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Priest argues against treating children with puberty blockers

Priest argues against treating children with puberty blockers

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

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 »

Brisbane Archdiocese’s former shepherd Archbishop John Bathersby has died aged 83

Brisbane Archdiocese’s former shepherd Archbishop John Bathersby has died aged 83

BRISBANE Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby has been remembered as a long-serving and dedicated servant of the Church in Queensland after he died today. Archbishop Bathersby served as the Bishop of Cairns for five years before taking on his role as Brisbane archbishop for 20 years. He was remembered for his emphasis on prayer, the Eucharist and the centrality of Jesus ... Read More »

More than 750,000 Australian children are living in poverty, new report shows

More than 750,000 Australian children are living in poverty, new report shows

MORE than 750,000 Australian children are living in poverty, part of a bleak snapshot in one of the wealthiest countries that the St Vincent de Paul Society says is setting the next generation up for failure. The 2020 Poverty in Australia Overview, released on February 21 by the Australian Council of Social Service and UNSW Sydney, shows one in six children ... Read More »

Twelve euthanasia deaths predicted in first year, but Victoria had counted 52 deaths in six months

Twelve euthanasia deaths predicted in first year, but Victoria had counted 52 deaths in six months

VICTORIAN authorities have recorded 52 deaths in the first six months since euthanasia became available in the state. The government had expected one death per month, but were instead counting two deaths per week between June 19 and December 31. Of those 52 people who died, 43 people swallowed the fatal medication themselves and nine people had their doctor administer ... Read More »

NET Ministries Australia sends 45 youth missionaries to spread the Gospel in three countries

NET Ministries Australia sends 45 youth missionaries to spread the Gospel in three countries

HUNDREDS of friends and family crowded the steps of Sacred Heart Church, Rosalie, in the late hours of last Saturday to extend last-minute hugs and goodbyes to National Evangelisation Team Ministries’ 45 young adults, who begin a 10-month adventure spreading the Gospel. Seven teams, made up of 23 Australians, 12 Americans, five Canadians, two New Zealanders, two South Africans and ... Read More »

Cardinal Pell’s High Court appeal date set for March

Cardinal Pell’s High Court appeal date set for March

THE High Court of Australia has set a date to hear Cardinal George Pell’s leave to appeal against his conviction for child sex abuse offences committed in the 1990s, when he was the Archbishop of Melbourne. The case will be heard on March 11 and 12 in Canberra, and is the final legal avenue for Australia’s most senior Catholic, who ... Read More »

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