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Catholics at home and around the world still reeling from the shock of Cardinal Pell’s conviction

SHAKEN and stirred – Catholics across Australia and the world are still coming to grips with Cardinal George Pell’s conviction. It’s a challenging, questioning time, with sensitivities running high, the Church acknowledging responsibility to care for survivors, and others, including political leaders, publicly pledging their loyalty to Cardinal Pell (pictured). Compounding the news of Cardinal Pell’s conviction was its timing ... Read More »

‘Palliative care is the true form of assisted dying’ –anything else is assisted killing

WHEN former Queensland premier Campbell Newman opened up last week about his deep regret over not fighting to legalise voluntary euthanasia, he joined a list of Australian leaders to have publicly entered the end-of-life battleground. In 2016 former prime minister Bob Hawke endorsed voluntary euthanasia after describing how he was “losing his marbles”, and former Northern Territory chief minister Marshall Perron was ... Read More »

Pro-life advocates to campaign against Labor’s election abortion policies

LABOR appears headed for political backlash after backing a push to make more abortion services freely available across Australia as part of its federal election platform. Pro-life advocates have promised to campaign against members of parliament who supported abortion policies at the coming federal election, and to actively support pro-life MPs. “Using more taxpayer money to further fund the killing ... Read More »

Catholic journalist, who could make the surest politicians sweat, remembered among the best

VETERAN TV interviewer Mike Willesee was one of Australia’s great news and current affairs storytellers. Simply put, the veteran TV interviewer and presenter, media entrepreneur and sports fan, who died aged 76 last week after battling throat cancer, knew how to communicate well. The son of Labor Senator Don Willesee, young Mike (pictured) grew up a Catholic but drifted away ... Read More »

‘This has to stop’ – school principals attacked and threatened at record levels, report finds

“WE are in trouble as a nation,” according to the author of an Australian Catholic University survey that reveals one in three Australian school principals have been attacked and half have experienced violent threats at work. “This is a reflection of our society, it is much bigger than schools,” the survey’s chief investigator associate professor Philip Riley, from ACU’s Institute ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell to be sentenced on March 13; his appeal against the conviction has been lodged

CARDINAL George Pell has spent his first days in jail after being found guilty of child sexual abuse, and awaiting sentencing on March 13. He has been found guilty of abusing two choir boys in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996. Cardinal Pell’s conviction has shocked Catholics across Australia and around the world. During his appearance in the Victorian County ... Read More »

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