For some time I've been expecting to see a particular secularist conceit expressed in a particular way - and late last month, Richard Dawkins finally came through, writes Scott Stephens on ABC Ethics and Religion Online. Without any direct provocation that I

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Two students from St Joseph’s Nudgee College in Brisbane (pictured) are arrested for supplying steroids to classmates, celebrations for Port Macquarie Catholic education, and Sydney archdiocese’s Life, Marriage and Family Centre says funding

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Colombia rejects same-sex marriage, a female Catholic priest is ordained in Kentucky, Francis takes first steps to revealing how Vatican Bank operates and the Archbishop of Glasgow meets the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet

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Marcella Pattyn Died April 14, aged 92 At the heart of several cities in Belgium lies an unexpected treasure. A gate in a high brick wall creaks open, to reveal a cluster of small, whitewashed, steep-roofed houses round a church. Cobbled alleyways run

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A Very Personal Method: anthropological writings drawn from life by Mary Douglas (ed. Richard Fardon) (Sage) - Reviewed by Christopher Howse Mary Douglas, seen by many as the leading British anthropologist of the second half of the twentieth century, came to

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Joseph Masika was a practising doctor in Tanzania frustrated by his inability to make real change to public health policy. So he left for Adelaide to study and when he returned to Africa he began educating the wider community through grassroots preventative

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John 13:31-35  When Judas had gone Jesus said, ‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified, and in him God has been glorified. If God has been glorified in him, God will in turn glorify him in himself, and will glorify him very soon. "My little

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I woke today feeling sad. Usually, I can rid myself of my cares with a good long walk. Send me out onto a dirt road with a sack of sorrow for four or five hours, throw in a few hill climbs, some bracing winds from the south, and a goodly dose of solitude, and

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Associate editor of America, Kerry Weber, speaks with Dr Austen Ivereigh about Margaret Thatcher's legacy. Ivereigh is coordinator and co-founder of Catholic Voices, and a well-known Catholic author, journalist and commentator in

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“Revolution does not easily come to mind when we think of the papacy.” Those words appeared in the opening lines of a book that Archbishop Emeritus John R. Quinn of San Francisco published in 1999. The Reform of the Papacy: the costly call to

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NZ bishops describe the parliament's same-sex vote as 'bizarre', the QCEC scrutinises the Gonski funding model, in Brisbane Archbishop Coleridge issues a call to rebuild, and a conference in Melbourne reflects on the legacy of Archbishop Daniel

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Grumbles in the Curia as traditional 'new Pope bonus' cancelled, Cardinal Turkson of Ghana says self-interest hinders the UN, Pope Francis Pope tell new priests to be 'merciful pastors not functionaries', he continues to use his Argentine

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Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti July 31, 1922 – April 10, 2013 Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti, who died last week at the age of 90, dedicated many years as a ‘diligent colleague’ at the Holy See, Pope Francis said.  The cardinal had

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How to Read a Graveyard by Peter Stanford (Bloomsbury) - Reviewed by Thomas Marks ‘It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place’: so wrote Percy Shelley of the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome, where

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Dr Joel Hodge has accomplished much for his 30 years of age. The Brisbane-born theologian graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Studies in Religion) from the University of Queensland in 2009, released his first book, Resisting Violence and Victimisation:

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Earlier this month, a young man came to the doors of the Seventy-Two, a shelter for migrants in Tenosique, Mexico, to deliver a message from a local offshoot of the Zetas, Mexico’s most vicious organised-crime group. “What we want is the head of

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The recent announcement by the Federal Government of the setting up a Royal Commission examining sexual abuse in institutions has received bi-partisan support, strong community support and a firm commitment to cooperation by the Catholic Bishops and

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When Guillermo Marcó visited Pope Francis last month at the Vatican, he noticed a remarkable change in his old friend. “In Buenos Aires, when I saw him before the conclave, he looked really tired. He was anticipating his retirement,

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John 10:27 - 30 The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me. The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone and no one can

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In this episode of Catholic Focus on Salt + Light TV, host Cheridan Sanders speaks with Fr Ron Schmidt of Hope Media Productions about the making of the documentary The Labyrinth: The Testimony of Marian Kolodziej. The documentary tells the story of Marian

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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