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Leading Catholic figure Francis Sullivan calling for changes after sex abuse crisis

LEADING Catholic figure Francis Sullivan has criticised Church authorities for a “glaring lack of moral leadership” over the child sex abuse crisis and has called for the Church to change its “terms of engagement” if it is to remain relevant and engaged in Australia. “Unless we break the shackles of entitlement and cronyism, become inclusive and more representative in our ... Read More »

First Aboriginal man to graduate ACU proud of daughter’s Indigenous scholarship win

Philip Dreise

PHILLIP Dreise said the biggest thing that shocked him was how little the current generation knew about the histories of the Stolen Generations. “That goes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous kids,” the Australian Catholic University lecturer and father-of-four said. “They just don’t believe it could happen to real people and they don’t know the stories behind it. “That’s why I love ... Read More »

Relics of saintly family offer lessons on holiness during Brisbane pilgrimage

Carmelites with relics

THE earthly remains of three ordinary family members, better known as St Therese of Lisieux and her parents Sts Zelie and Louis Martin, imparted lessons in holiness and faith during their “visit from Heaven” in Brisbane last week. The saintly family drew thousands to their pilgrimage of Brisbane archdiocese between February 6 and February 15, part of a four-month tour ... Read More »

Choosing to take responsibility for the faith

Priest during the consecration of the Mass

By Shane Dwyer I REMEMBER an incident from when I was a boy. It was the practice of my family to attend Mass together on a Sunday morning. I wouldn’t say that my brother, two sisters and I were particularly fond of this aspect of family life, but we had done it for as long as I could remember and ... Read More »

Council gives way on proposed parking plan outside St Francis’ West End

St Francis' Church West End

FEEDBACK from hundreds of inner-city parishioners and residents has swayed Brisbane City Council to scrap a controversial parking plan. “We won,” is how Dutton Park and South Brisbane parishes secretary Bernadette Maguire greeted the council decision, that threatened to cut access for the disabled and elderly attending the St Francis Church on Dornoch Terrace, West End. The plan was to ... Read More »

Catholic convert’s wooden necklace from mum turns out to be Rosary beads

NAOMI Fong’s mum saw she had an interest in Christianity and bought her a beaded wooden necklace with a cross on it when she was 15 years old. At the time, living with her family in New Zealand, Naomi was a believer but unbaptised, wandering the online wilderness through “anti-Catholic” websites searching for “something more”. “My family’s not Catholic,” the ... Read More »

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