Evidence has emerged in the US that the founder of an American religious order wrote regularly to bishops and to the Vatican warning that sexual abuser priests should be laicised and even searched for an island to purchase to isolate such offenders.
The Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission has announced that it will nominate Timor-Leste for the award of Companion of the Order of Australia (Honorary) in recognition of the unique contribution of the Timorese people to Australian soldiers during World War II.
Days after the Royal Women's Hospital was exposed for manipulating patient waiting lists, a Melbourne doctor, Peter Lazzari, has accused the Mercy Hospital of also "fiddling figures". The Age reports that Dr Lazzari named the Mercy Hospital as
The Pontifical Council for the Laity has organised an international meeting of World Youth Day organisers in Rome this week in preparation for the next World Youth Day to be held in Madrid, Spain in 2011. "This is the first international meeting of
With the last obstetrician working at Gove in the far north east of the Northern Territory finishing this week, ACU and Brisbane Mater Hospital professor of midwifery, Sue Kildea, has expressed concern over the issue. The Australian reports that women
The Vatican has ordered an apostolic visitation of the Legionaries of Christ following disclosures of sexual impropriety by the order's late founder, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, the organisation has announced. The announcement of the unusual
As the Vatican Plenary Commission on China meets in Rome, "underground" or "unrecognised" Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding in Hebei province has been arrested and taken to an undisclosed location. AsiaNews reports that five
Although not affiliated with any religious denomination, the AA experience has a spiritual basis in that it recognises human dependency on the help of a "higher power". AA groups meet every day, all over the world, a testimony to the courage of
We celebrate the pinnacle of the Good News, the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, in the midst of a lot of bad news this year. The deaths of hundreds of people in bushfires in Victoria are fresh in our minds as we approach Easter and ponder anew the
British theologian Robert Beckford investigates remarkable parallels to the Jesus story in other faiths; some that predate Christianity by thousands of years. He looks at the stories of Horus, Mithras, Krishna and the Buddha. He also examines the radical
As its name suggests, this website is dedicated to the cause of Newman's canonisation. It has numerous articles and biographical details on one of the Church's great converts. Opportunities exist to receive newsletter or email feeds about Newman as well as
South Burnett Catholic College deputy principal, Sean Erwin, says that a lack of doctors in southern Queensland is forcing his staff to travel to Brisbane for medical needs leaving some classes without a teacher. Mr Erwin says specialists only visit
Fr Peter Kennedy's decision to lead parishioners to a new worship location at the Trades and Labour Council (TLC) building does not mean that St Mary's parish itself is in exile, Brisbane Chancellor Fr Adrian Farrelly has said. Fr Farrelly, a canon
The architect of one of the world's most successful outreach programs to non-practising Catholics, Mr Tom Peterson, of the US based Catholics Come Home, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming National Catholic Media Congress in Sydney. The
In a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Pope Benedict has urged the United Kingdom to set the tone for world leaders and remember the poor at this week's Group of 20 summit in London. Zenit reports the Pope spoke on behalf of those "whose
On a visit to Mexico City, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took time out to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe where she asked basilica rector, Monsignor Diego Monroy, who painted the image. During her visit to the Basilica, Clinton was
Left wing Spanish political group, Solidarity, has issued a press release explaining that its ideology has led it to defend the right to life of the unborn from conception to natural death, in clear opposition to abortion. In its statement, Solidarity
Four years after the death of Pope John Paul II, screen legend Sophia Loren has called for his beatification. Ms Loren, 74, a devout Catholic, told church officials the reason behind the move, which would confirm the religious leader's place in history,
The Franciscan Schools Association covers any school that professes a Franciscan ethos either by virtue of their school name or the founding congregation. Its purpose is to assist in the sharing of resources in order to enrich Franciscan
This series follows the journey of best selling author, Bruce Feiler, who on a visit to Jerusalem, the epicentre of the three monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - realised that many of the stories from the Bible were about real people.