Despite still being under attack for axing several religious and faith based programs, including the highly regarded The Religion Report, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, at least for now, still has a dedicated "religion and ethics"
Toowoomba Bishop William Morris says that debate on euthanasia is important but that people should not let emotions cloud the issue and make up their minds based on facts. Bishop Morris made his comments after voluntary euthanasia group Exit
Opening the 6th World Meeting of Families in Mexico, Pontifical Council for the Family president, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, said the traditional family must be given "decisive priority" for the future in a culture sick with individualism.
Unemployed people need education, retraining and financial and family counselling, Catholic Social Services Australia CEO Frank Quinlan says. "Employment services can no longer just be focused on outcomes such as job places," Mr Quinlan said.
Vinnies Queensland will not appeal the award of $27,500 in compensation to volunteer Linda Walsh who was asked to resign as a local conference leader because she was not Catholic. The Catholic Leader reports the St Vincent de Paul Society
Author Brendan Whiting whose book "The Shroud Story" rebutted scientific tests dating the Shroud of Turin to the 14th century has died in Sydney. The Catholic Weekly reports that Whiting's 2006 book renewed support for the authenticity of the
Fifteen years ago I knew practically nothing of the Dominicans, all I knew of Aquinas was the caricature of the desiccated scholastic wondering about angels and pins, and what little theology I had studied at university I found eye-wateringly dull. Thus I
Georgetown University in Washington DC is America's oldest Catholic university celebrating 220 years of higher learning in 2009. It was founded by the nation's first Catholic bishop, the Jesuit John Carroll. In the emerging tradition of American
Within Catholic circles, the only people I've seen quarrelling are the kind of Jew-hating kooks one finds in the fever swamps of sedevacantism and other outposts of lunacy. In circles beyond the Church, of course, the situation is much more volatile, with
With the death of Father Richard John Neuhaus on Jan. 8, the Catholic Church lost one of its greatest public intellectuals, a theologian who brought the light of the Gospel to the world of public life. More than that, though, Father Neuhaus made possible a
The Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal has ordered the St Vincent de Paul Society to pay $27,000 in compensation to a former local Vinnies president who was sacked because she was not Catholic. The landmark decision in the Anti-Discrimination
Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Murphy Pakiam has accused Malaysian of acting in bad faith over its refusal to allow the publication of a Malay edition of the Catholic Herald pending the outcome of a court case on the use of the word "Allah". The
An extraordinary minister refused communion to Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls at a Christmas Mass service at St Monica's parish, Moonee Ponds before parish priest, Fr Peter Kenny, intervened and gave him communion. The Herald-Sun reports
Pope Benedict has called for a "deep revision" of the world's "dominant development model", saying "the state of the planet's environment and above all the cultural and moral crisis" are even more urgent than the financial
At least twenty church workers were killed in 2008, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has announced calling on Catholics to pray for those who have sacrificed their lives. Publishing its annual list of missionaries killed during the year,
Australia is experiencing a rise in conversions and vocations in the wake of last year's World Youth Day, Sydney Cardinal George Pell says. "We are registering an increase in conversions," Cardinal Pell told the the Italian bishops news agency.
The Vatican City State will no longer automatically adopt Italian laws because there are too many of them and they conflict too often with Catholic teaching. The BBC reports Vatican legal experts say there are too many laws in Italian civil and
St Mary's, South Brisbane, is out of communion with the Church, Archbishop John Bathersby has told the parish, citing a list of problem issues, but will wait until the end of January before making a formal decision on the parish's future. Meanwhile,
The pill has "had devastating effects on the environment by releasing tonnes of hormones into nature," Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, says. "We have sufficient
Condemning a "refusal to dialogue", Pope Benedict has called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to "act immediately to end the current tragic situation" in the Gaza Strip. The pope deplored the "refusal to dialogue" which