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GC2018: Surfers Paradise parish ‘in the eye of a very friendly storm’

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DESPITE world attention on the Commonwealth Games, parishioners at Surfers Paradise have been taking a mass influx of athletes and visitors all in their stride. Surfers Paradise is one of the largest Catholic parishes in Australia and many locals were finding it eerily quiet as they braced for a Games influx, with Carrara Stadium – the main athletics venue – ... Read More »

Brisbane priest ‘grateful to God’ for support that led to removal of ‘gay panic’ defence

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A GOLD Coast priest has a sense of “gratitude, relief and exhaustion” after a five-year long campaign that led to the scrapping of a Queensland law that allowed “gay panic” as a partial defence for murder. Surfers Paradise associate pastor Fr Paul Kelly “never doubted” he was fighting for a just cause – the Christian principle of absolute respect for human ... Read More »

Brisbane priest pleased ‘gay panic’ law to be ditched

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BRISBANE priest Fr Paul Kelly is relieved the Queensland Government has introduced a bill to abolish the controversial “gay panic” defence. Fr Kelly (pictured) has spent years campaigning to change the law, after a man was bashed and died in the grounds of the St Mary’s Church in Maryborough church where he was serving as parish priest in 2008. Disgusted ... Read More »

Chaplain says soft attitude to underage drinking at Schoolies “unacceptable”

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ALCOHOL consumption by any persons under the legal age of 18 and use of illegal substances should not be accepted as normal Schoolies behaviour, a Queensland police chaplain has said. Police chaplain Fr Paul Kelly, who supported Gold Coast police during his first Schoolies event last week, said he was stunned by the acceptance of underage drinking and drug use ... Read More »

Catholic priest Fr Paul Kelly gets first taste of Schoolies as police chaplain

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POLICE chaplain Fr Paul Kelly chose working at a hardware store over packing his bags for the beach when his Schoolies week came around. As his schoolmates were preparing to party on the Gold Coast after more than a dozen years of schooling, Fr Kelly was working hard stacking shelves. “I couldn’t think of anything worse than leaving everyone only ... Read More »

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