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Victoria reports ten times as many deaths as anticipated in first 12 months from VAD and euthanasia

While several Australian state’s debate whether to legalise euthanasia, the state of Victoria, where voluntary assisted dying (VAD) was legalised a year ago has reported more than ten times the anticipated number of deaths. Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board reported 124 deaths by assisted suicide and euthanasia during its first year, a result Victoria’s bishops said was “not a ... Read More »

South metro parishes reopen as Queensland reports no community transmission

PARISHES in Brisbane archdiocese’s south metro area have reopened their doors for Masses after the Queensland Government announced no community transmission had occurred following a coronavirus scare involving two teenagers travelling up from Victoria two weeks ago. Queensland shut its borders last Saturday and has only recorded one new case from a returned overseas traveller since, as of time of ... Read More »

Melbourne Catholics caught in surge of new COVID-19 cases, 500,000 now dead globally

MELBOURNE Catholic Vivien Dolar watched with unease as an upswell in COVID-19 community transmission moved through 10 hotspots in Melbourne’s suburbs in the last two weeks, with acquaintances door-knocked for testing and rapid lockdowns on nearby suburbs. Miss Dolar, who was The Catholic Leader’s 2019 Young Leader of the Year, lives only 10 minutes away from some of the hotspot ... Read More »

Twelve euthanasia deaths predicted in first year, but Victoria had counted 52 deaths in six months

VICTORIAN authorities have recorded 52 deaths in the first six months since euthanasia became available in the state. The government had expected one death per month, but were instead counting two deaths per week between June 19 and December 31. Of those 52 people who died, 43 people swallowed the fatal medication themselves and nine people had their doctor administer ... Read More »

Former royal commissioner Susan Pascoe to lead new church disaster response council

SUSAN Pascoe has been named chair of the new Catholic Emergency Relief Australia Advisory Council that will co-ordinate the Church’s ongoing response to the bushfire crisis and future national emergencies. Ms Pascoe’s appointment adds to her long list of contributions to public life that includes serving as a 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commissioner and as the inaugural Australian Charities and ... Read More »

Bishop Peter Comensoli to right the wrongs of the past as new Archbishop of Melbourne

Bishop Peter Comensoli

MELBOURNE’S Archbishop-elect Peter Comensoli has vowed to “right the grievous wrongs of the past” and rebuild trust following child abuse scandals that have rocked the Church. Pope Francis announced the appointment of Melbourne’s ninth archbishop on June 29, at the same time accepting the resignation of Archbishop Denis Hart, who is retiring after 17 years. The Bishop of Broken Bay ... Read More »

Biloela battles for Sri Lankan family taken from their home to detention

Biloela protest

RESIDENTS of the Central Queensland town of Biloela have ramped up a campaign demanding the return of a local asylum-seeker family seized by Australian Border Force officials and placed in a Melbourne detention centre. In a dawn operation on March 5, Tamils Nadesalingam and Priya and their two Australian-born daughters were taken from their home. The couple were put into ... Read More »

Diocese of Ballarat failed to act in the interests of abused children for decades, Royal Commission reports says

royal commission

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has exposed “catastrophic failure” in Church leadership in the Diocese of Ballarat. “That failure led to the suffering and often irreparable harm to children, their families and the wider community,” commissioners said in a report released today (November 6). “That harm could have been avoided if the Church had acted ... Read More »

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