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Blasphemous art shame – peaceful vigil bears public witness of devotion to Our Blessed Mother

ABOUT 80 people have held a peaceful prayer vigil outside a Brisbane university art gallery, in protest against a “blasphemous” artwork depicting the Virgin Mary cradling male genitalia. A vigil organiser said the aim was “to bear public witness to our faith and devotion to our Blessed Mother, and to make public reparation to her immaculate Heart for this grave ... Read More »

Marist mission making a difference in the lives of young people in East Timor for 20 years

TWENTY years after East Timor’s historic vote for independence, the Marist Brothers are being recognised for their work helping to rebuild the new nation’s shattered schools and to train teachers. East Timor was left in ruins after the Indonesian military retreated from the half-island state in 1999, burning and looting – 80 per cent of schools were destroyed, while 90 ... Read More »

Catholic schools battle to stem drop in enrolments, money shouldn’t be a barrier

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CATHOLIC school enrolments have fallen, and fewer poor and marginalised families find they can send their children to Catholic schools. “Our growth rate is below the state sector and the independent schools, and that is a worrying position to be in,” Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry told Catholic secondary school principals holding their biennial state conference ... Read More »

Generation Z will have 18 jobs across six careers in 15 homes – huge changes tipped for education

PREPARING the next generation for the workforce will require a huge shift in education and culture, according to a leading social researcher. “Our world is changing, our work is changing, and therefore our approach needs changing,” Ashley Fell has told Queensland’s Catholic secondary school principals meeting in Townsville.  Young Australians – Gen Z’s, aged between 10 and 24 – and ... Read More »

Convicted cardinal has another chance to clear his name, judge compares case to Lindy Chamberlain

ONE of the three judges in Cardinal George Pell’s appeal has compared the cardinal’s conviction “beyond reasonable doubt” to that of Lindy Chamberlain. Lindy Chamberlain was accused, convicted by a jury and jailed for the murder of her baby, Azaria, who had been taken by a dingo at Uluru in central Australia in 1980. Mrs Chamberlain was eventually exonerated, her ... Read More »

Queensland seal of confession proposals raise concerns about freedom of religion

confessional

AUSTRALIAN Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, doesn’t believe proposed Queensland laws to break the seal of confession would make children any safer. The state’s Labor Government has proposed legislation that would force priests to report admissions of child sexual abuse to police. “We understand why the Royal Commission made its recommendation on the seal and why the ... Read More »

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