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Canadian parish coach says stop catechising, start evangelising at Proclaim

Ron Huntley

CONVINCING an atheist or lapsed Catholic to fall in love with Jesus Christ begins with recognising that “people don’t care” about catechesis, Canadian parish coach Ron Huntley said. Speaking at the 2018 Proclaim Conference in Brisbane, Mr Huntley said the reason why the Church was not growing boiled down to a fundamental truth, that people don’t care about being taught ... Read More »

Proclaim Conference explores new ways of contemplating the face of Christ

Archbishop Coleridge

THIS is a spirit moment for the Church, Archbishop Mark Coleridge has told the Proclaim 2018 conference in Brisbane, challenging Catholic delegates to renew and rejuvenate the Church in Australia. “I am intensely conscious as I sat amongst you that I face the danger of being pale, male and stale,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “Here at Proclaim what we set ourselves ... Read More »

Gaudete et Exsultate: New apostolic letter calls all Catholics to lives of holiness

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has released a new apostolic letter to each and every Christian – a down-to-earth call to holiness in the midst of our everyday lives. Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and be glad”), subtitled “On the call to holiness in today’s world” is Pope Francis’ third apostolic exhortation, after Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) in 2013, and Amoris ... Read More »

Brisbane men reaching the un-churched through television

Robert Falzon and Mark Doyle

CATHOLIC preachers Robert Falzon and Mark Doyle are used to speaking in front of hundreds and thousands of people, so what’s it like talking to a camera for several hours? According to Mr Falzon, the founder of Catholic ministry MenALIVE and host of a new online video series, it’s a necessary mission for Catholics in Australia. “My interest in television ... Read More »

Co-author of US study into why young Catholics leave the Church praises Australia’s efforts to evangelise in schools

John Vitek

CHURCH leaders in Australia are ahead of those in the United States when it comes to finding new ways of evangelising millennials, the co-author of a recent American study into disaffiliated Catholics has said. John Vitek, the president and chief executive officer of Saint Mary’s Press in Minnesota, which commissioned a study into why young Catholics leave the Church, said ... Read More »

Australian Bishops defend religious freedom as ‘fundamental human right’

fight for religious freedom

THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for Australian laws to be updated to recognise religious freedom. “Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right,” the bishops said in a submission to the Federal Government’s Religious Freedom Review. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commissioned the review following last year’s “yes” vote on same-sex marriage, with hearings conducted by a five-member expert ... Read More »

Catholics leave comforts behind to roam city streets proclaiming the Gospel

Neocatechumenal Way evangelisation missions

FOR 10 days, Brisbane Catholic Stephen Kearney put his IT job on hold to tread the winter streets of Sydney’s inner west, announcing the Gospel. He took no money or mobile phone, only the Bible and rosary beads, and walked with a companion, a priest from Perth, visiting Catholic parishes, talking with priests and parishioners and anyone he met, knocking ... Read More »

New Queensland seminary building to school future priests in mission

Blessing Queensland's seminary building

QUEENSLAND seminarians will start a new course giving future priests practical experiences to prepare young people for mission and evangelisation. Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary last week opened and blessed a new multi-purpose learning centre dedicated to the patron of missions St Francis Xavier.  It will be the hub for a new school of mission for seminarians. The school will offer ... 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 »

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