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More than a decade after they first served to shock, scandals about the mismanagement of child sexual abuse by clergy continue unabated to enter the public domain. Theories and allegations abound on the causes of such scandals. Everything from institutional

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Since Michael Winner directed Charles Bronson in the 1974 Death Wish and it became the archetypal urban vigilante film, it is very difficult to review this kind of film. On the one hand, one must deplore an individual taking the law into his or her own hands

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This recently launched site, by the founding editor of the New Zealand Catholic newspaper, is a guide to visiting holy places in Israel and the Palestinian territories. It features a comprehensive, and well researched, list of the sites, and makes a useful

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Archbishop Philip Wilson --- Archbishop Philip Wilson said he has not mishandled or covered up sexual abuse cases during his time in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese, north of Sydney, in the late 1970s and 80s. "I have always tried to

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The new translation of the Mass will revive tradition and replace the more colloquial and dumbed-down liturgy adopted after the Second Vatican Council, reports The Australian. After a major education program that will start later this year and is

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge --- The Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, Mark Coleridge, said an institutional pride within the Church has prevented many from speaking out against abuse, and called for everything possible to be done to stop

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Image of a cell phase, from Wikipedia --- Vatican officials said that if correctly used, the recent creation of the first synthetic cell can be a positive development - but only God can create life. Vatican and Italian church officials

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A new online Catholic Bible search engine, believed to be the first complete Catholic Bible translation made available for keyword search, has been launched. The program, which enables people to find specific Scripture passages using keywords, has been

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Wayne Rooney --- English soccer team Manchester United star Wayne Rooney says he would have entered the priesthood if he hadn't become a footballer. The 24 year-old, who was raised in an Irish Catholic family said if he hadn't become a

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On the feast of Pentecost, the Christian feast that gives birth to the church, Canberra Goulbourn Archbishop Mark Coleridge addresses his community, acknowledging that many of the causes of abuse can be located in the Church's culture. The ABC'S

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Last Sunday hundreds of people gathered in Penola, South Australia, to commemorate a park to the memory of a remarkable priest, Julian Tenison Woods, who travelled Australia extensively in his all too brief life. He died before his 57th birthday, writes Frank

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We Catholics have new sins for the 21st century. The old sins - sloth, envy, gluttony, lust, pride - have a “rather individualistic dimension,” said Vatican official Msgr Gianfranco Girotti in 2008. “The sins of today have a social resonance as well as

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Finding a new twist for romantic comedy is a bit like the holy grail for Hollywood screenwriters, and The Back-Up Plan manages to be both traditional and modern in achieving this. At base it is really the old rom-com staple:

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This week the Vatican announced it would give Nicolas Copernicus a headstone on his grave. The wikipedia entry for the famous Polish astronomer provides a portrait of the life and times of a radical scientist whose insights took the Church and wider society

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Caritas Australia said its mission is to deliver emergency assistance and long-term aid to the needy - but it also needs to engage the Australian public to the cause. The Adelaide Advertiser cited unnamed charities organising black-tie dinners for

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Parents have called on the NSW government to speed up the sacking of underperforming teachers following a report that said principals were failing to do anything about poor teachers. The president of the NSW Federation of Parents and Citizens

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Father Julian Tenison Woods --- A crowd of over 300 people travelled to Penola to watch the unveiling of chainsaw-carved wood sculptures created as a memorial to Father Julian Tenison Woods by artist Kevin Gilders. Fr Woods was the

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The Bank of Spain has taken control of CajaSur, based in the southern city of Cordoba and controlled by the Roman Catholic Church, and will give it an injection of "at least" A$780 million to ensure its survival. It is the second troubled

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The Obama administration has taken the side of the Vatican in the US lawsuit that wants the Holy See to be held responsible for the sex abuse crisis in the country.In a strongly-worded brief for the United States Supreme Court, the government asserted that

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Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun was once condemned as heretical, has been reburied with honours in a Polish cathedral. He was reburied in a tomb in the cathedral where he once served

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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