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The Quo Vadis tradition

By Adam Burns THE Quo Vadis tradition is the story of St Peter’s flight from the Emperor Nero’s persecution of Roman Christians in the first century. As legend has it, Peter decided to flee Rome at the outbreak of the persecution, perhaps in fear, perhaps because he thought “the rock” should be somewhere safe so others could eventually find and ... Read More »

‘Will you watch with us?’

By Archbishop Bashar Warda   IRAQ, my country is a place of suffering. During the past year, we have experienced a total exodus from homes and villages that have been Christian since apostolic times. About 13,000 Christian families have taken refuge in my diocese. The suffering of my people has been harsh, unjust and unending. The majority of the Christian ... Read More »

Love overcomes FOMO

By Byron and Francine Pirola IN our previous column, we talked about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and the harm it does to relationships, especially among young adults who can so easily be diverted from pursuing enduring values and life ambitions by the fear that their peers are having more momentary fun than they are. Of course, it’s not just ... Read More »

One year in the Lord’s vineyard

Fr Nicholas Okafor, an associate pastor in Surfers Paradise parish, wrote this reflection for his parishioners to mark his first anniversary of ordination – July 19.   IT is hard to believe that it’s already been 12 months since I said “Yes” to the call of God. It’s just like yesterday come and gone. I haven’t stopped asking God “Who ... Read More »

Unexpected attacks

THE Catholic Leader is to be congratulated on the prominence given to the attack on the teaching of the Church on the nature of marriage as being between a man and a woman. There were two good articles on the subject in the July 5 issue: one in defence of the distribution of the bishops’ pastoral letter on the subject ... Read More »

Giving correction to 10 falsehoods

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge AUSTRALIAN-born Margaret Somerville is Professor of Law at McGill University in Canada and a world-renowned ethicist. In Sydney recently she said “euthanasia is not an incremental change to current end-of-life practices but a radical and massive shift in our society’s and civilisation’s foundational values”. Her words could be adapted to same-sex marriage, which is not “an ... Read More »

Being Christ to our kids

By Carrie McCormack In early June, Pope Francis spoke of the important role of parenting as an educational mission. He said: “Today we consider the vocation of families to educate their children, to raise them in the profound human values which are the backbone of a healthy society.” “This educational mission is essential nowadays,” he said. I am not a ... Read More »

Motivation for evangelisation through song

FREE AT LAST (album)Steph Unger  By BJ Perrett STEPH Unger never fails to inspire the Christian spirit into prayerful toe-tapping, especially on her new album Free at Last. Motivated by the portrayal of young people, especially teenage girls in music, Unger has worked to create music that is both enjoyable to listen to and incorporates appropriate Christian lyrics. Her choice ... Read More »

Choosing life over death

By Debra Vermeer EUTHANASIA is not an incremental change to current end-of-life practices, but a radical and massive shift in our society’s and civilisation’s foundational values, says internationally renowned Australian ethicist Margaret Somerville. Dr Somerville, who is a Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill ... Read More »

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