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Judges dismiss grounds of Cardinal Pell’s appeal and say witness testimony has the ‘ring of truth’

Judges dismiss grounds of Cardinal Pell’s appeal and say witness testimony has the ‘ring of truth’

VICTORIAN Chief Justice Anne Ferguson and Court of Appeal president Justice Chris Maxwell dismissed all three grounds of Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against his child sex abuse conviction. Justice Mark Weinberg dissented against their opinion on ground one. The majority judgement published by Justices Ferguson and Maxwell said there was no evidence that “leads us to the conclusion the jury ... Read More »

Path to freedom – looking back on the terror and hope 20 years after East Timor’s independence vote

Path to freedom – looking back on the terror and hope 20 years after East Timor’s independence vote

IT is 20 years since East Timor, Australia’s neighbour, voted for independence, ending 24 years of often-brutal struggle against ruling Indonesia. East Timor, with its vast Catholic majority, has long been a focus for Australian parishes supporting human rights and justice. Thousands of Australian Catholics have worked, volunteered and donated their energies to support East Timor, where faith, hope and community ... Read More »

Lack of government planning means most vulnerable could die before quality care arrives

Lack of government planning means most vulnerable could die before quality care arrives

AGED care is reaching crisis point, with a Catholic healthcare chief warning lack of government planning means our most vulnerable could die before they receive the high-level care they required.  Catholic Health Australia chief executive Suzanne Greenwood told an aged-care and end-of-life inquiry in Brisbane the waiting list for vulnerable seniors to receive the Level 4 package, was two years ... Read More »

Prime Minister remains committed to introduce Religious Discrimination legislation by year’s end

Prime Minister remains committed to introduce Religious Discrimination legislation by year’s end

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has committed to introduce a Religious Discrimination Act into parliament by the end of this year, amid growing pressure to “positively” protect religious freedoms. “I would like to see this issue progressed with a sensitivity, with a sense of cooperation, and with a sense of balance,” he told ABC’s 730 program on July 1.  “Religious freedom ... Read More »

Pope gives reminder on climate crisis as Catholic advocate speaks out in Queensland against Adani

Pope gives reminder on climate crisis as Catholic advocate speaks out in Queensland against Adani

ADANI has the go-ahead to start building the Carmichael coal mine – but is the governments’ approval for the project the future direction we had hoped for? Pitted against the prospect of jobs and an economic boost are the lingering concerns for environmental protection. “The project will deliver 1500 direct and 6750 indirect jobs during ramp-up and construction, with Rockhampton ... Read More »

Professor Margaret Somerville warns Queenslanders of false claims about euthanasia

Professor Margaret Somerville warns Queenslanders of false claims about euthanasia

LEADING Catholic bioethicist Margaret Somerville has warned Queenslanders of the dangerous long-term consequences for societies that allow euthanasia. As assisted suicide became legal in Victoria last week, Professor Somerville addressed the Cherish Life Queensland annual conference in Brisbane. She posed the question: “We need to ask ourselves: if euthanasia is permitted, how do we think our great-great-grandchildren will die?  “What ... Read More »

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