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Queensland Christian leaders shocked and disappointed by government decision to fast-track euthanasia laws

LEADERS of Queensland’s largest Christian churches are shocked and disappointed after the Queensland Premier revealed a Labor plan to fast-track voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation if it wins the state election on October 31.  Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk used Labor’s election launch on October 18, a day before early voting started, to promise she would introduce legislation into Parliament in February ... Read More »

Almost a third of Australians experience food insecurity in 2020

AN annual Foodbank report reveals a surge in demand at food charities across Australia during the COVID-19 crisis, with young people hardest hit, while casual workers and international students are among the “newly food insecure”. The report released at the start of Poverty Week, shows 65 per cent of Australia’s food-insecure are 18 to 25-year-olds going without food at least ... Read More »

Church workers say Christians families not immune to domestic violence ‘pandemic’

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SURGING domestic violence cases during the COVID-19 crisis is a pandemic within a pandemic, according to Church workers on the frontline of domestic violence education and prevention. They say Church communities “provided no immunity” to the domestic violence scourge. Months of restrictions have created “a perfect storm” of conditions with stay-at-home orders, school closures, and many workers laid off or ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell meets with Pope Francis amid Vatican financial scandal

POPE Francis has welcomed Cardinal George Pell during a private Vatican meeting in the Apostolic Palace – their first meeting since the Australian cardinal’s child sexual abuse convictions were overturned. The Holy See released photos and a brief video clip of the meeting, an indication that both the Pope and Cardinal Pell wanted the warm and smiling reception to be ... Read More »

Royal Commission’s report says aged care sector must be fixed

ONE of the biggest impacts of COVID-19 has been the havoc reaped on our aged population. So will our most vulnerable be better protected next time a pandemic or another disaster strikes? More than 665 aged-care residents have died from COVID-19 in Australia, with outbreaks in about 220 homes and facilities. Restriction of visits at aged-care homes has severed vital ... Read More »

Catholic bodies react to Federal Budget winners and losers

CATHOLIC organisations criticised Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s belated budget for failing to address rising homelessness and income support for a country caught in a pandemic and its first recession in 30 years. The Budget, which was announced on October 6 after being postponed due to the coronavirus crisis, was unsurprisingly left in a deficit thanks to the massive support payments ... Read More »

Bishops write letter to Queenslanders stressing the sanctity of human life

SIX of Queensland’s Catholic bishops have written a pastoral letter warning of the consequences of legalising euthanasia. The letter, to all Catholic Queenslanders and the wider community, stresses the sanctity of life and recognising that all of creation is sacred. “Societies in which life is cheap suffer from many maladies and injustices,” the bishops said.  With Queensland gearing up for ... Read More »

Vinnies ready to help people going through tougher times

MANY Australians are bracing for reductions in JobSeeker and JobKeeper income, but it’s going to be tougher for some in Queensland. From the end of this month Queensland residential tenants will lose the protection from eviction that’s been in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. All other states have extended the eviction moratorium – Tasmania until December, and New South Wales, ... Read More »

Catholic Health Australia wants more Out of Hospital options

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A CATHOLIC research paper handed to the Federal Government proposes a radical shake-up in the way health care is delivered to Australians who could be treated at home rather than in hospital. The Catholic Health Australia paper, entitled Out of Hospital Care in Australia – advancing health’s ‘missing sector’, argues that shifting to a hospital-in-the-home approach could provide better treatment ... Read More »

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