Archdiocesan Media Releases - Archdiocese of Brisbane

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Archdiocesan Media Releases

Mar 2018 '18

Pope Francis backs decision to hold Plenary Council in Australia

Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church to hold the first Plenary Council - the most significant national gathering that can be held - in Australia in more than 80 years. "The Australian Bishops are...
Feb 2018 '18

An important announcement from the Archdiocese of Brisbane

In 2016, the Archdiocese received a number of complaints concerning Fr Ezinwanne Igbo. In one of those complaints, he was alleged to have committed a canonical offence which resulted in automatic excommunication. This was...
Dec 2017 '17

Rapid growth fuels need for new Catholic parish

The rapidly growing North Lakes and Mango Hill area has become a Catholic parish in its own right. The new parish has been named St Benedict's. Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane head, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, officially...
Nov 2017 '17

Independent audit finds archdiocese complying with safeguarding policy

An independent audit into safeguards for children and vulnerable adults within the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane has found its parishes to be complying with policy. Archbishop Mark Coleridge has released the second annual...
Nov 2017 '17

Australian Government Must Act Immediately to End Manus Island Crisis

The Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Social Justice Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba call on the Australian Government to end the crisis on Manus Island in Papua New...
Nov 2017 '17

Any change to marriage law must include protections for religious freedom

Parliament must work to unify Australians by respecting different views on marriage, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Denis Hart said today in the wake of the result of the Australian Marriage Law...
Sep 2017 '17

Social Justice Sunday 2017: 'Everyone's Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy'

The Catholic Church in Australia celebrates Social Justice Sunday on 24 September. This year, the Australian Bishops' Social Justice Statement is titled: 'Everyone's Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable...
Aug 2017 '17

New office to strengthen protection of children and vulnerable adults

Absorbing the failures unearthed at the Royal Commission, the Archdiocese of Brisbane has strengthened its efforts towards protecting children and vulnerable adults with a new role. The Office of Safeguarding and...
Aug 2017 '17

Catholic awards honouring outstanding leadership return to Brisbane

Catholics around Australia are revealing the country's best Church and community leaders for a chance to be named a winner of the 2017 Community Leader Awards. Now in its third year, the 2017 Community Leader Awards, will...
Aug 2017 '17

Homelessness Week in Australia

On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people are homeless. While the media storm continues around the tent city in Martin Place in Sydney, Homelessness Australia has revealed startling statistics around the rise in the...
Jul 2017 '17

Catholic Professional Standards Limited announces appointment of CEO

The Board of Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPS) today announced the appointment of Ms Sheree Limbrick as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Ms Limbrick has a wealth of experience in stakeholder...
Jun 2017 '17

Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference RE: Victoria Police announcement on Cardinal Pell

In response to the Victoria Police announcement this morning regarding Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Vice President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, said that "the Cardinal is entitled to the...
Jun 2017 '17

The Strength and Blessing of Indigenous Family Life is the focus for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

Despite the devastating effects of colonisation, the dispossession of families in rural areas and the accompanying social dislocation, the strength and unity of Aboriginal families has survived, Bishop Eugene Hurley...
Jun 2017 '17

Bishops announce appointment of Plenary Council Executive Committee

The Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council today announced the names of those who have accepted appointment to the Plenary Council Executive Committee. Their appointment followed an extensive confidential process of...
Jun 2017 '17

Bishop-Elect Ken Howell to be episcopally ordained Auxiliary Bishop for Brisbane

Father Ken Howell will be ordained as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Brisbane at St Stephen's Cathedral on Wednesday 14 June at 11.00am. 27 Bishops from around Australia will attend the episcopal ordination of the...
May 2017 '17

Archdiocesan priest appears in court

Michael McKeaten - a priest in the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane - today appeared in Brisbane Magistrate's Court charged with a sexual offence alleged to have occurred more than two decades ago. The Archdiocese...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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