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There is no day you are ‘meant’ to get married

I WAS meant to get married this weekend. My fiancée and I had picked out June 13 as our wedding date, which seemed providential because we picked it without realising it was the feast day of St Anthony of Padua. This was symbolically significant to me. I had schooled at Padua College and had even been to Padua, Italy, on ... Read More »

Couple celebrates 65 years of marriage on Easter Monday

“LOVE one another and be kind to one another” – that was the advice of Bryan Doyle, who celebrated 65 years of marriage with his wife Patricia (nee Devitt) on Easter Monday, April 11. The couple married at St Mary’s Church, Warwick in 1955 and had four children – Sandra, Vicki, Glen and Shane; eight grandchildren – Matthew, Nathan, Joel, ... Read More »

‘50 years of marriage is like a 50-point triple word score … it takes time’

MICHAEL and Anne Goodwin might be considered somewhat of an anomaly in today’s culture. This month the couple celebrated 50 years of marriage, 50 years of friendship, and 50 years of true love. On Saturday, October 6, the Goodwins will renew their wedding vows and commemorate the sacrament of matrimony at St Stephens Cathedral’s annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass. The ... Read More »

Same-sex marriage story on protest outside a Brisbane church failed to ensure fairness and balance

same sex marriage protesters

THE Australian Press Council has concluded that a News Corp Australia story published during the lead-up to last year’s same-sex marriage vote, failed to ensure fairness and balance in reporting a protest outside a Brisbane church. The story on the news.com.au site on September 8 was headlined “Marriage equality supporters clash with church-goers in Brisbane protest” to describe a protest ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge calls for new nuptial catechesis following same-sex marriage poll results

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has advocated reconciliation and healing in Advent following the bitter same-sex marriage debate. In the wake of the postal survey and as new marriage legislation takes shape, Archbishop Coleridge has called for “clear-eyed vigilance” to ensure religious freedoms were protected, and a new approach to marriage preparation within the Church. “After a debate which was often ... Read More »

Book compiled by Adelaide priest promotes positive Christian marriages

Monsignor Robert Egar

MARRIED couples who have shared bread with an Adelaide priest have contributed to a new book that shows the path to love is not smooth but always worthwhile. For years Monsignor Robert Egar has welcomed groups of engaged and married couples to his home in Adelaide. The nights were an opportunity for Christian married couples to share stories of their ... Read More »

Sydney man working to protect traditional marriage from attack returns home to support Brisbane campaigners

David Jee

FOR Catholic father-of-six and marriage campaigner David Jee, the same-sex marriage survey was not, ultimately, about winning or losing, it was about the long-haul fight to protect traditional marriage. “This is only really the start,” Mr Jee said, returning to Brisbane to thank some of the thousands of volunteers who spent weeks doorknocking and handing out leaflets in support of ... Read More »

Majority of Australians vote yes in national same-sex marriage survey

AUSTRALIANS have voted in support of legalising same-sex marriage following the results of a national survey. The result came to 61.6 per cent voting ‘Yes’ and 38.4 per cent voting ‘No’. A total of 133 out of 150 electorates recorded a majority ‘Yes’ result while only 17 voted ‘No’. The national survey returned 7.8 million responses in support of same ... Read More »

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