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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR JUNE 2005

   
Opening tonight for Blake Prize Melbourne viewing
The Touring Exhibition of the $10,000 Blake Prize for Religious Art will be formally opened by Lady Gobbo, at the Australian Catholic University Fitzroy campus tonight at 6:00 pm.
30 Jun 2005

Jail call for accused church volunteer
A local police prosecutor wants a jail term imposed on a convicted sex offender apprehended near a Catholic primary school at Albury in the southern NSW Diocese of Wagga Wagga.
30 Jun 2005

Centacare says parents should monitor children's TV viewing
Parents need to be more alert to what their children are watching so they can stop them from viewing "degrading reality television shows" like Big Brother, according to the manager of Sydney Centacare's school counselling program.
30 Jun 2005

Beijing and Rome agree on bishop's appointment
In a clear sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Beijing, the Chinese government has recognized a bishop appointed by the Holy See.
30 Jun 2005

Benedict chooses theme for World Peace Day
"In Truth, Peace" is the theme Pope Benedict XVI has chosen for the 1 January 2006 celebration of World Peace Day.
30 Jun 2005

John Paul II now on fast track to sainthood
The Church has placed the late Pope John Paul II on the path to possible sainthood during a ceremony early yesterday Australian time at Rome's Basilica of St John Lateran.
30 Jun 2005

Feature - Catholic women lawyers codifying Uganda's laws
Uganda will be a different country because of two Catholic women from opposite sides of the planet who have been working side by side in the USA for the past decade. Ann Bateson of Minnesota and Vastina Rukimirana Nsanze of Uganda have a lot in common besides the faith that sustains them. They are both lawyers in their late 50s who were brought together by an unusual goal: refining law and life in Uganda.
30 Jun 2005

Opinion - In your name I will lift up my hands
It is not uncommon to get a negative reaction when I encourage lay leaders to assume the orans (praying) gesture (both arms raised to the side and extended upwards) when addressing prayer to God in the name of the assembly. The reason is because people are used to seeing only priests lead liturgy, and they assume that using the orans gesture - like wearing albs - is the exclusive domain of the ordained. It is not. - Education Officer Elizabeth Harrington
30 Jun 2005

Jesus tops youth superhero poll
Young people in the UK identify Jesus as the figure who most represents what it means to be a "superhero", eclipsing Florence Nightingale and David Beckham.
29 Jun 2005

Website claims Pope opposes Harry Potter
Ahead of the release of J.K. Rowling's sixth Harry Potter novel, a Canadian pro-life website has challenged the prevailing wisdom that the Church regards the children's literature phenomenon as harmless, or even imbued with Christian morals.
29 Jun 2005

Filipinos bid farewell to Cardinal Sin
Thousands of Filipinos bid farewell yesterday to the late Cardinal Jaime Sin, the beloved spiritual leader who helped rally his nation in massive pro-democracy protests that ousted two presidents.
29 Jun 2005

Commission says Vivian Alvarez-Solon needs support
The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane is calling for support for Vivian Alvarez-Solon, the Australian woman who was wrongfully deported to the Philippines four years ago.
29 Jun 2005

Church leaders worried about Howard IR changes
Christian church leaders have requested a meeting with Prime Minister John Howard to express concerns about the Federal Government's workplace relations changes.
29 Jun 2005

Pope presents new Compendium of Catholic doctrine
Pope Benedict yesterday presented a new summary of the Catholic Catechism, which incorporates a question-and-answer format aimed at making the doctrine accessible to all.
29 Jun 2005

Feature - Numbers down, credibility up, for Church in Latin America
The number of Catholics in the world's most Catholic region has dropped off slightly, but its credibility remains high among people of all faiths, according to a survey by the Chilean polling firm Latinobarometro. In a region buffeted by corruption scandals, economic crises and social unrest, many people view presidents, legislatures and political parties with distrust. The church, however, enjoys the confidence of 73% of Latin Americans.
29 Jun 2005

Opinion - John Howard, the unions, and Catholic Social Teaching
The Prime Minister's revolution in Australian industrial relations represents an enormous shift of power away from employees, towards the employer. When the current time of low employment ends, employees will be caught in a bidding war against one another, each vying for scarce jobs and willing to accept less and less to get a job to support themselves and their families. The social vision behind this stance is radically individualistic. - Dr Neil Ormerod, Professor of Theology, Australian Catholic University
29 Jun 2005

Cemeteries Board wants end to funeral 'horror stories'
The Catholic Cemeteries Board in Sydney wants specific state legislation covering the funeral industry to prevent the occurrence of "horror stories" such as mixing up of bodies and bodies being left for months in morgues.
28 Jun 2005

Daily Mass for Australian TV
Mass will be broadcast on the Australian Catholic Television programming on the Aurora Community pay TV channel at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm Eastern, every day from this Sunday.
28 Jun 2005

Amnesty praise for Catholic Women action
Amnesty International Australia has responded warmly to an initiative of the Commission for Australian Catholic Women (CACW) following the observation by male guards of female detainees using shower and toilet facilities at South Australia's Baxter Detention facility.
28 Jun 2005

Zimbabwean archbishop says he's ready to die to defend people
Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo said he would rather die than stay silent in the face of widespread human rights abuses in his country.
28 Jun 2005

Pope targets priestly formation in PNG/Solomons
Pope Benedict XVI has stressed the value of proper formation of priests and religious, in his address to the Bishops of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands at the end of their five-yearly ad limina visit to Rome.
28 Jun 2005

Benedict tells motorists to drive carefully
Speaking during his regular Sunday Angelus audience this week, Pope Benedict XVI urged holidaymakers to drive carefully.
28 Jun 2005

Feature - The inside story of Benedict's election
John L. Allen's book-length narrative picks up pace with his description of the huge numbers who queued for hours to see John Paul II's body in St Peter's. He argues that these scenes - and the further outpouring of emotion at the funeral that followed them - defined the kind of pope the College of Cardinals was looking for; he had to be "another serious, world-class leader", and ideally someone associated with the John Paul legacy. Allen's list of reasons why Ratzinger won includes the "funeral effect" and the change in the rules for the conclave which made it possible to elect a pope with a simple majority. - Edward Stourton's review of The Rise of Benedict XVI (Penguin)
28 Jun 2005

Opinion - Old age a time of ripening
Within western culture, old age is equated with inevitable, slow decline. But in reality it is a time of ripening, as long as people address the developmental issues of generativity and integrity. Generativity means actively caring for the next generation, in the roles of elder friend, consultant or mentor. It can also mean being a loving and involved grandparent. Generativity has the future, rather than present, in mind. On the other hand, the culmination of Integrity is a sense of wisdom that says, 'My life happened for a reason. - Dr Jennifer Bestel, clinical psychologist, Encompass Australia
28 Jun 2005

Parramatta CEO forced to yield on individual contracts
The Catholic Education Office of Parramatta Diocese has indicated that it has no choice but to adhere to the Federal Government's directive over individual contracts as a condition required to tender for one of the 24 Australian Technical Colleges which are to be established nationally at a cost of $351m.
27 Jun 2005

ACU report clarifies role of hospital chaplains
The Australian Catholic University last week handed Queensland Health a report on pastoral care and chaplaincy services that recognised that expectations need to satisfy the Department's duty of care while not placing unreasonable expectations on pastoral carers.
27 Jun 2005

Caritas opts for gradual spend of tsunami funds
In common with the other four major Australian non-profit aid organisations, Caritas Australia has so far spent only a small proportion of funds raised after the tsunami, which occurred six months ago yesterday.
27 Jun 2005

Benedict floats idea of "healthy secularity"
While paying an official visit on Italy's President Carlo Ciampi on Friday, Pope Benedict XVI said that a healthy secularity in government would not bar the introduction of moral arguments drawn from religious principles.
27 Jun 2005

Pope sympathises with Bunbury over Cathedral loss
Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his sympathy for the people of Western Australia's Bunbury Diocese on the loss of its Cathedral - St Patrick's - following the tornado that ripped through Bunbury on 16 May.
27 Jun 2005

Abortion study points to demand for "new" debate
Upon releasing Phase Two of their report, the authors of the most comprehensive study ever into Australian attitudes to abortion have called for the Federal Parliament to engage with the "modern debate" and help build on newly identified common ground.
27 Jun 2005

Feature - Sydney priest's pain and reward during 24 years in Peru
Fr John Andersen was chaplain at a very large jail in Lima with 7000 prisoners. The day before he was to first visit the jail his close friend, Irish Columban Sr Joan Sawyer, who was to show him around, was killed after being taken hostage by prisoners. Despite the tragedy, he continued his work at the jail celebrating Mass and encouraging and supporting the prisoners. But more pain was to follow when 200 prisoners were killed by the armed forces after taking a couple of the warders hostage.
27 Jun 2005

Opinion - Catholic schools take Govt values education further
Care and Compassion, Doing Your Best, Fair Go, Freedom... In its 2004-2005 Budget, the Australian Government announced funding of nearly $30m for education in these values. Catholic schools will attend to the Values for Australian Schooling in a way that is anchored in the Gospel, embodied in the person of Jesus Christ. In practice, we know that this means that Catholic schools demonstrate a profound respect for the individual and for relationships characterised by respect, compassion, forgiveness, fidelity and justice, giving priority to the nurturing of the inner life - sensitising young people to the place and power of mystery, awe, wonder, reflection and prayer. - Susan Pascoe, Executive Director Catholic Education Commission Victoria
27 Jun 2005

Feature - Progress and Struggle For Vietnam's Catholics
As organ music filled the 115-year-old Catholic church, the Rev. Joseph Tran Van Khoa faced more than 1,000 worshipers and raised his arms. The overflow crowd began to sing. Khoa, who once studied in secret to become a priest in this communist country, beamed. The ability to celebrate Mass in the open demonstrates that the Roman Catholic Church in Vietnam is freer than it was in 1975, when its activities were severely proscribed after the communists took control of the unified country.
"Life for the Catholic Church is a lot easier now," said Khoa, 44. "But I know that we have a really long way to go."

24 Jun 2005

Opinion - from "Forced to Migrate"
We Christians, often immediately, out of speculation, know that these forced migrants who also are human persons, could be terrorists. "They are violent", we state. "They break the law", we declare. "They have no right to be here" and so on, we say. Of course, out of our inadmissible ignorance about their real circumstances and experiences, as well as our own fears of the unknown, the arguments presented to us by those we trust to be credible, respectable and reliable politicians are very convincing. We are becoming the new Berlin wall to many of our own brothers and sisters in Christ. We may be in urgent need of asking ourselves, what is the meaning of the words "Christian Community" that Jesus and His followers founded?

24 Jun 2005

Smart move as new pontiff "Beattie-fied"
He has been in the job only two months, but already Pope Benedict XVI has been Beattie-fied, quipped the Courier Mail today.
24 Jun 2005

Catholic woman in secret ordination
A woman has been ordained as a priest in a secret ceremony in central Europe as an act of defiance against the Roman Catholic Church.
24 Jun 2005

Ugandan leader praises Church activities
Although admitting that he has had a "cold" relationship with the Catholic Church, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has paid tribute to the Church for improving the people's welfare.

24 Jun 2005

AMA targets Catholic, pro-life pharmacists
The American Medical Association is backing a proposal that would force pharmacists to dispense abortifacients such as the "morning-after" abortion pill and birth control pill or to refer the woman to another pharmacist to have the prescriptions filled.
24 Jun 2005

Official prayer for intercession of JPII
The Diocese of Rome, in charge of promoting the beatification of late Pope John Paul II, released an official prayer in different languages, to implore favors through the intercession of the Pontiff.
24 Jun 2005

Pope sees "positive signs" for Holy Land
Pope Benedict XVI addressed the question of peace in the Holy Land yesterday and said "certain positive signs" in the last few months give hope that "the day of reconciliation between the various communities that work in the Holy Land will not be long in coming."
24 Jun 2005

Feature - Direct contacts key to Catholic-Muslim relations
When it comes to Christian-Muslim relations, Pakistani Bishop Anthony Lobo measures progress in small steps. For example, when President Pervez Musharraf began hosting an annual Christmas dinner as an expression of seasonal goodwill, Pakistan's minority Christian community took notice. "It's a small thing, but it indicates changes on a high level," said Bishop Lobo, who heads the Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi.
23 Jun 2005

Opinion - Vilification laws not a threat to religious freedom
Religious freedom is rightly prized in a democracy such as Australia. The Racial and Religious Tolerance Act protects religious freedom by ensuring that people are not subjected to vilification because of their beliefs. This does not mean that people cannot evangelise and proselytise, just that they must do so without inciting hatred of those who follow differing religious beliefs.
23 Jun 2005

Catholic chemists refuse to sell pill
A pharmacy in regional NSW is refusing to supply the contraceptive pill to women on religious grounds because the owners "accept the official teachings of the Catholic Church".
23 Jun 2005

Most U.S. Doctors Surveyed Believe in God
A survey examining religion in medicine found that most U.S. doctors believe in God and an afterlife - a surprising degree of spirituality in a science-based field, researchers say.
23 Jun 2005

India Urged to Protect Church Personnel
The Catholic bishops' conference of India urged the central and state governments to take serious note of the recent outbreaks of violence against the Church and its personnel.
23 Jun 2005

ACSJC Statement marks Jubilee Sunday
Throughout the world, Jubilee Sunday (26 June) offers Christians the opportunity to remember their Jubilee Year commitment and to act and pray for the people of our world who are burdened by debt.
23 Jun 2005

Cardinal Ruini proposes "re-reading" of Vatican II
Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar of the Diocese of Rome, has called for a re-writing of the history of Vatican II "according to the truth."
22 Jun 2005

Pope plans synod on problems of Africa
Pope Benedict announced yesterday that he would summon a special synod of Roman Catholic bishops to discuss the church's role in solving the problems of Africa.
23 Jun 2005

Feature - Mary MacKillop in New Zealand
Mary MacKillop Place Museum is hosting an exhibition which explores Mary MacKillop's relationship with New Zealand. She travelled to New Zealand four times from 1883, spending three years of her life there. Worn out by decades of struggle, Mary MacKillop travelled to Rotorua in 1902 on the advice of her doctor. Her sister Annie MacKillop accompanied her, serving as nurse, secretary and assistant at the baths. 'Between going to Mass and the two baths and back, we must walk quite eight miles a day. Fancy that for me, and you can judge how much I have improved in health,' Mary wrote optimistically on May 9th 1902.
22 Jun 2005

Opinion - Resurrection hope link to contemporary problems
"When confronted with the sheer destructiveness of which we human beings are capable, many people can only find the figure of Christ and his message at best quaint or irrelevant, at worst a cruel hoax. Oh, we might answer 'yes' on those surveys that ask us if we believe in God, but our burgeoning weapons stockpiles, xenophobic immigration laws, compulsive consumerism, widespread chronic depression, and addictions of all kinds all suggest a very different belief, a very different answer to the question, 'Do you believe in God?'".
22 Jun 2005

Geldof wants Pope at G8 summit
Bob Geldof, the rock-star-turned anti-poverty campaigner, called on Pope Benedict today to visit next month's G8 summit to add his voice to the throng of people who will be calling for action to help Africa.
22 Jun 2005

Senate bids farewell to Harradine
The Senate bade farewell to Brian Harradine - the senator from Tasmania who played hardball with both Labor and the coalition.
22 Jun 2005

E-mails to help beatify late Pope
The Vatican is urging Roman Catholics to contribute to the late Pope's beatification by sending e-mails about miracles performed after his death.
22 Jun 2005

Vatican says fight sex work by stemming demand
Combating the problem of the trafficking of women and girls for prostitution also requires stemming the demand for prostitutes, said participants of a Vatican-sponsored conference.
22 Jun 2005

Pope's trip to World Youth Day officially announced
The Holy See Press Office Director, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, officially announced yesterday Pope Benedict's first foreign trip, a four-day visit to his native Germany for the 20th World Youth Day in Cologne.
22 Jun 2005

Philippines' Cardinal Sin dies
Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Sin, the Philippines' moral compass and a key figure in the "people power" revolts that ousted two presidents, died yesterday. He was 76.
22 Jun 2005

Feature - Volunteers find different kind of nourishment
It's quiet at the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen in the early morning. A few folks read the newspaper and sip hot coffee. One plucks away at the piano, a tune that sounds like the beginning strains of "Lean on Me." The 19-year-old soup kitchen was modeled after Dorothy Day, who co-founded the Catholic Worker Movement in 1930s and provided hospitality with no questions asked. But the food is just part of the experience, said volunteer Carroll. "It's a community," she said. She tells about a woman who sat in the same place every day. When she died, guests had a card made for her family and collected $3 for flowers. For the longest time, they didn't let anybody sit in her chair," said Carroll. "They really care about one another."
21 Jun 2005

Opinion - Reality of Income Inequality in Australia
Catholic social teaching isn't opposed to wealth, but it does raise two issues: the way in which you accumulate it—you can't treat a man like a bag of cement—and also what you do with the wealth once you have it. Now in various Papal encyclicals, the Catholic social teaching espouses the basic right of all people to the human necessities of life: food, clothing, shelter; equitable treatment of the unemployed, disabled and sick; rights of all workers to just wages; opposition to violations of the dignity of the human person on the basis that man is made in the image of God and cannot be reduced to an anonymous number.
21 Jun 2005

Church says NZ voters will heed Pope
Voters will take into account Pope Benedict's comments to New Zealand about the sanctity of marriage in the upcoming general election, the Catholic Church says.
21 Jun 2005

U.S. bishops to adopt national marriage initiative
Spurred by the current state of marriage and the debate on same-sex unions, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a multi-year national pastoral initiative on marriage, beginning this year.
21 Jun 2005

Cardinal Kasper to Moscow for ecumenical talks
Cardinal Walter Kasper, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, is travelling to Moscow this week to meet with officials of the Moscow patriarchate.
21 Jun 2005

The world must not forget Bhutanese refugees
Bhutanese refugees are among the hardest-hit refugees in China. The desperate situation facing around 100,000 Bhutanese refugees in Nepal was highlighted by the head of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) on World Refugee Day yesterday.
21 Jun 2005

Australian Bishop welcomes changes to detention system
Prime Minister John Howard's announcement of changes to immigration detention laws is a welcome step towards a more humane treatment of asylum seekers, said Bishop Joseph Grech, the chairman of the Bishops' Committee for Migrants and Refugees yesterday.
21 Jun 2005

First book by Benedict XVI published today
The first book by Pope Benedict XVI, entitled "The Example of Benedict in the Crisis of the Cultures," will focus on the marginalization of Christianity in modern-day Europe and will be in stores in Italy today.
21 Jun 2005

Feature - Priests told: don't aid 'filth'
Every morning Fr Michael looks out of the window of his Harare parish house and sees an ever larger crowd of homeless families outside. "I feel helpless," said the Jesuit priest, who was too terrified to give his real name. "This is a crime against humanity and all we can do is give them black plastic sheeting." As Operation Murambatsvina or "drive out filth", moves into its second month, as many as a 1m city-dwellers have been made homeless by government bulldozers and axe-wielding police. Churches have become the only refuge for people who have lost everything. But priests have now been warned not to help by the government of President Robert Mugabe.
20 Jun 2005

Opinion - Modern world richer, but not happier
Whether in the United States, Britain or Japan, people on average are no happier than they were 50 years, says Richard Layard, author of "Happiness: Lessons from a New Science,". And this comes despite the fact that average incomes have more than doubled, holidays are more numerous, workweeks are shorter, and people live longer and have better health, the author contends. He cites abundant data to back up his claims. Modern, materialistic society has failed to satisfy people's aspirations. "Blessed are the poor in spirit" remains a principle valid for the achievement of happiness, in this world and the next.
20 Jun 2005

500,000 march against same-sex marriage
Hundreds of thousands of people led by 20 Catholic bishops and conservative opposition leaders clogged downtown Madrid yesterday to demonstrate against the Socialist government's Bill to legalise gay marriage and let gay couples adopt children.
20 Jun 2005

Bishops denounce Zimbabwe "clean-up"
Heads of the Roman Catholic Church in Zimbabwe issued a pastoral letter yesterday, saying that President Robert Mugabe's clampdown on street traders and shack dwellers "cries out for vengeance to God".
20 Jun 2005

US 'Zero Tolerance' policy for abusive priests
U.S. Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly voted to extend rules that will bar sexually abusive priests from public church ministry work. The 229-3 vote by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Thursday meant that the rules adopted in 2002 at the height of the clergy sex abuse scandals will continue.
20 Jun 2005

Australian Catholics are richer but less fruitful
Australian Catholics are having fewer children than the rest of the population. More of them have jobs than non-Catholics, they earn more, and far more are buying their own homes.
20 Jun 2005

Green light for John Paul miniseries
CBS television has given producers the go-ahead for a big-budget miniseries charting the life of the late Pope John Paul II, with guidance from the Vatican, the network said today.
20 Jun 2005

Benedict XVI: Message for World Refugee Day
Drawing attention to World Refugee Day promoted by the UN, the Pope says "works of charity" are the fruit of partaking of the Eucharist.
20 Jun 2005

Feature - Brazilian doctors uncover 'Michelangelo code'
Two Brazilian doctors and amateur art lovers believe they have uncovered a secret lesson on human anatomy hidden by Renaissance artist Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel's ceiling. Completed nearly 500 years ago, the brightly colored frescoes painted on the Vatican's famous sanctuary are considered some of the world's greatest works of art. They depict Biblical scenes such as the "Creation of Adam" in which God reaches out to touch Adam's finger. But Gilson Barreto and Marcelo de Oliveira believe Michelangelo also scattered his detailed knowledge of internal anatomy across 34 of the ceiling's 38 panels. The way they see it, a tree trunk is not just a tree trunk, but also a bronchial tube. And a green bag in one scene is really a human heart.
17 Jun 2005

Opinion - Dublin's Archbishop on Compendium of Social Doctrine
The social teaching of the Church serves to offer guidance to Christians, especially lay Christians, as they exercise their prophetic role in society. Lay Christians share in their own special way in the priestly, prophetic and kingly mission of Christ. The prophetic office is exercised in the manner in which Christian lay people commit themselves from within society to making that society a more just and loving society.
17 Jun 2005

World Youth Day rejects Big Brother's offer
World Youth Day organizers have rejected an "offer" by the producers of a German television program called "Big Brother" to house pilgrims on the set of the popular reality show.
17 Jun 2005

Holocaust survivors' lawsuit against the Vatican can proceed
A ruling this week by the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an earlier decision that Holocaust survivors can continue their claims against the Vatican for the restitution of funds plundered from former Yugoslavia during the Second World War.
17 Jun 2005

Benedict XVI backs Aid to the Church in Need
POPE Benedict XVI underlined his key support for Aid to the Church in Need at a meeting with leading staff from the charity.
17 Jun 2005

ACU National launches new book by Robert Dixon
Archbishop of Melbourne, Most Reverend Denis Hart will launch the latest work by Robert Dixon at Australian Catholic University (ACU National) Melbourne Campus (St Patrick's) today.
17 Jun 2005

Vatican Calls for Pastoral Reflection on "Women of the Street"
Rome is to host the first international pastoral meeting for the liberation of "women of the street." The meeting, promoted by the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, will be held in the dicastery's premises on June 20-21.
17 Jun 2005

Benedict XVI asks for worldwide solidarity to alleviate suffering
Pope Benedict XVI renewed the Church's call for a worldwide solidarity as a challenge to alleviate the suffering of its people and asked for a more equitable sharing of the riches of the planet.
17 Jun 2005

Feature - The challenge of mixing work, family and fun
In the last 30 years or so women may have made great gains in their struggle to have their contribution in the workforce valued as much as men's, but today the nature of work is throwing up new problems which are shared by men and women alike, according to Cathy Harris. You get the impression that Cathy has always thrown herself enthusiastically into her work, whether as the former deputy chancellor of the University of NSW for four years, and its first director of alumni activities, co-founder of the successful Harris Farm Markets group with husband David, the board member of various archdiocesan committees or mother of five boys (now young men).
16 Jun 2005

Opinion - Focus on sex or justice for pope?
In his 48,978 words of teaching as of June 9, Benedict XVI had used the word "sex" exactly once, while the word "Africa," mostly in the context of an appeal for attention to the problems of Africa, appeared 11 times. It's no mystery which has been given greater prominence in the international press.
16 Jun 2005

Ugandan president calls church to back condom use
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has called on the Catholic Church to drop its opposition to the use of condoms as they are one of the primary ways of fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS.
16 Jun 2005

Call to double Australia's international aid
Cardinal Edward Cassidy launched Fr Bruce Duncan's paper, Ending Hunger: How far can we go, yesterday in Melbourne. The paper, commissioned by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council calls Australia to double our International Aid.
16 Jun 2005

Franciscans Prepare to celebrate 800 years
The Franciscans' minister general, Fr José Rodríguez Carballo, has announced a program of events under the motto of "The Grace of Our Origins" which will lead up to the celebration of 800 years since the founding of the Order of Friars Minor in 2009.
16 Jun 2005

Simplified catechism to be released 28 June
The shortened, simplified version of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" will be presented by Pope Benedict XVI during a 28 June liturgy at the Vatican and will be available in Italian bookstores the following day.

16 Jun 2005

ACU's Edward Clancy Building blessed today
Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell will bless the Edward Clancy Building at ACU National Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary) today. The Edward Clancy Building is named after ACU National's Foundation Chancellor, His Eminence Cardinal Edward Clancy, former Archbishop of Sydney.
16 Jun 2005

Pope speaks on mobile phone, dons helmet
At his 15 June general audience, Pope Benedict XVI talked to more than 20,000 people in St. Peter's Square, but he also spoke to someone on a mobile phone and donned a fire chief's helmet.
16 Jun 2005

Feature - Clarence Gilyard: Catholicism is role for a lifetime
Actor Clarence Gilyard is well-known for being Chuck Norris' right-hand man on "Walker, Texas Ranger" and for being Andy Griffith's right-hand man on "Matlock." What's less well-known about Gilyard is that he's Catholic. It has been a 10-year run since he joined the church and it shows no signs of cancellation. In the practice of his faith, Gilyard said he and his family plan their vacations around "the liturgical year and the Catholic culture that the world is trying to forget." This year's vacation will take the Gilyards to Cologne, Germany, for World Youth Day, as well as to Rome and Florence, Italy.
15 Jun 2005

Opinion - Church not responsible for spread of AIDS
Does the Catholic Church discourage the use of condoms? Yes, but only as part of its complete sexual morality. The Catholic Church has every right - even an obligation - to teach how the moral law and the natural law coincide: Stay true to your wife, and you will be safe. To blame the Church, therefore, for the spread of any sexually transmitted disease, it would be necessary to prove that people are ignoring the first, essential injunction (stay chaste or faithful), but are slavishly obedient to the second (don't use condoms).
15 Jun 2005

"Popetown" too pathetic to warrant concern
Catholic Communications, the media office of the NZ Catholic Bishops' Conference, is disappointed that gratuitous advance publicity was generated for the cartoon series, Popetown, by those who had not viewed the programme.
15 Jun 2005

Launch of Mary Potter Trust Foundation
The Mary Potter Trust Foundation, established by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary in Australia to further the assistance they provide to the marginalized in contemporary society, is to be launched next week, in Sydney on Thursday 16 June 2005.
15 Jun 2005

NSW Schools compete to teach trades
Catholic, independent and public schools are locked in competition to win eight Australian Technical Colleges earmarked for NSW, where students will combine an apprenticeship with HSC study.
15 Jun 2005

Italian referendum fails; bishops' strategy successful
Nearly 3 out of 4 eligible Italian voters declined to participate in a nationwide referendum on June 12 and 13, according to early unofficial results. Because of the low voter turnout, the referendum results will not be legally binding, and the Italian bishops appear to have scored a significant political victory.
15 Jun 2005

Vatican praises G-8 decision to cancel debt
The Vatican hailed an agreement by the world's richest nations to cancel $40 billion of debt owed by some of the world's poorest countries, but said the move should be followed by an increase in development aid.
15 Jun 2005

Director of Edmund Rice calls Gov't morality 'questionable'
The underlying morality of the Howard Government ought now to be regarded as questionable and a full judicial inquiry into the Department of Immigration is now essential, according to the executive director of the Edmund Rice Centre.
15 Jun 2005

Feature - New pope's defies simplistic headlines
Pope Benedict XVI has once again weighed in on pro-life and family issues in a way that offers clues to the style and substance of his still-young papacy. To judge by media reports, the pope's talk June 6 to the Diocese of Rome was no less than a declaration of war against gay marriage, abortion and birth control. Newspapers plucked out phrases like "anarchic" and "pseudo-marriages" for some zinger headlines. But that's one of the problems with Pope Benedict: Often, his well-reasoned discourses don't break down easily into sound bites and headlines.
14 Jun 2005

Opinion - Slacken the reins of the CDF
The new head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith said in his first major statement concerning his new job that he saw it as "helping the Church see how beautiful and wonderful God's love is". If that becomes the tone with which the CDF approaches its work in future then Pope Benedict XVI's appointment of Archbishop William J. Levada, who is standing down as Archbishop of San Francisco, will look truly inspired.
14 Jun 2005

Normality returning to Aceh - Caritas update
International Programs Manager for Caritas Australia, Jamie Isbister, has just returned from a visit to Aceh, an Indonesian province badly affected by the tsunami, where he assessed progress being made by Caritas Australia workers in rebuilding houses and whole communities.
14 Jun 2005

Mixed response to WA church ads
The Catholic Archdiocese of Perth took out a half-page, $6000 advertisement in Friday and Saturday's West Australian newspaper last week (paid for by a generous parishioner) and is planning television ads.
14 Jun 2005

Call for ordination of parish leaders
Australia's next generation of Catholic priests could include single and widowed men nominated by their parishes and trained outside the seminaries, under proposals to be considered by the nation's bishops.

14 Jun 2005

Pope plans personal instruction for First Communicants
Pope Benedict XVI plans to meet in October with young Italian children who are preparing for their First Communion, to give them some personal instruction on the Eucharist.
14 Jun 2005

John Paul II's process of beatification to begin
John Paul II's cause of beatification and canonization with officially begin June 28, announced Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the vicar for the Diocese of Rome.
14 Jun 2005

Catholics receive Queen's Birthday honours
Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, is one of seven Australians who received the highest Australian award in yesterday's Queen's birthday honours list. Cardinal Pell received the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for service to Catholic Church in Australia and internationally, raising debate on ethical and spiritual matters; to education and social justice.
14 Jun 2005

Australian to head Pell's Oxford alma mater
The Jesuit Rector of Newman College at Melbourne University has been named the new Master of Campion Hall, the Jesuit hall of residence in Oxford that claims Cardinal George Pell among its most distinguished alumni.
10 Jun 2005

Commencement of works at Sydney's new Catholic university
The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell will mark the beginning of construction at Sydney's Notre Dame University with a Mass and Foundation Ceremony this morning.
10 Jun 2005

Family of boy who killed considers legal options
The family of a boy involved in a fatal school punch-up with his best friend may take legal action against a Catholic primary school in south-western Victoria.
10 Jun 2005

Pope meets with Jewish leaders to affirm dialogue
In his first major meeting with world Jewish leaders, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed his commitment to Jewish-Catholic dialogue, fighting anti-Semitism and promoting continued Catholic reflection on the Holocaust.
10 Jun 2005

Adelaide Archbishop blesses Murray River
Archbishop Philip Wilson yesterday blessed the River Murray, as South Australians braced for what may be one of their driest winters on record.
10 Jun 2005

Women's Commission speaks out against detention indignity
The head of the Commission for Australian Catholic Women has said she is appalled that male prison officers are able to view female detainees in a special unit at the Baxter Immigration Detention Centre in South Australia.
10 Jun 2005

Feature - Eucharist sustained Cardinal Thuan in prison
The life of the late Cardinal Nguyen van Thuan (1928-2002) was a true and well-credentialled witness to the words of the late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II: "There is no Eucharist without priesthood, just as there can be no priesthood without the Eucharist". Thuan spent 14 years in a Vietnamese prison, nine of them in solitary confinement. For many years his church was a prison cell, his assembly of people, fellow prisoners. Yet the Eucharist was celebrated just as if it were in St Peter's Basilica in Rome.
10 Jun 2005

Opinion - Corby and European referenda reflect dangerous nationalism
The founders of the European Constitution project, rejected in recent French and Dutch referenda, proposed an ideal of cultural and economic union for Europe, hoping this would mute the national rivalries and hostilities which fed catastrophic wars. For most Australians, the European Constitution is a boring subject of conversation. A long way from Schapelle Corby, Cornelia Rau, or even the proposed Industrial Relations legislation. In the referenda, national antipathies to immigrants, asylum seekers and to communities that were ethnically or religiously distinctive proved stronger than the vision of unity.
10 Jun 2005

Researcher says Jesus died of 'economy class syndrome'
An Israeli researcher has challenged the popular belief that Jesus died of blood loss on the cross, saying he probably succumbed to a sometimes fatal disorder now associated with long-haul air travel.
9 Jun 2005

Catechism test for World Youth Day visa applicants
Young people travelling to Germany for World Youth Day from regions such as the Balkans, are being subjected to the rigors of a test on their faith, to ensure they are bona fide pilgrims.
9 Jun 2005

Pope says 'fear of God' is not about terror
Pope Benedict XVI told yesterday's General Audience at the Vatican that the phrase "fear of the Lord" should be understood in terms of awe rather than dread, and that it signifies "the beginning of true wisdom".
9 Jun 2005

Vinnies continues to argue case for bottom 10%
The St Vincent de Paul Society has hit back at strong criticism from the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), of its recent paper The Reality of Income Inequality in Australia.
9 Jun 2005

Archbishop brands Tasmanian sex industry bill deficient
Hobart's Archbishop Adrian Doyle has strongly supported calls by the community-based Coalition Against Legalised Brothels for the Tasmanian Parliament to reject the Sex Industry Regulation Bill 2005.
9 Jun 2005

Pell plea for Falun Gong detainee
Cardinal George Pell of Sydney has appealed for asylum for a Falun Gong convert who faces deportation from Australia.
9 Jun 2005

Feature - The colours of sacred anguish
I was a painter of pretty things, an artist with an intuitive sense of decoration and design who used colour and harmony to create eminently saleable pictures that disturbed no-one. Then a month before my wedding I was heartlessly dumped, on a street corner before 10 o'clock Mass. Like in Tim Winton's The Riders, my fiance's disappearance was total and mystifying. It was the start of Holy Week and I was to share in my way Christ's Passion. I started painting what was happening to me... The ink-blueness of the night in Gethsemane. - Camille Talansier, Australian artist living in France
9 Jun 2005

Opinion - Bless the child
It is wonderful to see small children take part in the communion rite by coming forward to stand with the rest of the family as they receive communion. I recently observed an Extraordinary Minister of Communion at Mass who seemed to have no idea what to do when a child appeared before her in the communion line with his arms crossed over his chest. This gesture is commonly used by those who join in the procession to the communion table at Mass but do not intend to receive communion. - Education Officer Elizabeth Harrington
9 Jun 2005

Payout for nun after fall from wheelchair
A nun who needs 24 hour care after a wheelchair accident while crossing a resurfaced Dublin street has been awarded $A721,291 in an out of court settlement with Dublin City Council.
8 Jun 2005

St Louis Jesuits ready to record again
The 1970s liturgical music phenomenon the St Louis Jesuits plan to release their first album in more than 20 years later this year.
8 Jun 2005

Russia's olive branch for Vatican
A delegation of the Russian Federation headed by its Foreign Affairs Minister, Sergei Lavrov, visited the Holy See yesterday and, for the first time, officially invited a Vatican top official to visit the country.
8 Jun 2005

Poll backlash against outspoken clergy
An international poll conducted across several countries reveals that 75% of Australians, and 76% of Australian Catholics, believe that religious leaders should not try to influence government decisions.
8 Jun 2005

Caritas begins PNG relief program
This week Caritas Australia is embarking upon a joint effort with the Archdiocese of Madng to implement the Manam Island Relief Program, which follows last year's devastating volcanic eruptions that forced the evacuation of 11,000 people.
8 Jun 2005

Archbishop blames drought despair for suicide increase
Bishops Conference President Archbishop Francis Carroll has expressed alarm at the fact that a number of farmers in his Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese have taken their lives because of the worsening drought.
8 Jun 2005

Feature - The Pope's spin doctor
In his more than twenty years as the head of the Vatican Press Office, Joaquín Navarro-Valls - Spaniard, journalist, Opus Dei member who had taken a vow of chastity - has proved himself to be much more than a simple means of communication. He has been spin doctor, editor, PR man, investigator, advisor, diplomat and ambassador for the pope. He has turned the Vatican's grey press office into a full-scale factory of the pope's public image. - Sandro Magister
8 Jun 2005

Opinion - Conspiracy of workplace against family life
Studies suggest the biggest challenge facing families is they don't have enough time for each other. Why? Too much pressure from the workplace! Too many families find themselves in a never-ending, all-consuming struggle for adequate pay, proper health care, decent housing, access to decent education. That struggle constitutes a virtual conspiracy against family life. People are working more and more hours and having less and less time for family. The economic squeeze, perhaps more than any cultural shift in attitudes, is the real cancer working against family values. - Fr Ron Rolheiser OMI
8 Jun 2005

Catholic Mission receives surprise donation from USA
Catholic Mission Australian Director Fr Terry Bell has issued a public vote of thanks to an anonymous donor who sent $US1000 (approximately $A1337) in cash to the charity's Sydney office last week.
7 Jun 2005

Study finds young adults of all faiths have similar needs
A panel of young adult scholars in the US have argued that Christian, Jewish and Muslim young adult professionals all want a faith community that makes them feel valued, a worship experience that moves them and learning opportunities that allow them to question.
7 Jun 2005

Vinnies support centres expect winter deluge
The St Vincent de Paul Society in Queensland is expecting that, as winter starts to bite, its support centres will be inundated with requests for help from vulnerable members of the community.
7 Jun 2005

Sydney bishop shares views on removing priests
Auxiliary bishop and Rector of Good Shepherd Seminary, Bishop Julian Porteous, has delivered an address on the removal and transfer of parish priests, as part of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy series of further education for priests via the Internet.
7 Jun 2005

Ratzinger replacement stresses value of pastoral experience
Archbishop William Levada, the new head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said his pastoral experience makes him sympathetic to the doctrinal and teaching challenges faced by local bishops around the world.
7 Jun 2005

Pope condemns same-sex unions
Pope Benedict XVI yesterday condemned same-sex unions as anarchic "pseudo-matrimony", and also reaffirmed the Church's opposition to abortion.
7 Jun 2005

Feature - MP3s saving music-poor congregations
Merrylands is at the heart of Sydney's 'struggle street'. But at the local Anglican Church, the Rev Nathan Killick has found that computer technology is the answer to the parish's musical resource problems. When the parish's early Sunday morning service could not find an organist, the answer was to train a team of 70 year-olds from the congregation to utilise MP3 technology.
7 Jun 2005

Opinion - Intoxicated by Rome pilgrim experience
As I made my way home from the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi at the Basilica of St John Lateran, gallantly offered a scarce taxi by three tipsy Irishmen, I tried to reflect. Was it, for me and the tens of thousands of others, a manifestation of genuine Catholic spirituality? Or were we just star-struck by the place and the spectacle? None of my emotions seemed remotely intellectually coherent. Yet I know that as I sang the Salve Regina under that warm Roman sky, I was filled with a faith as strong as the childish faith of those wide-eyed first communicants, but much deeper, as if all those roots put down in my childhood had suddenly been watered. You may find this laughable, or disturbing. All I can say is that I found it utterly refreshing. - Katie Grant
7 Jun 2005

Former Marist brother indecently assaulted students
A former brother has pleaded guilty before a Victorian court to indecently assaulting six Gippsland schoolboys in the 1970s.
6 Jun 2005

Bishops Committee launches parish media kit
Catholic parishes around Australia will soon be receiving a Parish Media Kit aimed at equipping parish communities to share their good news with skill and confidence.
6 Jun 2005

Work begins on Sydney Notre Dame campus
Sydney's Cardinal George Pell presided over the commencement of building works on Friday at the St Benedict's campus of Notre Dame University in the inner suburb of Chippendale.
6 Jun 2005

Police involved in subduing recalcitrant parishioners
The Sydney Morning Herald reports this morning that the priests in the inner-city Redfern parish have followed advice given to them by auxiliary Bishop Anthony Fisher and called the police to assist in quelling disruptions to their services.
6 Jun 2005

Pell invites Jews, Muslims to join battle for the family
Sydney's Cardinal George Pell yesterday told the the 4th International Inter-Religion Abraham Conference that Muslims, Christians and Jews share a common commitment to loving faithful marriage is the true foundation of the family, and they should all work together to protect it.
6 Jun 2005

Pope seeks release of Italian hostage
Pope Benedict XVI has called for the release of an Italian hostage held in Afghanistan, while that nation's foreign minister expressed optimism the woman's captivity would have a "peaceful, happy ending".
6 Jun 2005

Feature - Source of strength in hardest times
As the parents of missing Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe, Bruce and Denise Morcombe have endured many dark days in the past 18 months. But during the darkest of them all, when Daniel, 13, first vanished from the bus stop near his Palmwoods home, it was their parish priest Fr Jan Bialasiewicz who shone a light of comfort.
6 Jun 2005

Opinion - Why Cherie Blair remains a Catholic
I'm still a Catholic because I was born and brought up one, and also because I wanted my children to have that little bit of grit in their lives that is there in Catholicism, especially in its social teaching. And being Catholic can mean holding a set of views that to outsiders might seem contradictory. So I'm a feminist but I have an enduring soft spot for the Virgin Mary. She for me is an important part of Catholicism because I passionately believe there is no more important role in life than motherhood. Even though my older children are grown up, I still find that sense of community above all draws me to church. It probably always will.
6 Jun 2005

Popetown spoof for screening on NZ TV
Plans to screen controversial cartoon sitcom Popetown, based on Vatican office politics, is expected to spark interest and outrage among Catholics in New Zealand.
3 Jun 2005

Paul Kelly to sing at Melbourne Youth Mass
Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly will make a guest appearance at the youth mass at St Ignatius Church in Melbourne's inner east on Sunday.
3 Jun 2005

Catholic Mission supporting 80,000 seminarians
Catholic Mission has said that the Society of St Peter Apostle - one of three major works it funds - supported more than 80,000 seminarians across the world during 2004.
3 Jun 2005

Pastoral plan update for Sydney priests
Priests of the Archdiocese of Sydney were given an update on the development of a diocesan pastoral plan at their clergy conference last week.
3 Jun 2005

Pope highlights human dignity from from conception until natural death
Yesterday the Vatican released a letter from the Pope reiterating the Church's belief that true peace can only be reached by promoting human dignity, from conception until natural death.
3 Jun 2005

World Priest Day focus on friendship with Christ
In a message for today's World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy has proposed that priests rediscover that friendship with Christ which led them to embrace their vocation in the first place.
3 Jun 2005

Feature - Painting Christianity's ambiguous impact on Indigenous Australians
Julie Dowling was born in Perth in the late 1960s. She and her mother attended a Catholic school where her Wadjala grandmother once worked as a domestic servant. "The only thing that will save you from the government is the church," her grandmother was fond of saying. Dowling is among 10 indigenous (and three non-indigenous) contemporary artists whose work is featured in a travelling Flinders University exhibition that explores the impact of Christianity on Aboriginal people.
3 Jun 2005

Opinion - 'Unfinished business' conference marks time
This week, Canberra's Old Parliament House hosted the National Reconciliation Planning Workshop. It was arguably the most important meeting of Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders since the 1997 Australian Reconciliation Convention, when many Indigenous attendees famously turned their backs on Prime Minister John Howard. It seemed to me that many of the issues up for discussion were the same ones that have been around for thirty years of more. This was obviously a source of enormous frustration and anger for two generations of Aboriginal leaders. Pat Dodson suggested that meetings such as this had to be held because there is no foundation or benchmark — such as a treaty or agreement — for real and lasting reconciliation. - Dr Mark Byrne, Project and Advocacy Officer, Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre
3 Jun 2005

Pope says Christ's humility leads humanity to freedom
During his weekly Wednesday audience yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI shared with nearly 23,000 pilgrims, his message that through emptying himself, taking on human weakness, and making himself like a slave, Christ leads mankind to discover his own freedom.
2 Jun 2005

'Abusive' nun barred from flight
An single-minded Franciscan missionary nun has twice been barred from boarding a flight from Shetland to Aberdeen in the UK because British Airways would not allow her to carrying an 60 cm statue of the Virgin Mary.
2 Jun 2005

Edmund Rice Centre brands invasive market research unethical
Advertisers must be scrutinised for increasingly sophisticated techniques that invade the brains of consumers and rendering the poor and 'rationally disadvantaged' more vulnerable to manipulation, according to an analysis in the Edmund Rice Centre's Good Business newsletter.
2 Jun 2005

Pell tells principals to persuade young to attend Mass
Cardinal George Pell has issued a challenge to principals and teachers to play a greater role in encouraging young people to attend Mass.
2 Jun 2005

Call for prayer as bush faces a 'winter of fear'
Bishops across NSW have supported a plea by the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Francis Carroll, for a special day of prayer for rain on Sunday 12 June.
2 Jun 2005

Vinnies says Senator Patterson is "in denial"
The St Vincent de Paul Society has reacted to Family and Community Services Minister Kay Patterson's denial of its research paper claims about the growing gap between rich and poor, by saying that she is "in denial", and responding in a "mischievous" manner.
2 Jun 2005

Feature - Diocesan newspaper reaches milestone
This month, Canberra-Goulburn's Catholic Voice publishes its 200th issue. Stories of the way in which people attempt to live out their faith have formed a thread which has linked the first 200 issues of Catholic Voice. Grenfell parishioner Kay Fowler spoke of her Christian vocation in the first issue: "It is just being Christ where I am at, and where I am at is a little country town." Current editor Geoff Orchison says he depends on many people every month, but Catholic Voice is a one-person band: "At least I know who to blame when things go wrong, and staff meetings can be held in front of the mirror each morning while I'm shaving."
2 Jun 2005

Opinion - Furthering the divide between rich and poor
The proposed Federal Industrial Relations Legislation promises little joy for the poor - a continuing imbalance in the employment relationship; no clear guarantee of a proper minimum wage to protect the poor; lack of support for the poor in their search for just wages; and exemption for small business employers from unfair dismissal claims and redundancy payments. This is the talk of the rich and those with the means to enrich themselves. Their investment and superannuation horizons are not the horizons of the poor and the working poor whose concerns are more immediate: this month's rent, and food on the table for the week. - Bishop Kevin Manning, Parramatta
2 Jun 2005

Wireless Parramatta schools avoid cabling costs
75 Catholic schools in western Sydney and their central administration office will be linked by wireless network under a project now underway.
32 Jun 2005

Pope highlights Eucharist, Christian unity
On the shores of the Adriatic Sea, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his first Mass outside Rome as pope, encouraging Catholics to demonstrate to the world the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, "the sacrament of his love."
32 Jun 2005

Religious leaders unite in support of bill
In a rare expression of political unity, religious leaders have thrown their weight behind the private member's bills aimed at releasing children and their families from detention.
32 Jun 2005

Hopes rise for Blessed Mary's sainthood
An Australian Josephite Sister has asked Pope Benedict XVI to reconsider his previous calls for the abolition of a Vatican rule delaying Blessed Mary MacKillop's canonisation.
32 Jun 2005

ACU pays $8m to Sydney Archdiocese
The Australian Catholic University last week paid $5m to the Archdiocese of Sydney, which represents the first instalment of a $8 million leasing fee to enable the university to continue to occupy the land where the North Sydney and Strathfield campuses are located.
32 Jun 2005

Bishop hits back at Minister's claims on IR reforms
Parramatta Diocese Bishop Kevin Manning has reacted swiftly to the claim of Federal Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews that the Government's new industrial relations legislation is "in line with Christian principles".
32 Jun 2005

Feature - Opening door for lost flock to return
The Catholics Returning Home program provides an entry point for those wanting to reconnect with their faith and the parish community. "Engaging the parish priest to speak about the program in his homilies is very effective in encouraging parishioners who have never thought about it before to consider asking family members and friends, after all, many families have a member who is not attending church." said Lisa Carter from St Agatha's Parish, Clayfield, on Brisbane's northside.
32 Jun 2005

Opinion - Cracking the code
Like children, we all still believe there's a buried treasure somewhere, a secret wisdom, just waiting to be found. We need only to look at the hoopla surrounding The Da Vinci Code to see how true this is. What's the code to be cracked in Jesus message? Mark's Gospel takes this up explicitly. His Jesus makes it clear that there is a hidden, secret wisdom that needs to be grasped if one is to understand the deep design of things.
32 Jun 2005