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Pope gives reminder on climate crisis as Catholic advocate speaks out in Queensland against Adani

ADANI has the go-ahead to start building the Carmichael coal mine – but is the governments’ approval for the project the future direction we had hoped for? Pitted against the prospect of jobs and an economic boost are the lingering concerns for environmental protection. “The project will deliver 1500 direct and 6750 indirect jobs during ramp-up and construction, with Rockhampton ... Read More »

Professor Margaret Somerville warns Queenslanders of false claims about euthanasia

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LEADING Catholic bioethicist Margaret Somerville has warned Queenslanders of the dangerous long-term consequences for societies that allow euthanasia. As assisted suicide became legal in Victoria last week, Professor Somerville addressed the Cherish Life Queensland annual conference in Brisbane. She posed the question: “We need to ask ourselves: if euthanasia is permitted, how do we think our great-great-grandchildren will die?  “What ... Read More »

Plenary Council 2020 take a major step forward with release of national themes for discernment

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PLENARY Council 2020 has moved into its next preparation phase with an announcement of six national themes for discernment that emerged from a historic process of listening to the voices of more than 222,000 people. National Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins outlined the themes and the next phase “Listening and Discernment” on June 9, speaking to nearly 100 parish and ... Read More »

Churches mark 10th anniversary of historic ecumenical covenant in south-east Queensland

CATHOLIC leaders in south-east Queensland have celebrated a decade-long reaffirmation of a “covenant of understanding” with the local Anglican church – part of an ecumenical journey described as “urgent”. “We are in new territory where everything, even the ecumenical journey, looks different than it did,” Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said during a homily at St John’s Anglican ... Read More »

Three Victorian Court of Appeal judges retire to decide Cardinal George Pell’s fate after hearing

A PANEL of three judges has retired to consider whether there are grounds to quash a sexual assault conviction against Cardinal George Pell.  During a two-day hearing in Victoria’s Court of Appeal, prosecutors maintained a guilty verdict should stand against 77-year-old Cardinal Pell, who is three months into a six-year gaol term for assaulting two choirboys, in 1996 and 1997, ... Read More »

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