20 Dec 2012
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BY DAVID TIMBS In a 1946 message to a conference of American catechists, Pius XII declared that “the sin of the century is the loss of the sense of sin”.  John Paul II embraced this theme as a central plank in his platform of the New

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20 Dec 2012

BY GABRIELLE McMULLEN I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.(Matthew, 25:36) In a previous blog, I mentioned that I am a Trustee of Mary Aikenhead Ministries.   Established by the Holy See at the request of the

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20 Dec 2012

BY TERESA PIROLA When as Christians we turn to the resurrection stories in the Gospels we usually expect to find there, well ... resurrection. Yet sometimes familiarity and expectation can lead us to overlook, or at least to gloss over, the detail of the

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20 Dec 2012

BY PATRICIA MOWBRAY Adelaide Now recently published an article titled “Disabled deserve the joy of sex.” Kelly Vincent, a member of the South Australian Parliament  has been dubbed the “Dignity for Disability MP”. She

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20 Dec 2012

BY GARRY EVERETT In his recent address to a Conference on Leadership, Sydney based lay leader Robert Fitzgerald outlined his views concerning the need for new models of leadership within the Church.  His basic thesis was that the laity have, through

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20 Dec 2012

BY BRIAN DOYLE The first person to bless my rosary was the priest who used to be my parish priest. He retired finally and now he is a utility man, as he says, filling in where needed.  You would be surprised at how many games you get to play even when

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20 Dec 2012
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BY MICHAEL MULLINS Father Z, the English-speaking world’s most quoted blogger, writes that giving children and non-communicants a blessing “is so wide-spread now that a priest who doesn’t give blessings at Communion could be thought to be

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20 Dec 2012
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BY ANN RENNIE Today students return to my school for the first day of Term 2 after enjoying a break of just over two weeks. Many would have gone away, but travel is not what makes a holiday. Sometimes the best holidays are spent out of the usual routine of

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20 Dec 2012
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BY CHRISTINE HOGAN Recently, I have received an anguished demand from a reader. The message was clear – do not aggregate any stories which are hidden behind electronic paywalls, he urged. Another, referring to Greg Sheridan’s piece in The

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20 Dec 2012

BY STEFAN GIGACZ The excellent proposal to change the boundaries of the Wilcannia-Forbes and neighbouring dioceses reminds me of a possibly apocryphal story that I once heard from a group of priests who recounted how Rome had proposed to divide the

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20 Dec 2012

BY LOUISE McKEOGH I often enjoy going to the movies to relax. Last weekend I had the chance to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.   It is always good to share the story with friends, and I enjoy working out what common theme or – as Joseph

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