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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR FEBRUARY 2008

   
Feature - Lent also a time of joy
Lent is not a period of guilt laden introspection, but a joyful walk towards the great season of Easter, a progression in the Church toward the summit of the liturgical year. - Elizabeth Harrington
15 Feb 2008

Jesus cosmetics withdrawn after complaints
A cosmetic line which received complaints about being "disrespectful" to Jesus, has been taken off the shelves in Singapore.
15 Feb 2008

Priest given jail sentence for praying
A Catholic priest in Algeria has been sentenced to a year in prison for praying with Christians in Cameroon.
15 Feb 2008

Pine Gap Four arrested
Christian pacifists, known as the Pine Gap Four, were taken into custody in the Northern Territory on Wednesday to serve short sentences for not paying fines imposed last year.
15 Feb 2008

Sainthood path for Fatima seer eased
Pope Benedict has decided to fast-track Fatima visionary Sr Lucia's road to sainthood waiving the obligatory five year waiting period to start the canonisation process.
15 Feb 2008

Sheedy announced as celebrity ambassador for DID08
AFL legend Kevin Sheedy will be the official celebrity ambassador for the Melbourne Days in the Dioceses billeting program.
15 Feb 2008

Indigenous Aussies get a boost to attend WYD
Indigenous Australians isolated from the mainland on Tiwi Islands will be sharing their traditions and faith with other World Youth Day pilgrims after being partnered by three Sydney Catholic schools to attend the massive event.
15 Feb 2008

New look CathNews starts Monday
Look out for a fresh new design for CathNews as today's bulletin will be the last in this format.
15 Feb 2008

Opinion - Healing Kenya's wounds
Sacrifices will have to be made in the quest for power in order to keep this country together. There is so much suffering, some of which has been expressed in the media and some not. The immediate priority is to bring the country together. This country is falling apart. - Fr Elias Omondi
15 Feb 2008

Schools shun Valentine's Day
Two Melbourne Catholic schools have banned Valentine's Day gifts from being delivered by admirers to the school for fear some students may feel left out.
14 Feb 2008

Tighter restrictions for sainthood
The Vatican is set to release new guidelines tightening the restriction for candidates who are proposed for sainthood.
14 Feb 2008

Ecumenical fight against power sale
The Catholic and Anglican Bishops of Newcatle have joined forces to battle the NSW State government against selling parts of the state's power grid.
14 Feb 2008

Abortion major issue in Italian election
Abortion is playing a pivotal role in the upcoming Italian elections with front-runner former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi calling for a moratorium on abortions while a prominent journalist announced he would run on an anti-abortion ticket.
14 Feb 2008

NSW CEC disputes overpayment claims
Catholic Education Commission (NSW) has contested the claim that Catholic schools are being overpaid through government funding.
14 Feb 2008

More Catholic support for apology
Australia's Catholic Bishops, Catholic agencies and religious orders have whole heartedly thrown their support behind the Federal Government and affirmed the historic and long-awaited apology made yesterday to the Stolen Generations.
14 Feb 2008

Feature - The gift of old age
I thank God for old age. I feel blessed in my old age, more blessed than in other stages of my life. In some ways I am more peaceful as I have always worried. Now I am not asked to do so many things, I haven't much cause to worry. - Fr Keith Gorman
14 Feb 2008

Opinion - Seeking the justice of Jesus
The Left has awoken more to Jesus, even as the Right, particularly the Evangelical Right, has awoken more to justice. As a result we are beginning to find more common ground because both sides are moving to higher ground. - Fr Ron Rolheiser
14 Feb 2008

Priest found guilty in Tasmania
A 72-year-old former priest has been found guilty of sexual abuse in a Launceston court.
13 Feb 2008

Josephite schools gather to focus on Mary MacKillop
In the lead up to World Youth Day celebrations, a group of young people will meet this weekend to focus on the meaning of the event and the spirit of Australia's only saint.
13 Feb 2008

Non-violent action required: Philippines Bishops
Bishops in the Philippines have urged people to undertake "communal action" after details emerged exposing government corruption.
13 Feb 2008

Exorcism centre to be built in Poland
A "spiritual oasis" which some have billed as Europe's only centre dedicated to performing exorcisms is being planned to be built in Poland.
13 Feb 2008

Parishes encouraged to celebrate women's day
Catholic parishes are being invited to celebrate International Women's Day on Friday 7 March with the assistance of a kit to help parishioners pray for all women who contribute to the Church.
13 Feb 2008

Vic Catholic teachers set to strike
Victorian Catholic school teachers are set to discuss whether they will go on strike next month - alongside their government school counterparts - in a sign of solidarity against the state government's 3.25 per cent wage rise offer.
13 Feb 2008

Feature - Lent pushes us to the reality of sin
Sin is not a popular topic, but in Lent we are called to face up to its reality in our lives and to the devastating effect it has had on the world around us. Sin is not simply being bad or doing bad things, at its very core it concerns our relationship with God, our Creator. Sin is evil because it is the free choice to push God, our Father, out of our lives and God, our Creator, out of our world. -Archbishop Denis Hart
13 Feb 2008

Opinion - Reconnecting with sacred music
Over the years, criticism of music in Catholic worship has become something of a fashion. The Church has chosen to concentrate its artistic resources on the pursuit of musical high art in those cultural centres where it is considered most appropriate, namely the major cathedrals around the world. There is simply not the money to endow professional choir schools in every parish. - Richard Perrignon
13 Feb 2008

Grand Master of Order of Malta dies
The Grand Master of one of the renowned Catholic orders, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta, Fra' Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie, has died in Rome.
12 Feb 2008

Overpayments spark school funding review
Revelations that half of the country's Catholic and private schools are set to receive $2.7 billion in overpayments over the next four years has prompted the Federal Government to review the controversial funding model inherited from the Howard government.
12 Feb 2008

Court clash averted between Irish prelates
In a significant reversal, the retired Archbishop of Dublin Desmond Connell has withdrawn an appeal in which he sought to stop the release of documents on the archdiocese's handling of sex abuse cases.

12 Feb 2008

Devotion to Eucharist is central at Lourdes
More than 55,000 people descended on Lourdes for an outdoor Mass to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions and to celebrate the World Day of the Sick.
12 Feb 2008

Ramos Horta "out of danger"
East Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta is ''out of danger'' and recovering in a Darwin hospital after being shot at his Dili home yesterday.
12 Feb 2008

Further Catholic support for apology
More Catholic groups and religious orders across Australia have welcomed the Government's impending apology to the Stolen Generations.

12 Feb 2008

Feature - Connected across borders
It is time for leaders of nations to see their national interests as connected with the interests of people on the other side of the globe. We have reached the point where human existence is at stake and our destiny is inextricably linked. If we are to overcome this crisis of climate change we need to think beyond the confines of national states. - Just Comment
12 Feb 2008

Opinion - Beyond knowledge to wisdom
I believe this is one of the crisis points for contemporary Christianity. Put bluntly, its representatives do not seem wise. Yes, those representatives can give you any amount of information, some of them can even speak knowledgeably of Christian teachings. Wisdom is another thing altogether. - Fr Michael Whelan
12 Feb 2008

Stations of the Cross exhibit at Mary Mackillop Place
Mary MacKillop Place Museum will launch a special exhibition from a new book on the Stations of the Cross written by a Josephite sister.
11 Feb 2008

No macho men says Pope
Pope Benedict has denounced violence and discrimination against women saying ''macho mentality'' precipitates the aggression and division.
11 Feb 2008

Josephites "rejoice" in apology to Stolen Generations
The Sisters of St Joseph have welcomed the Government's decision to apologise to the members of the Stolen Generations this Wednesday in Federal Parliament.
11 Feb 2008

WYD organisers urge youth to avoid "tacky" souvenirs
Young people will not only be the ones blessed by the Pope's visit to Australian shores, as souvenir manufacturers are set rake in the money with a barrage of merchandise expecting to hit stores.
11 Feb 2008

Older Australians doing it tough: CSS
Older Australians are facing mounting pressures due to the cost of living, Catholic Social Services (CSS) Australia says.
11 Feb 2008

Williams under pressure to resign
Outrage has been voiced among senior Church of England clergy and politicians after comments were made about accommodating Islamic Sharia law in Britain by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
11 Feb 2008

Feature - Instrument of division
The tests have deterred applicants, discriminate between immigrants on several criteria including country of origin and type of visa, and embarrass the rest of us. It must be possible to find alternatives that achieve the better purposes of the tests.
11 Feb 2008

Opinion - Catholics understand climate challenge
The language of ecology resonates easily with Catholics. Learning the language of climate change brings about a change in oneself. Changing language from jungle to rainforest and from swamps to wetlands has helped many people become environmentally aware. - Fr Charles Rue
11 Feb 2008

Parra Catholic education staff gives Top Drop
Parramatta Catholic Education Office has once again taken out the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Corporate Cup for making the most blood and plasma donations by an organisation.
8 Feb 2008

Caritas donations soar
Caritas chief Jack de Groot is thrilled with the growing support for campaigns helping the poor in the world saying contributions have grown by 10 per cent every year since 2000.
8 Feb 2008

Spanish Bishops trying to sway vote
The Spanish government are up in arms over a implied statement from the country's Bishops to voters to shun the ruling Socialists in the upcoming elections.
8 Feb 2008

Pope and Muslims closer to meeting
Dialogue between Pope Benedict and Islamic scholars is one step closer as a meeting between the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic representatives is set to take place in March.
8 Feb 2008

Fears security not up to scratch for WYD
A leading independent think-tank says security planning for World Youth Day and other major events is still "ad-hoc" and believes the tourism industry needs to improve planning in light of terrorism.
8 Feb 2008

Uni protest based on falsehood
A stunning revelation has revealed the 67 academics from Rome university La Sapienza who protested Pope Benedict's visit last month based their letter on an incorrect report from Wikipedia.
8 Feb 2008

Feature - Evolving through post modernism
In postmodern thinking one is always moving whether it be through the various stages of maturation, or through the messiness of the crises life brings us. It is this constant letting go of the old and moving on to new relationships and new ways of seeing ourselves that Jesus was alluding to when suggesting to his new companions that they leave their families and jobs and take on a new and less ordered life.
8 Feb 2008

Opinion - Muslims need to retrive traditions not revolt
Retrieval and development of Islamic traditions rather than rupture and revolution is a model that might be attractive to serious Muslims. Those who want to do something positive to resolve the intra-Islamic civil war that has spilled out from the House of Islam and now affects all world politics, most lethally through jihadist terrorism, could pursue this way. - George Weigel
8 Feb 2008

Reaching the young Filipino style
In an attempt to boost the number of young Filipinos to read the Bible, the Church in the Philippines has come up with an initiative using Japanese-style "anime".

7 Feb 2008

Catholic religious numbers fall sharply
The number of Catholic religious belonging to Orders has dramatically dropped bringing the total number to under one million.
7 Feb 2008

Italian parliament dissolved
Italy's parliament has been dissolved by President Giorgio Napolitano after a sequence of events starting with the resignation of the Prime Minister that will result in the country having to return to the booths.
7 Feb 2008

Feature - Greening the Church
In the Catholic Church, care for the earth has a long history both in the spiritual tradition of the Church and in the celebration of the Mass. Catholic Social Teaching refers to people as ''stewards of creation''. It also talks about how God, through creation of the earth, provides for the people of the world.


7 Feb 2008

Opinion - Cigarette sin
The Church is often among the first to take a stand on issues of human rights and social and economic justice but it is silent on the dangers of cigarettes, which are killing millions worldwide each year right now. Issues of social justice are constantly changing. It is time the Church sits up and pays attention to this worldwide disaster. - Dr Elizabeth Whelan
7 Feb 2008

Prayer changes spark further alarm
Jewish groups and traditionalist Catholics have condemned Pope Benedict's replacement of the contentious Good Friday prayer which calls for the conversion of Jews.
7 Feb 2008

Coalition to back ''sorry'' motion
The Coalition will back an apology to the Stolen Generation - in principle - however, Federal Opposition leader Brendan Nelson has asked to see the exact wording before next week's announcement.
7 Feb 2008

Bishops say apology will mend "broken lives"
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is optimistic that the Federal Government's apology to indigenous Australians will help break the impasse and bring about new opportunities to mend "broken lives."
7 Feb 2008

ACBC delegate in Rome for women's conference
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) Office for the Participation of Women's director Kimberly Davis, has headed to Rome for the International Women's conference.
6 Feb 2008

Chaser boy joins Caritas for Project Compassion launch
Caritas Australia "flipped" out with a well known ally to launch their annual fundraising appeal, Project Compassion.
6 Feb 2008

Embryo created from three parents
A human embryo has been created from DNA from three parents by British scientists.
6 Feb 2008

NZ Catholic agency outraged by Nitschke
The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre has expressed its distress over comments by Euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke saying he has an "appalling lack of understanding for the needs of the terminally and mentally ill."
6 Feb 2008

Brennan uges Nelson to apologise
Australian Catholic University's (ACU) Frank Brennan has urged the opposition leader and the coalition to support the Prime Minister's planned apology to the ''stolen generation'' when Federal Parliament resumes next week.
6 Feb 2008

Lent a time for conversion
Parramatta Bishop Kevin Manning has called for faithful to contemplate Lent as a time of ongoing conversion through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
6 Feb 2008

Feature - Time for sitting in the ashes
The desert, by taking away the securities and protections of ordinary life, strips us bare and leaves us naked, both before God and the devil. This brings us face-to-face with our own chaos. That is an image for lent.
6 Feb 2008

Opinion - Pivotal moment for Nelson and nation
It is time for our national leaders to draw the line on our behalf so that we can move on, committed to reconciliation and narrowing those critical gaps in health, education, and life expectancy. It is time for Brendan Nelson to exercise political leadership and for the Coalition parties to match personal sentiment and national commitment. - Fr Frank Brennan
6 Feb 2008

Catholics enraged by eBay relics sale
Relics from saints are being sold on the internet auction site eBay enraging Catholics who say it violates Canon Law.
5 Feb 2008

Film on sex trade takes Catholic gong
The Australian Catholic Film Office (ACFO) has awarded its 2007 Film of the Year to Dee McLachlan's The Jammed.
5 Feb 2008

Prelates day in court deferred
A decision by the High Court in Ireland involving the release of documents pertaining to the treatment of priests accused of sexual abuse, has been postponed.
5 Feb 2008

Benedictine tipped as next Archbishop of Westminster
A Benedictine from a Scottish Abbey has emerged as the front runner to become the next Archbishop of Westminster.
5 Feb 2008

Parents turning away from State schools
Catholic schools have recorded a steady growth in enrolments as parents continue to shun government schools.
5 Feb 2008

Healthy people can take own life: Nitschke
Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke said he believed healthy people of sound mind, who were mature enough, should have the right to take their own lives if that's what they wanted, ''otherwise it effectively disregards and disrespects their views.''

5 Feb 2008

Feature - End to permits leads to disempowerment
The permit system gave the traditional owners control over their cultural resources. Having the power to control and manage these resources is important to the maintenance of cultural identity, social cohesion and vitality. It is also an important element of economic development.
5 Feb 2008

Opinion - Creative work of God not set in stone
The assertion that God is the agency behind the material world leads us into a morass of theological and scientific problems that continue to embarrass the Church in its attempt to speak to the world of natural science and which renders unrecognisable the God of the Bible. - Peter Sellick
5 Feb 2008

ACU welcome new Vice-Chancellor
Australian Catholic University (ACU) has welcomed distinguished lawyer and academic Professor Greg Craven as its new Vice-Chancellor.
4 Feb 2008

Young Marists in Asian immersion
After nearly a month travelling in India and Cambodia, 10 young Marists arrived back in Melbourne last week after observing first hand the work of their Order abroad.
4 Feb 2008

Vatican official calls for communion practice review
A senior Vatican official believes the Church should reconsider allowing faithful to receive communion in the hand.
4 Feb 2008

Marist predator blamed for son's suicide
The father of a young man who died of a drug overdose says he blames his son's demise on a Marist Brother who sexually abused him when he was a child.
4 Feb 2008

Prelates in historic court clash
The Former Archbishop of Dublin has successfully appealed to Ireland's High Court to prevent his successor from releasing documents on the Church's treatment of sexual abuse by clergy.
4 Feb 2008

Church land deal for housing
The Catholic Church will offer up property worth hundreds of millions of dollars throughout Victoria in a radical plan to provide cheap rental properties for the state's most needy.
4 Feb 2008

Feature - Real choice is one of options
In any good vocation, the leaving behind and selflessness required is real. It is a strong sign of our choice. But if the discernment of vocation is about finding our best choice, then accompanying the leaving behind is a taking up!
4 Feb 2008

Opinion - Facing secular challenges
Faiths have to adapt to the new set of circumstances that modernisation presents, in particular pluralism and the distinction between Church and State. Modernity is our reality and faith communities cannot retreat from wider societal engagement. The challenge is to rediscover a shared foundation on which we can live and build, an accommodation that values our differences as complementing the whole. - Francis Campbell
4 Feb 2008

Catholic singers smash world record
Catholics in India have set a new world record by singing non-stop for 40 hours.
1 Feb 2008

Spread the word - WYD is coming!
Evangelisation is the key to ensuring all Catholic youth will have the opportunity to experience World Youth Day, Bishop Porteous says.
1 Feb 2008

EREA launch with principals and captains
Principals and school captains from Edmund Rice Schools across Australia will converge on Melbourne today for the national launch of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA).
1 Feb 2008

Contraception failing to deliver
A new study reveals a pressing need for women to be provided with fertility education after statistics showed 60 per cent of unplanned pregnancies happened to women using contraception.
1 Feb 2008

Pope says human dignity breached by science
Pope Benedict has condemned embryonic stem cell research, artificial insemination and the prospect of human cloning saying the practices had breached the barrier that safeguards human dignity.
1 Feb 2008

"Guiding lights" needed to lead says Bishop
The Bishop of Wollongong has urged people in public life to be ''guiding lights'' and focus on integrity as role models in the community.
1 Feb 2008

Feature - Time for more women in ministry
If women feel that call to ministry, they should go for it. Our priests are getting fewer in numbers and a lot is expected of them. The time has come to look at having more women in pastoral director and leadership roles.
1 Feb 2008

Opinion - Hope born from ashes
As we are signed with ashes at the beginning of Lent, we are reminded of our human insignificance and repent our failings. But we remember also that we are Easter people and that good can come out of evil, that death gives way to new life, that there is hope in the midst of despair. - Elizabeth Harrington


1 Feb 2008