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Killing is killing: Queensland bishops rally against push to legalise voluntary assisted dying

A SUBMISSION by Queensland’s six Catholic bishops calling for the protection of human dignity is among hundreds received by a parliamentary inquiry considering end-of-life issues including voluntary assisted dying laws. “A law that would allow direct intentional killing (“voluntary assisted dying”), even if only under strict circumstances, opens the way to a culture in which life is disposable,” the bishops ... Read More »

Pro-lifers lose High Court free speech appeal against abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’

A BRISBANE pro-life campaigner has not discounted further civil disobedience, after the High Court dismissed his appeal to laws that prescribe 150-metre “safe access zones” around abortion clinics. “I don’t think it is right to simply roll over and accept this,” Graham Preston said of the laws that are now in force in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. ... Read More »

Massacre remembered, journalist Mark Bowling reflects on a shocking event in East Timor in 1999

JUST as we have been remembering the horrors of Rwanda 25 years ago, another anniversary passed almost unnoticed this month – the 20th anniversary of a Church massacre on Australia’s doorstep, in East Timor. In April 1999, five months before East Timor’s vote for independence, dozens of people were killed inside a priest’s house and church courtyard in the idyllic ... Read More »

Standing in solidarity, Timorese veterans to stand alongside Australian veterans for ANZAC Day Mass

NINE Timorese war veterans will stand alongside Australian veterans during next week’s Anzac Day Mass in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral. The attendance of Timorese veterans is becoming a tradition and has an extra poignancy in 2019 – 20 years after the country’s vote for independence. Timor Leste President Francisco Guterres joined a contingent of veterans visiting Queensland in 2017, taking ... Read More »

Easter joy – eight staff members from St Columban’s College answer Jesus’ call to the faith

“BELONGING” is a strong, motivating force for eight teachers and staff from one Brisbane college who will join the Catholic Church this Easter. “I honestly feel that I will be officially one of ‘us’ which to me is awesome,” 37-year-old,  St Columban’s College, Caboolture teacher Paula Pellowe said. Mrs Pellowe is one of the eight soon-to-be Catholics who have completed ... Read More »

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