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God’s call goes into the deep

fr morgan batt

By FR MORGAN BATT “GO out to the whole world”. Reflecting on the Gospel for October 17, Pope Francis encouraged us to not be afraid of going out and engaging in the world. Surely this is also the message behind our universal Church’s Year of Faith that has come to a close in celebration but the message goes into the ... Read More »

Jesus’ story changes ours

randazzo, msgr tony new

By MONSIGNOR ANTHONY RANDAZZO EVANGELISATION is all the rave at the moment. It seems that every time you hear a churchperson speak, the word appears somewhere in the talk. But evangelisation does not happen simply by repeating the word “evangelisation” over and over again. The Good News of Jesus Christ, the only news which is good for all people, is ... Read More »

Female body under assault on many fronts

anne rampa

TALKING POINT By ANNE RAMPA I WAS recently struck once again about the irony that it is women who are at the forefront of arguing for a right to abort their children, when abortion is such a brutal attack on a woman’s feminine integrity. In an abortion, a woman’s own child is killed … inside her body. The wombs of ... Read More »

What is scandal?

Edouard Manet Olympia Scandal

By Fr John Flader I have been confused for quite some time as to exactly what scandal is and whether it is a sin. For example, we say that a person was scandalised, or that someone’s behaviour was scandalous, or that someone gave scandal. Is there sin in any of this? As you say, we use the word scandal in ... Read More »

A sacred action surpassing all others

Vatican II 2013-11-29

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Bishops’ Commission for Liturgy has released this document  – “A sacred action surpassing all others” – on the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium.    “Zeal for the promotion and restoration of the liturgy is rightly held to be a sign of the providential dispositions of God in our time, a ... Read More »

US author talks about new book on Theology of the Body

Emily Stimpson

AMERICAN Catholic writer Emily Stimpson released her new book, These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body, in September. Well-known speaker and biblical theologian Dr Scott Hahn said it was a “unique combination of deep wisdom, practical insight and personal experience”.  Christopher West praised Stimpson for taking Theology of the Body “beyond the bedroom and applying the sacramental worldview ... Read More »

Keeping secrets

Keeping Secrets

By Fr John Flader A girl friend recently told me something in secret and I feel that if I don’t tell someone else, harm could come to her or possibly others. Can I tell someone what she told me? I will first give the general teaching on secrets and then answer your question. By a secret we understand the knowledge ... Read More »

Is it easy to avoid Purgatory?

Purgatory - PiA DiStefano

By Fr John Flader I have always thought that it is not easy to go straight to heaven when we die, but recently a friend argued, based on the Summa Theologica of St Thomas Aquinas, that the Anointing of the Sick removes all our temporal punishment and, in any case, there is a plenary indulgence at the moment of death ... Read More »

NET of faith covers 25 years

NET of faith covers 25 years

YOUNG Catholics who served on NET Ministries Australia this year celebrate 25 years of sharing God’s work in their lives with young people around the southern hemisphere. National Evangelisation Teams (NET)  Ministries began with one team in 1988 working in five dioceses during a three-month pilot program. Since then, the peer-to-peer Catholic youth ministry has established teams in more than ... Read More »

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