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New law requiring priests to break confession seal ‘premature and ill-judged’, Archbishop Coleridge says

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CHURCH leaders are standing firm in support of priests upholding the seal of confession as a “religious freedom”, despite a new law that would require a priest to break the seal to report allegations of child abuse and misconduct. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge described the new law – that will apply in the Australian Capital ... Read More »

Congregation founded by popular confessor seeing major reconciliation growth after Jubilee year

Oratory confessional re-installed

CONFESSORS from Australia’s first Oratory community say an increasing number of people are receiving the sacrament of penance regularly following the Year of Mercy. Oratory Father Andrew Wise said the original second confessional needed to be re-installed at Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley – the home of the Brisbane Oratory – to cope with the number of people lining up for ... Read More »

Queensland faithful drawn to day of Eucharistic adoration

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CHURCHES and confessionals across Queensland remained open for 24 hours to respond to Pope Francis’ call for the world to be “immersed in the mercy of God”. Brisbane archdiocesan parishes, including the communities of Kenmore; Redcliffe; Nambour; St Mary’s, South Brisbane; and Sandgate, opened their doors for adoration, communal prayer and Confession. Rockhampton diocese also organised a Eucharistic procession through ... Read More »

Brisbane’s revised sacramental policy ‘savours beauty of sacraments’

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CHILDREN preparing for Christian initiation will be able to “savour the beauty of the sacraments” under the Brisbane archdiocese’s revised sacramental policy. Archbishop Mark Coleridge promulgated a revised policy into the Christian initiation for children following a review undertaken last year into sacramental preparation of children in parishes. The policy includes preparing children for Baptism, which was previously an assumed ... Read More »

Hearing confession is source of grace, conversion for a priest, Pope says

Pope Francis hears confession

HEARING a Catholic’s confession should be awe-inspiring for a priest, an experience that makes him look at his own life and willingness to convert, Pope Francis told a group of seminarians, new priests and priests who hear confessions in the major basilicas of Rome. “Let yourselves be educated by the sacrament of Reconciliation,” he told them yesterday (March 12). Hearing ... Read More »

Return with tears to God’s loving embrace during Lent, Pope says

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday

LENT is a journey of purification and penance, a movement that should bring one tearfully back to the loving arms of the merciful Father, Pope Francis said at an Ash Wednesday Mass that began with a procession on Rome’s Aventine Hill. After walking from the Benedictine monastery of St Anselm to the Dominican-run Basilica of Santa Sabina yesterday (February 18), ... Read More »

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