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Seal of confessional vital for some survivors of sexual abuse

A GROUP of survivors of sexual abuse have defended the Seal of Confession as a vital lifeline and aided their recovery. Their testimonies paints the confession box as a safe place to speak and ease their trauma, and contradicts the intent of new laws across Australia aimed at compelling priests to report child sexual abuse offences disclosed during confessions. South ... Read More »

Mater south-east, central and north Queensland merger stands for a healthier Queensland

MATER across South-East, Central and North Queensland has merged to form the state’s largest Catholic not-for-profit healthcare provider. The July 1 merger saw Mercy Health and Aged Care in Central Queensland, Mater Health Services in North Queensland, and Mater Misericordiae Limited in South East Queensland join forces under one mission to serve the community by providing compassionate care. Leaders of ... Read More »

New education mission to promote the ‘person of Jesus Christ’ in Broken Bay

Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo

FORMER Brisbane archdiocese priest and now Broken Bay Bishop Anthony Randazzo has outlined a strong vision for Catholic education. Launching Towards 2025, an education strategy for the Diocese of Broken Bay, Queenslander Bishop Randazzo said he supported “a strong, vibrant and authentic Catholic education system… one that promotes learning for life, and the flourishing of human and faith development.” Bishop ... Read More »

Fr Chris Riley unwell, calls for people to reach out via email

Fr Chris Riley

YOUTH Off The Streets founder Fr Chris Riley was reportedly “very unwell” and 2GB Radio personality Ben Fordham called out for listeners to write to him on June 30. Youth Off The Streets chief executive officer Lex Lutherborrow told 2GB that Fr Riley was unwell, both from mental and physical exhaustion. She said he had cared for thousands of young ... Read More »

Australian Catholics urged to hear again the ‘prophetic words’ of Pope St John Paul II from 1986

BISHOP Ken Howell has echoed the words of Pope St John Paul II in calling for a renewed commitment to recognition for and reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Brisbane auxiliary bishop, speaking at the annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral last weekend, said Australian Catholics needed to hear again “those ... Read More »

Two Victorian men die from COVID-19, church doors shut again in Melbourne

MELBOURNE Archbishop Peter Comensoli has directed churches to shut their doors again and has suspended the public celebration of Mass, which had only just recommenced, following COVID-19 outbreaks across parts of Victoria. The directives were for parishes within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, which were placed back under stage three restrictions for the next six weeks from July 8. Livestreamed ... Read More »

Josephite Sister humbled to receive Queen’s honour, sees it as a win for women religious and St Mary MacKillop

SR Margaret Cleary, a Brisbane girl who’s wandered far, is the latest in a long list of Catholic religious to be honoured by the Queen, but she’s so mindful of being “ordinary”.   Sr Margaret was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours recently “for service to the Catholic Church of Australia”.   It’s not an accolade she ... Read More »

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