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Tributes flow for Aboriginal elder and woman of service Aunty Joan Hendriks

RESPECTED Aboriginal elder and educator Aunty Joan Hendriks is being remembered for a deep commitment to her culture, promoting reconciliation, and as a guiding light in understanding Aboriginal Creation spirituality and Christian faith. The revered Ngugi woman, one of the three clan groups of the Quandamooka people of south-east Queensland’s Moreton Bay, died peacefully on Australia Day. “A heartfelt farewell ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris calls out extreme left and right for confusing public on climate change

Great Barrier Reef

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris criticised both extreme left and extreme right political narratives for misleading the public from finding a reasoned and nuanced understanding of the costs and effects of climate change. Bishop Harris said this reasoned and nuanced understanding was essential to enacting our “God-given” responsibility to care for creation. He said both the hard-left and hard-right stifled the ... Read More »

McClellan condemns Catholic leadership failure to see child sexual abuse as a crime

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

THE former judge who chaired the royal commission into child sexual abuse has singled out the Catholic Church as the only institution whose leaders failed to recognise sexual assaults of children as a crime, as distinct from a moral failure.   “I cannot comprehend how any person, much less one with qualifications in theology and very often further qualifications from recognised ... Read More »

Bishops refocus on evangelisation in wake of a trimmed budget

EVANGELISATION efforts in Australia are being streamlined to focus more on the Church’s central mission of spreading the Good News. During the biannual meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, it was announced that a revamped National Centre for Evangelisation would take responsibility for a number of offices. The refocusing signals an end to the Office for Lay Pastoral Ministry, ... Read More »

Perth archdiocese reaffirms its commitment to life in wake of Western Australia euthanasia law

WESTERN Australia has become the next state legislature to adopt assisted dying and euthanasia as the Lower House passed the final amendments of the bill on December 10. The bill, which is more liberal than Victoria’s legislation, passed the Upper House 24-11 and will make euthanasia available from as early as 2021.  Perth Archdiocese released a statement on December 11, ... Read More »

Brisbane NaPro doctor welcomes study showing contraceptive pill can change a woman’s brain

FERTILITY medical consultant Dr Terry Kent has found a link between an American study that shows the pill changes a woman’s brain structure and a treatment option he gives to women who have used oral birth control for decades. The Radiological Society of North America has reported a “strong association” between the contraceptive pill and the size of the hypothalamus, ... Read More »

Queensland artist paints portrait of first Indigenous deacon from newspaper clipping

Catholic woman holds portrait of the first deacon in Australia

MARGARET Marshman has a good eye for a painting. Earlier this year, the Emerald parishioner who attends St Patrick’s Church opened The Catholic Leader to read about the death of Australia’s first Deacon Boniface Perdjert, aged 82. She was struck by Deacon Perdjert’s unique story as an indigenous Church leader.  The story was accompanied by a striking portrait photo of ... Read More »

Catholic health provider says $537 million boost to aged care a modest first step

Elderly person in care

AN extra 10,000 home care packages will start being delivered from this month  as the Federal Government attempts to reduce huge waiting lists for the elderly seeking care and address a scandal-prone aged care sector. Catholic Health Australia has welcomed a government injection of $537 million to increase home care places, get younger people out of residential care more quickly ... Read More »

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