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Queensland abortion legislation is ‘a horrible law, a total disregard for innocent human life’

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has questioned the integrity of the “so-called ‘conscience’ vote” when the Queensland Parliament voted to decriminalise abortion in a late-night extended session. The bill, which passed Queensland Parliament by 50 votes to 41 on October 17, allows for abortions up to 22 weeks, and beyond 22 weeks with the approval of a second doctor. These late-term ... Read More »

Brisbane community offers thanksgiving for 100 years of Columban Fathers’ evangelisation

THE Columban Fathers’ mission of spreading the Gospel message across the world has been honoured at a Mass to celebrate the order’s centenary. The Mass of Thanksgiving at Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday celebrated the Missionary Society of St Columban evangelising the world. Among the concelebrating priests were five Columbans – Fr Noel Connolly, Fr Gary Walker, Fr Warren ... Read More »

Youth outreach to go far beyond Brisbane for Ignite Conference in 2019

THE “dream to expand” Ignite Youth has become a reality. This weekend at Ignite Conference in Brisbane archdiocese, more than 1500 participants and supporters welcomed the announcement of a second conference to align with Ignite Youth’s national “flagship event”. From 2019, Ignite Conference will expand into Sydney archdiocese, answering the need to house a “bursting at the seams” crowd. “We’re ... Read More »

Archbishops to meet Prime Minister to solve ‘looming crisis’ of school funding model

Bishops to meet PM Turnbull

AUSTRALIA’S most senior Church figures hope a meeting with the Prime Minister can avoid a “looming crisis” for Catholic schools “with many schools facing the prospect of closure”. Education funding topped the agenda of a July 19 with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney, with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge attending as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, accompanied by ... Read More »

New ACBC president to ‘make sure Jesus is at the heart of everything’

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge says he will be “working to make sure Jesus is at the heart of everything” as he prepares to lead Australia’s Catholics through the sexual abuse crisis and the upcoming historic plenary council. “This will mean helping the Church find a distinctively Gospel voice in the great social debates – not fighting ideology with ideology, but ... Read More »

Pyne bills withdrawn after LNP votes to block proposed abortion legislation

PRO-life campaigners are claiming victory after the scrapping of Queensland’s controversial abortion bills. Member for Cairns Rob Pyne withdrew his two private member’s bills, which aimed to legalise abortion, a day before the bills were due to be voted on in Parliament on March 1. “It was a victory for common sense,” Cherish Life Queensland president Julie Borger said. “These ... Read More »

Catholic Church authorities have paid $276.1 million in victim compensation

Justice Peter McClellan

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard Catholic Church authorities have paid $276.1 million in victim compensation, treatment and other costs in the past 35 years. Counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness, told a commission hearing on February 16 that Church authorities had made the payments to thousands of child sexual abuse victims who came forward ... Read More »

Archbishop says Church must end ‘culture of concealment’

Royal Commission

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge described the Church as “a law unto ourselves”, and said Pope Francis and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse were catalysts for cultural change. Archbishop Coleridge was a panellist on the third day of the Royal Commission hearing in Sydney discussing Catholic Church structural and cultural issues, including accountability and transparency. Archbishop Coleridge ... Read More »

Iraqi refugees welcomed to Darra by Archbishop and school community

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has used a pastoral visit to Darra to welcome newly-arrived Iraqi refugee families. Two families driven from their war-torn homeland have spent the past two years in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, and have been reunited with relatives already living in Brisbane. “Last week we had two couples arrive with their children at our school, ... Read More »

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