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Choosing life over death

By Debra Vermeer EUTHANASIA is not an incremental change to current end-of-life practices, but a radical and massive shift in our society’s and civilisation’s foundational values, says internationally renowned Australian ethicist Margaret Somerville. Dr Somerville, who is a Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill ... 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 »

Holy Spirit takes care of early ‘wobbly knees’

By Emilie Ng BISHOP John Gerry’s episcopal mission began with wobbling knees as he processed down St Stephen’s Cathedral to be installed as one of Brisbane’s auxiliary bishops. But like the prophet Ezekiel, whose words were proclaimed at Bishop Gerry’s Jubilee Mass last week, the Holy Spirit overtook the bishop and his wobbling knees became strong. “It was something palpable, ... 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 »

Thanks, Minister

By Paul Dobbyn THREE Townsville Catholics in a battle with the Immigration Department to stay in Australia are smiling with relief ­– and fellow parishioners are offering prayers of thanks – following ministerial intervention to stop their deportations. Townsville Hospital nurse Maria Sevilla and her 10-year-old son Tyrone celebrated becoming permanent residents of Australia at a morning tea after Mass ... Read More »

See your school in The Catholic Leader

Get published: The Catholic Leader team members Valentina Ricchi and Liam Webb invite all Catholic secondary schools to enter The Newsroom Contest in Terms 3 and 4 this year, or Terms 1 and 2 next year.

By Emilie Ng BUDDING journalists and media producers can get a head start in their careers by entering a new media contest open to Catholic secondary schools. Organised by the Brisbane archdiocese’s official news source, the Newsroom Contest offers students a chance to publish their own four-page newspaper and share it with The Catholic Leader’s 50,000 readers. All participating entries ... Read More »

Dedicated to Christ’s way

Consecrated missionaries: Former National Evangelisation Teams members Sr Anastasia Reeves and Fr Michael Gallacher say their year on mission prepared them for religious life. Photos: Emilie Ng

By Emilie Ng VOLUNTEERING one year of life to evangelise young people set two former National Evangelisation Teams members up for a total commitment to God. Dominican Sister of St Cecilia Anastasia Reeves and Melbourne diocesan priest Fr Michael Gallacher both served with NET Australia in separate years and said their year of mission prepared them for a religious vocation. ... Read More »

A memory of the heart

Picthing in: Bishop John Gerry helps out with the washing up during a visit to Boystown, Beaudesert, in 1989.

By Paul Dobbyn  BISHOP John Gerry’s rolled-up-sleeves approach to ministry is captured in a photo taken of him washing up with some young chaps at Boystown in 1989. “I was very happy to have that as my image in a history of the archdiocese,” he said, smiling at the memory as he surveyed the view from the balcony of his ... Read More »

Call goes out for prayer

Facing drought: Bishop Michael McCarthy (third from left) visits a drought-ravaged property north of Muttaburra with (from left) property owners Francis, Anne and John Ahern

By Paul Dobbyn BISHOP Michael McCarthy has spoken of the bravery of farmers battling drought for years in Rockhampton diocese’s west. “Farmers watch as their flocks and herds decrease and their resources and livelihoods diminish,” he said. “These are hard times for our farmers and yet they show incredible resilience.” Bishop McCarthy called for prayer for the struggling families in ... Read More »

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