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Carmelite Sister to venerate St Thérèse relics again, this time in the habit

Carmelite Sister to venerate St Thérèse relics again, this time in the habit

CARMELITE Sister Catherine Ann will pray for her beloved country Australia when she sits in the presence of her spiritual sister St Thérèse of Lisieux this month. Sr Catherine Ann, a member of the Carmelites in Ormiston, on Brisbane’s southern bayside, is one of hundreds anticipating the arrival of the relics of St Thérèse and her parents Sts Zelie and ... Read More »

Australia sees inequality worsen and wealth grow

Australia sees inequality worsen and wealth grow

EXACTLY no one was surprised to read recent Oxfam data that Australia’s wealthiest one per cent had increased their share of wealth in 2019. Australia’s top one per cent, about 250,000 people, had captured more than double the wealth of the entire bottom 50 per cent, about 12.5 million people, the report stated. The report hit as Pope Francis sent ... Read More »

Tributes flow for Aboriginal elder and woman of service Aunty Joan Hendriks

Tributes flow for Aboriginal elder and woman of service Aunty Joan Hendriks

RESPECTED Aboriginal elder and educator Aunty Joan Hendriks is being remembered for a deep commitment to her culture, promoting reconciliation, and as a guiding light in understanding Aboriginal Creation spirituality and Christian faith. The revered Ngugi woman, one of the three clan groups of the Quandamooka people of south-east Queensland’s Moreton Bay, died peacefully on Australia Day. “A heartfelt farewell ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris calls out extreme left and right for confusing public on climate change

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris calls out extreme left and right for confusing public on climate change

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris criticised both extreme left and extreme right political narratives for misleading the public from finding a reasoned and nuanced understanding of the costs and effects of climate change. Bishop Harris said this reasoned and nuanced understanding was essential to enacting our “God-given” responsibility to care for creation. He said both the hard-left and hard-right stifled the ... Read More »

McClellan condemns Catholic leadership failure to see child sexual abuse as a crime

McClellan condemns Catholic leadership failure to see child sexual abuse as a crime

THE former judge who chaired the royal commission into child sexual abuse has singled out the Catholic Church as the only institution whose leaders failed to recognise sexual assaults of children as a crime, as distinct from a moral failure.   “I cannot comprehend how any person, much less one with qualifications in theology and very often further qualifications from recognised ... Read More »

Bishops refocus on evangelisation in wake of a trimmed budget

Bishops refocus on evangelisation in wake of a trimmed budget

EVANGELISATION efforts in Australia are being streamlined to focus more on the Church’s central mission of spreading the Good News. During the biannual meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, it was announced that a revamped National Centre for Evangelisation would take responsibility for a number of offices. The refocusing signals an end to the Office for Lay Pastoral Ministry, ... Read More »

Perth archdiocese reaffirms its commitment to life in wake of Western Australia euthanasia law

Perth archdiocese reaffirms its commitment to life in wake of Western Australia euthanasia law

WESTERN Australia has become the next state legislature to adopt assisted dying and euthanasia as the Lower House passed the final amendments of the bill on December 10. The bill, which is more liberal than Victoria’s legislation, passed the Upper House 24-11 and will make euthanasia available from as early as 2021.  Perth Archdiocese released a statement on December 11, ... Read More »

Brisbane NaPro doctor welcomes study showing contraceptive pill can change a woman’s brain

Brisbane NaPro doctor welcomes study showing contraceptive pill can change a woman’s brain

FERTILITY medical consultant Dr Terry Kent has found a link between an American study that shows the pill changes a woman’s brain structure and a treatment option he gives to women who have used oral birth control for decades. The Radiological Society of North America has reported a “strong association” between the contraceptive pill and the size of the hypothalamus, ... Read More »

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