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  • May 2017 '17

    Archdiocesan media statement

    The Archdiocese of Brisbane has been made aware that one of its priests has been charged with a sexual offence. The Archdiocese understands that the charge relates to an alleged offence in the 1990s. The priest has notified the Archdiocese of the charge and has withdrawn from active ministry. He will face court later this…

  • May 2017 '17

    Bishops Commission finds Turnbull Government’s School Funding Policy deeply concerning

    The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, through the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education, has expressed its grave concerns over the impact of the Turnbull Government’s school funding announcement on Catholic schools across Australia. The Chair of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, said the Government’s proposal will impact the affordability and accessibility…

  • May 2017 '17

    Handing on the baton at Liturgy Brisbane

    After 23 years as the Education Officer at Liturgy Brisbane, Elizabeth Harrington is retiring. Elizabeth came with great experience and skill as a secondary school teacher. She had also been parish pastoral associate for a number of years working with liturgy and sacraments. In addition, she has been extensively involved with ecumenism at diocesan and…

  • Mar 2017 '17

    Fr Ken Howell appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane

    Fr Ken Howell has been appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Pope Francis tonight made the announcement, appointing Fr Howell to serve alongside Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge. At the same time, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane Joseph Oudeman OFMCap. Bishop Oudeman had submitted his resignation…

  • Nov 2016 '16

    Church Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Saint John Paul II’s visit to Alice Springs

    On Sunday 27th November 2016, church leaders, parishes and Indigenous communities will gather together to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Saint John Paul II’s (JPII) visit to Alice Springs in the heart of Australia on 29th November 1986. The theme of the commemorations is, ‘Walk Tall and Command Respect. The time for this rebirth is…

  • Nov 2016 '16

    Catholic Church’s TJHC welcomes Commonwealth CSA redress announcement

    The Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) has welcomed today’s announcement by the Commonwealth Government that it will establish and run a national redress scheme for the survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Francis Sullivan, CEO of the TJHC said this is a great day for the survivors of child sexual abuse in…

  • Oct 2016 '16

    Vatican publishes guidance on burials and conserving ashes in the case of cremation

    The Australian Catholic Bishops welcome a new document from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published today, 25 October 2016, regarding burying the deceased and conserving ashes when cremation is chosen. Titled, ‘Ad resurgendum cum Christo’ meaning ‘To rise with Christ’, the document provides details about the doctrinal and pastoral reasons for…

  • Sep 2016 '16

    Social Justice Sunday 2016: “A place at the table – Social Justice in an ageing society”

    The Catholic Church in Australia celebrates Social Justice Sunday on 25 September. This year, the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘A Place at the Table: Social justice in an ageing society’. The Statement celebrates the value and dignity of older people in Australian life. It challenges us to recognise their significant contribution to…

  • Jun 2016 '16

    Msgr Anthony Randazzo one of two new Auxiliary Bishops named for Sydney

    His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed as Auxiliary Bishops of Sydney, the Reverend Monsignor Anthony Randazzo of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, and the Reverend Father Richard James Umbers of the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei. Mons Randazzo has also been appointed Titular Bishop of Quiza and Fr Umbers Titular Bishop of Thala….

  • May 2016 '16

    Australian Catholic Bishops’ Statement ahead of the Federal Election – “A Vote for the Voiceless”

    Australians are again going to the polls. We do so thankful that the electoral process will be free of the violence found elsewhere. Our political system may have its problems but we have a stable democracy, which is not to be taken for granted. Nor is the quality of those who put themselves forward for…

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