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What’s love got to do with it

Talking relationships at Hervey Bay

TALKING love and sex with teenagers can be an awkward conversation for some parents, but one Hervey Bay mum has found a way to make the tough chat palatable. Carmel Donnelly, a mother of five and youth worker at Hervey Bay City parish, decided other Catholics, not her qualified self, needed to shed light on the Church’s teachings on marriage ... Read More »

Marriage debate appropriate at university

Traditional marriage supporters

CATHOLIC university students are commending a Melbourne institution’s public support for a talk on traditional marriage and are asking for more in the debate. Australian Catholic University provided a venue for a public talk on the future of marriage organised by the Australian Christian Lobby last month. Renowned public speaker Ryan T. Anderson, known for adding a “refreshing” voice to ... Read More »

Refugee Milad Jafari puts life on hold to save separated wife

Refugee Milad Jafari

By Peter Bugden TWO 21-year-old Brisbane newlyweds torn apart by an immigration decision are pleading with Federal Minister Peter Dutton to end their nightmare. Milad Jafari has put his life on hold while he fights to save his wife Mojgan Shamsalipoor from deportation and to have her released from immigration detention. They were thrown into turmoil when Ms Shamsalipoor was ... Read More »

New education leader to build on a legacy

Dr Lee-Anne Perry and Orange Sky Laundry founders

By Isaac Murphy NEW Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry was organising her diary to visit every diocese before her role began. Dr Perry has been involved in Queensland Catholic education for four decades, serving as a member on the QCEC, including the role of deputy chair, and guiding three Catholic institutions as principal, most recently All ... Read More »

Discussion on ecumenism

Theologian Matthew Tan

MENTION social justice in a room where Catholics are mingling and expect a lengthy, heated discussion. The internal combustion caused by this term, “social justice”, and its push or pull among Catholics, almost defines the influence of the Second Vatican Council in the Catholic Church in Australia. But Dr Matthew Tan, a former Brisbane student and lecturer at Sydney’s Campion ... Read More »

WYD ‘open to all’

Polish pilgrims with the WYD cross and icon

THE Polish bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2016 has urged priests to ensure that no young people are excluded because of poverty. Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, Poland, which is hosting the international celebration, said arranging for young people who might not be able to attend the event would be “our priestly gifts for youngsters in this ... Read More »

Much-loved Jesuit Fr Gregory Jordan taught lessons until death

By Emilie Ng “When I die, don’t write me an epitaph, say a prayer for me,” Fr Gregory Jordan. JESUIT Father Gregory Jordan dedicated his life to teaching young and old the beauty of life in the Church, but his greatest lesson came when he died suddenly on Sunday July 19. After collapsing during Mass in St Ignatius Church, Toowong, Fr ... Read More »

Fighting back

CATHOLICS in Iraq are defying Daesh (Islamic State), not with weapons or violence but with education and learning – and Australian Catholic University is standing with them. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, in Kurdish northern Iraq, was a guest at the International Federation of Catholic Universities 25th General Assembly in Melbourne earlier this month where he sought help from delegates. ... Read More »

Jesuit Father Gregory Jordan remembered with love

EMOTIONAL tributes are flowing from across Australia for beloved spiritual grandfather, Brisbane-based Jesuit Father Gregory Jordan, who died suddenly on July 19, aged 85. Fr Jordan collapsed while proclaiming the Gospel in Mass at St Ignatius Church, Toowong, and was taken to the Wesley Hospital in a critical condition. He died a few hours later. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, government ... Read More »

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