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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR OCTOBER 2007

   
Sydney young Catholics to embrace Halloween
Students and young adults from across Sydney will celebrate Halloween in dramatic style tonight with a production of Saints Alive! at St Mary's Cathedral Crypt.
31 Oct 2007

WorkCover honours Broken Bay Catholic schools
Broken Bay Diocese School's Office has won WorkCover's Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System Award.
31 Oct 2007

Sydney Benedictine appointed Abbot General
Australian Benedictine Fr Michael Kelly has been elected the 115th Abbot General of the Sylvestrine Congregation at their recent General Chapter in Italy.
31 Oct 2007

Jailed priest denied Bible
A jailed Catholic Vietnamese priest has been denied owning a Bible and other religious objects while behind bars.
31 Oct 2007

Thousands of Vatican residents face eviction
Up to 4000 Vatican residents face eviction despite the Church recently deploring a shortage of low cost housing.
31 Oct 2007

Pope says media self-absorbed
Pope Benedict has urged the media to seek the truth saying it is becoming more 'self-absorbed', as he announced the theme for World Communications Day.
31 Oct 2007

Feature - Monks promote green burials
Fr Francis and his fellow Cistercians at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery, Atlanta, is converting 12 hectares of clear-cut pine plantation into a conservation burial ground, and perform "green burials" — interments without embalming and with biodegradable caskets or urns, or simply a shroud.
31 Oct 2007

Opinion - The Sopranos' Catholic values
The TV series The Sopranos is brutally violent, riddled with foul language and often coarsely sexual. Yet the program is more sharply aware of Catholic morality than any other successful television series in recent years.
31 Oct 2007

Catholic Mission's "priceless" Tonga youth exchange
A group of 15 youths from St Agnes Parish, Port Macquarie NSW, has returned from a ten day World Youth Day exchange to Tonga.
30 Oct 2007

Concern over Fiji Archbishop's appointment
The Catholic faithful in Fiji is divided over the appointment of an Archbishop as co chair of the People's Council.
30 Oct 2007

New Josephite Congregational Leader
Sr Anne Derwin, director of the Mary MacKillop Place Mission in North Sydney, has been elected Congregational Leader of the "Brown" Josephites in Australia.
30 Oct 2007

Columban warns against climate change skeptics
Columban environmental scientist Fr Charles Rue has warned against climate change deniers who seek to sow doubt that leads to confusion.
30 Oct 2007

Pell says religion "refusing to die"
Religion is not only refusing to die out in modern Australian life but there is "some real danger" of its revival and growth, says the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell.
30 Oct 2007

Pope urges pharmacists not to supply 'abortion pill'
Pope Benedict has urged pharmacists to refuse to supply drugs that cause abortion or euthanasia.
30 Oct 2007

Feature - Not easy keeping up with Fr Jones
Two years ago, Canberra Fr Frank Jones of Canberra was sent to help a poor parish in Ecuador, where he serves a community of about 60,000 people. Unable to pay the doctor, he was forced to close the medical centre and use his own background as a registered nurse to respond to some of the needs
30 Oct 2007

Opinion - What is offensive?
From time to time, there is controversy over the creation, or the display, or the giving of public subsidies, to art which is considered to be offensive to religious sensibilities. The textbook example in recent times has been Piss Christ, a photograph of a crucifix suspended in a jar of urine, by the American artist Andres Serrano.
30 Oct 2007

Tassie man mission for unity
A young Tasmanian is trekking around the world on a mission of unity.
29 Oct 2007

First ever lay National Director for Catholic Mission
Catholic Mission is to have its first ever lay National Director with the appointment of Mr Martin Teulan.
29 Oct 2007

Immigration Minister Andrews to address chaplains' conference
Migrant chaplains and their pastoral associates from across Australia will gather for their Second National Conference this week, during which they will hear from both the Immigration Minister and the Shadow Minister.
29 Oct 2007

New Editor for Pope's paper
The Vatican Newpaper's new editor is hoping to promote an exchange of ideas by including news about Judaism, Islam and other Christian communities around the world.
29 Oct 2007

Irish Anglicans seek union with Catholics
Three Church of Ireland parishes have asked to be received into the Catholic Church - a move which could see more than 400,000 Anglicans become Catholics.
29 Oct 2007

Catholic Social Services says obligation is mutual
Catholic Social Services Australia's Executive Director Frank Quinlan, has called for a new approach to the mutual obligation policy which underpins current approaches to welfare payments.
29 Oct 2007

Feature - Benedict's European gambit
More than half the recipients of red hats next month are from Europe, representing the Pope's concern with the 'old' continent. And most of the new cardinals are young enough to carry Benedict's torch even if a conclave is not necessary for 15 years.
29 Oct 2007

Opinion - A patron saint for the War on Terror?
The 1996 assassination of Bishop Pierre Claverie of Algeria as part of the carnage created by the Islamic Salvation Front, a template for radical Islamic movements elsewhere. In that context, Claverie - whose cause for sainthood opened recently - could seem a patron saint for Catholic hawks in the "clash of civilisations". But the reality is more complex. - John L. Allen
29 Oct 2007

Christian Lobby urges protection of frogs and unborn babies
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has said that if the ACT Legislative Assembly can support the conservation of frogs, it should also be able to support unborn babies.
26 Oct 2007

Book calls Padre Pio a fraud
A new book discrediting Padre Pio as a saint, claims the Italian priest used acid to "create" the stigmata on his hand, feet and sides.
26 Oct 2007

Biggest ever beatification for Spanish war victims
Preparations for the biggest mass beatification are underway to honour 498 Catholics killed during the Spanish Civil War.
26 Oct 2007

Pell skepticism boosts Climate Change interfaith resolve
Following Cardinal George Pell's reassertion this week of his skepticism towards climate change, The Climate Institute has renewed its call to Christian churches to sign an interfaith Call to Action directed towards the Federal Government.
26 Oct 2007

Catholic Health says vouchers will shorten hospital queues
Catholic Health Australia CEO Francis Sullivan said yesterday that both the Coalition and Labor must introduce a two fold voucher system to reduce waiting lists keep pressure off public hospitals
26 Oct 2007

Randwick to host WYD, Trainers Association confirms
Randwick Racecourse will host World Youth Day - an "inevitable" and disappointing outcome - Randwick Trainers Association has confirmed.
26 Oct 2007

Feature - The key ingredients of marriage
If you ask pre-marriage educators Frank and Beatrice Doughty the recipe for a long and happy marriage they'll readily offer up some of the key ingredients: loving one another, being good friends, spending time together, affirming your partner and recognising that neither of you is perfect. The Doughtys, who this year celebrate 46 years of marriage, will be among those couples who will renew their marriage vows at the annual Celebrating the Journey Mass this Sunday at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta.
26 Oct 2007

Opinion - Dorothy Day and the price of pacifism
The reflections of Dorothy Day, an enduring influence on US Catholicism, suggest what that more might be. In her life, with its mixture of intellectual enquiry, hospitality to the poorest of people and protest against injustice, pacifism had a central place. She used many arguments to justify it. But her emphasis on it remained constant and costly. - Andrew Hamilton SJ
26 Oct 2007

Vatican okays Iran's nuclear program if peaceful
The Vatican will support Iran's nuclear energy program - as long as it serves a "peaceful purpose" an official has said.
25 Oct 2007

Christian Brothers' provinces urged to go carbon neutral
The Christian Brothers' international Promoter of Eco-justice, Br Moy Hitchen, has told the congregation's provinces that they must measure the amount of carbon emissions produced by their activities, and pay to offset them.

25 Oct 2007

Two Australians ordained in Rome
Two Australians have been ordained as deacons in a special ceremony held at St Peter's Basilica in Rome.
25 Oct 2007

Anglican Bishop attacks Pell over environment
Sydney Archbishop George Pell has come under attack from Anglican Bishop George Browning over his stance on climate change.

25 Oct 2007

Cash, not bureaucratic layers will remedy our hospitals - CHA
The solution to the country's ailing health system is simply a matter of money, Catholic Health Australia believes.
25 Oct 2007

WYD to bring a new Pentecost for Australia
Australia is in desperate need of a new Pentecost, Auxiliary bishop of Sydney Julian Porteous says, and World Youth Day is the perfect platform to make it come to fruition.
25 Oct 2007

Feature - Philosophy as a means to combat Islamic fundamentalism
Professor Franz Magnis-Suseno SJ, who lectures in philosophy at the Catholic University of Jakarta, says Muslims who are included in philosophical debate "see Islam in a different light.. We need people who can think critically and all-embracingly." He believes philosophy can help counter the irrational fear in many Muslims that Christianity and the western world are superior.
25 Oct 2007

Opinion - The struggle to bless
Dietrich Bonhoeffer once defined a blessing as "a visible, perceptible, effective, proximity of God." He is right, but what does that mean? To bless someone, literally, means to speak well of him or her. More deeply, that means to see someone's energy, and honour it as a source of joy and delight, rather than as an intrusion or a threat. This can be very hard to do. - Ron Rolheiser
25 Oct 2007

Vatican dream wedding for happy couple
A young woman's dream of getting married at the Vatican has come true.
24 Oct 2007

Bishop pays tribute to saint who annoyed politicians
On the 1600th anniversary of St John Chrysostom's death, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Julian Porteous referred to his "fearless preaching of the truth, even when it stirred anger from the highest in the land".
24 Oct 2007

Cruiser to bring Pope ashore for WYD
The largest cruiser in Australia will bring to shore World Youth Day's guest of honour Pope Benedict, who will be welcomed by a harbour full of ships and pilgrims.
24 Oct 2007

Vatican to publish 1962 Missal
The Vatican Press, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, has announced that it will begin selling the Roman Missal of 1962.
24 Oct 2007

Anti-condom stance fuels AIDS spread: UN
A United Nations official is blaming the Church for worsening the spread of AIDS in Latin America due to its anti-condom stance.

24 Oct 2007

Chisholm, Australia's next saint?
A second Australian saint could be on the cards as supporters of Catholic pioneer Caroline Chisholm push for her beatification.
24 Oct 2007

Feature - Australia's first cardinal knew how to fight
It is possible that Australia's first cardinal - Patrick Moran (1830-1911), was responsible behind the scenes for the definition settled upon by the First Vatican Council for the dogma of papal infallibility in 1870. It was not as a scholar, though, that Moran made his deepest mark. Moran always maintained a high profile and was never afraid of a fight, content to be hated by his opponents. - James Baxter, reviewing Philip Ayres' recent biography
24 Oct 2007

Opinion - Is there still a place for sexual purity?
Sexual purity, along with obedience, were given extraordinary salience. Hence the tremendous and disproportionate fuss that clergy made in nineteenth-century France about banning dancing, cleaning up folk festivals, and the like. Young people were refused Communion, or absolution, unless they gave these things up altogether. The Vatican’s present position seems to want to retain the most rigid moralism in the sexual field. - Charles Taylor
24 Oct 2007

Thief robs church collection boxes
A German woman has confessed to stealing nearly half a million dollars from church collection boxes over the past nine years.
23 Oct 2007

Filipino priest excommunicated for breaking vow
A priest in the Philippines has been excommunicated for breaking the seal of confession.
23 Oct 2007

Catholic students launch new online journal
The Australian Catholic Students Association (ACSA) has unveiled its bi-monthly online journal New Springtime, which is produced in collaboration with the Australian Catholic Young Adults Network.
23 Oct 2007

Suspended cleric threatens Vatican with "list of gays"
The Italian Monsignor suspended from his job in the Roman Curia after he acknowledged homosexual relations in an anonymous television interview, has revealed he has a list of active homosexuals in the Vatican.
23 Oct 2007

Bishop issues pastoral letter as WYD Cross reaches Ballarat
As the World Youth Day Cross and Icon was scheduled to reach the Victorian Diocese of Ballarat, Bishop Peter Connors issued a pastoral letter in which he strongly encouraged the participation of the whole diocese.
23 Oct 2007

Loreto leader urges "sharp" approach to election
Australian Loreto Provincial Leader Sr Christine Burke has said the election is a time for those who are not politicians to engage in the political process and to take seriously their responsibility as citizens.
23 Oct 2007

Feature - 'Google-generation' seminarians minister with MySpace and more
An ocean away from family and friends, some US seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome are bridging the divide with online communities and digital means of communication such as Skype, instant messaging, Facebook, MySpace and more. "We need to integrate ourselves into these online communities and in a sense baptize the way these things work," said Jacob Bertrand, 23, of San Diego.
23 Oct 2007

Opinion - Priests, not bureaucrats, can revive the church
Catholics are big avoiders of certain churches. If you ask people why they go to Mass at St Joseph's two miles away rather than Sacred Heart around the corner, they may say that it's because the liturgy is more dignified (or informal). But the most common response is something along the lines of: "Well, I know Fr Gerry at Sacred Heart does his best, but Fr Michael at St Joe's is so much more welcoming." - Damian Thompson
23 Oct 2007

Faith should not be a vehicle of hatred: Pope
Pope Benedict has called on all leaders of all religions to denounce faith as a vehicle of hatred at an inter-faith gathering in Naples on Sunday.
22 Oct 2007

Kidnapped Iraqi priests released
Two Catholic priests kidnapped in Iraq have been released and are in good health after being held for a $1 million ransom.
22 Oct 2007

MacKillop one step closer to Sainthood
The road to sainthood for Mary MacKillop may be one step closer as a second miracle has been revealed.
22 Oct 2007

ACU professor exposes elderly mistreatment in hospitals
Australian Catholic Univeristy Professor Tracey McDonald has a uncovered a disturbing picture of the poor treatment of elderly Australians whilst undergoing treatment in the hospital system.
22 Oct 2007

Labor, Catholic Health on same page on waiting lists
The promise of a $600 million injection to help slash waiting lists in Australia's ailing public hospitals, by future Prime Minister hopeful Kevin Rudd, is "very similar" to the scheme Catholic Health Australia has been calling out for.
22 Oct 2007

Schools set up Amnesty pro-life alternative
Two Sydney Catholic schools have set up the Benenson Society, to enable Catholics to continue to campaign for human rights after they have left Amnesty International due to Amnesty's decision to promote abortion rights.
22 Oct 2007

Feature - Pope Benedict leads the way on China
An expert on the Catholic Church in China says that the pastoral letter Pope Benedict XVI issued to the Catholic Church in China in June has opened a new page of Church history on the mainland of China. Fr Jerome Heyndrickx of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium applauds the letter for clearly answering important pastoral questions that have long perplexed mainland Catholics.
22 Oct 2007

Opinion - Muslim scholars' overture not to be overlooked
In the era of email, text messaging and blogging, taking a month, let alone a year, to compose a statement, or an invitation, or dialogue, seems remarkable to many people. But last week's invitation to theological dialogue addressed to Christians by 138 widely represented Muslim scholars, is so important, being the first such statement since Vatican II's call to interfaith dialogue more than 40 years ago.
22 Oct 2007

"Thank You very much", God!
A Catholic priest who often discards his collar for glittery one-piece suits believes he can worship God and also be a follower of Elvis.
19 Oct 2007

WYD Icon's outback walkabout
More than 50 young Australians accompanied the World Youth Day Cross and Icon last week as it travelled through the Outback, visiting Alice Springs, Uluru and Coober Pedy.
19 Oct 2007

Jesuit hopes to increase youths in Church
Immaculate Conception Hawthorn parish priest Fr Des Dwyer SJ is leading a research project which hopes to engage more young people in the Church.
19 Oct 2007

World Mission Day celebrations
World Mission day will be celebrated this Sunday, October 21, by Church services around Australia.
19 Oct 2007

Catholics reject Sudanese refugee reduction
Church groups have rejected Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews justifications to reduce the number of Sudanese refugees entering Australia.
19 Oct 2007

Outrage as reality-TV project stoops to mocking disabled
The Australian Catholic Disability Council is outtraged by a reality TV-style program which mocks and ridicules people with intellectual disabilities.
19 Oct 2007

Feature - Football, family and faith
For Branko Culina, legend of Australian football, SBS commentator and new coach of Sydney FC, faith, family and football intersect. "When I was a young kid coming through, we Croatians were brought up on football and church," he says. "That was the way of coming together".
19 Oct 2007

Opinion - Mission at home
World Mission Sunday takes place this Sunday. Today fewer Australian missionaries working overseas. There are many vibrant Christian communities that are fruits of the former missionaries' love, care and hard work and the mysterious power of God's Spirit. One might then ask: where do we go from here? - Fr Patrick Harvey, Director Catholic Mission, Melbourne
19 Oct 2007

Nuncio farewelled at memorial mass
The late Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli was remembered on Wednesday as a dedicated and highly experienced diplomat, a warm and personable man with a great sense of humour, and first and foremost, a man of great faith.
18 Oct 2007

Vinnies puts homelessness, mental health on the agenda
A National response to mental health and homelessness will be high on the agenda at "Breaking the Cycle", a Conference organised by the St Vincent de Paul Society, on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October in Sydney.
18 Oct 2007

Qld allows cloning research by close margin
The Catholic Labor Member for Indooroopilly in the Queensland Parliament has expressed sadness following last week's vote in favour of allowing research on cloned humans.
18 Oct 2007

Fr Brennan's response to Abbott on religion, politics
Fr Frank Brennan has defended the right of churches to speak on political matters following last week's attack from Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott.
18 Oct 2007

Pope names 23 new cardinals
Pope Benedict has named 23 new cardinals - the newest additions to the Pontiffs select group of closest aides.
18 Oct 2007

AJC blocks media from WYD event
The tense relationship between the Australian Jockey Club and the Archdiocese of Sydney took a turn for the worse yesterday after a media lockout spoiled an event aimed at promoting World Youth Day.
18 Oct 2007

Feature - Men suffer from abortion too
Dr Theresa Burke is the founder of Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, an organisation which runs weekend retreats for those suffering emotional trauma caused by an abortion. Many believe that men are peripheral figures in the decision making process, detached and unaffected by the woman's 'choice'. But her husband Kevin's new book, Redeeming a Father's Heart, addresses the suffering men experience from abortion.
18 Oct 2007

Opinion - Echoes of Calwell in Sudanese refugee cut
There is a stark similarity between the words of post-war Immigration Minister Arthur Calwell and those which current Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews spoke last week, in explanation of the recent cut in acceptance of refugees from Sudan.
Both give priority to national interest. But we must ask the question of what is Australia's refugee resettlement program, and who is it for. - Fr David Holdcroft SJ, director Jesuit Refugee Service
18 Oct 2007

John Paul II "appears" through flames
A photograph taken of a bonfire in Poland bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Pope John Paul II.
17 Oct 2007

$2.5 million boost for homeless service
St Mary's House of Welcome will receive a $2.5million injection form the Federal Governnment.
17 Oct 2007

Australian anti-trafficking work on show in Rome
Australia's best practices in the work against trafficking in persons (TIP) is being presented to an international gathering of women Religious, in Rome this week by Brisbane Good Samaritan Sr Pauline Coll SGS.
17 Oct 2007

Group shares pre-election lobbying secrets
NetAct, a lobby group based at the Sydney office of Catholic Religious Australia, has released its Federal Election 2007 Kit.

17 Oct 2007

Pope encourages hope in second encyclical
Pope Benedict XVI has completed his second encyclical, a meditation on Christian hope, Vatican sources have said.
17 Oct 2007

Pastoral plan a "fresh start", Bishop Porteous says
Bishop Julian Porteous, auxiliary bishop of Sydney believes a new pastoral plan is just what the pastoral and apostolic works needs to make a "fresh start."
17 Oct 2007

Feature - Joan Chittister visits New Zealand
The Sophia Network of Catholic Women welcomed Archbishop John Dew's sanctioning Sr Joan's visit to the Archdiocese. Joan chastises the decisionmakers in the church for their emphasis on masculine images of God, when there are many feminine images in scripture. For many women, masculine images affect women's worship and spirituality through difficulties in finding authentic ways of praying and ministering.
17 Oct 2007

Opinion - Church vote?
The conflict that defines the 21st Century is rather one of religious fundamentalism. It might be a crude oversimplification to say that East versus West has in effect become Middle East versus West, but that is nonetheless how the equation has been interpreted in populist political discourse. Little surprise, then, that religious faith has come to the fore in domestic political dialogue. - Channel 9 Adelaide political reporter Tom Richardson
17 Oct 2007

Brides shun churches as venue
Most girls dream of walking down the aisle of a beautful candelit church, adorned with flowers, to the sound of organ music and complete with confetti on the church steps.
16 Oct 2007

Columbans warn pro-GM food lobby has eyes on Australia
The Columban Missionaries say the biotech industry which promotes GM food as a solution to global hunger is trying to get GM food crops into Australia.
16 Oct 2007

Kimberley Catholic challenge to PM's Reconciliation credentials
The Broome Diocese has hit out at the Prime Minister over the "posturing" that is intended to have Australians "believe that he is now on the same road to Reconciliation as people like Pat Dodson".
16 Oct 2007

Vatican delegation arrive for WYD
A five-person Vatican delegation is in Sydney this week to review preparations for World Youth Day 2008.
16 Oct 2007

Knights Templar secrets revealed
The Vatican is reproducing copies of the investigations of the trial of the Knights Templar, almost 700 years after they were suppressed by papal edict.
16 Oct 2007

Pope's appeal for release of Iraqi priests
Pope Benedict has issued an appeal for the release of two Catholic priests who were kidnapped in Iraq.
16 Oct 2007

Feature - Convert wanted faith she saw in grieving family
As a funeral arranger, Patsy was to go into the homes of many grieving families. But one experience really affected her - the calm acceptance she witnessed in a Catholic family who had lost their teenage son. "It was their faith that supported them. On the way back from the funeral I said to [my boss] John, 'I want what they have.'
16 Oct 2007

Opinion - Beatifying a torturer
The imminent beatification of Spanish missionary Gabino Olaso Zabala is causing some consternation. According to written testimony from the victim, Olaso participated in the 1896 torture of a Filipino priest. But the Church teaches that even great sinners are redeemed by shedding their blood for the faith. - John L. Allen
16 Oct 2007

Priest punches policeman
A Mexican priest ended up behind bars after punching a policemen who caught him driving drunkenly through the streets of the northern city of Monterrey.
15 Oct 2007

Josephites plan for the future
Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart from Australia, New Zealand, Peru and Ireland gathered at St Joseph's Baulkham Hills on Sunday, October 14, for their 25th General Chapter.
15 Oct 2007

Fatima 90th anniversary celebrated with new church
A quarter of a million Catholic pilgrims have flocked to the shrine at Fatima to attend the opening of one of the world's largest churches.
15 Oct 2007

Senior Vatican Bishop suspended after gay interview
The Vatican has suspended a senior priest in the Holy See who acknowledged homosexual relations in a supposedly anonymous television interview, but he now insists he is not gay.

15 Oct 2007

Archhbishop Wilson's sadness over Nuncio De Paoli's death
The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Philip Wilson has expressed great sadness at the death of the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli
15 Oct 2007

Abbott tells Church to "butt out" of politics
Mr Abbott has told Church leaders to butt out of politics and stick to encouraging morality among their flocks.

15 Oct 2007

Feature - Where angels fear to tread
Kevin Andrews devoted his early political career to a crusade on the sanctity of human life. These days he finds himself accused of demonising some of the world's most marginalised with words that have appalled critics and astonished friends.
15 Oct 2007

Opinion - Interview with St Teresa of Avila
I have been described as a 'Spanish noble' but even as a child I found religion more interesting than nobility. I enjoyed reading the lives of the saints, and playing at being a hermit in the garden. When my mother died when I was 12, I prayed for Our Lady to be my mother's replacement.
15 Oct 2007

Catholic suspended over Jesus image
A Catholic worker at Manchester Airport was suspended after hanging an image of Jesus on a staff room wall.
12 Oct 2007

Police evict rebel ex-nuns
Polish Police have evicted 65 rebellious ex-nuns and arrested the mother superior and a monk who had been illegally living in a convent for two years.
12 Oct 2007

Jailed Chinese Bishop's unexplained death
The Vatican has expressed concern over the unexplained death of a jailed Chinese bishop who was quickly cremated and buried by Chinese authorities without a religious ceremony.
12 Oct 2007

Humans must not be exploited for research: Pope
Human beings, including embryos, must never be manipulated or exploited for scientific and medical research, Pope Benedict has said.
12 Oct 2007

Australian Bishops concern over refugee cut
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is "deeply concerned" with the Federal Government's decision to cut the intake of African refugees.
12 Oct 2007

Islamic scholars appeal to Pope
More than 130 Islamic scholars have written to Pope Benedict and other Christian leaders urging greater understanding between the two faiths.
12 Oct 2007

Feature - Finding inspiration for mission in Colorado Springs
Brisbane archdiocese representatives Mike Humphrys and Michele Vuleta have returned from a United States visit inspired about new possibilities for mission. The pair visited six parishes while taking part in the Making Disciples course run by the Catherine of Sienna Institute, Colorado Springs.
12 Oct 2007

Opinion - The wisdom to judge which refugees merit resettlement
Whether the African component of the immigration quota has been reduced too sharply is a matter of judgment. But it is part of the necessary business of government to evaluate the relative need of different groups. To to this, we need to understand their experience. - Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ
12 Oct 2007

Thief sentenced to read Bible behind bars
A Singaporean judge sentenced a man to four months in jail for stealing a Bible, admonishing him with Scripture before hauling him off to prison, The Straits Times newspaper reported.
11 Oct 2007

Pope calls for prayers after Orthodox walk-out
Pope Benedict has asked for prayers for participants in the Catholic-Orthodox international theological dialogue after the Russian Orthodox delegation walked out of the meeting.
11 Oct 2007

Priest faces 23 counts of abuse
A court has heard a priest accused of abusing students at a school in Sydney's south asked one of his alleged victims to tell staff he was not a pedophile.
11 Oct 2007

Priests' life sentence for murder
A Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced to life in prison for collaborating in murders, kidnappings and torture during Argentina's 1976-1983 military
dictatorship.
11 Oct 2007

Nuncio dies in US
Holy See nuncio to Australia, American born Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli has died in a Miami hospital.
11 Oct 2007

Pell blesses Labor education policy
In a wide ranging series of comments yesterday, Sydney Cardinal George Pell has backed the Opposition's new school policy reversing Church opposition to Labor's policy in 2004.
11 Oct 2007

Feature - Dangerous and uncertain mission
The Columban mission to Pakistan is a difficult venture as political and natural forces seem to collude against the best interests of the Pakistani people. The country remains under the military leadership rule of President-General Pervaiz Musharraf, and, as ever, there exists an undercurrent of political uncertainty.
11 Oct 2007

Opinion - Silent but eloquent witness
At the opening of St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, in 1928, NSW Premier Thomas Bavin, the son of a Methodist minister, claimed St Mary's is "the possession of us all, no matter what class or creed we belong to". Today, more than ever, we need to ponder the beauty and order of these sandstones and strive to hear what they are saying. - Cardinal George Pell
11 Oct 2007

Electronic rosary for easy praying
An Italian electronics technician has invented a high-tech rosary, to help Catholic faithful recite the prayers using an electronic device instead of traditional beads.
10 Oct 2007

Pope urges athletes to be "good sports"
Sport is much more than just about getting results, Pope Benedict told members of the Austrian alpine ski team.

10 Oct 2007

Priest who declared love for woman sacked
An Italian priest who publicly declared his love for a woman has lost his job.
10 Oct 2007

Church to be built in the birthplace of Communism
The Chinese Catholic community in Yan'an, a city in the Shaanxi province in China, is celebrating a landmark decision that has allowed it to build its first church in more than 70 years.
10 Oct 2007

Confession on the comeback
Confession is undergoing a revival of sorts after a long period of neglect.
10 Oct 2007

Howard's IR laws "immoral": Manning
Religious leaders are pushing for more organised dealings with the federal government, as John Howard and Kevin Rudd court the Christian vote.
10 Oct 2007

Feature - Good Samaritan dentist wins smiles
Dentist Mark Peddey saw first hand the terrible dental health of the homeless and disadvantaged population. He was so moved by what he saw that he approached St Kilda's Sacred Heart Mission to volunteer his time for local people in need.
10 Oct 2007

Opinion - Loose reasoning on death penalty
We think it is wrong for foreign states to impose the death penalty on Aussie drug traffickers and drug mules. But we apply different reasoning to non-Australians facing death at the hands of the state. The practical, hands on, Aussie approach often plays fast and loose with moral reasoning about what is right and wrong. - Fr Frank Brennan SJ
10 Oct 2007

Haunted former nunnery razed by fire
When the Chapman family drive past the Old Nunnery at Pomona now, they see their family home destroyed.

9 Oct 2007

Archbishop Ndingi retires, thanks Pope
The outgoing Catholic Archbishop of Nairobi, Raphael Ndingi Mwana has expressed gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI for letting him retire after nearly 40 years as bishop.

9 Oct 2007

188 Japanese martyrs to be beatified
The beatification ceremony for 188 Japanese martyrs killed for their faith will take place next year on November 24 in Nagasaki.
9 Oct 2007

Aussie Catholic students call for bloodshed to end
The Australian Catholic Students Association (ACSA) is calling for prayers for a peaceful solution to the present crisis in Burma.
9 Oct 2007

St. Peter's Basilica is for the glory of God
More than enforcing a dress code and broadcasting a multilingual reminder that St. Peter's Basilica is a church, seeing people praying in the basilica reminds tourists that the magnificent building is designed to give glory to God, Pope Benedict said.

9 Oct 2007

Bishop says Minister's actions fuelled racism
Adelaide Auxiliary Bishop Greg O'Kelly has accused Federal Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews of helping to fuel racism in the community by cutting the intake of Sudanese refugees by 40 per cent.
9 Oct 2007

Feature - The longest WYD pilgrimage
Facing down pumas and shotgun-wielding farmers, Sam Clear is taking the long way around in his pilgrimage from Tasmania to Sydney for next year's World Youth Day. The 28-year-old has travelled through Latin America, and over the next 12 months will visit North America, Russia and Europe on his pilgrimage for unity.
9 Oct 2007

Opinion - Bishop 'triaged' in country hospital emergency department
Once there I was informed by one "who had to be obeyed" that "pain is the ultimate determinate for attention", and those with least pain were relegated to the back benches. After sitting mute as a "pain deprived" for eight hours, I decided that my acting and lying abilities needed up-skilling. - Bishop Kevin Manning of Parramatta
9 Oct 2007

Homeless walking in Pope's shoes
Some of America's homeless are now walking in the pope's shoes.

8 Oct 2007

Iraqi seminary opens doors for the year
A special liturgy marked the start of the new academic year at Babel Catholic College of Theology in Ankawa, the only Catholic college for theology in Iraq.
8 Oct 2007

Gen Y book illuminates young people's spirituality
A new book, The Spirit of Generation Y: Young People's Spirituality in a Changing, Australia, reports that the outlook of today's young people is marked by their having grown up in a world that promotes individualisation and consumerism, and that the values that underpin these ideologies are detrimental to good citizenship.
8 Oct 2007

Parishioners, priests to dig deep for abuse victims
The Catholic Diocese of San Diego is asking parishioners and priests to make contributions to help pay for the recent $198.1 million sexual abuse settlement.
8 Oct 2007

Randwick still unconfirmed for WYD
The NSW government has shied away from any official confirmation that next year's World Youth Day will be held at Sydney's Randwick Racecourse.
8 Oct 2007

The Rosary, a gift of peace
Peace can be achieved by praying the Rosary was the message Pope Benedict delivered to the people on the feast of the Rosary, Sunday October 7.
8 Oct 2007

Feature - Expecting climate change induced poverty
Residents from the Carteret Islands near Papua New Guinea, Bernard Tunim and Ursula Rakova, have visited Australia to raise awareness of the desperation of their people because of the threat climate change poses to their islands.
8 Oct 2007

Opinion - Should we rebuild the Catholic subculture?
Catholicism as a distinctive way of life was defined by eating habits and fasting, and by days especially set aside that weren't part of the general secular calendar. Once you say that all those things can be done individually, as you choose to do penance, for example, you reduce the collective presence of the church in somebody's consciousness. - Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, interviewed by John L. Allen
8 Oct 2007

Big Mac more popular than 10 Commandments
Quick. Name each of the Ten Commandments. OK. Now name the ingredients in a Big Mac hamburger sold at McDonald's.
5 Oct 2007

Nuns evicted to pay for pedophile victims compensation
In Southern California, where the Roman Catholic Church has agreed to pay victims of pedophile priests $660 million, the archdiocese is ordering nuns out of convents so the buildings can be sold to fund the out-of-court settlement.
5 Oct 2007

US Bishop denies communion to pro-abortionists
Roman Catholic Archbishop Raymond Burke has reaffirmed his stance on denying Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians.
5 Oct 2007

Turkish teen's 19 year sentence for slaying priest
Turkey's court of appeals on Thursday upheld a jail sentence of nearly 19 years for the teenage killer of an Italian Catholic priest, the state Anatolian news agency said.

5 Oct 2007

Bishops offer help but Pell has "no idea", AJC gripes
Australia's Catholic bishops have promised to help horse industry people affected by equine influenza but the Australian Jockey Club says Sydney Cardinal George Pell has "no idea" of the hardships facing trainers at the Randwick Racecourse World Youth Day venue.
5 Oct 2007

Brady a new Bishop for Sydney
Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Reverend Father Terence John Brady as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Sydney.
5 Oct 2007

Feature - Travelling companions on road to priesthood
The Church brings truth, but it's role is also to show that God isn't an angry, vengeful God, but loving, says Mark Podesta. He was ordained in St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, last month, together with Danai Penollar. The two young men from different backgrounds, but sharing a common ambition to become priests, met at Good Shepherd Seminary, Homebush, in 2001.
5 Oct 2007

Opinion - Church's obligation to keep sacraments available
The traditional sources that supplied men for the priesthood are inadequate. We could say 'families do not do enough to encourage vocations'. But we believe the Church must adopt new approaches to address its obligation to make the sacraments available to all its members. - Pastoral Council at the Parish of the Immaculate Conception, Rosebank, Johannesburg
5 Oct 2007

Chico the cat is Pope's bestfriend
Chico the cat describes the life of his "best friend", Pope Benedict, in an authorised biography for children released this week.
4 Oct 2007

Melkite Archbishop sows the seeds of peace in Synagogue
Eparch of the Melkite Catholic Church of Australia and New Zealand Archbishop Issam John Darwish made an impassioned plea for peace at a tree planting ceremony at a Sydney synagogue.

4 Oct 2007

Free visas for WYD pilgrims
The Federal Government and the Catholic Church have agreed to waive visa fees for foreign tourists travelling to Sydney for next year's Catholic World Youth Day.

4 Oct 2007

Policy not politics will fix our hospitals
The health debate in this year's federal election will be conducted on two fronts.
4 Oct 2007

Pell unconvinced of global warming
Unbowed by overwhelming scientific opinion that climate change is fuelled by human activity, the most senior Catholic figure in Australia has looked to the heavens for an alternative theory, The Age reports.
4 Oct 2007

Bishops urge Catholics to sever ties with Amnesty International
Amnesty International has taken a tragic turn and effectively created a human rights organisation which excluded Catholic members by imposing a new policy in favour of abortion, the Catholic Bishops of Australia said.
4 Oct 2007

Feature - New day dawns for Christian Brothers
Monday saw the inauguration of the new Province of Oceania for the 400 Christian Brothers of the region. Years of prayer, collaboration and planning came together when the new leadership team was inducted during a prayer service in Brisbane ahead of a Pre-Chapter meeting at which 40 Brothers gathered in preparation for the congregation's March 2008 Chapter in India.
4 Oct 2007

Opinion - The urbane and inclusive vision of Edmund Rice
In a time of perplexity about Catholicism and religion generally, the perspective of Christian Brothers' founder Edmund Rice is strongly anchored in a faith focused on the neediest groups in society. It points us towards recognising the good values and motives of those with whom we differ. - Andrew Hamilton SJ
4 Oct 2007

Polish priest's drunken drive
A Polish Roman Catholic priest is facing a holy row after he was caught at the wheel following a drinking spree that left him 11 times over the limit, police said today
3 Oct 2007

Nuns, monks could unlock Alzheimer's mystery
Nuns and monks who never miss choir practice and work hard in their religious studies may pave the way to a greater understanding of Alzheimer's disease.
3 Oct 2007

Russian Orthodox Patriarch and Holy Father to meet
Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia has said a long-discussed meeting with Pope Benedict XVI may be able to take place in the near future.

3 Oct 2007

Ethiopian priest speaks out for women
The bishop of Soddo-Hosanna, Rodrigo Mejía Saldarriaga, has spoken out in favour of women's rights in Ethiopia.
3 Oct 2007

Priest claims Mother Teresa miraculous cure
The sainthood cause of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta could cross its last hurdle if the Vatican approves an allegedly miraculous cure a priest claims he experienced on the 10th anniversary of her death.

3 Oct 2007

Pell calls on youth to be spiritually prepared
As planning for the world's largest youthfest gathers momentum, Sydney's Archbishop George Pell's main concern is not the logistics of the mammoth event, rather the spiritual preparation of young Australians.
3 Oct 2007

Feature - Barrier Reef open air chapel for WYD Cross
The navy patrol boat HMAS Broome took a break from security operations to transport the World Youth Day cross, icon and Aboriginal message stick to the aqua blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The trip fulfilled another milestone in the epic journey that is taking the symbols around the Australian continent for a year before next July's event in Sydney.
3 Oct 2007

Opinion - Rome is right to rule on dubious private revelations
Too much has been made of the Pope's German temperament. However, the Ratzinger papacy does have a distinctly Teutonic atmosphere. This mood informs Rome's increasingly sceptical approach towards the proliferation of visionaries and cultish groups on the fringes of Catholicism.
3 Oct 2007

Nun brawl ends in convent closure
A convent in southern Italy is being shut down after a quarrel among its last three remaining nuns ended in blows.
2 Oct 2007

Holy Land Archibishop appeals for friendship
Archbishop Elias Chacour of Galilee has made a passionate appeal on behalf of the Christians of the Holy Land during his homily at Westminster Cathedral
2 Oct 2007

15,000 attend funeral of killed Sri Lankan priest
Over 15,000 people attended the funeral of Fr. Nicholaspilai Packiyaranjith, a Jesuit Priest who was killed in Sri Lanka in a roadside explosion.

2 Oct 2007

Catholic Church orders clergy not to demonstrate
While thousands of Buddhist monks have marched on the streets to protest against Burma's military regime, the Catholic Church has ordered its clergy not to take part in demonstrations or political activities
2 Oct 2007

Only God can judge Bob Collins
God alone would be the judge of former Labor senator Bob Collins, the Reverend Father Frank Brennan told hundreds of mourners in Darwin on the weekend.
2 Oct 2007

Australian Christian numbers to plummet
The number of Australians identifying themselves as Christian will plummet over the next 20 years as an ageing generation of dedicated churchgoers dies out, analysis of census figures shows.
2 Oct 2007

Feature - 21st century sin
Moral theology, once the preserve of priests, has changed profoundly. Gone are the confessors' manuals and instead there is debate among its students and scholars about the way we live our lives.
2 Oct 2007

Opinion - Bob Collins, larger than life Labor minister
In these last dreadful months, he found it very difficult to take in the beauty of the wild flowers which are growing in the field. He set his heart on God's saving justice and in these last few years he was overwhelmed that "each day has enough trouble of its own". God alone is our judge, and God alone is Bob's judge. - Fr Frank Brennan SJ
2 Oct 2007