The former dean of St Stanislaus' College in Bathurst has been cleared of charges of indecent assault on schoolboys half a century ago in regional NSW.James Jennings, now 77, was the College dean in 1960 and 1961 when the events were alleged to have taken
PM Julia Gillard and Cardinal George Pell, pictured in the Sydney Morning Herald --- Prime Minister Julia Gillard pledged $1.5 million, if elected, for the canonisation celebrations of Mary MacKillop, at a fundraising event in Sydney last
Father Francis Kolencherry --- Father Francis Kolencherry has been appointed as the first National Coordinator to the Syro-Malabar Rite of the Catholic Church. The appointment was made by Archbishop Philip Wilson, President of the
Much has been written about the Pope’s visit to the UK during which he will declare Cardinal Newman ‘Blessed’, the first step on the way to sainthood. But there is another strong case for sainthood. I refer to Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador.
One of the most agreeable features of Paul Johnson, as an intellectual journalist, is that he tackles the big subjects. Histories of the modern world, of the Jews, the US, lives of Napoleon, of Pope John Paul II, roll off his word processor with a
Senator Bob Brown --- The Greens leader Senator Bob Brown said that Cardinal George Pell's views do not represent mainstream Christian thinking, adding that the Greens' policies are closer to Christian ideals than the Cardinal's ideas.
Australian Jesuit Father Paul Gardiner, the former postulator for the cause of Mary MacKillop's canonisation, will concelebrate the event's Mass on October 17 with Pope Benedict. Fr Gardiner spent 25 years working behind the scenes to champion the
They look like bikers, they ride like bikers, but their goal is far different. " We're not a motorcycle gang, we're a motorcycle ministry," said Hank Stanco, state coordinator of the Catholic Cross Bearers Motorcycle Ministry in Oklahoma, USA.
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally will table a proposal before her Cabinet to allow adoption agencies the right to refuse gay couples a child, reports the Daily Telegraph. The move follows Anglicare, one of the State's leading child adoption agencies,
Bishop Christopher Saunders, the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council chairman --- The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council has called on political parties to address homelessness in Australia with commitment and compassion,
From left, Gemma Portelli of Ave Maria College Aberfeldie and Mairead Dalton of Our Lady of Sion College Kerrimuir with James Merlino MP, Victorian Minister for Sports Recreation and Youth Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural
Vampire fiction novelist Anne Rice, who became a Christian 12 years ago, is "quitting Christianity in the name of Christ", said a report in the Herald Sun. Announcing the move on her Facebook page, she said it was no longer possible for her to belong
National Homeless Persons Week has just concluded. This website of Homelessness Australia, the national peak body, contains a range of archival and resource material to help deal with this important social blight. There are links to next month's national
The emergence of what have come to be termed “ecclesial movements” has been a significant feature of the Church in the past fifty years, writes Bishop Julian Porteous. Such movements have been seen by Pope John Paul II and by Pope Benedict XVI as
Logotherapy. You may not have heard of it yet, but you soon will if Dr Paul McQuillan has his way. After nearly 12 years as administrative services director at Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE), Paul said it was time to move on and pursue his interest in
Ethica accessories is the trading name of the Sisters of St Joseph Peruvian Project Ltd, an initiative that provides employment and income for hundreds of women and their families living in some of the poorest areas of Peru, South America. It is a
Cardinal George Pell --- Senator Bob Brown is trying to "re-define Catholic beliefs", the Archdiocese of Sydney said in response to the Greens politician's criticism of Sydney's Cardinal George Pell. "Cardinal Pell’s
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has urged the electorate to take the votes seriously and test politicians against "six essential criteria" in the upcoming Federal election.The ACBC released a statement, which quotes Archbishop Philip Wilson,
Catholic Social Services Australia's director Frank Quinlan has welcomed Prime Minister Julia Gillard's plan to cut red tape within the not-for-profit sector. A survey conducted last year showed that just 19 of its members had 620 separate contracts
Catholic and other church-owned health systems in the US have demonstrated significantly better, more efficient care than for-profit health systems. A study by Thomson Reuters has found Catholic health systems were also found to provide