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Right to believe

Moves to legalise same-sex marriage raise freedom concerns PROTECTION for religious freedom and freedom of conscience looms as a growing concern for Catholics as political pressure builds for legislative approval of same-sex marriage. Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten promised at the Australian Labor Party’s national conference last weekend that if he were to become Prime Minister his government, within 100 ... Read More »

Much-loved Jesuit Fr Gregory Jordan taught lessons until death

By Emilie Ng “When I die, don’t write me an epitaph, say a prayer for me,” Fr Gregory Jordan. JESUIT Father Gregory Jordan dedicated his life to teaching young and old the beauty of life in the Church, but his greatest lesson came when he died suddenly on Sunday July 19. After collapsing during Mass in St Ignatius Church, Toowong, Fr ... Read More »

Soup’s heating up hearts

BRISBANE food retail manager Whitney Chapman believes one cup of soup can help get a homeless person off the streets. The SumoSalad store manager based in MacArthur Central in Brisbane’s CBD, offered free cups of soup to Brisbane’s homeless as part of a national partnership with the St Vincent de Paul Society. “I went around the city to various spots ... Read More »

Fighting back

CATHOLICS in Iraq are defying Daesh (Islamic State), not with weapons or violence but with education and learning – and Australian Catholic University is standing with them. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, in Kurdish northern Iraq, was a guest at the International Federation of Catholic Universities 25th General Assembly in Melbourne earlier this month where he sought help from delegates. ... Read More »

Jesuit Father Gregory Jordan remembered with love

EMOTIONAL tributes are flowing from across Australia for beloved spiritual grandfather, Brisbane-based Jesuit Father Gregory Jordan, who died suddenly on July 19, aged 85. Fr Jordan collapsed while proclaiming the Gospel in Mass at St Ignatius Church, Toowong, and was taken to the Wesley Hospital in a critical condition. He died a few hours later. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, government ... Read More »

Dialogue must continue

prisoner's hands through fence

By Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIA’S border protection policy is adding to the misery of “our brothers and sisters”. “As the Catholic Church, we need to think carefully about how we engage with the Government’s policies,” Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office director Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena said. “People are publicly manifesting their disapproval of what takes place in detention facilities and ... Read More »

Assembly celebrates Indigenous faith

Assembly attendees: Murri Ministry members (from left) Ravina Waldren, David Miller, Bernadette Jeffrey and Josephite Sister Kay McPadden were among Brisbane representatives at the NATSICC Assembly.

By Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIAN Catholics have good reason to be interested in outcomes from Darwin’s recent National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) Assembly. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics, numbering over 120,000, are the youngest and fastest-growing group within the Catholic Church in Australia,” Centacare Murri Ministry co-ordinator Ravina Waldren said. “When I attended the assembly, I ... Read More »

New booklet ‘respectful’

Clear explanation: “The intention of the Church is to offer families the opportunity to understand why the Church has taken the position it has on this question of the legal definition of marriage enshrined in Commonwealth law.”

By Paul Dobbyn CLAIMS by the same-sex marriage lobby that aspects of the Catholic bishops’ “Don’t Mess With Marriage” booklet may be illegal and should not have been sent home with students have been rebutted. Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous said “the booklet was fully in accord with the current definition of marriage contained in the Australian Marriage Act”. “A document ... Read More »

Call for equality

Bishop Christopher Saunders

BROOME Bishop Christopher Saunders has pleaded with Catholics to unite and create better living conditions for Australian’s in remote communities. Bishop Saunders address to Catholic parishes, as the Church prepared to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People on July 5, focused on the plight of Indigenous communities and how government down funding had worsened their quality of life. Due ... Read More »

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