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Synod report ‘clear and compassionate’, Archbishop Coleridge says

Synod mother

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge said the Synod of Bishops had provided Pope Francis with a “clear and compassionate” report summarising more than two years of discussion on the Church’s approach to modern families. Archbishop Coleridge has returned to Brisbane after almost a month in Rome, where he was among more than 270 bishops discussing issues including the role of divorced and ... Read More »

Church’s language must change, not doctrine, Archbishop Coleridge says in interview

Synod bishops

BISHOPS meeting to discuss issues concerning families worldwide need to explore the “vast middle ground” between keeping faithful to Church doctrine or doing nothing, Archbishop Coleridge has said in an interview with National Catholic Reporter. As one of two Australian bishops at the synod, Archbishop Coleridge spent 45 minutes with an NCR journalist to discuss his comparisons between the synod on ... Read More »

Durban archbishop reaffirms Pope will not change doctrine

AFRICAN bishops including Cardinal Wilifred Napier of Durban, have reaffirmed the Church’s doctrines on marriage and family and say “anti-God ideologies” imposed by government and other agencies will not derail their expectation for “the Church’s age-old traditions and teachings (to be) clearly and firmly restated” by the Church. Read more on this story from Zenit. Read More »

World Meeting of Families challenges Brisbane mum to proclaim faith

Brisbane couple at World Meeting of Families

FINDING a seat at the Church’s largest gathering of Catholic families proved to be less challenging than the Congress’s opening address to make faith public, a Brisbane mum said. Ann O’Donovan and husband Edmond O’Donovan were among thousands of international pilgrims seated for the opening Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The Brisbane couple were surrounded by people ... Read More »

Bishops call on politicians to support marriage and popular vote

Marriage

  CATHOLIC bishops have urged Australian politicians to resolve the ongoing debate on proposals to redefine marriage. A Senate report on holding a popular vote on marriage was tabled on September 16.
 
 In a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Chair of the Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and ... Read More »

Marriage debate appropriate at university

Traditional marriage supporters

CATHOLIC university students are commending a Melbourne institution’s public support for a talk on traditional marriage and are asking for more in the debate. Australian Catholic University provided a venue for a public talk on the future of marriage organised by the Australian Christian Lobby last month. Renowned public speaker Ryan T. Anderson, known for adding a “refreshing” voice to ... Read More »

Marriage important to sisters

By Emilie Ng BEING called bigots hasn’t stopped three Brisbane women religious from campaigning against moves to legalise same-sex marriage. Verbum Dei consecrated missionary sisters have written letters to all members of parliament in the Liberal, Labor and Greens parties, and independents, warning about the consequences of changing the Marriage Act. Verbum Dei Sister Frances Drum, who is also a ... Read More »

Bishops hone preparation for Synod on the Family

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge met with Darwin Bishop Eugene Hurley and New Zealand’s Bishop Charles Drennan during the week to hone their preparations for the Synod on the Family. They were to have met in Darwin from Monday to Thursday to consider the Synod on the Family to be held in Rome in October. Archbishop Coleridge and Bishop Hurley are ... Read More »

Understanding marriage

Marriage

RECENTLY I’ve been studying up on the history of marriage – in part because of the same-sex marriage debate but also because of the Synod later this year. One thing is clear – the profile of marriage has been anything but consistent through history. Marriage has been many things down the centuries; and this warns against a static, classicist view ... Read More »

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