If he marries his Canadian Catholic fiancee, Queen Elizabeth II's
grandson Peter Phillips may be disqualified from succession to the
British Crown by a law which bars the monarch and heirs to the throne
from marrying a Catholic.
As Mehmet Ali Agca prepares to publish a book claiming to tell the
"full truth" about his attempt to kill John Paul II, a Bulgarian
airline official accused of involvement in the plot has been found dead
Saying that the "time for simple promises has passed", the Pontifical
Council for Justice and Peace has supported a call from new British PM
Gordon Brown to mobilise governments, business and faith-based
organisations in a bid to cut poverty.
The Vatican and religious congregations have given a lead on
environmental issues but "now it's time to mobilise the whole church
starting with the laity", says MJ Ruben, an Indian lay movement leader.
Describing him as an irredeemable optimist who would have admired the
iceberg that sank the Titanic, Jesuit Bishop Greg O'Kelly has ordained
a fellow Jesuit, Sacha Bermudez-Goldman to the priesthood.
A petition addressed to Australia's bishops has called for an
acknowledgment that the Church is facing a "major crisis in ministry"
and urges bishops to move on the ordination of married men, the
reintegration of former priests and discussion of women's ordination.
The death seven years ago of an American missionary priest, Fr John
Kaiser, who had helped teenagers pursue rape allegations against a
former Kenyan government minister, was murder and not suicide an
inquest has found.
Bishops' conference President Archbishop Philip Wilson says that the
forthcoming public debate, which he will attend, between Prime Minister
John Howard and Opposition leader Kevin Rudd will be a great
opportunity for them to hear the public policy concerns of Australia's
Austria's Catholic Church has launched a daily SMS service from Pope
Benedict in preparation for a September visit by the pontiff.
Estonians were this week awaiting the apparition of the White Lady -
the country's most famous ghost - at a ruined church in a medieval
Accusing his countrymen of heavy tax evasion, Italian Prime Minister
Romano Prodi, a Catholic, says that the Church must help change this
mindset by preaching on the moral obligation to pay taxes.
Bangalore priest Fr Faustine Lobo has welcomed the release of Indian
doctor Mohammed Haneef - detained for nearly a month under Australia's
anti-terror laws - as a "victory of human rights" but said that false
pride has prevented authorities from apologising over the affair.
Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has placed Msgr Geoff Baron on leave
pending an enquiry into an incident in which the Dean of St Patrick's
Cathedral swore at skateboarders in front of the cathedral.
Adelaide priest Fr Michael Doherty has described an attack by crowbar
wielding robbers at his Assumption Church, Virginia as a "gift from God
to bring out and renew the faith that is always in you".
The Australian Medical Council has granted accreditation to the
University of Notre Dame Australia's medical school which will open its
doors to 104 new students in February next year.
Australian Catholic University has awarded an honorary doctorate to the
Secretary of the Holy See Congregation on Catholic Education, Canadian
Archbishop J Michael Miller.
Philanthropist Dr Jerry Schwartz has donated $250,000 to the new
University of Notre Dame Australia medical school for the establishment
of an anatomy museum and clinical skills laboratory.
A new series of arrests of underground Catholic priests and blocking of
activities by Chinese authorities appear to indicate a hardening of the
government's position following Pope Benedict's letter to Catholics in
China, a local source says.
It made sense for Malta's Prime Minister to start his Australian visit
in Fremantle, the port city where so many Maltese children were
unloaded like cargo for a life of 20th-century slavery. He did well to
acknowledge the unimaginable misery of those little ones, some of them
as young as six, who were removed from their families in Malta under
false pretences, or simply dumped by them. The children were shipped
out to Australia and a horrible life in institutions that were little
more than slave-camps - Daphne Caruana Galizia
What began as a joke in the kitchen will become a published cookbook
next month and a US cooking television series next year, said Fr Leo
Patalinghug, the break dancing, martial arts guru, who also happens to
be skilled in the kitchen. Although there is an undeniable novelty
about watching a priest hosting a cooking show, Fr Leo said what is
most important is the actual "movement" to get families to come closer
together. The cookbook and the show are simply the vehicle to make that
happen - Henrietta Gomes
He might sport the trademark side-burns, but this Christian performer
is no ordinary Elvis Presley tribute artist. For Andy Seymour, it is
his intimate appreciation of the King's Gospel music that sets him
apart from the glitz and glam of stage life, a la Elvis. "I don't even
own a jumpsuit," says Andy of his respectful interpretation of Elvis
the faithful. "My Elvis gospel show is not about the bright lights of
Las Vegas which most people associate with the King - it's about the
spiritual side of the man," he says - Rebecca DiGirolamo
Anyone can become angry, that is easy. But to be angry with the right
person at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right
way, that is not within everyone's power and that is not easy. That was
according to Greek philosopher Aristotle, but it was clearly not at all
easy for Msgr Geoff Baron. If anything good can come out of this, it is
the realisation that priests, like the rest of us, are human and that
they, too, need to invest in their psychological as well as spiritual
wellbeing - Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
It is now official: there was, and still is, a stolen generation in
Australia. No matter what any politician says to the contrary, one
member of the stolen generation, Bruce Allan Trevorrow, now 50, has now
jumped all the hurdles and proved in the Supreme Court of South
Australia that he was taken away without the consent of his parents and
contrary to law. Ten years after the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity
Commission published its report Bringing Them Home, it is time for the politicians to reconsider the recommendations - Fr Frank Brennan
When we talk about the achievement of profit in a business, do we
measure that against the honesty of achieving that profit? When we're
talking in the military about achieving a mission, do we consider the
proportionality of the use of force and the oppression of others in
achieving the mission? These elements are apparently always in balance,
or are they? Profit-achieved other than honestly is absolutely
illegitimate. Missions achieved in the military without regard to
proportionality are just as illegitimate - General Peter Cosgrove