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Former Iona College rector called to lead Wagga Wagga diocese

Bisho Mark Edwards new leader of Wagga Wagga

WAGGA Wagga Catholics have ended their four-year wait for a Bishop after Pope Francis appointed Indonesian-born “global citizen” Bishop Mark Edwards as its new shepherd. The Melbourne auxiliary bishop, who was rector of Iona College between 2010 and 2014, will become the sixth Bishop of Wagga Wagga diocese. The rural NSW diocese, located three hours from Canberra, has been without ... Read More »

‘Unprecedented’ has been over-used describing the fallout of COVID-19 but it’s still true, Brisbane deacon says

LIKE an omen of the road ahead, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg suffered a coughing fit in the middle of his economic update speech in parliament on May 12, which replaced the budget speech traditionally held on the second Tuesday of May. Mr Frydenberg was tested for COVID-19 and the test came back negative, but the image of the treasurer coughing ... Read More »

Euthanasia cut from Queensland legislative agenda this term, palliative care must be focus

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has wiped euthanasia from her government’s legislative agenda for this term  – announcing in parliament that a scheme to allow assisted dying for the terminally ill needs “further, careful consideration”. The Premier’s decision means voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation will not go before lawmakers before Queensland heads to the polls on October 31. Instead, Ms Palaszczuk ... Read More »

Plenary Council sessions postponed until 2021 and 2022, an opportunity to use ‘extra time wisely’

THE long-anticipated Plenary Council 2020 sessions, the first of which had been scheduled for this October, were pushed back to October 2021 and April 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to postpone the opening assembly by 12 months. Adelaide remained the venue for the first assembly in October 2021.  Sydney remained the ... Read More »

Australian ethicists concerned by euthanasia law, judgments

RECENTLY the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that doctors could carry out a euthanasia request even if their patient developed severe dementia and could no longer express an explicit wish to die. The ruling was sparked by the case of a 74-year-old woman who was euthanised in a nursing home in 2016 after developing advanced dementia. The woman had written a ... Read More »

International student cohort facing daily struggle to buy food and pay rent

The plight of international students is in the spotlight as the government and universities try to prop up an international educational industry that injects about $39 billion into the economy DESPITE a new injection of government funding, advocates for foreign students in Australia say many are isolated and desperate, and have already turned to emergency food and support services to ... Read More »

Un-redacted royal commission report says Cardinal Pell knew of Church abuse in Ballarat, Melbourne

UPDATE CARDINAL George Pell says he is “surprised” by critical findings of the child abuse royal commission, claiming they are “not supported by evidence”. He was surprised by the statements in the report about the earlier transfers of Gerald Ridsdale discussed by the Ballarat Diocesan consultors in 1977 and 1982. “The Consultors who gave evidence on the meetings in 1977 ... Read More »

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