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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 »

Catholic Health Australia slams ‘shocking’ aged care system allowing harmful neglect of residents

HEALTH industry leaders have demanded major changes following a shocking Royal Commission report describing the nation’s aged care as “cruel and harmful” and older Australians in nursing care as “just another body to be washed, fed and mobilised”. “It’s distressing to hear how the current system has failed to deliver older Australians the care, dignity and respect they deserve,” Catholic ... Read More »

Heavens open up on farms in first week of national prayer campaign for rain

MUCH-needed rain has fallen on parched regions of Queensland and New South Wales – bringing temporary relief and lifting spirits. Battling farm families celebrated as the heavens opened, just as the Church entered a month of prayer for rain, and for those touched by the crippling drought. Some rural kids witnessed their first major downpour, splashing in puddles and playing ... Read More »

Parishioners voice opposition to council plan threatening access to West End church

INNER-city bustle – what would St Francis have made of it? Hundreds of inner-city parishioners and local residents have voiced their opposition to a Brisbane City Council plan that threatens access to their beloved church and community hall. “I think this just shows the extent of community concern, ” St Francis of Assisi Church parishioner Peter Betros said. Mr Betros, ... Read More »

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