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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR AUGUST 2005

   
ACU exhibit and lecture features Indigenous artwork
The Australian Catholic University will present a public lecture in Melbourne today in conjunction with an exhibition of Indigenous artworks organised by St John's College, Darwin.
31 Aug 2005

Radical living in the Ecozoic Era
Last weekend, 35 religious from various congregations and places gathered at the Holy Cross Monastery, Templestowe, in Melbourne for a reflection process on Radical Living in the Ecozoic Era.
31 Aug 2005

Caritas slams Australia's shameful international aid contribution
Australia is in danger of becoming an international embarrassment on aid and remains the only major developed country not to significantly commit aid to meet the United Nation's blueprint for halving world poverty, says Caritas Australia Director Jack de Groot.
31 Aug 2005

Pope urges solidarity in a globalised world
Individuals, governments, international organisations and institutions and all members of civil society, must commit themselves to work for a just growth of peoples and nations, for the good of all, according to Pope Benedict XVI.
31 Aug 2005

Age of Vatican officials fuels talk of Curia overhaul
With several leading Vatican officials are already beyond the normal retirement age, Pope Benedict XVI is expected to make major changes in the Roman Curia sometime in the near future.
31 Aug 2005

Senior cardinal's high hopes for WYD
The retired Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy, has said that World Youth Day's injection of spiritual values could break the cycle of self-indulgence that is responsible for the cycle of suicide and alcohol that kills a significant number of young Australians.
31 Aug 2005

Feature - Dedicated priest and journalist
Brisbane's Fr Frank Moynihan, who died aged 76 last week, combined with extraordinary dedication his two professions. Cathedral administrator for more than 15 years, he oversaw the major restoration. A comfortable parish would have been his for the asking. Characteristically, he asked for the battlers' parish, Inala, where he served the predominantly Vietnamese community.
31 Aug 2005

Opinion - Values, veils and Simpson's Donkey
It is easy to be cynical about recent public comment on Australian values. The conversation, after all, has been led by a government that has defended ethically dubious enterprises like its treatment of asylum seekers and the invasion of Iraq. Significant national values are not Australian but universal. It is stories of communities that are important, because in them we crystallise our values.
31 Aug 2005

Catholic local politician in protest against Big Brother
A Brisbane Logan City councillor is planning a further protest against the TV reality show Big Brother outside the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast.
30 Aug 2005

Catholic Charities prepared for hurricane relief effort
As Hurricane Katrina made landfall last night with New Orleans and US gulf coast residents bracing for a "worst case scenario", Catholic Charities had begun collecting donations for the massive relief efforts which are expected to follow.
30 Aug 2005

MSC Missionaries gather in Sydney
13 Missionaries of the Sacred Heart from eight countries gathered in Sydney with their Australian brothers and sisters last week, to share stories of working with diverse nations and people that include Namibia and Banda Aceh.
30 Aug 2005

Catholic Health told 'core business' is care and empowerment
The Provincial leader of the Jesuits told the Catholic Health Australia Conference yesterday that while Church health care institutions have survived because they have evolved into successful businesses, their main challenge remains giving care that will empower the marginalised.
30 Aug 2005

Hobart Archbishop defends right to public comment
Following an attack on outspoken religious leaders by Tasmanian Liberals Senator, Eric Abetz, Hobart's Archishop Adrian Doyle has said the Church has the right to comment and is expected to when political issues have a moral dimension.
30 Aug 2005

Pope Benedict meets rebel bishop
Pope Benedict XVI met yesterday with Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the dissident Society of St Pius X, for talks aimed toward reconciliation between the Holy See and the traditionalist group founded by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
30 Aug 2005

Feature - Music bridging generation gap
A new music program being introduced by the St Vincent de Paul Society's youth ministry in Queensland is aiming to bring the generations closer. Through the Music 4 Life program, young volunteers with a musical talent will visit nursing homes, hospitals and respite and disability centres across Brisbane to serenade residents and patients. The aim is to make a difference to the lives of both the listeners and the volunteers.
30 Aug 2005

Opinion - The Eucharist as Sacrament of Forgiveness
Meals with Jesus often provided the opportunity for reconciliation and forgiveness. "Simon, do you see this woman? You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment." Peter's denial of Jesus is forgiven and his vocation renewed at breakfast on a Galilean beach. In the same way, those who eat and drink with Christ at the Eucharistic table are forgiven and reconciled. - Elizabeth Harrington
30 Aug 2005

Brother Roger's death spotlights issue of shared communion
The death of Brother Roger Schutz prompted an outpouring of sympathy on the part of many Catholics and expressions of ecumenical appreciation from Vatican officials, but it also highlighted the perennial issue in ecumenical dialogue, the Catholic Church's rules against shared Communion.
29 Aug 2005

More details on Australia's World Youth Day 2008
Sydney Archdiocesan spokeswoman Marita Winters has told the Zenit news agency that the proposed theme - Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me - and tentative date - 15-20 July 2008 - have been submitted to the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
29 Aug 2005

Catholic theologians differ over adopting embryos
The question of adopting embryos remains an open one, according to the New Zealand Catholic bioethics centre, after the country's National Ethics Committee on Assisted Human Reproduction issued new guidelines that will allow couples who have undergone in vitro fertilisation treatment to donate leftover frozen embryos for reproductive purposes.
29 Aug 2005

Continuing debate on Minister's support for intelligent design teaching
The assertion of Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson earlier this month that the theory of intelligent design could have a place in the school curriculum has sparked fresh debate.
29 Aug 2005

Rudd says Church must influence politics
Opposition spokesman for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd, has told a Christians in Media conference that "Jesus cannot be confined to his private life", and that Christians must be allowed to influence the formation of public policy.
29 Aug 2005

Dying John Paul "was aware of crowd"
As he lay dying, Pope John Paul II was aware of the presence of the crowd in St Peter's Square below his apartment window and calmly viewed death as a "passage from one room to another," his longtime secretary said in an interview broadcast on Friday night.
29 Aug 2005

Feature - Bill of rites brings order to holy matrimony
Jaws drop when Robyn Edebohls tells people what her husband does. "He's a Catholic priest," she says, and they say: "Sure, what does he really do?" But it's true. Fr Bill Edebohls, newly installed as the priest at St Pius X in Heidelberg West, was formerly the Anglican dean of Ballarat and archdeacon of Italy and Malta before switching to the Church of Rome a few years ago.
29 Aug 2005

Opinion - WYD also a time for youth to consider society
My days as a Young Christian Workers' chaplain taught me with the young people to recognise the realities of life and to try to bring the light of the Gospel to bear on those realities. I hope young people and other Catholics, in preparation for the 2008 World Youth Day, will look honestly at the state of our country and of the Church and to do whatever is possible to make Australia a more inclusive society. - Bishop Pat Power
29 Aug 2005

Unbeliever Pope fails to recognise football god
Pope Benedict XVI was introduced to the world's most famous footballer Pele and had no idea who he was.
26 Aug 2005

Jesuits' Eureka Street becomes bi-monthly
The Jesuits' Eureka Street public affairs journal Eureka Street has embarked upon a series of changes that include a shift to more electronic publication and a reduction in the frequency of the print edition.
26 Aug 2005

Three Loreto sisters to work in East Timor
The Australian Province of the Loreto congregation has recently taken the decision to send three sisters to East Timor early next year, initially working in a primary teachers college in Bacau run by Australian Marist Brothers.
26 Aug 2005

Aid workers attacked in Darfur
Caritas partners working in Darfur have faced attacks when delivering aid in the south of Darfur, according to an eyewitness account from the international director of British partner organisation CAFOD.
26 Aug 2005

Vatican official commends Israel withdrawal from Gaza
A senior Vatican official has said that Israeli authorities are to be commended for withdrawing from the Gaza Strip, but they should have left the settlers' housing behind for returning Palestinian refugees rather than bulldozing it.
26 Aug 2005

Pope says Iraqi Constitution must respect religious freedom
Receiving new Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister Hoshyar Zebari yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his wish that the new Iraqi constitution respect the right to religious freedom.
26 Aug 2005

Feature - Parent Gazing ahead
As Australian basketball legend Andrew Gaze led the way into the stadium at the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, his father Lindsay felt an uncharacteristic welling of emotion. For Lindsay, tough times have just been part of the parenting turf. "You just give whatever moral support you can... When you see so many successful and happy people who come from diverse cultures and environments I don't think that there is one particular formula." Andrew says: "I hope that my children will develop a passion for something like I did."
26 Aug 2005

Opinion - Trust and respect required to "fight" terrorism
I do not see any evidence yet of people thinking that the present challenges regarding terrorism give the opportunity to societies to be able to demonstrate that cultural diversity is an asset and not a liability, when it comes to ensuring safety, peace and harmony for their countries. The leaders are required not only to keep reacting to the already weak environment for multiculturalism. They need to reconstruct it in a more dynamic and tangible way. - Jose Zepeda, consultant Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
26 Aug 2005

Melbourne backpacker tells of Brother Roger horror moment
As memorial services take place in Australian cities this week, a Melbourne backpacker has given a moving, if horrific, eyewitness account of the last moments of the life of the Taizé founder who was slain last week.
25 Aug 2005

79% say good people of other faiths OK for heaven
According to a Newsweek/Beliefnet poll, 79% of Americans believe that a "good person who isn't of [their own] religious faith" can nevertheless attain salvation.
25 Aug 2005

Relief flows for Niger food Crisis
Hundreds of thousands of people in Niger are now being assisted with food relief from three of Australia's major relief and development agencies including Caritas Australia.
25 Aug 2005

Kirkuk Archbishop fears for future of Iraq Christianity
Christianity in Iraq teeters on the brink of extinction amid new fears that the proposed constitution could deny religious minorities their rights, according to Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk.
25 Aug 2005

'Multicultural' Refugee Sunday message goes against the tide
Ahead of this weekend's Refugee and Migrant Sunday, Bishop Joseph Grech has presented a message originally written by Pope John Paul II, that counters growing calls within the community to return to a policy of assimilating migrants into the dominant culture.
25 Aug 2005

Pope says WYD showed renewed hope for Europe
Speaking at his Wednesday Audience yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI expressed the hope that the past week's World Youth Day will produce positive results because, though it, "young people reintroduced to our age a message of hope that cannot deceive, because it is founded on the Word of God."
25 Aug 2005

Feature - Sculpture captures nun founder's steadfast gaze
The Loreto Schools are mounting a life-size bronze statue of founder Mary Ward all seven of the Order's Australian schools. Adelaide sculptor Meliesa Judge's sensitive rendering of Mary's face exposes the tension of rejection in Mary's life and arguably in the lives of many women who have followed her. Mary met malicious gossip, and other hostility and intrigue, even a papal bull of suppression, with equanimity and calm faith.
25 Aug 2005

Opinion - Threat to Muslims recalls Catholic ghetto
Britain's attempts to control Muslim schools could lead to ghettos Ghettos have occasionally bred bravery and solidarity. Mostly they breed ignorance and desperation. I remember moments from my own Catholic schooling. When schooling was completed there was a whole community to live in, not just a Catholic enclave, and that community didn't function with quite the same customs, habits and rules that I'd imbibed. - Morag Fraser
25 Aug 2005

Parents oppose soft porn logo marketing to teens
Angry parents and teachers in Ireland have launched a campaign against retailers in a battle to have Playboy bunny merchandise aimed at teenage girls removed from store shelves.
24 Aug 2005

Denominational leaders endorse changes to Church Life Survey
The National Church Life Survey - which is sponsored by several mainstream church bodies including the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference - has announced that from next year, it will stagger its research over several months and boost the quality of its resources.
24 Aug 2005

Brother Roger laid to rest in Taizé
More than 10,000 people gathered inside and outside the Church of the Reconciliation in Taizé for last night's funeral of Brother Roger Shutz, the founder of the Taizé ecumenical community, who was killed a week ago by a deranged Romanian woman during evening prayer.
24 Aug 2005

Pope's fresh attempt to build bridge with rebels
Pope Benedict XVI will meet with Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior-general of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, on Monday, to discuss the prospects for reconciliation between the Vatican and the schismatic group.
24 Aug 2005

International press judges Benedict's impact
While the New York Times has described Pope Benedict XVI's performance at World Youth Day as "more cerebral than sizzling", the German press has expressed surprise at his unexpectedly charismatic presence.
24 Aug 2005

Students back Pell against "whingers"
Pledging its volunteer support for the event, the Australian Catholic Students Association have called critics of the financial cost of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney "whingers" and "scrooges".
24 Aug 2005

Feature - A man of peace cut down
The violent assassination of Brother Roger Schutz, founder of the Taizé Community, on Tuesday 16 August, was all the more ironic in that he was such a man of peace, an artisan of reconciliation. The success story of this Protestant "monastery" is the unlikely story of a determined man, and of his impossible dream: the reconciliation of Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Christians.
24 Aug 2005

Opinion - From depression to delight
When we're not at our best, and many times we aren't, our mood is coloured by irritation, frustration, jealousy, anger, pettiness, bitterness, and a sense that life isn't fair. Depression is the disease of the normal person. But mostly it's not clinical depression, an illness requiring professional attention, but a certain chronic joylessness. There's too little delight in our lives. - Fr Ron Rolheiser OMI
24 Aug 2005

Catholic funeral for Taizé's Brother Roger
Thousands of admirers amd well-wishers are converging on the French town of Taizé for Brother Roger's funeral later today.
23 Aug 2005

Archbishop Carroll submits resignation to Pope
The Catholic Archbishop of the Canberra and Goulburn diocese, Francis Carroll, has sent his official letter of resignation to the Vatican for when he turns 75 next month.
23 Aug 2005

Notre Dame Sydney Medical School to open in 2008
Notre Dame University's Board yesterday approved February 2008 as the opening date for the University's Sydney Medical School, in line with the recommendation of the Australian Medical Council.
23 Aug 2005

Cautious response to warning on vaccines grown from foetal cell lines
A Vatican warning about vaccines derived from human foetal remains has met with a cautious response from the director of the Sydney Archdiocese Life Office.
23 Aug 2005

Pope's Eucharist meditation closes WYD
At the closing Mass for World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a profound meditation on the Eucharist, challenging young Catholics to recognise the Mass as the core of Christian life and worship.
23 Aug 2005

Organisers ponder logistics of Sydney WYD
Sydney Archdiocesan spokeswoman Marita Winters has said the organisers of the Sydney bid have studied and learned from experiences of other World Youth Days.
23 Aug 2005

Feature - An Olympic-scale planning operation
The 58-page bid document shows an Olympic-scale planning operation will be needed to transport, house, feed and entertain visitors. Not to mention police, medical staff, train and bus drivers, immigration officials and security officers. Two former Sydney Olympics executives, David Churches and Ian Steigrad, have completed a detailed organisational blueprint.
23 Aug 2005

Opinion - Pope overstates Australian godlessness
Why Australia is targeted is hard to fathom. Perhaps those who applied for the World Youth Day for Sydney overstated the case. Catholics are increasing proportionally, 25% of students are educated in Catholic schools, and there is a hunger for spirituality. - Paul Collins, author "God's New Man" (to be published 1 Sep)
23 Aug 2005

Jesuit social ethicist lecturing on global common good
Fr David Hollenbach, social commentator and writer based at Boston College in the USA will speak on the topic The Global Common Good in a Divided World, this week at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney tonight.
22 Aug 2005

Maternal mortality claims face of compassion
Caritas Australia has received news that Maria de Costa Soares, one of the East Timorese women featured in the 2004 Project Compassion campaign has tragically died whilst giving birth to her third child.
22 Aug 2005

Pope urges Muslim leaders to help turn back wave of fanaticism
Meeting with Muslims in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI condemned terrorism in unusually forceful terms and called on Islamic leaders to help "turn back the wave of cruel fanaticism" in the world.
22 Aug 2005

In synagogue, Pope recalls Holocaust as 'darkest period' in Germany
In a visit to a synagogue in his native Germany, Pope Benedict XVI recalled with sorrow the Nazi persecution of the Jews as "the darkest period of German and European history."
22 Aug 2005

Pope urges more than a million youths to discover power of faith
In back-to-back encounters with more than a million young people from around the world, Pope Benedict XVI urged them to discover the transforming power of the faith and join the "true revolution" of personal holiness.
22 Aug 2005

It's official - WYD 2008 winner is Sydney!
Following strong speculation in recent weeks, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday made the official announcement that World Youth Day 2008 will be held in Sydney, and that he will be coming here to meet the young people of the world in July 2008.
22 Aug 2005

Feature - Tears and lunch with the Pope
Lubica Jovanovic, 19, WYD pilgrim from the Archdiocese of Sydney, gave Pope Benedict a toy koala bear and kangaroo when she lunched him along with 11 other young people from around the world. "I had butterflies in my tummy, I was so nervous as I didn't know what to expect. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I couldn't believe it was happening to me. It was such an honour and I will always remember this day."
22 Aug 2005

Opinion - WYD Sydney 2008 a win for all
Most Australians will have never seen anything like WYD. Everyone is welcome, especially those who are searching for meaning. But young people appreciate WYD not just because of the spiritual growth it brings -- the event is also great fun. Without wasting money, we will pay to do WYD well. Scrooges will always complain about money spent on worship, but Australians are better than this. - Cardinal George Pell
22 Aug 2005

Council move to keep Catholic hospital memory alive
Following the sale of the former St John of God Hospital in Goulburn (NSW), the city's mayor has written to the nuns who ran the hospital to request retention of statues and part of the name.
19 Aug 2005

Caritas congratulates Indigenous Art Award recipients
Caritas Australia has paid tribute to the women of the Tjanpi Aboriginal Baskets, whose work has been acknowledged after winning the 2005 Telstra Indigenous Art Award for their grass woven Toyota Landcruiser.
19 Aug 2005

Colombian bishops condemn murder of two priests
The Colombian bishops Conference has issued a statement condemning the "sacrilegious" ambush murder by anti-Government rebels of two priests and two labourers who were accompanying them while driving on a highway in a province in the country's north-east.
19 Aug 2005

Minister says full employment is Catholic "first principle"
Defending the Government's industrial relations proposals, Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews has suggested that Catholic Social Teaching gives priority to right of all to have a job, over the employment conditions of those who already have jobs.
19 Aug 2005

Catholic Welfare says Family Law reforms rely on community groups
Catholic Welfare Australia yesterday welcomed a major report into Family Law, but said the law "only takes us so far" and the the community organisations that will to the work on the ground "must formally be engaged in its planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation".
19 Aug 2005

Arriving Pope calls WYD a sign of church vitality
Landing in Cologne for the World Youth Day celebrations, a smiling Pope Benedict XVI said the massive gathering is a sign of the church's vitality in a country "indelibly" marked by Christian traditions.
19 Aug 2005

Feature - The Chaldean Church in Australia
Last month His Beatitude Mar Emmanuel III, Delly, spiritual leader of the Chaldean Catholics throughout the world, dedicated the New Chaldean Church of Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Campbellfield outside Melbourne. There are some 25,000 Chaldean faithful in Australia and New Zealand, with six priests ministering to the community from three well established centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.
19 Aug 2005

Opinion - Catholic teaching exposes John Howard's individualism
The notion of the Common Good that is deeply embedded in Catholic Social Teaching challenges the individualistic conception of the human being that underlies Government policy. The Howard Government favours private health, education and welfare. It starves public systems of funds, which it returns to the individual, "who is then 'free' to maximise her or his 'utility'." - Professor Neil Ormerod, Australian Catholic University
19 Aug 2005

Catholic Health says Medibank sale proceeds must go to patients
Commenting on news of a possible sale of the Government-owned Medibank Private health insurer, Catholic Health Australia's Francis Sullivan has said that the proceeds of any such sale should be returned to Australia's chronically ill and elderly.
18 Aug 2005

Parish priest vows to ignore death threats
A Vietnamese priest at Inala, on Brisbane's southside, says he intends to ignore death threats from a small group of dissidents within his community.
18 Aug 2005

Catholic Welfare Australia seeking nominations for Awards
The peak body representing Australia's Catholic welfare agencies has called for nominations for it 2005 Awards, which aim to recognise the work of member organisations, and individuals working within the social services sector.
18 Aug 2005

Notre Dame appoints Professor of Philosophy
Sydney-based scholar Hayden Ramsay has been appointed Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame Australia, with specific responsibility for the development of philosophy and ethics courses at the institution's Sydney Campus.
18 Aug 2005

PM's message advances WYD Australia rumours
Following a service at the Cologne Exhibition Centre attended by 1600 young Australians, organisers screened a videotaped message from Prime Minister John Howard, expressing his pleasure that the next World Youth Day "will be in Australia".
18 Aug 2005

Pope shocked at slaying of Taizé's Brother Roger
Pope Benedict XVI said yesterday that he is shocked and saddened at the slaying of Brother Roger Schutz, founder of the Taize community and one of the world's leading ecumenical figures.
18 Aug 2005

Feature - The purpose of the pilgrim
We all know that Australians are great travellers. What is less well known is that many of these are pilgrims, tourists with a religious purpose. Pilgrims visit places sanctified by the life of Christ, the works of saints and the deaths of martyrs to ask for God's help and to perform acts of penance and thanksgiving. - Cardinal George Pell
18 Aug 2005

Opinion - New bishops for tomorrow's China
There've been recent hints of a truce between the Beijing and the Vatican. Bishops have been approved by the government, and they have the tacit agreement of Rome. They are reconciling the two Churches, official and clandestine. But there is a great deal of caution at the Vatican over the future of Christianity in the Celestial Empire. - Sandro Magister
18 Aug 2005

Leading journalist to edit Online Catholics
Chris McGillion, one of Australia's leading religious journalists, has been appointed to take over the editorship of the independent Catholic electronic journal Online Catholics.
17 Aug 2005

Sydney parishioners take dispute with Archdiocese to Rome
The congregation of one of Sydney's oldest Catholic parishes, displaced to make way for the redevelopment of a Sydney campus of the University of Notre Dame, is to take its appeal to the Vatican.
17 Aug 2005

ACU ranks high for "good teaching"
In a survey of graduates from 37 of Australia's universities, the Australian Catholic University has come in eight for "good teaching".
17 Aug 2005

Optimistic Aceh priest hopes peace accord will end conflict
The parish priest of Aceh province's only Catholic parish has said he hopes the peace deal signed by the Indonesian government and separatist rebels can be implemented after several decades of violent conflict.
17 Aug 2005

Pope wants more public display of crucifixes
Pope Benedict XVI has said that the crucifix should be present in public and private places because it is an external symbol of God's presence and a reminder of humanity's shared God-given dignity.
17 Aug 2005

Cardinal hails WYD opening
"At last the day has arrived!" exclaimed Germany's Cardinal Joaquin Meisner as he welcomed the official World Youth Day opening and thanked the thousands of volunteers who have helped in its preparation.
17 Aug 2005

Feature - Deacon Joe's story
A Capuchin uncle had advised Joe against priesthood when he was considering it at age 18. Meeting and marrying Bette proved that it had been good advice, but there was still a yearning towards priesthood. It was an aunt from America who explained the concept of diaconate to Joe. Bette's becoming main carer for the children enabled Joe to begin studies.
17 Aug 2005

Opinion - What can the Church offer today's world?
The West Australian newspaper finished an editorial with this question. My reply is that we offer the truth about our relationship with God, and a community of believing people who are brothers and sisters to one another, supporting each other in times of joy and sadness. This is indeed something in a world of individualism and personal loneliness. - Barry Hickey, Archbishop of Perth
17 Aug 2005

Virtual clergy keep church doors open
The clergy crisis in the bush has become so acute that the Uniting Church in NSW has resorted to delivering sermons by DVD in order to survive, according to a report in today's Daily Telegraph.
16 Aug 2005

Milestone in boarding school ministry
The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn is to assume responsibility for the boarding ministry to rural students at Trinity Catholic College in Goulburn, which has been provided by the Christian Brothers and the Josephite Sisters.
16 Aug 2005

Argentine bishop says Church social doctrine "not an ideology"
Bishop Carmelo Giaquinta of Argentina has said that the social doctrine of the Church is "not an ideology", but instead "a light that helps us see clearly the nucleus, which is mankind, of all social problems."
16 Aug 2005

'Church in World' focus for Social Justice Statement
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council has published a summary of this year's Social Justice Statement, towill be launched ahead of Social Justice Sunday, which will be marked on 25 September.

16 Aug 2005

WYD pilgrims arriving in Cologne
Thousands of young Catholics have arrived in Germany for today's commencement of World Youth Day festivities, which Pope Benedict XVI hopes will create "a new wave of faith among young people".
16 Aug 2005

Labor sounds alarm on tax shock for churches
Shadow Treasurer Wayne Swan has said there are "some very worrying reports" that churches and charities are on the Government's tax deductibility hit list.
16 Aug 2005

Feature - Pope's German trip an ecumencal event
A German theologian, and a convinced Augustinian, Joseph Ratzinger has long admired the Protestant Reformer Martin Luther. At Vatican II, commenting on the document Gaudium et Spes, he criticised the text for relying too much on the optimism of French Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin, and not enough on Luther's consciousness of the Cross and of sin. Friday's ecumenical meeting offers the ideal setting for progress. - John L Allen
16 Aug 2005

Opinion - Why the Prime Minister was wrong
How do we get to the situation that John Howard can say, "There's no such thing as a Catholic or Anglican view on anything"? Maybe Mr. Howard was concerned about the effect on some senators and members of the public not quite so convinced about the need to take the industrial reform package on trust. The Prime Minister was wrong on two counts. - Fr Frank Brennan SJ, Australian Catholic University/University of Notre Dame Australia
16 Aug 2005

San Francisco archbishop sets off to take up Pope's old job
Archbishop William Levada farewelled San Francisco on Saturday, as he heads for Rome, where he will take over what is being described as the "No. 2 post" in the Catholic Church, the job of Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, previously held by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
15 Aug 2005

Relaunch for Sydney Centacare Industries
Direct Contractors, a business service that creates employment for adults with disabilities, will unveil its new name - Centacare Industries - on Wednesday.
15 Aug 2005

Vinnies supermarket opens in Melbourne
The St Vincent de Paul Society opened Vinnies Budget Groceries in suburban Heidelberg West last week, with 10,000 grocery lines selling for up to 25% cheaper than regular supermarket prices.
15 Aug 2005

Priest "in fear" of feuding flock
A Brisbane Sunday newspaper has told of a Vietnamese Catholic community priest needing to be escorted from a church under police guard because of safety fears arising from an ongoing exteme reaction to last year's Archdiocesan judgment against claims of a supernatural phenomenon.
15 Aug 2005

Catholic students warned of iPod personal safety risk
Children at Sydney's Catholic schools have been warned off walking home with "loud music blaring in their ears" as part of radical safety measures against the city's spate of attempted child abductions.
15 Aug 2005

Pope seeking 'new wave of faith'
Pope Benedict XVI has said he hopes his World Youth Day trip this week to his homeland Germany will give "new impulse" to the Catholic Church in Europe.
15 Aug 2005

Feature - Cross leads youth to Cologne
The cross measures 380 cm high, 175 cm wide and weighs 31 kg. Originally, Pope John Paul II had it placed in St Peter's alongside the high altar during the Holy Year 1983-1984, as a symbol of repentance and reconciliation. At the conclusion of the Jubilee he entrusted it to the world's youth, enjoining them to take it on pilgrimages throughout the world.
15 Aug 2005

Opinion - Diary of a WYD pilgrim
From Rome we journeyed by bus to Orvieto. This place in Southern Italy, Umbria, is best known for the Eucharistic Miracle of 1263, where on the breaking of the consecrated host, blood dripped from it. The previous days Masses were certainly special, but today was unique. There were mixed emotions. Some burst into tears, whilst others simply felt at peace.
15 Aug 2005

Push for fair trade choice
Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has called on major supermarkets to stock more products made under "fair trade" deals.
12 Aug 2005

Vatican rejects Boston Archdiocese seizure of parish assets
In a ruling that presents new complications for a sweeping reconfiguration plan in the Boston archdiocese, the Vatican has determined that the archdiocese cannot unilaterally claim the assets of parishes that have been closed.
12 Aug 2005

Caritas funds Pacific safe water programs
Safe drinking water is now a reality for villagers in rural areas of Samoa and Tonga, following the building of water storage tanks as part of a program supported by Caritas Australia.
12 Aug 2005

Remote area voice sees PM 'off target' on IR
Broome's Office of Justice, Ecology & Peace has said that Prime Minister John Howard's attempts to silence Church comment on the Government's proposed Industrial Relations reforms show a lack of understanding of the role of Church leaders and organisations.
12 Aug 2005

Benedict set to embark on first international mission
Anticipation is building as Pope Benedict XVI prepares to depart for next week's visit to Germany, which observers are describing as a test of his ability to connect with young Catholics.
12 Aug 2005

Bishop speaks out against dissenters on ecumenism
Citing Pope Benedict XVI's statement that moves towards Christian unity are irreversible, Parramatta Bishop Kevin Manning has cautioned those who regard themselves as model Catholics while "pay[ing] scant attention to the Church's teachings on ecumenism".
12 Aug 2005

Feature - A Knight's Tale
Michael Tyler became Chairman of the Board of the beleaguered Newcastle Knights rugby league club in April. The team has struggled to win a game, key players have suffered injuries and sponsorship is underwhelming. There's plenty of free advice from the sidelnes. But it's a little like the faithful advising Knights supporter Bishop Michael Malone as to how to solve church dilemmas. Some urge a swift return to how things used to be, while others advocate radical change.
12 Aug 2005

Opinion - Teaching intelligent design not the best option
It appears to do little more than to point out the gaps in evolutionary theory. It is not a real alternative theory. Rather than teach it in the classroom, alongside evolution, it would be better to take up the points it raises in acknowledging the limitations of evolutionary theory as a conclusive and complete scientific account of the world.
12 Aug 2005

Workers find pool where Jesus healed blind man
Workers in Old Jerusalem have stumbled onto the ruins of the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus, in the Gospel of John, heals a man blind from birth.
11 Aug 2005

German youths upset after Filipinos denied visas for WYD
A group of young German Catholics have said they are too disappointed to go to World Youth Day activities in Cologne after Filipino youths they sponsored were refused visas.
11 Aug 2005

'Exhausted' priest refuses to give last rites
A priest in Melbourne's northern suburbs says he refused to visit a dying patient to administer the Sacrament of the Sick because he was so exhausted that it would have been dangerous for him to drive.
11 Aug 2005

Vinnies winning over banking system 'rebels'
With the St Vincent de Paul Society imposing collective banking procedures on its NSW branches, opposition is weakening as some discover that interest on their investments has gone through the roof.
11 Aug 2005

Church fears 'Ethics' may be stepping stone to ban on Scripture
Catholic educators fear that a move to introduce ethics into the NSW public school system could be the first "stepping-stone" to removing scripture lessons from the curriculum.
11 Aug 2005

Abbott denies he's 'programmed' by bishops
Responding to a Year 10 student who asked why he appears to care for unborn babies but not asylum seekers, Federal Minister for Health and prominent Catholic politician Tony Abbott said yesterday: "I am not programmed by archbishops".
11 Aug 2005

Feature - Indianising Christianity
On the 400th anniversary of Jesuit Fr Robert de Nobili's arrival in India, scholars have been studying the Italian missionary's impact on evangelisation. He is credited with "Indian-ising" the Church. Christianity had been seen as a European religion that demanded converts change food habits, dress and even their names.
11 Aug 2005

Opinion - Catholic sex education
We are painfully aware that the Christian understanding of sexuality can and does become captive to other values in our society - money, power, recreation and commercialisation. Growing Together in Life and Love offers 'counter-cultural' support to parents and teachers. - Susan Pascoe, Executive Director Catholic Education Commission Victoria
11 Aug 2005

Charity mourns death of Australian founder
Fr Christopher Coenen, the Dutch migrant chaplain who started Aid to the Church in Need in Australia 40 years ago, has died at the age of 89 at his Norbertine abbey in the Netherlands.
10 Aug 2005

Vatican call for landmines moratorium
The Holy See's Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi has cited both international humanitrian law, and the plight of those maimed by antipersonnel landmines, in his call for a moratorium on the production and use of "hidden" weapons.
10 Aug 2005

Prize for researcher who linked maths with morals
A University of New South Wales professor who argues that the essentials of ethics are as objectively true as the truths of mathematics, was last night named winner of this year's $10,000 Australian Catholic University Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics.
10 Aug 2005

Nguiu schools to remain under Catholic control
After last month's threat to "expel" the Church from running schools on the Tiwi Islands, a Bathurst Island public meeting yesterday resolved that the schools would remain in the hands of the Catholic Education Office.
10 Aug 2005

Outspoken rock band scratched from WYD
Organisers have removed the Argentinian rock band Rescate from the World Youth Day program after members of the band made disparaging remarks about Pope Benedict XVI.
10 Aug 2005

Commission answers PM's denial of existence of Catholic position
The CEO of the Australian Catholic Commission for Employment Relations responded yesterday to Prime Minister Howard's assertion at the weekend that there's "no such thing as a Catholic or an Anglican view on anything. It depends on individuals".
10 Aug 2005

Feature - Lay movements have an old friend in new pope
Lay movements that enjoyed the strong support of Pope John Paul II believe they have an even stronger ally in Pope Benedict XVI. In fact, one of the first meetings Pope Benedict has convoked on his own initiative is a Pentecost 2006 encounter with lay-movement representatives.
10 Aug 2005

Opinion - Alarmed London still stands tall
The exceptionally acute and principled observer Robin Cook, the former British foreign secretary who died at the weekend, said the other day that the best way to defeat terrorism was to act against poverty. Most Muslims who came to Britain did so to escape poverty, and in various degrees have succeeded. - John Wilkins, former editor The Tablet
10 Aug 2005

$250,000 campaign to market Jesus
South Australia's Christian churches - including the Catholic Church - are this month spending $250,000 on a marketing campaign to spell out the relevance of Christianity in today's society.
9 Aug 2005

Caritas giving aid to flood-stricken India
Caritas Australia is accepting donations to assist its effort to help victims of the recent floods in India, where the death is believed to have risen to more than 1400.
9 Aug 2005

Catholic women take up Fellowship to break Interfaith barriers
Young Catholic women are being given a unique opportunity to help break down the fear and tension created by recent terror attacks and world conflicts by taking up an opportunity to be trained and mentored in interfaith relations.
9 Aug 2005

Visa denials disappoint WYD would-be pilgrims
The Pulitzer.de news agency has learned that around 1000 aspiring pilgrims from developing countries have been denied visas required to enter Germany to travel to Cologne for this month's World Youth Day.
9 Aug 2005

'Real difficulties' remain with draft missal
The US bishops' Committee on the liturgy has said that there are "real difficulties with the translation" of the most recent English draft of the Ordo Missae (Order of Mass), following the rejection of nearly half of its proposed changes to the original text by the International Committee on English in the Liturgy (ICEL).
9 Aug 2005

Committee to probe Sydney theology institute
The Archdiocese of Sydney has established a Committee to examine the future academic and financial viability of the Catholic Institute of Sydney, as well as claims that it is not meeting the needs of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd.
9 Aug 2005

Feature - Catholics making gains in Vietnam
With a new law mandating that bishops no longer need to get permission from the government for many church activities, the five million-plus Catholics in Vietnam are enjoying "much more" freedom than they have since the fall of Saigon three decades ago, according to Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man.
9 Aug 2005

Opinion - Sharing communion would slow church unity
The Eucharist is legitimate only if "full communion" exists among participants. In ecumenical circles, it's often said that sharing communion between Christians of different traditions will help Christian unity. But John Paul II claimed the reverse - that receiving one another's communion "would result in slowing the progress being made towards full visible unity". - Education Officer Elizabeth Harrington
9 Aug 2005

Busy priest fails to administer sacrament to dying baby
The parents of a baby girl who died without receiving the Sacrament of the Sick say they will not bury her until the Archdiocese of Brisbane investigates why a priest did not make it to her bedside.
8 Aug 2005

Vatican Observatory head clashes with cardinal on evolution
The director of the Vatican Observatory has distanced himself from the perspective on evolution recently put forward by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.
8 Aug 2005

Nuns converge on Canberra to support homeless
Today, at the beginning of National Homelesssness Week, a delegation of Sisters of St Joseph will deliver thousands of signatures that urge the House of Representatives to make the right to a home a priority, by increasing funding for public housing and accompanying support services.
8 Aug 2005

Mary MacKillop 'patron of the fair go'
In a message for today's feast of Blessed Mary MacKillop, Josephite Congregational Leader Sr Katrina Brill has described her as 'one of our Australian heroes', whose life story "embodies characteristics which are integral to the Australian identity".
8 Aug 2005

Pope says worship is ultimate in human fulfillment
Pope Benedict XVI has expressed support for young people on their way to Cologne for World Youth Day, comparing them to the Magi who "searched for Christ before bending their knees in adoration".
8 Aug 2005

PM dismisses voice of Church
Prime Minister John Howard has challenged the idea that the Church can hold a position on particular social issues, asserting that there's "no such thing as a Catholic or an Anglican view on anything. It depends on individuals".
8 Aug 2005

Feature - Beware Communists bearing gifts
The latest evidence of detente between China and the Vatican was the consecration of Bishop Joseph Xing of Shanghai, apparently approved by both sides, even though the China has not acknowledged the Pope's right to appoint him. The recent indications of a thaw in relations should not be trumpeted too loudly while Beijing uses the Vatican in its fight over Taiwan. - London Sunday Times Far East Correspondent
8 Aug 2005

Opinion - Why not be a saint of the new millennium?
A lot has been written in the last four decades about the Universal Call to Holiness. Holiness is not the sole domain of those called to religious life or priesthood. While everyone is called to be a saint, all of us have a specific vocation through which we live out that call to holiness. - Fr Anthony Denton, Melbourne Archdiocese Director of Vocations
8 Aug 2005

Pope's brother rushed to hospital for pacemaker
Pope Benedict XVI's brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, was admitted to Gemelli Hospital in Rome on Wednesday evening with irregularities in his heartbeat.
5 Aug 2005

Lecturer says don't confuse moral clarity with moral simplicity
Visiting German academic Dr Susan Neiman told an audience at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne last night that President George W. Bush's insistence on moral clarity was in fact a call for moral simplicity.
5 Aug 2005

No-fly zone to aid WYD papal mass security
Emergency services in Germany said yesterday that they are ready for this month's open-air Papal Mass, which will represent the high point of the World Youth Day festivities in Cologne.
5 Aug 2005

NZ abuse claimant tells of deprivation
Four Catholic organisations are denying a woman's claims of physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse in the late 1960s and 1970s that have led her to sue the Church for $A493,000.
5 Aug 2005

Hiroshima nuclear bomb to be remembered
As Japan's Bishops mark tommorrow's 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb, the bells of Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral will ring at the precise moment the bomb was detonated.
5 Aug 2005

Cloned dog a worry for Korean Bishops
Following the successful cloning of a dog at Seoul National University, the Bioethics Committee of the Korean Bishops has said that the cloning of animals increases the likelihood of cloned humans.
5 Aug 2005

Feature - Mysteries of the single life
The single life is a perplexing vocation. It defies neat definition and escapes the explicit attention of the Church, yet is precious to the Church. Single people live with an openness to marriage, but they are not married. They are called to live chastely but do not take a vow of celibacy. - Teresa Pirola
5 Aug 2005

Opinion - Setting free the mystic in all of us
We're finding it more difficult to dwell in a universe inhabited by unseen presences: the presence of God, saints, one another. Today's world is reduced to what is physical, what can be measured, seen, touched, tasted, smelled. We're mystically tone-deaf, all the goods are in the shop window. - Fr Ron Rolheiser OMI
5 Aug 2005

Priest aboard crash jet calls survival a miracle
A Tanzanian priest aboard the Air France jet that crashed in Toronto and burst into flames yesterday said he was "prepared for death", adding that he considered the passengers' survival a "miracle" and that he is "grateful to God that he heard and answered [his] prayers".
4 Aug 2005

British journalist accuses Mother Teresa sisters
An undercover investigative reporter from Channel 5 in the UK has exposed what he claims to be cruel and unprofessional treatment of disabled children in the care of the Missionaries of Charity order in India.
4 Aug 2005

Nuns may sue Irish broadcaster over abuse claim on radio
The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity in Ireland is considering suing the state broadcaster RTE after a talk show host put to air an interview with a woman who claims to have been physically and sexually abused while in a laundry.
4 Aug 2005

Chinese seminary instructors attend papal audience
Pope Benedict XVI's enthusiastic greeting of a group of priests from China at his audience yesterday has been interpreted as a fresh indication of Vatican efforts to improve ties with Beijing.
4 Aug 2005

Minister Vanstone rejects Catholic criticism of Indigenous deals
Indigenous Affairs Minister Amanda Vanstone has hit back at suggestions from the Broome Diocese that shared responsibility agreements with Aboriginal communities are merely "window dressing".
4 Aug 2005

Youth make biggest ever pilgrimage to leave Australia
More than 2000 young Australians are leaving for Germany this week for the World Youth Day festival in Cologne for what the Bishops Conference believes is the largest religious pilgrimage ever to leave Australian shores.
4 Aug 2005

Feature - Podcaster priest
Fr Roderick is a priest whose revolutionary ideas about how to maximise the power of the spoken word are being listened to very closely by the Vatican. His 500 parishioners in the Archdiocese of Utrecht in the Netherlands are now regularly joined by the 15,000 punters listening to him via the internet.
4 Aug 2005

Opinion - Do we care about our West Papua neighbours?
It is on record that Indonesia's initial takeover of West Papua has been followed persistently by suppression and suffering. What ideas do we have about these people? Do we hear the groans of those being tortured, killed, oppressed? Or do we listen to our powerful neighbour? Or do we just listen to ourselves? - Bishop Hilton Deakin
4 Aug 2005

Family Planning Council announces theme for NFP Week
The Australian Council of Natural Family Planning Incorporated (ACNFP) has put forward "Your body, your choice" as the theme of Natural Family Planning Week to be held nationally during the last week of this month.
3 Aug 2005

Call for new breed of students to challenge secular culture
Over 200 students from across Australia travelled to Sydney to attend last month's Australian Catholic Students Association Conference, which resolved to create a "Catholic Culture" on the country's secular tertiary campuses.
3 Aug 2005

400 Melbourne youth head to Cologne to meet new Pope
A large contingent of young people are flying out of Melbourne this week to join a group of 2500 Australians attending World Youth Day in Cologne, the largest ever Australian participation in the event.
3 Aug 2005

Sudan cardinal evaluates peacemaker's legacy
Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako of Khartoum has said that in the wake of the peace agreement brokered by the late Vice-president of Sudan John Garang, the people are "starting to speak a new language".
3 Aug 2005

Kimberley Catholic welcome for Senator Amanda Vanstone
The Broome Diocese Office of Justice, Ecology & Peace has praised Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Minister Amanda Vanstone for her decision to take time to visit remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley to listen to the views of local people.
3 Aug 2005

Melbourne Archbishop coordinating IR response
Melbourne's Archbishop Denis Hart has sought to protect Church agencies from manipulation by lobby groups working to gain Church support for their position on the Federal Govenemnt's industrial relations reforms.
3 Aug 2005

Opinion - Laws that erode rights more dangerous to liberty than terrorists
Terrorists threaten our lives. They do not threaten the values that we hold dear. Only we do that. If now, in order to save our lives, we seriously degrade institutions that we cherish, the very institutions that an aggressor would destroy if he were to occupy us, then I do not believe that we can plead that we did so under the pressure of political necessity, or moral necessity, or any other necessity that could justify us. - Raimon Gaita, Professor of Philosophy, Australian Catholic University
3 Aug 2005

Feature - Global peace not a fantasy
Jef Felix, peace advocate from the Brussels head office of the Catholic peace organisation Pax Christi, is a passionate believer in networks to challenge the lies and mendacity of those who use power to work for war. Talking to this amiable, slightly ironic Belgian whose combination of direct stare-in-the-eyes frankness and a kind of Monsieur Hulot humour has challenged the merchants of death with a Jean Vanier spirituality hooked into enormous practicality, one realizes that global peace is not some kind of fantasy.
3 Aug 2005

Brisbane Archbishop calls people to prayer
Archbishop John Bathersby recently launched a major prayer initiative in Brisbane, seeking an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to renew the faith of Catholics and the face of the Archdiocese.
2 Aug 2005

Cardinal says Venezuelan President 'needs exorcism'
Venezuela's Cardinal Rosalio Castillo, a vocal critic of the country's President Hugo Chavez, called the leader a "paranoid dictator", suggesting that there is "no democracy in Venezuela".
2 Aug 2005

East Timor bishops seek justice for victims of violence
Victims of East Timor's violent break from Indonesia will only find justice through an international tribunal, East Timor's two bishops warned, as Indonesia and East Timor pressed ahead with plans for a truth and reconciliation commission.
2 Aug 2005

Nobel Peace Laureate to open Catholic Earthcare conference
Nobel peace prize winner and renowned ecologist, Professor Wangari Maathai will visit Australia in November to open a major Catholic Earthcare Australia conference on climate change.
2 Aug 2005

Sydney WYD champagne corks await word from Pope
Following media leaks in the past few days, the Archdiocese of Sydney has issued a statement denying any knowledge of a decision to award World Youth Day 2008 to Australia.
2 Aug 2005

Bishops' Abortion Taskforce consulting with women
The Australian Bishops' Taskforce on Pastoral Responses to Abortion has launched a consultation with women in a bid to hear directly some of the experiences surrounding a difficult pregnancy or abortion.
2 Aug 2005

Feature - Cologne's Jewish leaders look forward to Pope's visit
Jewish leaders have said they hope Pope Benedict XVI's visit to a Cologne synagogue will help improve Catholic-Jewish relations. "In spite of the efforts of the church in recent years, there is still anti-Semitism based on religious grounds in the minds of some people. If the pope takes the step of visiting a synagogue, it will make once more clear that the movement in the church is away from such anti-Semitism," said Michael Rado, a member of the board of the Cologne synagogue.
2 Aug 2005

Opinion - Ideology is not God's way
Ideologies imprison people. They do not believe in grace or gift since they believe the world is divided into two types - masters and victims, winners and losers. Genuine faith is always available to be taken beyond the present limits and boundaries by going through the actual, concrete and definite reality of the here and now. It feels the deepest hunger of the human heart for communion with the Transcendent and with all that is. It knows that life is grace, pure gift. - Fr Michael Whelan SM
2 Aug 2005

Rove spruiks for Vinnies WA
Entertainer Rove McManus has returned to his home town Perth for s series of performances, and to speak out on behalf of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
32 Aug 2005

Canberra hospital defends fraud accusations
Calvary Hospital has hit back at accusations it was defrauding private health funds, labelling the claims as inaccurate and misleading.
32 Aug 2005

Vatican rejects Israeli complaint
The Vatican has rejected Israel's criticism that Pope Benedict XVI failed to condemn Palestinian militant attacks against Israel in his recent remarks.
32 Aug 2005

Catholic Welfare says less time in court makes happier families
Catholic Welfare Australia welcomed yesterday's announcement by the Attorney General of locations for the new Family Relationship Centres, saying that they "include areas of real community need".
32 Aug 2005

Vatican journo claims 2008 WYD 'winner is Sydney'
One of the most respected foreign journalists at the Vatican has said his sources have told him that the rights to hold the 2008 World Youth Day event have been awarded to Sydney.
32 Aug 2005

Feature - Pope admits he does not have all the answers
Of the addresses delivered until now by Benedict XVI, one stands out as entirely special. The pope did not write it, but improvised it, speaking off the cuff. He made his remarks behind closed doors during his vacation in the Alps, in the presence of the bishop and priests of the diocese of Aosta. It isof great interest because it reveals some of the questions closest to the heart of Joseph Ratzinger. On some, his vision is clear. But there are questions for which he admits to not having definitive answers. - Sandro Magister
32 Aug 2005

Opinion - An electrician dies in London
Wars against Terror soon turn against those on whose behalf they are fought. This is the significance of the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, who died as Everyman. What is most chilling is not that he was shot again and again in cold blood, nor that politicians and police defended his death as a regrettable and repeatable necessity, but that they were believed. The lack of outrage shown by the British public suggests that the innocent are now expendable.
32 Aug 2005