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Religious freedom in the spotlight, politicians clarify their positions ahead of federal election

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HEADING into the final days of the Australian election campaign party leaders zigzagged across the country, covering vast distances to win over voters and, at times, fielding thorny questions about gay marriage, free speech and religious belief. Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison brushed aside questions about whether his personal views on same-sex marriage had changed since his vocal opposition to ... Read More »

CWL urges quality palliative care – good terminal illness care will ‘validate the lives of individuals’

QUEENSLAND’S peak Catholic women’s group has told a state parliamentary inquiry that the health system should not be focused on ending life but on providing good-quality palliative care. “We’ve got to stand up for what we believe,” 82-year-old Veronica Box, who is state president of the Catholic Women’s League, said after addressing the Inquiry into Aged Care End-of-Life, Palliative Care ... Read More »

Safeguarding audit rolling out across Brisbane Archdiocese ensuring child-safe institutions

THE Archdiocese of Brisbane is to undergo a groundbreaking full audit of its safeguarding practices starting next month. It means that 25 per cent of Brisbane’s 98 parishes and archdiocesan offices are likely to be audited – the first archdiocese in Australia to do so. “I welcome it,” Brisbane’s director of the Office for Safeguarding Services Mark Eustance said. “It’s ... Read More »

Soldiers in solidarity – East Timorese and Australian veterans march together on Anzac Day

MEETING Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and attending ex-servicemen’s events were among the highlights for veterans of Timor’s war of liberation, visiting South East Queensland for Anzac Day commemorations. Led by former clandestine intelligence operative Jorge Alves, the nine veterans from Timor Leste, attended the Anzac Day Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral. Earlier that day, the Timor veterans participated in the ... Read More »

Bishops call upon political leaders to help the vulnerable, including the unborn and the elderly

AS party leaders face the cameras, flitting from one battleground seat to another, and trying to win over middle Australia ahead of the May 18 federal poll, the Catholic bishops’ social services advisory body has reminded politicians Australia needs “a culture of inclusion, support and equality”. “A nation’s success is not measured by the wealth of a few, but by ... Read More »

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