South Melbourne parish priest Fr Bob Maguire will continue in his position until 2012 but hand over the financial reins of the parish to a Melbourne Archdiocese appointed administrator, in a compromise solution. "We've signed an agreement where

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Six students at Whitefriars College in Donvale, Victoria, have been suspended over the expellable offense of alleged cannabis sharing and trafficking arrangement, and smoking marijuana. All cases have been referred to police. The school is

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Eoin Cameron --- Former federal MP and ABC presenter Eoin Cameron spoke publicly for the first time about sexual abuse he had suffered at the Marist Brothers College in Mount Gambier, South Australia in the 1960s. The Perth breakfast

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Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls has approved a plan that will allow church run organisations to refuse employment to anyone who undermines their beliefs. Mr Hulls said a new Equal Opportunity Bill will be introduced into parliament next year with

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Seven primary schools in New South Wales want to participate in a pilot of an ethics course as an alternative to religion classes. The state government's religious education advisory panel is against the pilot altogether. The Education Act, reflectig

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Epistle at the start of the Gutenberg Bible, image from Wikimedia Commons --- The Latin Vulgate Bible aged more than half a millenium and one of the first books printed by the Gutenberg Press is on display as part of a Bible Society

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Western Australia's government is "appalled" at the level of binge drinking among teenagers, with the worst being 17 year old girls, found by the Australian School Students Alcohol and Drug survey, the state's biggest survey of student drug and

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Pope Benedict told some 120,000 gathered to meet him in the Czech city of Brno that spiritual renewal and an acknowledgement of the region's Christian heritage is needed to meet modern and cultural challenges. "History has demonstrated the

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In a lighter passage of Guardian of the Light, Paddy Kearney's splendid biography of Archbishop Denis Hurley, we encounter the usually reserved archbishop being taught by his nieces to "jive" to the music of The Beatles. The terminology suggests

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Tegan Leach with her partner --- Tegan Leach has become the unwitting "it" girl for abortion reform in Queensland. Unwitting, because who would have knowingly decided to sign up for the sort of exposure that has been thrust on this

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One of the challenges for the Archdiocese is changing perceptions of the Church as an extremely wealthy institution. The person in the street sees the Catholic Church as the holder of expensive real estate and closely connected to the "riches"

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The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter was founded in 1988 with the approval of Pope John Paul II. It has over 180 priests working in a dozen countries as well as a novitiate in Australia. The Fraternity came to Australia in March 2000 and has been invited

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Caritas Australia said its local partners in the Philippines are assessing the needs of Manila's slum dwellers affected by the tropical storm Ketsana that has caused massive floods, fatalities and displacement. More than 100 people were killed and

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Marauding bands of guerrillas have "crucified" seven Christians during a series of raids on villages in Sudan, with one man tied to a tree and mutilated while six other victims were nailed to pieces of wood and killed. Villagers who found

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Same sex marriage and rights proponents are planning ramped up campaigns for their cause in 2010, in Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Lismore, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. The "Year of Action for Same Sex Marriage" campaign will be launched on

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Fr Samir Khalil SJ --- Islam's growing influence in Lebanon is prompting even more of its Christians to emigrate, Beirut's Centre for Arab Christian Research and Documentation (CEDRAC) founder Jesuit Father Samir Khalil said. A third

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A new survey shows 34 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, say they have no religion. Even more significant is that one-third of those, about 11 million people, are Irish Americans. Why are so many Irish Catholics leaving the

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It is clear that this is not a screenplay that cares much for conventional morality. But it is typical Woody Allen fare, poking sly fun at the human condition and enjoyable in its own quirky fashion. The script is liberally sprinkled with witty

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Unless you have sent a child to a public school in New South Wales, you won't have come face-to-face with the madness that is known as "non-scripture". For one hour each week every public primary school in the state must divide its students into

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Inside Catholic bills itself as the voice of authentic Catholicism in the public square online. The website is focused on faith, culture and politics and the articles and blogs attached to the site are "fully compatible with orthodox Catholicism".

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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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