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Confirmation is not about being ready, it is a gift of transformative grace, writes Br Sebastian Condon

Due to the pandemic earlier this year, the confirmations in our parish were postponed. As a result, I have recently had to serve at several confirmation Masses, and have heard many theories among the assembled families as to what confirmation, as a sacrament, actually signifies. Many of these theories are interesting – some are simply mistaken. When I asked certain ... Read More »

Labor and LNP quizzed on post-COVID strategies in online election debate

SENIOR Labor and LNP politicians were quizzed about their long-term strategies to support vulnerable Queenslanders emerging from the COVID-19 crisis, during an online election debate organised by social services peak body Queensland Council of Social Service. “We’ve heard concerning stories about growing homelessness for older women, kids struggling to re-engage in school, and a lack of support services for people ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop calls out Queensland premier’s ‘backflip’ on euthanasia legislation

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris has added to the voice of Queensland Church leaders by criticising Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for “playing with peoples’ emotions”, after she promised to rush through Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation if Labor wins the state election on October 31. Ms Palaszczuk used a campaign launch on October 18 to announce Labor would fast-track VAD legislation by introducing ... Read More »

The Catholic Leader senior journalist Ray Owen mourned

RAY Owen, who served Brisbane archdiocese for many years as a loyal and dedicated journalist, has died at the age of 81. Mr Owen died at The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane on October 15 after a long illness. He had worked as a senior journalist at The Catholic Leader for more than two decades from 1981, retiring in September 2002. ... Read More »

Catholic psychologist says Australia’s mental health is getting worse under COVID-19

LOCKDOWNS, economic distress and the constant stream of bad news from the coronavirus pandemic have all taken their toll on the mental health of Australians, a Catholic psychologist has said. Brisbane psychologist Nahum Kozak said there had been a sharp increase in the number of people seeking help with a great demand being placed on psychologists. His comments echoed new ... Read More »

Children show missionary spirit as they sacrifice birthday gifts and pocket money for Socktober

CHILDREN throughout Australia have been bringing adults close to tears with their generous efforts to support children in Cambodia this month despite a global pandemic. Across the nation today, 360 Catholic schools will participate in Catholic Mission Australia’s virtual Socktober Event Day, held in place of an annual Socktober event normally organised for diocesan schools across Australia. The virtual event ... Read More »

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 »

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