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Priest stood aside from ministry

FR Malachy Onuoha has been stood aside from ministry by his home diocese in Nigeria pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct some years ago in his native country. The Archdiocese of Brisbane has confirmed that Fr Onuoha, the parish priest of Gatton-Laidley, was stood aside while in Nigeria on holidays. He will remain in Nigeria while the investigation into ... Read More »

Holy Year is a reminder to put mercy before judgment, pope says

ON a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis’ voice echoed in the atrium of St Peter’s Basilica: “Open the gates of justice”. With five strong thrusts, the pope pushed open the Holy Door, a symbol of God’s justice, which he said will always be exercised “in the light of his mercy”. The rite of the opening of the Holy Door was ... Read More »

Nothing can justify terrorist attacks, pope says

USING God’s name to try to justify violence and murder is “blasphemy,” Pope Francis said on November 15 speaking about the terrorist attacks on Paris. “Such barbarity leaves us dismayed and we ask ourselves how the human heart can plan and carry out such horrible events,” the pope said after reciting the Angelus prayer with visitors in St Peter’s Square. ... Read More »

Pay dispute rolls on with more industrial action

MORE than 7500 Catholic school union members in 180 schools across Queensland stopped work this morning over increasing workloads and inequitable wages. Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory Branch Secretary Terry Burke said it was the fifth time Queensland Catholic school employees had taken stop work action as their employers continued to reject employee concerns about ... Read More »

Pope defends his teaching on social issues and economy

POPE Francis has defended his position on the economy, the environment and other social issues as faithful repetitions of the basic Catholic social doctrine. Speaking to reporters flying with him from Cuba to Washington on September 22, the pope was asked about comments, mainly from the United States, claiming the pope is a communist and about the Newsweek headline, “Is ... Read More »

Bishops call on politicians to support marriage and popular vote

Marriage

  CATHOLIC bishops have urged Australian politicians to resolve the ongoing debate on proposals to redefine marriage. A Senate report on holding a popular vote on marriage was tabled on September 16.
 
 In a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Chair of the Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and ... Read More »

Pope simplifies annulment process, asks that it be free of charge

Pope Francis

WHILE a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the Church’s marriage annulment process must be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry, Pope Francis said. Rewriting a section of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law and of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, Pope Francis said he was not “promoting the nullity of marriages, ... Read More »

Call for national child sex abuse police reporting law

francis sullivan

THE Truth Justice and Healing Council has called for the introduction of a new, consistent nation-wide criminal law requiring the reporting to the police of suspected child sexual abuse. In its submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse issues paper number 8, Police and Prosecution Responses, the TJHC recommends the new law should require anyone ... Read More »

Mission on the margins

fr kevin o'neill

ONE parish is more than a handful for any priest, but Fr Kevin O’Neill’s territory extends from Myanmar to Mexico, and many points in between. As Superior General of St Columban’s Mission Society, Fr O’Neill is leader of missionaries working in 16 countries around the world. Hailing from Geelong, Victoria, the 52-year-old joined the Columbans in 1984, was ordained in ... Read More »

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