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Queensland government pushes amendment to require priests to violate seal of confession

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THE Queensland Government has tabled amendments to the criminal code that would require priests to violate the sacramental seal of confession when penitents confessed child abuse, or risk facing three years’ imprisonment. The proposed amendments, which were tabled in response to Royal Commission recommendations on November 27, reflected similar legislation adopted in Victoria in August.  Catholic priests, who were 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 »

Mothers should be inviting Jesus into their daily lives

MOTHER Effect founder Carrie McCormack wants motherhood to be more visible in the Church, saying it should be embraced as a blessed and dignified vocation. “There’s this song we sing with the children, it’s called, ‘Come, Lord Jesus’, and I think we need to be praying that every day in our motherhood,” she said. Mother Effect, an Emmanuel Community ministry ... Read More »

Sober missionary Joseph Leeds says drugs ‘have nothing on God, bruv’

“I WAS screaming, ‘He’s got no one else, he’s got no one else’.” “That was traumatic,” the 23-year-old Londoner turned missionary Catholic said, toking his vape and puffing the syrupy nicotine steam about the loft above Blind Eye Ministry. He relaxed back in his chair, a calmer man, halfway into his story about his dad in a crack den in ... Read More »

This Christmas, remember the little baby who lay in the crib

FEW readers of The Catholic Leader would recognise the name Br John Henry Shepherd. John Henry was a Christian Brother from New Zealand. Back in the early 1990s he travelled to Melbourne to learn about Edmund Rice Camps. Upon his return to Dunedin he established these holiday camps for children from difficult life situations. John Henry was dearly loved by ... Read More »

New era dawns for Ipswich Catholic community

A NEW Church year heralded the amalgamation of four parishes to form Ipswich Catholic Community. The First Sunday of Advent Mass marked the official amalgamation of St Joseph’s, North Ipswich; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Leichhardt; St Brigid’s, Rosewood; and St Mary’s, Ipswich, in “a diverse cultural celebration”, pastoral assistant Benjamin Leschke said. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated the Mass and ... 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 »

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