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First Nations Opinion

NATSICC calls for new way forward after Voice outcome

An unsuccessful outcome to the Voice to Parliament referendum is just another challenge that will be faced with dignity, respect and without losing hope, a statement from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council says.

Opinion Refugees

Australia’s ‘inhumane treatment’ of refugees needs urgent attention

Australia urgently needs a parliamentary inquiry into its onshore and offshore immigration detention program, writes St Vincent de Paul Society national president Mark Gaetani. Source: Canberra Times.

Opinion Synod

Synod discussions aim to breathe new life into the Church

The discussions at the Synod of Synodality’s first assembly, and any decisions made after the Synod concludes with a second assembly in 2024, are meant to breathe new life into the Church at every level, writes Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB. Source: The eRecord.

Bishops Opinion Synod

Pope promotes ‘safe space’ for Synod participants

Later this week, I will be one of 15 Australians and hundreds of people from around the world heading to Rome for the first assembly of what has become known as the “Synod on Synodality”, writes Sandhurst Bishop Shane Mackinlay. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Opinion

Legalisation doesn’t end fight against euthanasia

While the battle to prevent the legalisation of euthanasia may have been lost in all Australian states and likely soon in the territories, it does not mean we can abandon trying to give people reasons not to choose to end their lives, writes Margaret Somerville. Source: Catholic Voice.

Homelessness Opinion

Addressing the issue of ‘no fixed address’

As we mark Homelessness Week, we need to imagine the pain and isolation that are synonymous with not having a roof over our heads, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ. Source: Australian Jesuits.

Opinion World Youth Day

World Youth Day bringing together Church’s future leaders  

I can honestly say the experience of World Youth Day Sydney in 2008 changed the course of my life, writes Monica Doumit. Source: The Catholic Weekly. 

Opinion

Those responsible for Robodebt must face full force of the law: Vinnies

In the wake of the Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme, there has been discussion about the scheme’s cruelty and its illegality. However, the deliberate demonisation of the unemployed has been overlooked, writes the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Mark Gaetani.

Opinion

Modern slavery remains obscure to most Australians

Modern slavery has been a growing part of the national conversation in recent years, yet to most Australians it remains relatively obscure, writes Melissa Halliday. Source: Eureka Street.