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Domestic violence, separation and Church teaching

Domestic violence

SHOULD I stay, or should I go now?  It is the title of a chart-topping single by British punk band The Clash, but also a life-defining, cry-in-the-dark question facing many couples caught in crisis.  When domestic violence is involved, when is enough, enough? Separation. Under what circumstances can a spouse or partner leave another? Many people, including Catholics, are forced ... Read More »

Q&A with Archbishop Mark Coleridge

How should Catholics in Queensland respond (to the proposed private member’s bill in State Parliament on abortion)? First of all understand the legislation and what it is saying. And thatís important. Then understand the human reality of abortion. The situation in which a woman considers an abortion is an incredibly complex human situation. The point is often made that no ... Read More »

What it means to have the “right” to my beliefs

Unborn baby

THERE is much talk these days of the individual’s right to – well almost everything. And a lot of that talk is becoming increasingly shrill, as if by being bombastic, rudezzz and offensive makes the assertion of ”my rights” even more certain.   Objectively assessed however, there are no “rights” in play; it is usually an expression of a particular personal ... Read More »

Violence against indigenous women a growing epidemic

indigenous violence

BLACK eyes, stabbings and sexual assaults.  These are the common attacks on women and children in Queensland’s indigenous communities, inflicted with such prevalence by spouses that domestic violence is considered to be part of “every day” life. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised from domestic violence and 10 times more likely to ... Read More »

Domestic violence knows no boundaries

Domestic violence

THE books were kept in the linen cupboard. A collection of novels grouped together near the towels and bedsheets. It seemed an unusual place for this bunch of treasured books, most in excellent condition. The woman with the books in the linen cupboard lived alone. But she couldn’t bring herself to place her books in the open. For years, she ... Read More »

Q&A with Eric Abetz

Senator Eric Abetz is an Australian politician and a member of the Australian Senate since February 1994, representing the state of Tasmania. Mr Abetz is a Christian and throughout his political career he has been associated with Focus on the Family, Lyons Forum, Endeavour Forum, Family Council of Victoria, Fatherhood Foundation, Australian Christian Lobby, Australian Family Association and Right to ... Read More »

A dentist’s insight into domestic violence

Dentist Andrew Teakle

BRISBANE dentist Andrew Teakle stands on the frontline of the domestic violence battle. He has witnessed dozens of cases of broken teeth, broken bones, and bruised and swollen lips and faces – testament to the force and ferocity of a family bashing. Women with facial injuries and broken teeth are often more likely to seek dental treatment than see a doctor, ... Read More »

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