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Longtime Labor supporter Bishop James Foley laments ALP’s death policies

CAIRNS Bishop James Foley – a Labor supporter all his life – says he’s disenfranchised by the party’s stand on abortion and euthanasia – and has doubts about how he will cast his vote in the Queensland election. A moral voice for Catholics in the state’s far north, Bishop Foley has written a letter to the Cairns Post and featured ... Read More »

Labor and LNP quizzed on post-COVID strategies in online election debate

SENIOR Labor and LNP politicians were quizzed about their long-term strategies to support vulnerable Queenslanders emerging from the COVID-19 crisis, during an online election debate organised by social services peak body Queensland Council of Social Service. “We’ve heard concerning stories about growing homelessness for older women, kids struggling to re-engage in school, and a lack of support services for people ... Read More »

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 »

Bishops call upon political leaders to help the vulnerable, including the unborn and the elderly

AS party leaders face the cameras, flitting from one battleground seat to another, and trying to win over middle Australia ahead of the May 18 federal poll, the Catholic bishops’ social services advisory body has reminded politicians Australia needs “a culture of inclusion, support and equality”. “A nation’s success is not measured by the wealth of a few, but by ... Read More »

Election 2016: Archbishop Coleridge calls on political leaders to build calm after close tussle

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BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has warned that Australia faces a new political landscape where tactics replace policy, and the major parties – both Liberal and Labor – struggle to survive against the rise of micro powers. Archbishop Coleridge has delivered his stark assessment as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition begins the difficult task of governing with a slender majority. With ... Read More »

Catholic voters say human dignity “a secondary value” in federal election

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  SEAN Cleary is on side with Australia’s Catholic bishops who have urged the faithful to vote on behalf of the “voiceless” at the upcoming federal election. Mr Cleary, who works for Catholic advocacy group Edmund Rice Centre, said there was no evidence in the election campaign that the dignity of the voiceless was a priority for Australia’s two major political ... Read More »

Federal election tip: Govern for the family and the balance follows

“WHEN government is big the people are small.” This statement sums up neatly the state of current politics at almost all levels in the western world.   Governments everywhere have ascribed themselves the honour of fixing all ills, from economic to social to family.   Government responsibility is now literally felt from the cradle to the grave with governments finding ... Read More »

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