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Rite of political election: Why young Catholics need to engage more in Australian politics

Catholic Youth Calling

IF you ever wondered what happened to those provocative billboards promising men a better sex life, just ask Melbourne seminarian Matthew Restall. In 2008 the then-university student stumbled upon an image that would spur him into a national political campaign against sexualised advertising and a short career in politics. “I got involved through trying to change the sexualised culture in ... Read More »

Lord’s Prayer in parliament a good reminder of work beyond politics

parliament

PRAYING the Lord’s Prayer in Queensland Parliament would remind politicians of a higher calling beyond politics, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Responding to a report in The Courier-Mail on mixed reaction from Labor ministers about the Lord’s Prayer during parliament, the Archbishop said the Lord’s Prayer was an “effective way” of setting parliament “in a larger context”. “At a time ... Read More »

Queensland Senator Matthew Canavan found God in Holy Matrimony

Senator Matthew Canavan

AUSTRALIA’S youngest sworn Federal Cabinet Minister is glad he never fell to the Communists. Matthew Canavan was 17 and finishing high school at Chisholm Catholic College, Cornubia, when he flirted with the idea of being a Communist. He was already a member of Edmund Rice Camps, a ministry started by the Christian Brothers, despite clinging to Karl Marx’s adage that ... Read More »

Election 2016: What young people can do to influence Australian politics

LAUNCHING a career in politics isn’t the only way to turn influential ideas into policies and laws. National Civic Council Queensland president and father to five Luke McCormack  believes any professional young person has the capacity to influence Australia’s democratic process without becoming a candidate. “Society was built on institutions, and of course the political realm is one, unions are ... Read More »

Q&A with Eric Abetz

Senator Eric Abetz is an Australian politician and a member of the Australian Senate since February 1994, representing the state of Tasmania. Mr Abetz is a Christian and throughout his political career he has been associated with Focus on the Family, Lyons Forum, Endeavour Forum, Family Council of Victoria, Fatherhood Foundation, Australian Christian Lobby, Australian Family Association and Right to ... Read More »

What is the world coming to?

US Election

WITH Donald Trump, a four-time bankrupt reality TV star, possibly poised to lead the civilised world, we need to start considering what this may mean for Australia.   Indeed it bears analysis why such a previously unthinkable situation might occur.   Worse still, the only alternative may be Hilary Clinton. The consequences of a mainstream media chasing 24/7 entertainment ratings ... Read More »

Federal election tip: Govern for the family and the balance follows

“WHEN government is big the people are small.” This statement sums up neatly the state of current politics at almost all levels in the western world.   Governments everywhere have ascribed themselves the honour of fixing all ills, from economic to social to family.   Government responsibility is now literally felt from the cradle to the grave with governments finding ... Read More »

Dodson’s senate move a positive step

Pat Dodson

CATHOLIC peace and justice groups have welcomed the appointment of Aboriginal man Patrick Dodson’s as senator for the Australian Labor Party. Mr Dodson (pictured) was endorsed by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to replace Senator Joe Bullock, who resigned over his opposition to same-sex marriage. Leaders from Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and Edmund Rice Centre praised Mr Dodson, ... 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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