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Archdiocese stepping up to help eradicate slavery

MODERN slavery is, in the words of Pope Francis “an open wound on … contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.”  Phil Colley is a new face in co-ordinating the frontline fight to eradicate modern-day slavery. Brisbane archdiocese’s governance, risk and compliance officer, Mr Colley, has the important task of leading local ... Read More »

Catholic health provider says $537 million boost to aged care a modest first step

Elderly person in care

AN extra 10,000 home care packages will start being delivered from this month  as the Federal Government attempts to reduce huge waiting lists for the elderly seeking care and address a scandal-prone aged care sector. Catholic Health Australia has welcomed a government injection of $537 million to increase home care places, get younger people out of residential care more quickly ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop says Church will never accept assisted suicide because it is intentional killing

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris has spoken out strongly against euthanasia and defended comments he made likening a push to allow voluntary assisted dying in Queensland to “a mentality that existed in Nazi Germany”. Bishop Harris said it was an important time to have a conversation on the “grim” topic following the Queensland Government’s committee hearings, which could result in new ... Read More »

Council gives way on proposed parking plan outside St Francis’ West End

St Francis' Church West End

FEEDBACK from hundreds of inner-city parishioners and residents has swayed Brisbane City Council to scrap a controversial parking plan. “We won,” is how Dutton Park and South Brisbane parishes secretary Bernadette Maguire greeted the council decision, that threatened to cut access for the disabled and elderly attending the St Francis Church on Dornoch Terrace, West End. The plan was to ... Read More »

Veteran suicide royal commission unwarranted, former officer says

THE Federal Government is considering ordering a royal commission into veteran suicides, but high-ranking returned officer Kel Ryan says the proposal would be unwarranted and costly. Lt Col Ryan, a Vietnam War veteran and parishioner from Goodna, has been involved in veteran issues for more than 30 years, and said during the last two decades there have been many studies ... Read More »

Queensland Christian voters contributed to ALP’s poor election result, report finds

PROFESSING Christians liked what they saw when, before the last election, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was photographed as the devout believer at prayer, right arm pointing to heaven. In simple terms, Labor’s election review found that one of the Prime Minister’s strengths was his ability to connect with people of faith – and this helped his Coalition gain ascendancy during ... Read More »

Brisbane students tell Plenary Council planners what they want for the Church

A BRISBANE student plenary assembly – the first held in Australia – has identified greater inclusion and equality for women, and a need for priests to be more tech-savvy as key issues for the Church today. “We are facing a crisis and we want to face it together, because the Catholic Church is important for Australia as a whole,” Brisbane ... Read More »

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