Bunbury bishop announces surprise resignation
Yesterday, the day he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, Bishop Peter Quinn of Bunbury, Western Australia, announced that Pope John Paul II has accepted his resignation.
Catholic churches to join 1 January 'Ringing of the Bells'
The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference has agreed, in principle, to support the National Council for the Centenary of Federation's event entitled the 'Ringing of the Bells' on 1 January 2001 at 3:55pm (AEDT).
Holy Land Cleric Calls for Peace
In his Christmas message, the top Catholic Church cleric in the Holy Land called on Israel and the Palestinians to end nearly three months of deadly violence.
British archbishop attacks embryo research
The Archbishop of Westminster, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, has sharply criticised a controversial move by Britih politicians to allow research using cells from human embryos.
Milan church bombers foiled
Italian police defused a powerful time bomb found on the roof of Milan's landmark Duomo cathedral hours before it was set to explode, officials said on Monday.
US Cardinal urges priests to tell cohabiting couples to live apart
Concerned that 'a new silence about sex has now replaced an earlier preoccupation with it', Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore has called on pastors to address the topic more directly and openly and to instruct cohabiting couples that they should live apart before marriage.
Opinion: Faith makes drifting unnecessary
The great year of Jubilee 2000, long in its expectancy and ordered in its preparation, is now drawing to a close. Its shadows are lengthening over our Christian communities and the question "Where to now?" naturally arises. Our faith teaches us that there is no need for us to ask "Where to now?" - Salesian Bulletin
Feature: Bush set to boost funding for religious charities
US President-elect George W. Bush is believed to be working on ways to expand 'charitable choice' programs that allow religious groups to administer government-funded programs for the needy. He announced last week the creation of an 'office of faith-based action' in the White House to lift remaining regulations that prevent religious organisations from taking part in federal programs. - Cybercast
Catholic Council regrets 'dilution' of Govt Aboriginal Affairs portfolio
Congratulating Mr Philip Ruddock on his appointment as the new Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council Chairperson, Ms. Vicki Walker, has warned that the portfolio's amalgamation with Immigration and Multicultural Affairs will leave the minister little time to devote to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.
Church worker says refugee kids are 'like Jesus'
A Brisbane refugee worker has likened the birth of refugee babies in detention centres to the birth of Jesus Christ 2000 years ago.
Do not give dictators a chance, Pope tells Europe
While meeting Croatia's new ambassador to the Holy See, Franjo Zenko, last Friday, Pope John Paul II called Europeans not to give dictatorships a chance.
Pilgrims to Rome during Jubilee an estimated 24.2 million
Some 24.2 million pilgrims and tourists will have visited Rome during the Holy Year when it ends on 6 January, officials have predicted.
Pope appoints stand-in archbishop for Wales
The Vatican has removed the Archbishop of Cardiff, John Aloysius Ward, from the day-to-day running of his Archdiocese.
Canadian archdiocese authorises non-priests to administer baptism, marriage
Archbishop Marcel Gervais of Ottawa has said he will appoint laypeople, including nuns, and deacons to begin providing the sacraments of baptism and marriage and oversee burials in the absence French-speaking priests, Catholic World News reports.
Opinion - If democracy counts, votes count
While the rights and wrongs of moving the US election count into the law courts are now academic, Commonweal takes to task President elect George W. Bush. It says that Bush regards the fundamental 'every vote is equal, every vote counts' principle of democracy as 'an arcane point of law instead of the
lifeblood of democracy'.
Feature - Tale of terror in El Salvador
Hardly a day goes by when John Clarke doesn't think of his cousin, Maryknoll Sister Maura Clarke, who was killed in December 1980, in El Salvador. Clarke, who volunteers his legal services to an impoverished Nicaraguan school named after his sister, says: 'The principles that Maura stood for have driven me in my career'. - The Universe
Catholic refugee body calls for wider inquiry
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) has added its weight to calls for a wide-ranging inquiry into Australia's refugee detention centres.
Pope recognises miracle needed to beatify Canadian nun
Pope John Paul II formally recognised the miracle needed for the beatification of Mother Emilie Tavernier Gamelin, founder of the Sisters of Providence.
Vatican worried about Philippine Church's support for President's impeachment
The Vatican has expressed concern over the participation of the Catholic Church in the Philippines in moves to oust President Estrada, the Philippine Embassy in the Vatican reported to the country's Department of Foreign Affairs.
US State Dept fails to deliver report on murdered missionary
The US State Department has failed to give Congress a requested report on the August death of Fr John Kaiser in Kenya.
Indian priest survives being stabbed 14 times
A Catholic priest survived an attack by two men who stabbed him 14 times in Port Blair, the capital of the Indian territory of Andaman and Nicobar.
Istanbul street named after Pope John XXIII
The municipal Council of Sisli, in Istanbul (Turkey) has decided to name a street in honour of Pope John XXIII, expressing the country's recognition for the affection that Pope Roncalli manifested to Turkish people during his time working as Apostolic Nuncio in the country, from 1935 to 1945.
Opinion - John Paul II prophet of peace
With his message for World Peace Day 2001, John Paul II shows once again that he is a prophet, one who 'sees ahead 'and discerns the paths humanity must tread 'in this decisive passage of its history'. - Fides
Feature - Russian deadline may spell end for religious groups
Hundreds, perhaps thousands of religious organisations in different parts of Russia are unlikely to meet a 31 December deadline for re-registration and consequently may be forced to disband, or severely limit their activities, according to a prominent religious rights lawyer. - Zenit
Catholic Commission says Govt welfare reform ignores dignity of human person
The Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission is concerned that real evidence of the Government's commitment to Welfare Reform has now been delayed until the next Budget and remains at risk until then.
Bishop Belo on 'collision course' with Gusmao over justice
Insisting on strict penalties for human rights violations appears to putting East Timor Bishop Carlos Belo in conflict with the more comprimising strategy of independence leader Xanana Gusmao.
Pope tells entertainers to be positive models
Well-known and not-so-well-known stars of the entertainment world gathered on Sunday around onetime actor Pope John Paul II, to conclude their special Jubilee.
Pope warns against adulation of Western lifestyle
In a message marking last week's World Day of Peace, Pope John Paul II warned non-European cultures against worshipping the Western lifestyle, which in his opinion leads to 'spiritual and moral impoverishment'.
Italian Archbishop faces three-year jail sentence
Italian prosecutors have asked for a three-year prison sentence for Naples' popular archbishop who is charged with loan-sharking and appropriating church funds.
US Jesuit high school sues to get into public schools' league
A Jesuit high school in Dallas wants to change the landscape of Texas high school athletics by suing the state's public league over its ban on private school membership.
Opinion - Revival of Archbishop's throne a turning-point in church history
National Catholic Reporter columnist Tim Unsworth muses on the significance of the return of the archbishop's throne. 'For me, it represents a symbol of how things change in the church -- not with a roar but a whimper.'
Feature - Australian Vietnamese Catholics mix Christmas traditions
When Cam and Joseph Nguyen sit down to this year's Christmas banquet with relatives and friends, there'll be an eclectic mix of roast turkey and vegies, kangaroo and Vietnamese fried noodles with prawn meat and spring rolls. - - The Southern Cross
Archbishop addresses rumours of his Vatican posting
Melbourne's Archbishop George Pell has acknowledged that he has heard rumours that he is to be made a cardinal and offered a new job in the Vatican, but that's as far as he's prepared to go.
Melbourne priests prepare to fight church attackers
Two priests from the Melbourne Archdiocese have formed a group to combat attacks on the church that they have branded the 'new anti-Semitism'.
World's largest themed stained glass windows unveiled in Cairns
The world's largest themed stained-glass windows have been unveiled at St Monica's Cathedral in Queensland's Cairns Diocese.
West Papuan bishop calls for independence from Indonesia
The Bishop of the Papuan capital of Jayapura has insisted that the Indonesian Government must engage in dialogue with the people.
Violence erupts in Rome as Pope entertains far right leader
Italian police release tear gas on demonstrators protesting about Austrian far right leader Joerg Haider's visit to the Vatican.
Pope John Paul II applauds Chernobyl closure
The Holy Father has described this weekend's closure of the notorious Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine as a 'significant step toward peace'.
Opinion - Catechists the Church's quiet achievers
The important role that catechists and religious education teachers undertake in schools is often under-appreciated, according to yesterday's editorial in The Catholic Leader. "These dedicated people devote many hours, in a lot of cases without recompense, proclaiming the Gospel to young people.. Children should receive the basics of their faith education in the home, but the reality in today's world is that this does not always happen. Catechists and religious educators need to be able to fill the gap through words and the faith-filled lives that they lead."
Feature - Moonies setting up camp in Paraguay
Followers of the Reverend Moon are setting up a mission in one of the world's most remote and least populated areas. The Tablet's correspondent Margaret Hebblethwaite reports that, much to the consternation of the local people, the followers of Reverend Sun Myung Moon have bought 400,000 hectares of unproductive land in north-west Paraguay. The local Catholic bishop has issued a warning to his faithful, telling them that the Moonies 'are trying to establish the kingdom of God on earth under the empire of Moon'.
Caritas Australia raises record $5 million for world's developing communities
For the first time, Caritas Australia, the Catholic agency for overseas aid and development, has raised over five million dollars for disadvantaged communities around the globe through its annual appeal Project Compassion.
Catholic welfare agency says Govt welfare reforms miss Christmas spirit
The Federal Government's proposal announced yesterday to force disabled people and sole parents to join the unemployed in undertaking community work is to be rejected as mean spirited, especially on the eve of Christmas, a church spokesperson said.
Melbourne to honour Italian patron saints
New statues of St Francis of Asissi and Saint Catherine of Siena will be blessed and dedicated this Sunday at an unveiling ceremony in the grounds of Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral.
Pope comments on virtue of human work
At his regular Wednesday public audience, Pope John Paul II emphasised the importance of efforts to 'develop welfare, knowledge, and victory over misery and every form of humiliation of human dignity-- in economic, business, and social life'.
Priest murdered in Russia
A Catholic parish priest in Russia has been murdered, Bishop Clemens Pickel announced on Tuesday.
Salvadoran Judge Drops Jesuits Case
A Salvadoran judge has decided not to try ex-President Alfredo Cristiani and six generals in the killings of six Jesuit priests in 1989.
Opinion - Morning after pill addresses teenage pregnancies but not moral principles
The so-called "morning-after pill" is to be sold in the UK to anybody over the age of sixteen. The Catholic Herald quotes Britain's Archbishop Cormac Murphy O'Connor: "It is futile to address the problem of teenage pregnancies without reference to clear moral principles". The paper says it will actually make the problem worse, increasing promiscuity and therefore teenage pregnancy. There may be fewer live births, but only because the morning after pill is an abortifacient.
Feature - US foreign policy falters on protecting religious freedom
The independent US Commission on International Religious Freedom, in a report issued last week, sternly criticised the Clinton administration's response to international religious freedom abuses as inconsistent and hesitant. Praising some initiatives, the Commission - whose members include New Jersey's Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick - listed a number of 'countries of particular concern' including Burma, China, Iran, Iraq and Sudan, as well as the Taliban regime of Afghanistan and the former Milosevic regime in Serbia. - CNS
Catholic support for on-line gambling ban
The head of South Australia's Centacare, Dale West, has supported of the Federal Government's moratorium on online gambling, but remains sceptical as to how effective it may be.
Press speculation tips Canberra's Archbishop Carroll for Sydney
The Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Associated Press have reported rumours that Archbishop Francis Carroll, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archbishop of Canberra, is set to succeed the retiring Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy.
Pope worried about growth of deserts
The Catholic Church is supporting the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, highlighting a problem that John Paul II warned about 20 years ago in Africa.
Indonesian Catholic villages attacked, unending flood of evacuees
The Vatican's Fides news service reports that fundamentalist Muslims attacked Catholic villages in the troubled Maluku islands on Sunday, raising many homes to the ground and sending scores of people fleeing for their lives.
Argentinian bishop allows priest to enter politics
An Argentine bishop has permitted a priest to run for political office, the Catholic news agency AICA said.
Pope becomes a comic book hero
Pope John Paul II has joined Captain Marvel and Spiderman in the ranks of comic-book heroes.
Opinion - Can military power be used as a force for peace?
Catholicism's ambiguous attitude toward armed force has rarely been thrown into sharper relief than last month in Italy, with the juxtaposition of a Vatican-sponsored Jubilee of the Military and Police on 18-19 November, and an unofficial Jubilee of Conscientious Objectors staged as a kind of protest two weeks earlier. If the former offered a benediction for the use of military power as an instrument of peace, the latter voiced stinging criticism both of that idea and of the church's collusion with it. - NCR
Feature - Northern Ireland's new society needs Catholic police
Radical reforms of the police service in Northern Ireland are under way. The British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland argues in The Tablet that it is now crucial that more Catholics should join.
New figures reveal slide in Mass attendance has bottomed out
New figures for attendance at Mass in the Adelaide Archdiocese show a 20-year slide in the numbers of people attending regularly has been stemmed, with a 'marked drop' in the fall-out rate.
Vatican's friends support its continued presence at UN
A lobbying group has presented the Vatican a list of 4207 groups that have signed a declaration in support of the Holy See at the United Nations.
Vatican workers set up Christmas tree donated by Haider
A Christmas tree from Carinthia, the Austrian province governed by extreme right-wing politician Joerg Haider, has arrived in Rome as a present to the pope.
Scottish cardinal condemns British legislators' 'grubby little secret'
The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland has urged MPs to act on the repeal of the Act of Settlement.
South Korea: Catholic Asia's greatest hope
Catholicism is booming in South Korea, with one of the highest vocations and conversion rates in Asia.
French religious head predicts 'certain death' for congregations
"We can speak of the certain death of religious families that rose in the 19th century for educational, charitable and health purposes," according to Fr Gerard Lachivert, Secretary-General of the Conference of Religious Major Superiors of France.
Opinion - Opinion - True compassion: striking a balance between weaknesses
Recent events - perhaps Australia's mandatory detention of illegal immigrants - have caused Fr Andrew Murray to analyse the feeling of compassion. He argues for a balance between the extremes of selfishness and grief or sorrow. 'A teacher without compassion will be brutal, but one with too much feeling will only create chaos.' He says a properly honed compassion enables us to act well in response to others. - Catholic Weekly
Feature - Nazareth residents try to salvage Christmas spirit amid violence
Nazareth is a city tormented, its residents still struggling to come to terms with the current violence and at the same time hoping to salvage some of the Christmas spirit. - CNS
Co-adjutor Bishop for Lismore Diocese
Bishop John Satterthwaite of the New South Wales diocese of Lismore has announced the appointment of a co-adjutor bishop for his diocese.
WA politician urges Catholics to take more sophisticated pro-life stance
Independent WA politician Phillip Pendal has called on Catholics to take a more sophisticated approach to pro-life issues in order to make the pro-life position more persuasive in the commuity at large.
Australian cardinal expected to retire
Cardinal Edward Iris Cassidy, President of the Vatican's Council for Christian Unity is one of several high-level Vatican officials aged over 75 and expected to retire soon.
Church calls on PNG Govt to protect Papuan civilians
The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea says the country's government is refusing to protect hundreds of civilians fleeing fighting across the border in the Indonesian Province of Papua, formerly Irian Jaya.
Indonesian President calls for release of priest and other Papuan leaders
Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid on Friday called for police to release a group of community leaders of the eastern province of Papua, including a Catholic priest, who were arrested on charges of separatist activities which carry a death sentence.
US bishop urges president to commute 31 death sentences
The President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza has written to President Clinton to request to commuting the sentences of all those now awaiting execution in federal prisons.
Opinion - Pastoral planning for future priests a step forward
Adelaide Archdiocese Vicar General Fr David Cappo writes in The Southern Cross that Adelaide's pastoral planning process will see many lay people take on various leadership positions in parishes and that it is not about undermining the role and function of ordained priests. He calls it an 'open attempt to cope with the reality of fewer priests that involves parish communities'.
Feature - Benedictine shares spirituality of gratitude
Whether gazing upon his surroundings, realising his good fortune or suffering afflictions, the psalmist says at various times: "Give thanks unto the Lord for he is good." Benedictine Br David Steindl-Rast says gratefulness is an 'existential "Wow!", an inward disposition that lies "deep in the basement of our personality".
Religious congregational leader says Practical Reconciliation 'not enough'
The President of the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (ACLRI), Br Michael Godfrey CFC, has commended the Howard Government on its commitment to 'Practical Reconciliation', but has insisted on the need for Reconciliation to also be enshrined in legislation.
NATSICC supports Document for Reconciliation
Chairperson of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council, Ms Vicki Walker, has congratulated the Council for Reconciliation on the Document for Reconciliation, the culmination of its work for the past decade which was tabled yesterday in Federal Parliament.
Bishops recognise Australian Church's Timor heroes
President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Francis P. Carroll, yesterday presented the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (HOSM) to 14 Caritas Australia volunteers and one staff member for their assistance to the people of East Timor last year.
Vatican Warning on Austrian Theologian
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued a 'notification' regarding difficulties in the works of Austrian theologian Reinhard Messner.
Pope says nonbelievers have role in God's plan
Every person is called to 'collaborate' with the coming of the Kingdom of God, John Paul II said, in an urgent appeal for cooperation between believers and nonbelievers.
Frogmen celebrate Jubilee at Vatican
Hundreds of pilgrim frogmen crossed the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican earlier this week.
Opionion - Death culture spreading to embrace euthanasia
The way in which abortion passed from being an unspeakable crime to being socially acceptable should give us pause as we witness the new thrust towards ending life voluntarily. The culture of death has already enshrined abortion in legislation. Another element of this culture - euthanasia - is now striving for recognition. - The Catholic Weekly
Feature - Ex-teacher's work shows St Brigid in new light and colour
A few years ago, Gail Donovan left a secure teaching job to pursue a vocation as a religious artist. Her work now hangs in galleries, schools and chapels in Australia, Scotland, America and Ireland. Recently, 12 silk paintings by the Adelaide artist were shown in Australia, Ireland and America in an exhibition titled 'Fire Woman Rising', celebrating Brigid of Ireland, a significant influence in Gail's life. - Madonna
Govt probe into fringe religious groups
The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has recommended to Federal Parliament that the Attorney-General convene an interfaith dialogue to formulate minimum standards for the practice of religious cults, according to The Catholic Leader.
Pope says consumerism makes global misery seem worse
Pope John Paul II has said that unbridled consumerism makes the misery of the poor appear even worse.
Vatican official says blaming church for AIDS is 'psychological terrorism'
To accuse the Church of spreading AIDS because it points out the moral questions entailed in the use of the condom is an act of 'psychological terrorism', a Vatican aide on pastoral care says.
Pope may visit his former diocese in new year
Pope John Paul II might stop over in Krakow, his former archdiocese, next June, following his scheduled trip to Ukraine.
Indonesian priest detained during crackdown on Papua separatists
A Catholic priest was detained by Indonesian police, along with four other local leaders, on suspicion of separatist activities in the eastern province of Papua, the state-run Antara news agency reported on Tuesday.
Rome University sets up alternative stem cell research
The Catholic University of Rome is establishing a new research facility to search for alternatives to human embryos in medical research.
Opinion - Church should support disabled students' claim for more education funding
Melbourne ethicist Bernd Bartl argues in The Age that Australia's Catholic bishops have been to quick to endorse the Federal Government's proposed schools funding legislation, and should publicly support amendments that redirect funds from wealthy schools towards students with disabilities. He says: "In Victoria, the maximum additional grant for a child with a severe disability in a state school is about $28,000. In a regular Catholic school, diocesan Catholic Education Offices make available a maximum of about $6000."
Feature - Does humble saint's life offer lesson in ballot dispute?
Both Texas Governor George Bush and Vice President Al Gore could learn from St Chad. In common with its namesake (the small bit of paper debris punched out by voters using punch-card ballots), Chad was displaced as bishop of York in 669, when his superior ruled that a man named Wilfrid was the rightful bishop of York. His response: 'I gladly resign. I never thought myself worthy of the office.' (CNS)
Vatican congress says rich nations should examine their conscience
Industrialised and rich nations should do a serious examination of conscience that will bring about more social and economic balance in the world, according to an international conference recently concluded at the Vatican.
Vatican official says tourism must respect humanity and the environment
Holy See permanent observer to the World Tourism Organisation, Msgr. Pietro Monni, told the organisation's planning committee in Madrid on Monday that profit should not be the overriding determining factor in the development of tourism.
Korean Catholic church apologies for past sins
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea has issued a declaration of contrition which includes apologies for not being more proactive in opposing the Japanese occupating during World War II, and the present-day tendency of some priests to embrace 'rampant materialism'
Indian Church buildings ransacked priest beaten up
In four separate incidents of violence against Christians, churches were attacked, a priest was beaten up and nuns were once again made to suffer.
Philippines Bishops Call For Estrada To Resign
The Catholic Bishops of the Philippines have supported moves by the country's Senate to reject a motion requesting dismissal of impeachment charges accusing him of corruption.
Kenyan churches torched in Christian-Muslim riots
The Queen of Peace Catholic church in Nairobi was burnt during riots in the Kenyan capital between Muslims and slum dwellers fighting over land.
Opinion - Scientists blindfolding British public with myths about cloning
The editor of a medical journal argues in The Tablet that history is set to repeat itself as the public, 'blinded by science', is misled into believing that human cloning is a viable practical technique to 'minimise human suffering'. The evidence, he claims, is scant. Moreover he suggests that the British Royal Society is advocating the research as a public relations exercise, to demonstrate 'that scientists are very clever, that they are committed to making the world a better place'.
Feature - The man who might be Australia's second saint
Charles Gordon O'Neill was among the brightest of colonial engineers, a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Westminster London, twice Member of Parliament in New Zealand, and the confidant of Colonial Governors. He was also principal co-founder of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Australia and New Zealand. A century ago last month he died destitute, which is what he wanted, in solidarity with those he loved. (Australian Catholics)
Bishops to finalise women's commission
The membership of the new Commission for Australian Catholic women is expected to be finalised during this week's meeting of the Australian bishops in Sydney, The Catholic Leader reports.
Catholic and Protestant churches to gather joint statistics
For the first time in Australia, the Catholic Church will join with Protestant churches to collect statistics on church life.
Perth archbishop challenges Catholics to bring 'spiritual dimension' to reconciliation debate
Perth's Archbishop Barry Hickey has urged Catholics to bring their spiritual dimensions into the Reconciliation debate.
Pope greets disabled pilgrims
Children and adults in rows of wheelchairs assembled before Pope John Paul II for a jubilee of the disabled, the latest group recognised in the 2000 Holy Year.
NZ CEO worried about 'immoral' health care in Catholic schools
New Zealand's Catholic Education Office has directed schools to monitor the provision of health services in schools to ensure students are not provided with care inconsistent with Catholic moral teaching.
John Paul II an honorary Harlem Globetrotter
The Holy Father has been officially declared an 'honorary player' of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.
Opinion - Opinion - Which way to turn: understanding the new Instruction on the Roman Missal
US Jesuit commentator Joseph Fessio analyses the instruction of the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal with regard to whether priests are permitted to celebrate Mass with their backs to the people. Writing for CNS News, he criticises one strategically located US bishop who has censured priests for celebrating Mass with their backs to the congregation, arguing that it is a legitimate option permitted under the new Instruction.
Feature - Feature - History illuminates the Church's moral law
This feature from the journal Commonweal looks at the life and thought of John T. Noonan, a veteran historian of Catholic moral theology. He has always argued that, historically, Church dogmas have developed and changed ("It is a perennial mistake to confuse repetition of old formulas with the living law of the church.") He admires Pope John Paul II for his ability to admit error, which he calls 'wonderfully invigorating'.
Pope names new archbishop for Adelaide
Pope John Paul II has appointed Wollongong's Bishop Philip Wilson as the new Archbishop who will succeed Adelaide's Archbishop Leonard Faulkner when he retires at the end of 2001.
Catholic Commission attacks Govt attitude on welfare
The Catholic church has again attacked the government's attitude towards welfare reform as Employment Services Minister Tony Abbott signalled plans to ensure the unemployed are not idle.
Vatican reaffirms opposition to use of condoms to counter AIDS
Despite rumours that it was re-evaluating its position on the use of condoms in AIDS prevention, the Vatican on Thursday reaffirmed its opposition.
North Korea thanks Caritas for 'no strings' aid
The North Korean government has officially thanked Caritas Internationalis for generous aid to the country over the past five years.
British PM Blair ignores church leaders' warning on gay sex at 16
Despite "strong moral and health objections" expressed by a group of church leaders including Catholic Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the age of sexual consent for homosexuals has been lowered from 18 to 16.
Vatican rejects European Union's 'ungodly' bill of rights
The Vatican on Friday described the Charter of Fundamental Rights to be adopted at the European Union summit in Nice this week as a 'godless' document.
Opinion - Brisbane synod a chance for the Church to 'get back to basics'
The Catholic Leader says the convocation of a synod for Brisbane archdiocese is a major opportunity to examine and set the future direction of the local Church. Pointing out that synods have worked successfully in a number of countries but have been rare in the Australian Church, it describes the synod as 'a chance to get back to the basics of the Church's mission'.
Feature - A longing to feel the breeze
Author and broadcaster Caroline Jones writes in 'Madonna' of the passing of her father, and his courage and patience over the previous eight weeks in hospital. She says: "He endured an ordeal, during which he taught me all that I will ever need to know about courage, patience, and surrender to that humility of dependence on others which most of us dread."
Melbourne Justice Commission pushes for reconciliation tribunal
The Melbourne Archdiocesan Commission for Justice, Development and Peace (JDP) is calling for a healing commission that assist members of the Stolen Generation their past and present experience.
Changes in outback end ministry of 'Flying Nun'
Changed demographics and improvements in communications in outback Queensland have made the the aerial ministry in Rockhamption and Toowoomba dioceses redundant.
Pope says religion cannot justify hostility
Religion 'is not, and must not become, a pretext for hostility', John Paul II told the World Conference on Religion and Peace on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.
Spanish dioceses to unite in prayer against terrorism
Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco, Archbishop of Madrid, announced this week that all the dioceses throughout Spain will begin a prayer campaign to stop terrorism in this country.
Maverick Italian politician urges abolishment of Vatican city-state
A maverick politician behind successful campaigns to legalize abortion and divorce in Italy is calling now for outright abolishment of the Vatican city-state.
Opinion - Does God help those who are too lazy to help themselves?
In the context of the annual Thanksgiving Day appeal for the US Catholic Bishops' Campaign for Human Development, the social justice publication 'Salt of the Earth' takes to task one critic of the Campaign who suggests the poor are committing the sin of sloth, saying that there's no Christian obligation to help those who can, but don't, help themselves.
Feature - Confidence in Irish Catholic church shaken but faith strong
Trust in the Catholic church in Ireland has dropped dramatically over the past 10 years. But a new study conducted by professors Fr Andrew Greeley and Conor Ward, showed that core beliefs remain strong and young people are growing more confident in their local parish priests.