Crikey contributor Greg Barns has alleged that I have issued an authoritarian edict regarding the Victorian abortion bill. I have done no such thing. My still unmatched challenge to civil libertarians, including those who support abortion on demand, is to
To be human is to be inadequate, by definition. Only God is adequate and the rest of us can safely say to ourselves: Fear not you are inadequate! But a God who made us this way surely gives us the slack, the forgiveness, and the grace we need to work with
The Crossroads Initiative is for a Church in the western world which it claims is at the crossroads. The Initiative feels the choice is clear: maintain the status quo and stand on the sidelines or mount an offensive of love, reaching out to the nominal,
Vatican Gendarme Corps chief, Domenico Giani, has announced that the corps will join Interpol. The Vatican gendarme corps will become the 187th member of the international security force Interpol, Zenit reports. The Interpol general assembly will
The number of marriages is growing, the Australian Bureau of Statistics says, but the overall marriage rate is down and church weddings continue to decline as a proportion. Australians increasingly want to tie the knot, News.com.au reports.
Future pope Joseph Ratzinger "did not attend Hitler Youth meetings", his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, says, and his family suffered economically as a result. In an interview by Andrea Tornielli for the Italian newspaper Il Giornale,
Pro-life group Human Life International has launched a campaign to St Michael to pray for the conversion of abortionists. "The fight against the culture of death is primarily a spiritual battle," according to HLI president Fr Thomas J.
Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has blamed the short term search for profit for the current financial crisis. In a major speech on religion in a globalised world, Cardinal Bertone said on Tuesday the current financial crisis is
Former New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma will join the board of Catholic Healthcare. The Daily Telegraph reports Mr Iemma will break with the tradition of former premiers who go on to earn millions as corporate high flyers. The paper
October 1, 2008 marks the first anniversary of the Oceania Province of the Christian Brothers. It was formed from the amalgamation of the four Australian provinces and the New Zealand province as well as the regions of Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.
Our current worshipping church will no doubt continue to decrease. We can either continue as we are with half empty churches or we can carefully rationalise our Masses and form new faith communities. It is always difficult to vary a long established
The preacher is in the business of the cure of souls. As has been the case in all ages our souls are damaged by wrong thought. We seek our lives in the wrong places and by the wrong means and we become the living dead. It is the preachers business to
Hanoi Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet is virtually under house arrest with phone spying equipment and cameras deployed openly from buildings near his residence. VietCatholic reports the archbishop's office must remain closed while he is required to
Sydney Archdiocese is backing a call by Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart for a Day of Intercession for the defeat of Victoria's abortion law reform bill. Archbishop Hart has urged Catholics and all people of goodwill to join with him in an Hour of
Catholics feel less pain than atheists and agnostics after contemplating the Virgin Mary, UK scientists have found. Reporting their findings in the forthcoming edition of Pain magazine, researchers at the Oxford Centre for Science of the Mind said
Thirty one Sydney World Youth Day pilgrims whose visas have expired are still in Australia in a total of 974 pilgrims who have not yet left the country. There are 974 Catholic pilgrims remaining in Australia following the July festivities, with 740
Italian media companies are preparing a cartoon and mini-series that will portray the life of Opus Dei founder Saint Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer as the organisation marks the 80th anniversary of its launch in 1928. ANSA reports Opus Dei is taking
Guardini's books nourished the most lively segment of Catholic thought during the 1900s. And one of his students was special, he's the current pope. When he was a student not much over the age of twenty, Joseph Ratzinger had the chance not only to read, but
This week's Encounter program looks at an ancient Gnostic sect which honours John the Baptist. They have fled persecution in the Middle East and found sanctuary in Australia. The Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran bring with them a pacifist belief structure and
The Broken Bay Institute (BBI) is a regular advertiser on CathNews and it has an interesting and symbolic history. BBI provides the largest offering of distance programs in spirituality and theology in Australia. It is a major activity of the Diocese of