A legal procedural dispute between two of five families suing the Toowoomba Diocese over sex abuse by former teacher Gerard Vincent Byrnes has been resolved. It is believed the parties had brought the matters before the Supreme Court in Brisbane, said
The Vatican has decided to reform the Legionnaires of Christ following revelations about improprieties in the order. The Zenit news service has a full translation of the Pope's statement and the details of the restructuring.
Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the Rudd Government's pledge, following the Henry tax review, to rule out any changes that "harm the not-for-profit sector". Treasury secretary Ken Henry's tax review, released on Sunday, recommended
Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Mark Coleridge says the newly-approved Holy See translation of the Missal would be in use in churches before the middle of next year. "There will be a great catechetical opportunity as the parishes and communities of
Filipino pastor Apollo Quiboloy, a Christian sect leader and self-proclaimed "son of God", has backed ex-defence secretary Gilbert Teodoro for president in upcoming elections. Such sect leaders instruct their followers to vote as a bloc.
Pope Benedict and Rodney Adler --- Disgraced Sydney businessman Rodney Adler received an audience at the Vatican last week with Pope Benedict. Mr Adler was the guest of his friend Shmuley Boteach, a self-styled rabbi and author of a
A former member of the archaeological team that claims to have discovered Noah's Ark on Turkey's Mt Ararat says the team may have been hoaxed. A Chinese-Turkish team from Noah's Ark Ministries International held a press conference in April to present their
Pope Benedict has made podcasts with prayer recordings in Portuguese for web-savvy Catholics in Portugal in the lead up to his visit there this month. The first module will be available to download Tuesday from a website set up for the pope's
the English novelist CS Lewis once wrote: “Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristics of our own period.
A British High Court judge has ruled that Christian beliefs have no standing in law because they are "necessarily subjective" and "incommunicable by any kind of proof or evidence". Lord Justice John Grant McKenzie Laws made the
Our future is vested in the diplomats from 189 countries who are gathering at the United Nations this month to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, writes William Vendley, Secretary-General of Religions for Peace International.Enforcing this
Queensland priest Father Paul Kelly has become a YouTube sensation with songs he has written, sung and filmed. Confessing that as a boy he was torn between being "either a priest or a sound technician", Fr Kelly, the parish priest of St Mary's in
This Aussie romantic comedy, written by Melbourne comedian Peter Helliar, starts out like many an American movie about sex and the dating game: two gauche buddies trawl the bar scene using crude pick-up lines to try to entice girls into a night of lust. Jim
With the UN review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty underway, the United Nations website carries a rich array of news, archival information and this subjdect, and also many issues of social and political interest. http://www.un.org/en/
Bishop Peter Ingham --- The Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania will meet in Sydney from May 10-14, gathering prelates from more than a dozen countries around the region. The event, held once every four years in
An unrelated photo, illustrating of a "laying of hands" ceremony --- A foreign-trained priest who laid a mentally and physically disabled girl on an altar during a West Australian mass at the weekend and ordered her to walk has raised a
Catholic schools have received no new funding in Victoria's budget, despite educating almost a quarter of the state's students on less money per student than government schools. Catholic Education director in Melbourne, Stephen Elder, said Victoria's
At the age of 15 Peter Hitchens burned his Bible, leaving the Holy Book a “disagreeable, half-charred mess” and the teenager with a sense of anti-climax. It was his “year zero”, and he went on to develop, throughout his late teens and 20s, the typical
Michael Haneke, Director of Hidden (2005), brings another extraordinary movie to the screen. This movie won the Palme d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and like all of Haneke’s films, it presents us with seemingly innocuous appearances that hide
The Pontifical Swiss Guards have had a controversial history. As they prepare to swear in 30 new recruits, this site provides detailed information about the tradition they will inherit and live up to.