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Abortion ‘used to be a whispered word, today it’s not a whispered word’

WHAT is the leading cause of death in Australia? Cancer killed about 48,000 Australians in 2018, according to the Cancer Council of Australia. Heart disease killed about 43,000 Australians in 2017, according to the Heart Foundation. Road accidents killed about 1200 Australians in 2018, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. While all these tragedies require attention and compassion, these ... Read More »

Canon lawyer becomes the first layperson to be appointed as Brisbane archdiocese chancellor

NEWLY-appointed Brisbane archdiocese chancellor Pat Mullins says more lay people should step up to take on Church roles.  “It’s a good direction that the Church is going in, I think. It’s the way of the future,” he said. Uniquely qualified for the role of chancellor, Mr Mullins is believed to be Australia’s only canon lawyer simultaneously practising as a common ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese awaits acceptance into the National Redress Scheme after lodging application

THE Brisbane archdiocese is awaiting its acceptance into the National Redress Scheme after completing its application to the Federal Government. Archbishop Mark Coleridge said Brisbane was among more than 30 archdioceses, dioceses and eparchies to have submitted all paperwork to the Department of Social Services to begin participation in the scheme. The Government will give final approval to all institutions ... Read More »

ACU Vice-Chancellor critical of the way Royal Commission was conducted

ONE of the 11 members of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council has delivered a sharp and wide-ranging criticism of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, describing it as “a flawed body” and its final report “a flawed document”. On the day that the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia formally responded to the Royal ... Read More »

Australia’s bishops and religious vow never to repeat shameful child sexual abuse history

Archbishop Coleridge and Sr Monica Cavanagh address the media at a press conference on the Church's response to the Royal Commission

CATHOLIC leaders today (August 31) announced they accept 98 per cent of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse and have vowed that the Church’s shameful history will never be repeated. Catholic Religious Australia president Josephite Sister Monica Cavanagh and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge spoke at a media conference in Sydney, expressing their ... Read More »

Archbishop offers heartfelt apology to abuse victims as Catholic Church responds to Royal Commission

ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AUSTRALIAN Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has offered a heartfelt apology to traumatised victims of child sexual abuse and their families. Today (August 31) as the ACBC and Catholic Religious Australia publishes a joint response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Archbishop Coleridge says “there is no-one in the Church who hasn’t ... Read More »

Pentecostal leader to Catholics: ‘God wants to see Catholic churches filled with young people’

Karolina Gunsser

PENTECOSTALS buck the trend when it comes to falling numbers amongst churches in Australia. Their congregations are growing strongly particularly amongst the young. When Brisbane’s Karolina Gunsser, a community leader with Citipointe Church, Redcliffe, took to the stage at the recent Proclaim 2018 Conference, she had a powerful message for Catholics about how to engage young people and fuel their ... Read More »

Where big banks and Catholics can agree

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READING beyond the headlines of the scandals in the banking Royal Commission won’t necessarily improve your water-cooler conversation, but it might bring you to a common ground with an uncomfortable ally. Headline after headline has been printed about Aussie Battlers down on their luck, QCs ripping in to them and fat cats wiping away crocodile tears on their golden parachutes. ... Read More »

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