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Aged care is being put on the backburner in Australia

ALMA was told by her daughter it would be a “nice” place.  But when Alma entered the aged-care facility, there was an overpowering stench of urine combined with toilet cleaner.   Alma’s room was tiny with no outlook, the curtains closed. It felt degrading.  She was collected and taken to a common lounge room where she sat all day with ... Read More »

Q&A with Fr Nicholas Maurice

  Fr Nicolas Maurice was raised in Brisbane, studied engineering at the University of Queensland, joined the seminary for Lismore diocese and studied at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained for the Diocese of Lismore on July 3, 2008. He is a lecturer at Vianney College, Wagga Wagga, and an assistant priest at St Carthageís Cathedral, ... Read More »

Q&A with Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

Italy’s most famous musician sat down with Zenit for a chat about his childhood and why his mother saved his life by refusing an abortion. Q: You were born in Lajatico, a small village on the hills, near Pisa, in the Valdera region. You spent your childhood among olive groves and fields in the wonderful land of Tuscany. Why today, when ... Read More »

US campaigner Brad Mattes says millions of men affected by no legal say in abortion

Brad Mattes

AMERICAN Brad Mattes is highly successful in spreading the pro-life message. And it is this message: “Lost Fatherhood – Men and Abortion” that this highly accomplished media commentator is bringing on a speaking tour across Queensland and to Sydney and Melbourne. Mr Mattes hosts Life Issues, a daily radio commentary on abortion and other life issues. It is carried on more than ... Read More »

Catholics must act on abortion but with respect and dignity

Abortion poster boy

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has delivered a call to action to Queensland Catholics to get involved in the abortion bill debate. Archbishop Coleridge said Catholics should write to their local MP, go and see them personally, and perhaps join a pro-life rally. “The Church community has to act as well as speak,” he said. However, Archbishop Coleridge said Catholics should temper their ... Read More »

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 »

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