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Pyne’s same-sex prediction at odds with Liberal policy and traditional marriage voters

same sex marriage

IT is supposed to be the long, winter break for our federal politicians, but Government frontbencher Christopher Pyne’s leaked foray into the same-sex marriage debate fuelled a factional boilover within his own party, and heated rebuke from advocates for traditional marriage. Mr Pyne was caught on tape predicting same-sex marriage could be legalised “sooner than everyone thinks” as he addressed ... Read More »

Census 2016: Drop in religious affiliation no surprise for Archbishop Coleridge

Decline in religious affiliation

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge believes the latest census data showing a drop in religious affiliation suggests “the young are more interested in unorganised spirituality than organised religion, and that they aren’t as interested in denominations as their forebears were”. Catholicism remains by far the most dominant religion in Australia with more than 5.2 million followers, however the 2016 census data ... Read More »

Education funding battle heating up

teacher in the classroom

THE Federal Government schools funding bill, publicly exposed as a serious threat to Catholic education across Australia, is now under serious threat. In a week of political maelstrom over Gonski 2.0 which aimed to overhaul schools funding, Liberal senators showed their dissenting muscle, and Liberal MPs in the House of Representatives threatened not to support the funding bill on current ... Read More »

Irish priest who says more funerals for children than adults in Pakistan says Church should be present ‘with people in difficult times’

Fr Thomas King

MISSIONARY priest Fr Tomas King has spent the past 25 years in Pakistan, witnessing the ravages of war, discrimination and man-made drought, yet he maintains a steadfast passion for the people he serves. “I have presided at as many funerals for children than for adults,” Fr King said. “You see a lot of pain because of the suffering of the ... Read More »

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