Sarah Cassidy is the sort of no-nonsense woman you might expect to be headmistress of a primary school. But Cassidy doesn’t do children, and she doesn’t do husbands, either. She’s 43, single and celibate – and determined to remain so,

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Although ethics classes will be voluntary for NSW primary schools, the Sydney Morning Herald has confirmed that parents who want the classes for children will be able to appeal to the Education Department if the principal and the majority of the school

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François Houtart --- A support committee promoting the candidature of Belgian sociologist and Vatican II expert, Father Francois Houtart, for the Nobel Peace Prize has withdrawn its bid upon the priest's request, said a media release. "The support

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Cardinal William Levada --- The Vatican is preparing a document for all bishops' conferences offering guidelines for a "coordinated and effective program" of child protection and for dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse, reports the Catholic

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Professor Jeon Sin-soo-led, photo courtesy of St. Mary's Hospital, on ucanews.com --- Recent research by a South Korean Catholic hospital has shown that adult stem cells can provide a highly effective treatment for malignant brain tumours and other types

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A church in China ---For the first time in nearly five years, the government-backed Catholic Church in China has ordained a bishop who does not have the approval of the Pope, says a BBC report on ABC. Guo Jincai was made a bishop in Chengde, north-east of

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Earlier this year Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times correspondent whose job takes him to some of the most dire realities on the planet, reflected that in his travels he routinely encountered two Catholic churches, writes Jo Chandler in The Age. ''One is the

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An American priest has described his time as a Catholic chaplain in Iraq as like “living in a frat house” on a US installation, writres Anthony Barich in The Record. Fr Van Constant, of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in New Orleans, studied

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Could there be a pelicula mas loco (crazier film)  than Machete?  Yes, but they tend to be released on DVD and disappear into mad movie limbo. Should you stray into this film (unlikely, given its title with its implied warning), if you last the

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Cardinal George Pell and Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher have clarified that Church teaching on condoms has not changed, reports The Australian. The Catholic News Agency cites the Vatican spokesman saying the same. Cardinal Pell said that although the issue

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Petersham RSL club in NSW has cancelled a "Black Mass Music Festival" scheduled for later this month, following complaints, reports The Catholic Weekly. The festival was touted as a "once in a lifetime live ritual and special black mass performance" and an

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His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, on Wikimedia Commons --- Hong Kong-based Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, an important aide to Pope Benedict XVI on China Church affairs, said he wanted to have "a good cry" over the illicit ordination of a bishop in

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Nicholas Tonti-Filippini, image from the National Colloquium for Catholic Bioethicists website --- The country's first hospital ethicist has written to Premier Mike Rann urging him to block the introduction of voluntary euthanasia in South Australia,

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HK tycoon Li Ka-Shing, on Facebook --- The Catholic Church in Hong Kong has issued a public apology to billionaire Li Ka-shing over remarks by a priest that likened the tycoon to the devil, said a report by the UK Telegraph in the Sydney Morning

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Bishop Richard Williamson --- The Society of St Pius X has ordered Bishop Richard Williamson to reconsider his decision to retain an attorney associated with the neo-Nazi movement in an appeal against a 2009 conviction in Germany for Holocaust denial,

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NSW state government plans to introduce ethics classes into primary schools are in disarray after the Coalition announced it would not support them as an alternative to scripture if it wins power next year, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. ''While the NSW

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Rt General Peter Cosgrove in an interview with ABC Radio, on YouTube --- Former Defence Force chief, General Peter Cosgrove, will be installed as the new Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University (ACU) this Sunday in a ceremony at St Mary's

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Father Greg Reynolds --- The future of a Western Port parish priest who spoke in support of women's ordination hangs in the balance, said a report in the Peninsula Weekly. Father Greg Reynolds did not respond to the Weekly's request for an interview and

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Pope Benedict XVI is famously his own best spin doctor. In the old days, the Vatican would dispatch senior officials to try to calm the waters after the pope said or did something controversial. More recently it’s worked the other way, writes John Allen

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Image from Rome Reports video on YouTube --- Pope Benedict said he would not hesitate to relinquish his post if he no longer felt ''physically, psychologically and spiritually'' up to the job, said a report by the UK Telegraph in the Sydney Morning

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

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