuse prevention and response, told a gathering in Brisbane recently. “Now, we all accept it. That’s ... Read More »

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