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The Catholic Church and the LGBTI community: loving the sinner while enlightening the sin

INSIDERS have said the Church’s decision to seek the advice of the LGBTI community has “stirred unease” among some Catholics.  Many fear the conference could result in radical change at a time when issues such as the ordination of female priests and the relaxing of mandatory celibacy rules are already hotly contested. Recently Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli invited 80 members ... Read More »

Crossing a ‘void’ for the poor, a Christian Brother’s journey to the heart of the village

LEADER, teacher, village ambulance driver – Christian Brother Frank Hennessy has laboured for the best in people from Ballarat to East Timor. Br Hennessy was recently in Brisbane for the final thanksgiving at St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace as the Christian Brothers withdrew from East Timor. He worked in East Timor for five years as ministry leader where he changed the ... Read More »

Bishop Peter Comensoli to right the wrongs of the past as new Archbishop of Melbourne

Bishop Peter Comensoli

MELBOURNE’S Archbishop-elect Peter Comensoli has vowed to “right the grievous wrongs of the past” and rebuild trust following child abuse scandals that have rocked the Church. Pope Francis announced the appointment of Melbourne’s ninth archbishop on June 29, at the same time accepting the resignation of Archbishop Denis Hart, who is retiring after 17 years. The Bishop of Broken Bay ... Read More »

Catholic MP says Vic Govt wants to “crush Catholic influence” with same-sex adoption

CATHOLIC Liberal politician Bernie Finn suspects backlash against a religious exemption on Victoria’s new same-sex adoption law is an “ongoing war on Christianity”. Same-sex adoption became legal when Upper House passed the legislation on November 12, but with an exemption for faith-based agencies. The exemption is at the heart of a debate between the state’s Liberal-National coalition, which voted in ... Read More »

How a Rockhampton girl took theology to Rome

Tracey Rowland

AUSTRALIA’S most successful female theology export credits her flourishing career to a Mercy Sister who threatened to haunt her beyond the grave.  Professor Tracey Rowland, dean and permanent fellow at Australia’s own pontifical institute in Melbourne, received her tutelage under the Mercy Sisters in Ipswich and Rockhampton. Despite being “so often in trouble” with the sisters at St Mary’s College, ... Read More »

Two auxiliary bishops for Melbourne

New auxiliary bishops

“GOOD stock” from Melbourne diocese and the Australian Oblates of Mary Immaculate are Melbourne’s newest auxiliary bishops installed in Melbourne last night. Bishop Mark Edwards, of the Brisbane Oblate community, and Bishop Terence Curtin were ordained as Melbourne auxiliary bishops at an episcopal ordination at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne on December 17. Bishop Curtin assured the congregation that he and ... Read More »

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