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Discerning, three ways: How Australians are responding to religious vocations

WHEN Hayden Kennedy turned 21, he dialled the number of a priest living in Sydney. Fr Bob Barber, provincial of the Marist Fathers’ Australian province, answered the call. Three years before his 21st birthday, Hayden had knocked on the door of the Marist Fathers with a feeling he couldn’t shake. He wanted to be a priest, and more specifically, a Marist ... Read More »

East Timor-Australia maritime border major issue for several Brisbane parishes

maritime

BRISBANE parishes are using the election campaign to press Federal politicians on one of the most divisive international issues on Australia’s doorstep – drawing a fair maritime boundary between Timor-Leste and Australia. The seabed boundary between the two neighbours represents only 1.8 per cent of Australia’s entire seabed border, but takes in the Greater Sunrise gas field worth an estimated ... Read More »

Death on the cusp of life: A litany of concerns with late-term abortions

ultrasound

QUEENSLAND politicians were in the middle of debating changes to the state’s abortion laws when figures on the rate of live-birth abortions surfaced. Health Minister Cameron Dick released figures recently on the number of late-term abortions where babies survived, but were not given care. The figures showed 27 babies were born alive following an abortion procedure in 2015. The total ... Read More »

Cutting through the clutter: Making sense of hoarding

clutter or hoarding

IN Brisbane, 45,000 households are in a state of squalor – no better than pigsties – yet this is not because their occupants are lazy or slothful, rather they suffer from hoarding disorder. Hoarders collect and save so many possessions – often junk – which can be piled from floor to ceiling and can render entire rooms unusable.  In extreme ... Read More »

Cairns Bishop says saving the Great Barrier Reef “dramatically obvious”

Great Barrier Reef

CAIRNS Bishop James Foley has said it’s time for the Church to revise and extend a powerful 2004 pastoral letter signed by Queensland’s bishops calling for action to save the Great Barrier Reef. Bishop Foley has spoken out about stewardship of the reef as experts report the reef is reeling from its worst environmental crisis in recorded history, and warn ... Read More »

Q&A with Carrie Gress

Carrie Gress

What mum doesn’t need an occasional chance to escape home life and indulge in a little pampering? But philosopher and mother of four Carrie Gress says that while those little getaways are fine, the real and best makeover is actually already – and perpetually –underway. Ms Gress says in her latest book – Ultimate Makeover: The Transforming Power of Motherhood ... Read More »

Brisbane priest labels ‘gay panic’ law in Queensland and SA an “international disgrace”

Fr Paul Kelly

FATHER Paul Kelly has renewed hope that Queensland’s so-called “gay panic” murder defence could soon be removed from law. The defence means a murder charge may be reduced to manslaughter if the defendant establishes their victim “came on” to them and the killing was in self defence. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath in April announced parliamentarians would be reviewing the law with view to a ... Read More »

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