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More than 2000 Australia priests reject breaking seal of confession

Confessional

CLERGY advocacy groups representing more than 2000 priests across Australia have rejected outright breaking the seal of confession, even if it becomes law in some states and territories. The National Council of Priests of Australia, with 1700 members, rejects new laws announced in South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and Western Australia –which would require priests to break the seal of ... Read More »

Prime Minister to deliver national apology to child sexual abuse survivors

Malcolm Turnbull

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to deliver a national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse on October 22. “Now we have uncovered the shocking truth we must do everything in our power to honour the bravery of the thousands of people who came forward,” Mr Turnbull said, announcing the Federal Government’s formal response to the Royal Commission into ... Read More »

Diocese of Ballarat failed to act in the interests of abused children for decades, Royal Commission reports says

royal commission

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has exposed “catastrophic failure” in Church leadership in the Diocese of Ballarat. “That failure led to the suffering and often irreparable harm to children, their families and the wider community,” commissioners said in a report released today (November 6). “That harm could have been avoided if the Church had acted ... Read More »

Leader of largest missionary congregation says multicultural parishes will change the world during Brisbane visit

Divine Word Missionaries visit

BRISBANE’S two parishes run by the Divine Word Missionaries hold the key to attaining world peace, the congregation’s superior general Fr Heinz Kuluke says. The leader for six years of the Society of the Divine Word, the world’s largest missionary congregation, said the intercultural make-up of the Inala and Kingston-Marsden parishes where his missionaries worked “would change the world”. “I ... Read More »

Bishops call for protection of confessional seal following Royal Commission’s recommendations

confessional

PROTECTING the sacred dialogue between God and sinner in the confessional needs to be paramount if Australian lawmakers are to follow new recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said. Archbishop Coleridge was responding to the recommendations made by Royal Commission into child sexual abuse that would require members of clergy to report information even if ... Read More »

Order of Preachers marks 800 year anniversary with Brisbane community

dominicans

Dominicans around the world are marking 800 years since St Dominic founded the Order of Preachers. Brisbane’s Dominican community gathered for a Mass at Our Lady of Graces Church, Carina, on November 6, for the conclusion of a year of celebrations. This is the Homily from Dominican priest Fr Matthew Boland, based in Melbourne. WE gather to mark the end ... Read More »

Thanking Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo: ‘His life is for Christ’

Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo with Fr Morgan Batt

THERE are two outstanding characters, beside Jesus and Mary, that figure largely in the life, journey and spirituality of Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo – St Paul and St Francis Xavier.  Both of these saints were men who were on fire with the Mission for and of Jesus Christ and His Church.  Bishop-elect Randazzo often said to the seminarians when he was ... Read More »

Five more join the Divine Word Missionaries

Divine Word Missionaries

FIVE young men have taken their perpetual vows as Divine Word Missionaries over the past year and all five will be sent out from Australia to take up missionary assignments in other countries. Anthony Li, Marianus Supardi, Michael Wu, Laurensisus Woda and Uili Uvea took their vows in March last year before a packed congregation in St Paschal’s Chapel, Box ... Read More »

Partnership between Brisbane and Nigeria growing in strength

International partnership

NIGERIAN Bishop Lucius Ugorji made his fifth pastoral visit to the Brisbane archdiocese to meet with his priests working here earlier this month.  Bishop Ugorji, from the Umuahia diocese in Nigeria, visited Brisbane to renew a commitment to send priests from his region to Australia. There are now 16 of his priests in Brisbane since signing a partnership commitment in ... Read More »

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