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Pyne bills withdrawn after LNP votes to block proposed abortion legislation

PRO-life campaigners are claiming victory after the scrapping of Queensland’s controversial abortion bills. Member for Cairns Rob Pyne withdrew his two private member’s bills, which aimed to legalise abortion, a day before the bills were due to be voted on in Parliament on March 1. “It was a victory for common sense,” Cherish Life Queensland president Julie Borger said. “These ... Read More »

There’s a problem when God’s people don’t support Catholic media

Catholic media

THE Catholic Church is not getting much good press of late.  The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has made the Church an easy target for the media and deservedly so.  Mother Teresa made headlines for a few days with her canonisation, but always paired with negative connotations regarding her legacy. This is the state of mainstream ... Read More »

Long Tan 50th: Soldier’s sister remembers his death and legacy

EVERY year Brisbane woman Frankie O’Leary carries a flag of honour for her brother in the Anzac Day parade. The full-sized Australian flag was presented to her family with the name of her brother Private Douglas J. Salveron, 6 RAR, embossed on it, recognising his role in the Battle of Long Tan 50 years ago, on August 18. Douglas Salveron ... Read More »

ACU student Mack Horton leads Olympic gold rush

AUSTRALIAN Catholic University business student Mack Horton won Australia’s first gold medal of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Horton took out the 400m men’s freestyle swimming final in the early hours of last Sunday. He held off defending Olympic champion Sun Yang, from China, to become the sixth Australian to win gold in the 400m freestyle, joining the likes of ... Read More »

Tiwi Island Catholic stirred by mercy at WYD

    INDIGENOUS Catholic Bon Gerard Timaepatua never heard the word mercy until the World Youth Day in Poland. Hailing from the Tiwi Islands, about 100km north of Darwin, Mr Timaepatua has spent the past three weeks on pilgrimage with a group of young people from the Northern Territory, Rockhampton and Brisbane. He has walked through the streets of Poland and ... Read More »

Gold Coast newlyweds honeymoon at World Youth Day

  NEWLYWEDS Alice and Chris Williams didn’t opt for the quiet or peaceful resort getaway for their honeymoon. Instead, the Gold Coast couple were compelled to share their first few weeks as husband and wife with millions of Catholics. The couple registered as pilgrims for the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow, travelling with the Brisbane Archdiocese, during their engagement. ... Read More »

‘His final sacrifice summed up a whole lifetime’

FR Jacques Hamel sacrifice was perfectly united to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that he was celebrating at the altar when he was killed, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. The priest was murdered in northern France, after being taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass on July 26. Archbishop Coleridge said beyond the horror ... Read More »

God’s mercy always open

JIM Townsend never thought he could be shown mercy.  He was a troubled youth with no discipline.  The son of an abusive father and a chronically ill mother, Jim had a criminal record following him from before his teen years. He didn’t graduate from high school, he joined the military, was discharged for assaulting an officer, then eventually tried to ... Read More »

What’s a good response for Catholics when discussing asylum seekers?

What's a good response for Catholics when discussing asylum seekers?

I WAS chatting with a friend recently about a compassionate response to asylum seekers. His response was startling. “What does compassion have to do with our border protection policy?” I suggested the Church taught that the demands of human dignity always came before the national interest. Nope, not for him. “These queue jumpers need to go back from where they ... Read More »

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