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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR JULY 2003

   
Feature - Man on a mission
The passion of PALMS volunteer Dr Chris Millar's work in the Solomon Islands, and his belief in God's call for him to undertake this mission, has stirred a wide cross section of people into action to support his project. It has resulted in an extraordinary collection of medical supplies and equipment, and even a fibreglass hull for Chris to transport his mobile clinic to the local island communities.
31 Jul 2003

Opinion - Neighbourhood parish losing out to brand worship
A recent Georgetown University study said 25% of Catholics "shop around", attending parishes outside their neighbourhood. Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day, perhaps the two most famous American converts, said they were attracted to the church through the basic act of regular working people coming together in unity around the Eucharist in simple neighborhood churches. - Peter Feuerherd
31 Jul 2003

Spanish Bishops want spare embryos unfrozen
The Spanish Episcopal Conference's Executive Committee has suggested thawing surplus human embryos being held in artificial fertility clinics.
31 Jul 2003

Cardinal calls for reform in Philippine society and Church
Following the country's failed coup, Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila said that "every sector of society, including the Church, needs reform."
31 Jul 2003

US sex abuse Review Board report finds some jobs undone
The work of the National Review Board established by the US bishops last year "has proceeded uninterrupted and with continued vigor and independence" despite the resignation of its first chairman, the board said in an evaluation of its first year.
31 Jul 2003

Caritas keeps eye on Solomons
Caritas Australia has sent representatives to the Solomon Islands in a bid to ensure the presence of the Australian-led peace-keeping force in the troubled country does not exacerbate the existing climate of gun violence.
31 Jul 2003

Bishop welcomes wind-down of "unconscionable" Pacific Solution
The Immigration Minister's decision to resettle in Australia the remaining refugees being held in Pacific processing centres is a welcome "step in the right direction", according to Bishops' Committee for Migrants and Refugees Chairman, Bishop Joseph Grech.
31 Jul 2003

Mixed Church reaction to Treasurer's assurances on charities
While some Catholic advocacy groups were more skeptical, the Bishops Conference yesterday welcomed assurances from Treasurer Peter Costello that the Federal Government has no plans to remove the tax-free status of charities that speak out on government policy.
31 Jul 2003

Feature - Majella rides the waves of faith
If you see a windsurfer at the beach next summer, look very carefully. The small figure riding the waves may well be Majella Bollen. The part-time Pastoral Associate at St John's, Mitcham, in Melbourne, and coordinator of the Wellsprings of Mercy Young Adults Group is known for her love of the sea.
30 Jul 2003

Opinion - Solomon Islanders must follow up work of foreign military force
They are here to cut down the big trees - the major criminals - and then pull up all the weeds and small bushes - those who have been sucking the nation's wealth into their greedy pockets. But the second and no less important step that comes after clearing the land for a garden, is digging the holes, preparing the dirt mounds and finally planting new seed yams, pana, potato, etc. That's our work, not the military. - Dr. John Roughan
30 Jul 2003

Young Solomon Islanders in chastity push
Earlier this month, about 20 young Solomon Islands Catholics publicly committed themselves to chastity until marriage.
30 Jul 2003

Ugandan Cardinal asks forgiveness for ailing tyrant
Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala of Kampala has sparked a lively debate in Uganda with his appeal for clemency for the country's notorious former leader, Idi Amin.
30 Jul 2003

Ethicist says don't limit stem-cell debate to status of embryo
The ethical concerns regarding human embryonic stem-cell research should go beyond whether or not the embryo is a human person, according to Dr Paul Lauritzen of the Jesuit John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.
30 Jul 2003

Evangelicals burn Madonna
Chile's bishops' conference (CEC) has expressed its sadness at the public burning of a statue of the Virgin by a radical evangelical group.
30 Jul 2003

Choirmaster denies deceiving inquiry
Yesterday in the Industrial Relations Commission, sacked St Mary's Cathedral Sydney choirmaster David Russell denied misleading a church investigation into child sex abuse,
30 Jul 2003

Los Angeles Cardinal says Bob Hope died a Catholic
Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles issued a statement on Monday expressing his joy that entertainer Bob Hope died a Catholic.
30 Jul 2003

Feature - The enduring tradition of saints' relics
With his record pace of proclaiming new blesseds and saints, Pope John Paul has amassed a record number of relics. When Mother Teresa of Calcutta is beatified Oct. 19, the Missionaries of Charity plan to give the pope a reliquary containing a vial of her blood.
29 Jul 2003

Opinion - The web browser is killing the Internet
The Internet has so far been a force for greater freedom of information. But that sense of community, of something strange and set apart, has disappeared. There is still no "top" to the World Wide Web: but the effect is that no one feels overshadowed. - Freelance journalist Andrew Brown
29 Jul 2003

Nuns' inspiration leads to mass protest at silo
Hundreds of self-proclaimed citizen weapons inspectors fanned out across the cow pastures of Colorado and Nebraska at the weekend to carry on the work of pacifist nuns sentenced to prison for an anti-war protest.
29 Jul 2003

Zimbabwe church leaders meet Mugabe
Three leading bishops met President Robert Mugabe, in an effort to ease tensions between the government and the main opposition party.
29 Jul 2003

Vatican set to target gay marriage
Later this week, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will publish a teaching document detailing the Church's stance on legally recognised union between same-sex partners.
29 Jul 2003

Adelaide Centacare optimistic about fate of child detainees
Adelaide's Catholic welfare agency Centacare says it is optimistic about the future of five detainee children whose fate remains in the hands of the Family Court.
29 Jul 2003

Catholic Health highlights under-funding in Govt boost to aged care
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has said that the release of 8666 aged care places does nothing to guarantee that adequate care standards can be established and maintained.
29 Jul 2003

Vinnies urges fairer tax system
The St Vincent de Paul Society has told the Senate Inquiry into taxation that the Australian Tax System should be structured so as to be consistent with the principle of social justice.
29 Jul 2003

Feature - Jesuit Provincial reflects on his TV "moment of liberation"
Fr Mark Raper laughs at the suggestion that there was something theologically profound about what he said on television this month when he turned Church policy on its head by apologising to victims of sexual abuse and proclaiming people more important than the church's assets. He quotes John Paul II: "Today, more than ever, the church is aware that her social message will gain credibility more immediately from the witness of actions than as a result of its internal logic and consistency."
28 Jul 2003

Opinion - The spirituality of the adolescent
Jesus Christ is present with the young person, although not necessarily present to the young person. That is to say, Jesus is a constant companion in our lives, but we may be very unconscious of this companionship. - Fr Paul Stuart
28 Jul 2003

Pope ventures out of summer residence
John Paul II left his summer residence for a few hours on Thursday, in order to go to the town of Abruzzi.
28 Jul 2003

Honduras Catholic anti-logging campaigner murdered
A 21 year old Caritas Honduras worker and leading anti-deforestation campaigner was assassinated a week ago after repeated death threats from powerful logging interests.
28 Jul 2003

Vatican newspaper says photos of war causalities violate international law
L'Osservatore Romano on Saturday criticised the US administration's decision to authorise publication of images of the disfigured bodies of the sons of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
28 Jul 2003

Liberia mission ransacked as hospital makes desperate appeal for aid
The mission of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary in Monrovia was attacked three times on one evening last week.
28 Jul 2003

Philippines Cardinal urges public to rally behind President
Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jaime Sin called on Filipino Catholics to protect President Gloria Arroyo after receiving reports of a destabilisation attempt against her government.
28 Jul 2003

Pacific Religious give qualified support to Solomons intervention
The Australian-led peacekeeping force in the Solomon Islands has brought in a sense of peace and security, although the country's problems "cannot be solved by an outside force", according to a group of priests, brothers and sisters meeting in Honiara at the weekend.
28 Jul 2003

Feature - Evangelisation, faith and cafe culture
A new way of building community in parishes using a cafe-style environment is taking England by storm, and now is coming to Australia. It's about creating a relaxed and welcoming cafe-style environment where Catholics can explore their faith, or rediscover it, in an enjoyable and non-threatening way in small groups.
25 Jul 2003

Opinion - Globalisation here to stay, our task is to make it fair
We are globalised whether we like it or not. Anti-globalisation resistance is useless. Globalisation can be and must be shaped and regulated, towards the global common good, or in Pope John Paul II's words "the civilisation of love". - Julian Filochowski, outgoing Director, British Caritas organisaiton CAFOD
25 Jul 2003

Plea for help as vocations boom in Colombia
A religious superior has made an urgent appeal for funds to cope with vast numbers of seminarians in Colombia.
25 Jul 2003

Nicaraguan Sandinista leader asks Church for forgiveness
During a meeting with Nicaraguan Cardinal Miguel Obando, Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega has requested the Church's forgiveness for the "errors" committed by his government (1979-1990).
25 Jul 2003

Another Christian's blasphemy trial commences in Pakistan
Trial proceedings against Christian schoolteacher Pervaiz Masih have begun in northeast Pakistan, two years and three months after the high school principal was jailed for alleged blasphemy.
25 Jul 2003

Catholic Health draws attention to alarming care cost rises
Catholic Health Australia has said there is very little comfort for the health sector in this week's announcement of a zero percent inflation figure for the past quarter.
25 Jul 2003

Boston report finds extent of abuse complaints 'simply staggering'
Following the child sex abuse cover-up allegations last year which lead to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law as Archbishop of Boston, an official investigation concluded this week that the church ignored 'hundreds' of complaints over the past 60 years.
25 Jul 2003

Archbishop's post-Synod resolve to get Catholics back to Church
Brisbane's Archbishop John Bathersby will set a new evangelical direction for the Church in south-east Queensland on Sunday when he announces the outcomes of Synod 2003, which took place earlier this year.
25 Jul 2003

Feature - Growing through divorce, with help
"God loves divorced people. God takes something bad in your life and makes something good out of it," says Californian minister and author Jim Smoke. Joyce L'Heureux's parish support group for separated and divorced Catholics became her emotional, spiritual and social lifeline. Parish-based support groups also can assist Catholics going through an annulment.
24 Jul 2003

Opinion - The unreported facts behind a death in detention
Quoc Kinh Phung died as a detainee of the Maribyrnong Detention Centre on June 19 of this year. A Department of Immigration spokesman was quoted in the daily newspapers the following day as saying that he had refused medical treatment. What is the story between the lines of this simple newspaper report? - Fr Peter Norden SJ, Jesuit Social Services
24 Jul 2003

Pokie tax threatens club aid to Church
Two of Sydney's leading Catholic social clubs say their support for community organisations and Catholic education will be devastated if State Government plans to double poker machine taxes go ahead.
24 Jul 2003

Historic papal passageway temporarily open to visitors
From today, Roman residents and visitors will be able to walk the historic "passageway of popes" that connects the Vatican with the Castel Sant'Angelo on the bank of the Tiber.
24 Jul 2003

Vinnies counts the cost of junk donations
Disposing of donated goods that can't be used or sold costs St Vincent de Paul Society centres in NSW and the ACT more than $500,000 a year, according to Coordinator Pauline Kitson.
24 Jul 2003

Pope says rain a sign of Divine Love
As Australia's grain marketing board was forecasting a bumper winter grain crop after good drought-breaking rains, the Holy Father was telling an audience that rain is the "first sign of divine love".
24 Jul 2003

Actor Gibson's olive branch to US bishops
Actor-director Mel Gibson paid a quick visit to the US bishops' headquarters building in Washington on Monday, a month after the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Gibson's Icon Productions were involved in a confrontation over Gibson's new movie The Passion.
24 Jul 2003

Bishop opposes critical films in Mother Teresa film festival
A bishop closely associated with the beatification of Mother Teresa has expressed his opposition to the inclusion of two controversial films among those to be screened at the film festival to mark Mother Teresa's beatification.
24 Jul 2003

Feature - Significant moments recalled in the prism of memory
For Bathurst Mercy Sister Paula Smith - author of Mapping the Whirled - Syncopations in the life of a Woman Religious (Spectrum Publications) - the act of being in this world is expressed by the verb 'whirled': a process not a place. In this telling she offers many insights into the charism of one religious woman's commitment to the consecrated life.
23 Jul 2003

Opinion - Don't give up on the Just War
The Iraq war cannot be undone, and practical policy must concentrate on making the best of its outcome, not on recrimination. But we should ask whether there is a case for change. So far such a case has not been made. - Sir Michael Quinlan, former permanent under-secretary, UK Ministry of Defence.
23 Jul 2003

Church in Philippines vows to reject "dirty" money
The Philippine bishops' conference has instructed the Church's Social Action National Secretariat to fight corruption by not accepting donations from corrupt sources.
23 Jul 2003

Opinionated Jesuit psychiatrist loses confidence of peers
The willingness of a Massachusetts Jesuit psychiatrist to pass judgments on priests accused of sex abuse without meeting them has previously angered victims' rights advocates.
23 Jul 2003

Polish artist convicted of blasphemy
A Polish court has ruled that an artist who exhibited an image of a man's penis attached to a cross is guilty of breaking the country's law on blasphemy.
23 Jul 2003

Pope expands evangelisation by mobile phone
Irish mobile phone users can now access brief daily inspirational SMS messages by Pope John Paul that have been available to Italian users since the beginning of this year.
23 Jul 2003

British Caritas urges International Forces for Liberia
The Caritas member organisation in England and Wales has called upon Prime Minister Tony Blair to encourage US President George Bush to back an international peace enforcement force for Liberia.
23 Jul 2003

Paper claims Sydney priests "in shock" over bishop appointments
A report in today's Sydney Morning Herald suggests Sydney priests are "in shock" and plan to confront Archbishop George Pell tomorrow, following last week's naming of two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese.
23 Jul 2003

Feature - Little Flower on the Big Screen
As a Quaker, Lindsay Younce never expected to play Thérèse of Lisieux in a major motion picture. "In January 2000, St. Thérèse's relics came to Vancouver, Washington... I remember walking away and feeling something different."
22 Jul 2003

Opinion - Dialogue era gives way to pride and prejudice
The period after Vatican II was a golden era of interreligious dialogue with a proliferation of kaleidoscopic forms of worship, ashrams and dialogue centres. However the global good feelings from the collapse of the Soviet Union and the unification of Germany disintegrated into tribal genocide and the assertion of particular identities based on clan. - Francis Gonsalves SJ, Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi
22 Jul 2003

Centacare Brisbane boosts services for job seekers
The Centacare Catholic welfare agency in the Archdiocese of Brisbane is expanding the operations of its job seeker support service Centacare Brisbane.
22 Jul 2003

Italian study says 'New Movements' are not sects
Research published in the international theology journal Concilium attempts to draw a line between the burgeoning 'New Movements' which Pope John Paul II sees as the future of the Church, and the "dangerous" phenomenon of sects and cults.
22 Jul 2003

Public lecture to define distinctive role of Catholic university
In a move to articulate its place in Australian society, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has invited the Chancellor of a leading US Catholic university to spell out how such an institution can "make a difference".
22 Jul 2003

Polish priest charged for confession confidence
A Polish priest is facing criminal charges after he refused to give evidence about a confessional conversation with an alleged murderer.
22 Jul 2003

Former Boston Cardinal escapes charges
Leading figures in the Boston's Archdiocese will not face criminal charges for allowing abusive priests to remain in their jobs, according to the state attorney general's office.
22 Jul 2003

Farmers confront Commission on land clearing stand
Catholic farmers have approached Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission to express their hurt and disappointment at its call for a substantial reduction of the rate of land clearing in Queensland.
22 Jul 2003

Feature - Bethany's ministry of holistic health care
Bethany, the Western Sydney-based holistic health ministry created through the contributions of nine women's congregations, offers the sick a range of remedial therapies, including massage, reflexology, physiotherapy, as well as counselling services, and spiritual direction and companioning.
21 Jul 2003

Opinion - Married love as a subset of God's love
The Church's teaching on marriage can seem almost impossible to live. But "with God all things are possible" (Matt 19:26). It is truly possible for men and women, husbands and wives, to experience restoration of proper balance and mutual self-giving in their relationship. - Denver USA seminary lecturer Christopher West
21 Jul 2003

NZ bishop says Govt rights legislation will sanction gay marriage
Bishop Peter Cullinane has described a New Zealand Government proposal to give gay and lesbian couples legal rights akin to those enjoyed by heterosexual married couples as "a smoke screen for the sanctioning of gay marriages".
21 Jul 2003

Pell acts to resolve Redfern priest crisis
Fr Gerry Prindiville, a member of The Neocatechumenal Way, yesterday celebrated his first mass as parish priest of the high profile and largely indigenous inner Sydney parish priest of Redfern, following Archbishop George Pell's Friday announcement of his appointment.
21 Jul 2003

Catholic Health urges palliative care where people live
Catholic Health Australia has called for a more concerted effort to extend services for the dying beyond Australia's big cities to the regions and where retirees are moving.
21 Jul 2003

Catholic sector welcomes Govt Quality Teaching Institute
The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) has issued a statement of support following Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson's announcement that the Federal Government will spend $10 million setting up a national institute aimed at improving school teaching standards.
21 Jul 2003

Private schools turn up heat over state aid
Catholic schools are seeking an extra $200 million a year from the Federal Government, and all other non-government schools are pushing for funding increases in an intense campaign that guarantees a stormy state aid debate.
21 Jul 2003

British archbishop hits out at "silent" public figures
Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham has said he is deeply distressed at people "in positions of eminent public responsibility" choosing to "remain silent, believing that the confidentiality of their sources is more important" than the life of Government weapons expert David Kelly.
21 Jul 2003

Feature - Healing power of prayer
Marist Father John Rea is a man who leaves a trail of miracle healings in his tracks. The long list includes a woman whose cancer disappeared, a child violinist whose crushed hand was cured, a teenager whose paralysis and loss of speech was reversed, and a couple whose infertility was broken.
18 Jul 2003

Opinion - Will I see my doggy in heaven?
I think I have lined up a good bit of evidence — from Scripture, from the example of St Francis and from the teachings of the Church — which shows that God wishes other creatures besides humans to be included in the plan of salvation. - Franciscan Fr Joe Wintz
18 Jul 2003

Vatican tourists told to maintain modesty during heatwave
With temperatures soaring, tempers are flaring as the Vatican's dress police turn back tourists in shorts and bare shoulders trying to get into St Peter's Basilica.
18 Jul 2003

US parish church sued for priest's 'hell prediction'
A New Mexico family is suing its local Catholic church over a funeral Mass at which the priest allegedly said their relative was going straight to hell.
18 Jul 2003

Vatican says flexibility allowed on posture after Communion
The Vatican's top liturgy official has said the church's liturgical norms for posture at Mass do not forbid Catholics from sitting or kneeling when they return to their place after Communion.
18 Jul 2003

Bishop Belo undergoes prostate surgery
East Timor Bishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery on his prostate gland.
18 Jul 2003

Nun says US should put heat on Pakistan over blasphemy laws
The US government should pressure Pakistan to abolish blasphemy laws that discriminate against minority religions, according the chairwoman of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Major Religious Superiors Leadership Conference in Pakistan.
18 Jul 2003

Catholic Health fears for dental health of aged Australians
The Commonwealth Government's subsidy for residential aged care is failing to meet the dental health needs of residents, according to Catholic Health Australia's CEO Francis Sullivan.
18 Jul 2003

Feature - Boston's new sex abuse troubleshooter
Boston Archbishop-elect Sean O'Malley need not look beyond the tradition of his Franciscan religious order for a job description: "Go rebuild my church which, as you can see, is falling to ruin."
17 Jul 2003

Opinion - Young 'missing out on life role models'
What is difficult for young people today is getting fixed terms of reference to what is right and what is wrong. Collingwood legend Bobby Rose, who died last week, was, in a sense, the epitome of a previous generation, with his steadiness, strength of character, and leadership qualities. - Br Michael Lynch, Salesian Missions
17 Jul 2003

Churchgoers more generous as congregations dwindle
Research in the UK indicates that churchgoers are becoming more generous as congregations decline.
17 Jul 2003

US Cardinal says kindness the key to evangelisation
Kindness is the "great key" to making Christian disciples, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick told an international gathering of Catholic leaders last week in the US state of Oregon.
17 Jul 2003

Vacationing Pope goes for a drive
John Paul II has enjoyed the first car ride of his holiday at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome.
17 Jul 2003

Tasmanian priest joins push to stop deportation of schoolgirl
Fr Terry Southerwood of Launceston has joined the push for a schoolgirl facing deportation to be granted permanent residency in Australia.
17 Jul 2003

New Catholic bishop for Australian Defence Force
Members of the Australian Defence Force have a new Catholic Bishop, with last night's appointment of Monsignor Max Davis as Military Ordinary Bishop of Australia.
17 Jul 2003

Pope appoints two new bishops to Sydney Archdiocese
The Holy Father last night announced that he has appointed as auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese, seminary rector Fr Julian Porteous and Dominican bioethicist Fr Anthony Fisher OP.
17 Jul 2003

Feature - Trading places, finding spaces
Catholics who want to discuss subjects church authorities find disagreeable or disturbing have found themselves barred from diocesan property and having to find alternative sites. "These folks are not coming to do business. They are coming together to pray," said Fr Gerald Fitzsimmons, who celebrated Mass for one group.
16 Jul 2003

Opinion - God's Home
A young boy escapes the bullying of the school yard to find sanctuary inside a church where he mediates about how God makes this building home. - Mark Wakely, author Dream Home
16 Jul 2003

Archbishop says uncompromising Pope saved Muslim-Christian relations
Opposition to the Iraqi war by Pope John Paul II and other Christian leaders kept the conflict from damaging Christian-Muslim relations in the Middle East, according to an official of the Maronite Patriarchate in Lebanon.
16 Jul 2003

Brisbane Commission urges no compromise on land clearing
The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane has implored the Prime Minister and the Queensland Premier to remain firm in their commitment to finding a solution to the land clearing problem in Queensland.
16 Jul 2003

International film festival to mark Mother Teresa beatification
Mother Teresa will make history with an international festival of films dedicated in her honour in Kolkata (Calcutta), to mark her 19 October beatification in Rome.
16 Jul 2003

Catholic Church to lose 'largest denomination' status
Australia's 5 million Catholics will be outnumbered by the 5.3 million members of a merged Anglican and Uniting Church denomination under plans which have this week moved a step closer to realityi.
16 Jul 2003

Vinnies worried about refuge violence threat to staff
The potential threat of violence against staff by homeless people suffering from mental illness and/or drug and alcohol problems may force the closure later this year of many of the 35 homeless centres run by the St Vincent de Paul Society in NSW.
16 Jul 2003

Commission commends cricket legend's refugee stand
Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane has welcomed the decision of former Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell to take a stand in support of a fairer and more humane policy on refugees.
16 Jul 2003

Feature - Few cardinals who elected Pope John Paul II remain alive
Pope John Paul II has invited the world's cardinals to Rome to help him celebrate the 25th anniversary of the conclave that elected him supreme pontiff. But just a handful of the 166 scarlet-sashed prelates remain.
15 Jul 2003

Opinion - Let's see a person, not a label
There is too much fear. We are too frightened with each other because maybe if we get close to each other I'll lose some sense of my identity and my function, my power. I need help to be fully a human person. - L'Arche founder Jean Vanier
15 Jul 2003

Jesuit talks looking at role of religion in world conflict resolution
While popular perceptions suggest religion as the cause of renewed tensions between nations, a series of talks beginning this week will argue that religion is the necessary basis of the promotion of world peace.
15 Jul 2003

Catholic Education Office supporting HIV fundraiser
For the fifth consecutive year, Melbourne's Catholic Education Office is lending its support to The Australian AIDS Fund's HIV/AIDS Awareness project, Schools AIDS Day, due to take place this week.
15 Jul 2003

Pope makes controversial call for conversions in India
Pope John Paul II has told India's bishops that missionary activity should focus on converting people to Christianity.
15 Jul 2003

Caritas says globalisation must include better deal for poor
Last week's 17th General Assembly of the Caritas international Catholic aid and development confederation concluded with a strong call on those driving globalisation to "work in solidarity with the poor".
15 Jul 2003

Pope says faith must sustain human rights commitment
The rediscovery of Jesus Christ and his message is the key for Europe to recover hope and the foundation of human rights, according to Pope John Paul II.
15 Jul 2003

Vatican asks Israel to get serious about peace efforts
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano has urged the Israeli Foreign Minister to speed up peace efforts with the Palestinians.
15 Jul 2003

Feature - God's architect on road to sainthood
Antonio Gaudi may be on his way to join the saints still being placed on the facade of the Sagrada Familia, the cathedral in Barcelona he began work on in 1883 and which is not due to be finished until 2025.
14 Jul 2003

Opinion - Church striving to be a tolerant and exclusive employer
As Catholic educators, we need to admit the tension that exists between wanting to be as inclusive and tolerant as all other educators given that we live in a pluralistic, multicultural democractic society, while at the same time wanting to be exclusive and distinctive in our endorsement of Catholic values and in our celebration and expression of Catholic identity. - Frank Brennan SJ AO, address to last week's Celebrating Inclusive Practices In Catholic Schools Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland
14 Jul 2003

Scottish nun to be exhumed in canonisation bid
A former nun is to be exhumed and removed to an Edinburgh city centre chapel as part of a growing campaign to have her declared a saint.
14 Jul 2003

Albanians assert claim to Mother Teresa
Incensed by plans to cast Mother Teresa as a "daughter" of neighbouring Macedonia, Albanian intellectuals wrote to the city's mayor on Friday to stop a controversial inscription from being carved on a stone monument.
14 Jul 2003

Hong Kong Catholics pray, fast in protest of anti-subversion bill
Hundreds of Hong Kong Catholics fasted and prayed before joining tens of thousands of other citizens who called for democratic reforms.
14 Jul 2003

New Council of Churches President highlights Catholic membership
The incoming president of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), Rev Professor James Haire, has described Australia as a "pacesetter in ecumenism", citing the Australian Catholic Church's full membership of the NCCA.
14 Jul 2003

Catholic Health sounds alarm on nursing homes' cash crisis
Nursing homes are facing the prospect of having to cut back on services and lower standards because government subsidies are failing to keep up with the cost of running the institutions, according to Catholic Health Australia CEO Francis Sullivan.
14 Jul 2003

Melbourne CEO set for reorganisation
Some school services will be expanded and others reduced in the first sweeping restructure of Melbourne's Catholic education system for 71 years.
14 Jul 2003

Feature - Bishop Antonio Fortich, champion of Philippines poor
"I have no problem with a world in which there are rich and poor. But I cannot accept that some people have to live by scavenging for food in the garbage cans of others." The bishop, who passed away last month, said this with such a tremor in his voice that I was very moved. - Columban Fr Niall O'Brien, jailed with Australian Fr Brian Gore and 'Negros Nine' during Marcos Dictatorship in 1980s.
11 Jul 2003

Opinion - Eternity gives us the grace of perspective
When we stop believing in life after death we put too much pressure on this life to give us the full symphony. We become more frustrated with the limits of our lives and to begin to demand that those around us give us something they can't give, namely, the complete fulfillment of heaven. - Fr Ron Rolheiser OMI
11 Jul 2003

Victorian Diocese considering cooperation with child care plan
The Diocese of Ballarat in Western Victoria is evaluating an offer from National Childcare Pty Ltd to establish child care facilities on land held by three parishes.
11 Jul 2003

Indian bishop urges religious to face persecution with joy
The new bishop of the southern Indian city of Ahmedabad has told religious congregations that persecution is "nothing new in the Church", and they should be prepared to suffer at the hands of Hindu fundamentalists.
11 Jul 2003

Pope leaves Vatican for summer residence
Pope John Paul II left the Vatican yesterday, travelling by car to Castelgandolfo where he will stay through the remainder of the summer.
11 Jul 2003

Archbishop says Church must minister to remarried Catholics
A French archbishop has said the church has a duty to minister to Catholics in second marriages who wish to "give God his place" in their new union even though they cannot receive the Eucharist.
11 Jul 2003

Vatican urges UN to stop illicit small arms trading
The Holy See has called on the international community to work towards "a comprehensive, legally binding agreement on international arms trade that will reduce and eventually eradicate the illicit traffic of small arms and light weapons".
11 Jul 2003

Catholic support for US role in Liberia
Catholic Relief Services - the Caritas organisation in the US - has joined the country's Bishops Conference in strongly encouraging President George W. Bush to support the deployment of an international stabilization force for Liberia.
11 Jul 2003

Feature - Knockabout priest
The bluestone walls of Pentridge Prison were designed to break the spirit of the strongest and most violent members of our community. But one man who walked the corridors there for thirty years was made the stronger and the wiser for it: Fr John Brosnan.
10 Jul 2003

Opinion - What makes the Holy Land holy?
The Holy Land is claimed by Jew, Christian and Muslim, and is the scene of dangerous conflict. In space that is 'holy' the other has no rights. By definition the other should not be there. And who says so? - Jerome Murphy-O'Connor OP, Professor at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem
10 Jul 2003

Newcastle property purchase to provide church presence in growth zone
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle this week settled on its purchase of a 300-hectare property in order to provide a Church presence in the rapidly growing area to the west of Newcastle.
10 Jul 2003

Commission seeks links with Church in Zimbabwe
Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission is seeking to establish links with its sister Commission in Zimbabwe so that it can provide support to the Zimbabwean Commission's efforts to challenge growing human rights abuses and injustices in the African nation.
10 Jul 2003

Vatican in red two years running
The Holy See has reported a budget shortfall of more than $A22.7 million, blamed on rising personnel costs and an expanding diplomatic mission.
10 Jul 2003

Nuns seek to copyright Mother Teresa's name
The order of nuns founded by Mother Teresa is arranging to copyright her name in a bid to halt attempts by other organisations - including banks and business schools - to cash in on her image.
10 Jul 2003

Radio station's "bishop" promotion outrages Sydney Catholics
Catholics in Sydney have condemned a TV ad for a radio station that depicts a young woman dressed as a schoolgirl taking communion on the tongue from a young man in full bishop's regalia.
10 Jul 2003

Church moralists question fatal conjoined twins operation
The Vatican's health minister has criticised doctors who tried unsuccessfully to separate the two Iranian conjoined twins, stressing that the fatal operation was not medically necessary.
10 Jul 2003

Feature - The slamdunk monks of Canning Town
A photo essay on the Gray Friars, six Franciscan monks from the Bronx, have set up a mission in one of the poorest areas of London's East End.
9 Jul 2003

Opinion - Irish Catholicism survives the scandals
When the relics of St Therese travelled Ireland, 3 million people appeared to venerate the memory of that remarkable young woman. OK, knock off a million or even a million and a half because of exaggeration, and you still have a very Catholic country. - Fr Andrew Greeley
9 Jul 2003

Two die in crash of bus carrying young altar servers
Two young altar servers of a parish near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka died when the bus carrying them hit a tree, rolled over several times and landed in a couple metres of water.
9 Jul 2003

Pope tells youth to forget summer love, try chastity instead
As summer vacation season approaches in the northern hemisphere, Pope John Paul II has recommended chastity to young people, suggesting they use their holiday time to boost their prayer life.
9 Jul 2003

Kenyan bishops back fresh investigation of missionary's death
Bishops in Kenya here have expressed support for a re-investigation into the death of Fr John Anthony Kaiser, a US priest found dead in 2000 in mysterious circumstances.
9 Jul 2003

Leader of Iraq's Chaldean Catholics dies
Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid, spiritual leader of Iraq's Chaldean Catholics, has died after a long illness at the age of 81.
9 Jul 2003

Indigenous matriarch enters the Dreaming
Aboriginal Catholic communities in NSW and Victoria are mourning the loss of Mrs Alice Ellen Kelly, who passed away last week.
9 Jul 2003

Commission says don't punish innocent children any more
Melbourne's Catholic Commission for Justice, Development and Peace yesterday welcomed the decision of the full bench of the Family court that detention of children is unlawful.
9 Jul 2003

Feature - The grace of a happy death
Jesuit medical doctor and palliative care expert Myles Sheehan says doctors often skirt the issue of death just as the rest of us do, he says, and care of the dying suffers as a result. As a child of a Boston Irish-Catholic family, he remembers death as "really a part of life". "I remember being brought along to First Fridays and First Saturdays praying for the grace of a happy death."
8 Jul 2003

Opinion - A new twist will heal life's hurts
We heal, not by making new resolutions but by living in a new way. One of the families who lost a loved one in the Oklahoma City bombings went to visit bomber Timothy McVeigh's parents, prayed with them, consoled them and established a certain friendship with them. In doing that, they were able, in a way not possible before, to forgive their child's killer and purify their own memory. - Ronald Rolheiser OMI
8 Jul 2003

Pope hires experts to ward off website attackers
The Vatican has revealed that it has taken on a team of experts to protect the Pope's website which is attacked by at least 30 mainly US hackers every day.
8 Jul 2003

British Cardinal calls for debate on embryo research
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has criticised Members of the British Parliament for wasting parliamentary time on fox-hunting while ignoring "alarming" developments in embryo research.
8 Jul 2003

Solomons Archbishop urges warlord to surrender
Archbishop of the Solomon Islands Adrian Smith yesterday called on warlord Harold Keke to surrender after he signed a ceasefire and freed hostages ahead of the arrival of an Australian-led intervention force.
8 Jul 2003

Iraqi bishop cites fear of chaos
An Iraqi bishop has called for the formation of a provisional government in his country, warning that Iraq is slipping into chaos.
8 Jul 2003

Commission highlights Govt asylum seeker blundering
The Justice, Ecology and Peace Office of the Diocese of Broome yesterday joined the chorus of refugee advocates wondering aloud why the Australian Government went to the trouble of transferring a group of Vietnamese asylum seekers to the Christmas Island offshore processing centre when they had already arrived in Australia and secured the rights of "onshore" asylum seekers.
8 Jul 2003

Women's Commission visits Top End Catholic women
The Commission for Australian Catholic Women has returned invigorated from a visit to the Northern Territory, where its members listened to the concerns of women who feel marginalised by distance and lack of opportunity.
8 Jul 2003

Feature - US man in Iraq is sustained by his faith
The new US-installed administrator of Iraq has spoken publicly and movingly of how his Catholic faith is a source of inspiration for him in his testing mission. "There is no doubt in my mind that I cannot succeed in this mission without the help of God," said 61 year old veteran diplomat and anti-terrorism expert Paul Bremer.
7 Jul 2003

Opinion - Islanders need help to move to peace
The Solomon Islands has moved from being the "happy isles" to a place of fear and depression. It is because of this situation that I guardedly welcome the intervention of Australian and other countries' military and police. If it goes wrong, it could go very wrong. - Adrian Smith SM, Archbishop of Honiara
7 Jul 2003

All Matt Talbot saint-maker needs is a miracle
As it prepared to mark yesterday's Matt Talbot Sunday commemorating the legendary St Vincent de Paul Society charity worker, the Dublin Dioces put out a call for anybody who may have received a miraculous cure through the Talbot's intercession.
7 Jul 2003

China arrests five "underground" priests
Five "underground" priests on their way to visit a fellow priest have been arrested in north-east China, while another priest was arrested in eastern China, according to the Cardinal King Foundation religious rights group in the US.
7 Jul 2003

Pope wants unification of Two Koreas
Pope John Paul II has told Seoul's new ambassador to the Vatican that he would like to see a rapproachement between the two Koreas, along with the elimination of nuclear arms.
7 Jul 2003

Priest gunned down in Pakistan
A Catholic priest was shot and killed in eastern Pakistan early on Saturday, according to local police.
7 Jul 2003

Unions press ALP over Catholic schools
Public teacher unions have a $1 million fighting fund to campaign before the next federal election for private school funding to be slashed and have already singled out Catholic schools for special attention.
7 Jul 2003

Cardinal says Church can and should welcome different views
The Pope's right-hand man on ecumenical issues is urging Australian Catholics to embrace Pope John XXIII's vision for a Church that is at home in the modern pluralistic world, and not the "ghetto" of 19th Century Catholicism.
7 Jul 2003

Feature - Story of the Vatican Website's humble beginnings
www.vatican.va might never have come about without a couple of tech-convinced US officials at the Vatican, American funding and the visionary input of an elderly, computer-illiterate pontiff.
4 Jul 2003

Opinion - Sweeping Solomons trouble under the carpet
It is not enough for Australian Prime Minister John Howard to send Australian military and police to restore law and order in the Solomons without addressing the causes of the underlying ethnic tensions. - Br Martin Connell, former teacher Honiara Catholic high school.
4 Jul 2003

British hospital chaplains encourage Catholic identity cards
The Association of Catholic Women in the UK has introduced an identity card scheme for hospital patients who are Catholics, to help overcome problems caused by European Union legislation that prevents chaplains asking the religion of patients.
4 Jul 2003

Vatican asks developed countries to take responsibility for poor
A top Vatican diplomat asked developed countries to take "collective responsibility" for poverty around the world and to tackle the difficulties of poor countries "as if they were internal problems" of their own.
4 Jul 2003

Pope backs Indian bishops' troubled interreligious dialogue effort
Pope John Paul II has asked India's bishops to proceed with interreligious dialogue and evangelisation despite difficulties with government and other hurdles.
4 Jul 2003

Church set for celebration of indigenous people and culture
The Catholic Church in Australia is preparing special prayers and observances for the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday this weekend.
4 Jul 2003

Bioethics expers says tissue harvest is complicity to abortion
An Adelaide Catholic bioethics expert has said a controversial proposal to harvest tissue from aborted foetuses and export it for medical experiments would involve "complicity in deliberate abortion".
4 Jul 2003

Council advises remaining alert to new terrorism legislation
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council has regretted the passing of the Government's controversial ASIO Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill.
4 Jul 2003

Feature - Post-war Iraq sinking into anarchy and chaos
Islamic fundamentalists putting Christians under pressure, with women forced to wear veils out of fear. Marie Angel Siebrecht of the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need said that in the southern city of Basra, pictures of Shiite leaders have replaced torn down images of Saddam Hussein.
3 Jul 2003

Opinion - Morning-after pill bad news for women's health
Postinor-2 is massive dose of hormones. It's like taking 50 "mini pills" at once, and could cause significant immediate problems such as bleeding and nausea. How can a busy pharmacist provide all the information a woman needs to know? - Marcia Riordan, Respect Life office, Archdiocese of Melbourne
3 Jul 2003

Vatican official to advise Pope on genetically modified food
The Vatican's representative to a global agriculture conference in the US said he would observe discussions on food engineering technology to become better informed and to advise Pope John Paul II about its ethical implications.
3 Jul 2003

Pope says dialogue the only way to solve international conflicts
John Paul II has said that courageous and tenacious dialogue is an important way to respond to existing tensions in the world.
3 Jul 2003

Catholic Health wants Govt to make aged care scheme fairer
Catholic Health Australia says less well off aged care residents are now subsidising wealthier people who are receiving high care services in aged care homes.
3 Jul 2003

Sex abuse complainant admits lying to get payout
A key complainant in the St John of God sex scandal in New Zealand has told the police he lied about being abused by religious brothers at a Catholic residential school.
3 Jul 2003

Archbishop says fine-tuning making abuse protocol more 'victim-friendly'
The new co-chair of the Committee for Professional Standards, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, has said that greater transparency is increasing the fairness of the Australian Church's Towards Healing sex abuse protocol.
3 Jul 2003

Lobbyists call Govt response to Vietnamese asylum seekers illegal
The independent Catholic group PolMin has demanded that the Government uphold the Migration Act and direct authorities to process a boatload of more than 50 Vietnamese asylum seekers intercepted on Tuesday off the coast of Western Australia.
3 Jul 2003

Feature - The new bloke in youth ministry
After moving back to Melbourne, 33 year old James McDonald continued to study theology, became involved with the Emmanuel community, and furthered his love of horticulture by working as an assistant gardener at St Patrick's Cathedral.
2 Jul 2003

Opinion - Old Rite Latin Mass a mixed blessing
Were the preference for the old rite to be merely one of taste and style, I could agree it is a step towards inclusivity, but the liturgy with its rituals have potent meanings that hark back to days gone by [best forgotten]. - Elena Curti
2 Jul 2003

Pakistan Catholics fear Islamic Law Bill
Catholic Religious superiors in Pakistan fear that religious freedom will be further curbed now that one of the country's four provinces has introduced the strict Islamic legal code known as Shariat.
2 Jul 2003

Vatican considers UN membership
The Vatican is seriously considering whether to apply to become a full member of the United Nations instead of just an observer, as at present, according Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran.
2 Jul 2003

Pope chooses sex abuse troubleshooter for new Boston archbishop
Pope John Paul II has appointed Florida Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley OFM Cap to lead the Boston Archdiocese, in the wake of last year's resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law following popular criticism for failing to deal appropriately with priests accused of sex abuse.
2 Jul 2003

US accused priests to go free after Supreme Court ruling
In the wake of a US Supreme Court ruling last week, the state of California is dropping charges against former Catholic priests accused of molesting children years ago.
2 Jul 2003

Religious Congregations support amended abuse protocol
Leaders of Australia's more than 100 religious congregations have reaffirmed their commitment to Towards Healing, while voting unanimously in favour of significant amendments to parts of the protocol.
2 Jul 2003

Jesuits push law aside in sex abuse u-turn
Australian Jesuit Provincial Fr Mark Raper said last night that the Order will ignore legal advice if necessary, in order to work for reconciliation with sex abuse victims on a pastoral level.
2 Jul 2003

Feature - For renewal, parishes need small groups
David Payne is director of Catholic Evangelisation Services in the UK. In this week's series on the Renewal of Parishes being run in The Tablet, he explains the CaFE program which relies on small groups. This article will be of particular interest in Australia because the CaFE people are holding a series of seminars across Australia in July. Details of the Australian tour can be found here
1 Jul 2003

Opinion - Reach out to non-practising Catholics
"There are more inactive than active parishioners in any parish: 10 potential returning Catholics for every non-Catholic who is received into the Church. A large number of these would like to come back but do not believe they can; many of those who believe they can, do not know how. Build bridges to them, and your parish will swell." argues Sheila Keefe.
1 Jul 2003

Indigenous resources released for parishes
NATSICC has produced a kit for use in all parishes in the lead-up to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday on July 6.
1 Jul 2003

Vatican releases new book for diplomats/scholars
The Vatican has released an 800 page book of major addresses by Vatican diplomats from 1970 to 2000.
1 Jul 2003

Pope reaches out to Orthodox Church
The Pope says his efforts at reconciliation weren't just "ecclesiastic courtesy" but a sign of his profound desire to unite the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.
1 Jul 2003

Women's Commission meets outback people
The Commission for Australian Catholic Women has been meeting people in the most remote parts of Australia. Therese Vassarotti, Executive Director, reports on the Northern Territory meetings.
1 Jul 2003

Further comment on Ecclesia in Europe...
Further commentary is emerging on the significance of the Pope's exhortation.
1 Jul 2003

Heavy speculation on replacement for Cardinal Law
The international media is abuzz this morning with a rumour that the Vatican is about to announce that the replacement for Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston is Bishop Sean O'Malley of Palm Beach, Florida.
1 Jul 2003