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Feb 2019 '19
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Examining euthanasia - good medical practice about 'facilitating natural death with dignity and peace'

CATHOLICS have a chance to make known their views on euthanasia as a Queensland parliamentary health committee begins examining ways to ease the pain and suffering of the terminally ill. A year-long "end-of-life" inquiry...
Feb 2019 '19
21st

Closing the gap - government plans for more teachers to work in remote Indigenous communities

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has called teaching "a calling" as he unveiled a Closing the Gap plan to encourage more teachers to work at remote Indigenous community schools. Under the plan, teacher graduates would have...
Feb 2019 '19
21st

Archbishop Mark Coleridge under a global media spotlight in Rome as abuse summit begins

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has described the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church as "a global emergency", and a Vatican summit this week "requires a global response". For Archbishop Coleridge, president of the...
Feb 2019 '19
21st

The Catholic Church and the LGBTI community: loving the sinner while enlightening the sin

INSIDERS have said the Church's decision to seek the advice of the LGBTI community has "stirred unease" among some Catholics. Many fear the conference could result in radical change at a time when issues such as the...
Feb 2019 '19
20th

Rural areas of Townsville diocese look 'like a war zone' after floods wipe out stock and crops

NO-man's-land encrusted with cattle carcasses and graziers hovering in helicopters, unable to reach their bogged, starved and diseased animals, tells the tale of heartache felt across the rural areas of Townsville diocese...
Feb 2019 '19
20th

Vinnies Queensland celebrates 125 years, embodying the potential of a parish's act of charity

PAUL Finch had personal reasons for joining the St Vincent de Paul Society, just like thousands of others over their 125 years. Mr Finch lost his Ipswich home in the 1974 Brisbane floods and, inspired by the people who...
Feb 2019 '19
19th

A heart of service and a lot of hard work, retiring Vinnies chief Peter Maher shares his story

AMONG any accolades or commendations that come Peter Maher's way as he retires as Vinnies' chief in Queensland none are likely to be more precious than a few words from one of his daughters. Looking back over more than 14...
Feb 2019 '19
18th

What does 3:16 mean? For three Brisbane Catholic colleges it means faith, outreach and reflection

THREE leading Catholic schools in Brisbane have started 2019 with a new two-year religious course to coincide with the implementation of the ATAR system. The new course is named "3:16", with reference to the scripture of...
Feb 2019 '19
18th

'Love of God' triumphs in Brigidine College, celebrating nine decades of life and learning

FROM its impoverished beginnings in one room of a convent to a chorus of 800 voices overflowing a cathedral 90 years later, the story of Brigidine College, Indooroopilly, has been one of strength and gentleness. Brisbane...
Feb 2019 '19
18th

The 'likes' currency - when social media becomes a market place for soft-core pornography

IN 1968 the American artist Andy Warhol gave birth to the idea that in the future everyone would be world-famous for 15 minutes. The prediction must have been inconceivable at the time. There was no Internet, and for the...
Feb 2019 '19
16th

Fire, floods and disaster - the call to be good stewards needed more than ever

IN the wake of Townsville's "once in a century" monsoonal deluge, a leading ecologist warns extreme weather linked to climate change has the potential to dramatically shift the way Australians live and work, and force...
Feb 2019 '19
16th

Safe delivery - city sanctuary offers endangered mothers a place to raise their bundles of joy

MOST expecting mothers plan for a rushed trip to the hospital to give birth, but Jane Arnott* knew her baby was already on its way. The young mother, a resident at Brisbane's Pregnancy Crisis safe house could feel the final...
Feb 2019 '19
16th

Patterns emerging in Plenary Council responses - laity, culture, youth among the hotspots

THE Holy Spirit has spoken in 40,000 ways during the Listening and Dialogue phase of the Plenary Council 2020, and analysis of the responses show patterns are emerging. The Listening and Dialogue phase ends on Ash Wednesday...
Feb 2019 '19
15th

Pope Francis offers his prayers for Townsville as clean-up gets underway and costs are counted

RAINS have stopped and thousands of Townsville residents begin the task of picking through their homes to count the cost of an historic flood disaster. Pope Francis offered his condolences after the floods in a letter penned...
Feb 2019 '19
15th

Turning dialogue into action - summit about tackling abuse needs to be more than just words

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has appealed for concerted Church action and cultural change ahead of the summit on clerical sexual abuse Pope Francis has called for February 21-24 for the presidents of bishops...
Feb 2019 '19
15th

Brides of Christ sign a blank cheque to God and embody the joy and hope of their vocation

FOUR fresh faces have found their vocations with the Sisters of St Paul de Chartres, wedding Christ in their perpetual profession at St Stephen's Cathedral on February 2. Sr Marion Tran, Sr Maria Josephine Phan, Sr Anna Pham...
Feb 2019 '19
14th

Religious freedom championed by Church delegation to lawmakers, urging holistic re-examination

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has urged lawmakers to support a broad, holistic re-examination of religious freedom. Archbishop Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, raised the hot-button...
Feb 2019 '19
14th

Our prayers should draw others to prayer and closer to contemplation of things divine

IF, as a result of the vagaries of the academic timetable at the theological college, I am unable to cycle back to the priory in time to attend the daily Conventual Mass, I instead stroll down the few blocks that separate...
Feb 2019 '19
14th

Perpetual adoration unlocks the grace and opens the ears of young men to hear the call

PERPETUAL Adoration in Banyo Nundah parish was credited for the parish's "highest tally" of current and incoming seminarians. Banyo Nundah parish priest Fr Bernie Gallagher was given the accolade at the conclusion of last...
Feb 2019 '19
13th

Does truth have one face or many? Christian Brother Brian Grenier distills the great sayings

ON my way to night lectures at the University of Queensland many years ago I often paused to read an inscription emblazoned on the wall above the entrance to the Forgan Smith Building: "Great is truth and mighty above all...
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