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Archbishop Bathersby lived a life of service for God’s people

Archbishop John Bathersby

This is an edited version of the speech Fr Bill O’Shea gave at the Priests’ Farewell to Archbishop John Bathersby on April 19, 2012 ON January 29 1992 I had the privilege of making the formal address of welcome on behalf of the Brisbane clergy to our then new archbishop on the eve of his installation. Today I have been ... Read More »

High Court reserves decision on the fate of Cardinal George Pell after two-day hearing

THE High Court of Australia has reserved a decision on whether to overturn Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for child sexual abuse. After two days of hearing from both Cardinal Pell’s lawyer and the prosecution, the court’s full bench of seven judges reserved a decision whether Cardinal Pell will be allowed to appeal his conviction. Both legal teams have been given ... Read More »

Brisbane parish raises thousands for bushfire-affected parishioners in Narooma

Catholics from Stafford parish

“YOU don’t know me but …” – it was the voice of Stafford Vinnies conference president Alison Golden on the line – “we have heard about what you are going through and we want to help”. It was a telephone call that Narooma St Vincent de Paul Society conference president Christine Huntsdale said “came out of the blue”. Narooma parish ... Read More »

Priest argues against treating children with puberty blockers

Child with a shadow

CATHOLIC school authorities who become aware of children seeking to delay the onset of puberty with hormone blockers need to pursue a pastoral care strategy that was steeped in truth “not by political lobbying”, Perth bioethics director Fr Joseph Parkinson has said. Fr Parkinson regularly offers advice to parents of children with gender dysphoria and incongruence, and is critical of ... Read More »

High Court weighs up Cardinal George Pell’s final bid at appeal, prosecution arguments heard today

THE High Court of Australia has heard from Cardinal George Pell’s lawyer that evidence presented at trial must have given jurors reasonable doubt that Pell sexually abused two choirboys after Sunday Mass more than two decades ago. Barrister Bret Walker SC was seeking to convince the Court’s full bench of seven judges that Pell’s case warrants and appeal – a ... Read More »

Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders stands aside after abuse allegations

ONE of Australia’s longest serving bishops has stood aside amid the broadcast of allegations against him of historical sex abuse offences.  A Church message issued on March 10 by Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe said Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders has voluntarily stood aside from the ordinary administration of the diocese. The statement said the Holy See was “conscious of the particular ... Read More »

Breast cancer survivor backs new Mater-QUT research biobank

Jane Andersen breast cancer survivor

JANE Andersen was on her lunch break when she was told she had triple negative breast cancer. One week before her diagnosis, the Catholic mother-of-three found a lump on her breast while in the shower and scheduled appointments to detect if it was cancerous. “I went to get the results on a lunch break and got the bad news,” Mrs ... Read More »

Sudanese refugee who came to Australia with no education on road to becoming a surgeon

Huda Fadlelmawla

THERE are a lot of ways to be a woman.  For some, womanhood is strength. For others it is overcoming barriers. “Just stay authentically in whatever goal you want to accomplish,” 24-year-old Huda Fadlelmawla, said during an inspiring lunch forum marking International Women’s Day at Brisbane’s St James College.   “People will catch up with you, even if they didn’t ... Read More »

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