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Dementia tops fear list – but life can still have meaning Comments 0


Getting dementia tops the list of fears for older people including baby boomers, says a celebrated world authority on ageing and spirituality, Dr Elizabeth MacKinlay. Yet people with dementia can still find meaning in life, she says. MacKinlay is professor of theology at Charles Sturt University in Canberra and an Anglican priest. She has been presenting Read more

Anglican Archbishops fasten on four key election challenges Comments 0


The Anglican Archbishops in Aotearoa New Zealand have identified four key challenges facing the country in the run-up to the General Election on September 20. These issues are: Child poverty Income inequality Lack of affordable and accessible housing Global warming Calling on all Anglicans to exercise their right to vote in the election, Archbishops Winston Read more


Catholic Church not helping women by focussing on sorcery Comments 1

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 The Catholic Church has long been fighting sorcery in Papua New Guinea. An Auckland academic says the real issue with violence against women in Papua New Guinea is not sorcery, but gender inequality. Evangelina Papoutsaki  says unequal gender relations which are the result of the post-colonial times and Christianity, are being used to justify violence against Read more

10 things you need to know about Fiji’s new electoral system Comments 0

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With the first Fiji general election since the 2006 coup less than three weeks away, it is important to understand Fiji’s new electoral system. The Catholic Church in Fiji has been conducting workshops for Catholic politicians. Head of Catholic Church, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong says it is the church’s role to train politicians to have an Read more


Not a good time to be Catholic Comments 1


Now is not a good time to be a Christian – especially, if you are a Catholic. Read The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, listen to the ABC or read Irfan Yusuf’s recent piece and it’s obvious that the critics Read more

Five ways to be Catholic at work Comments 2


Maybe it’s because of September. Maybe it’s because the great Patrick Lencioni will be on campus next week. Maybe it’s because my desk is a pile of papers each facing a different direction … but I have been thinking a Read more

Archbishop asks for prayer for captive Fijian soldiers Comments 0


Anglican Archbishop Winston Halapua has asked all parishes in the Diocese of Polynesia to pray for the safe release of 44 Fijian soldiers held captive by a militant rebel group in the Golan Heights. “We join with our leaders and with all people of faith in Fiji to pray for our soldiers who have been Read more

  • Features

  • The seal of confession cannot be broken


    The Anglican Communion has demonstrated, yet again, how eager it is to keep up with changing times. In line with society’s greater recognition of the devastation wrought by child sexual abuse, a recent Synod has sought to remove any impediment to good professional practice and individual conscience by allowing individual priests to report on serious Read more

  • Catholics reaching out to Anglicans


    November this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the solemn promulgation of the Second Vatican Council Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio. It still remains the authoritative document of the Catholic Church setting out the principles of ecumenical dialogue, though much of its teaching was expounded by St John Paul II in his encyclical Ut Read more

  • World

  • Sydney Catholic paper refuses to advertise McAleese event Comments 2

    Mary McAleese resized

    Sydney’s Catholic Weekly newspaper is refusing to run an advertisement for an event at which former Irish president Mary McAleese will speak. The reasons cited by Catholic Weekly editor Peter Rosengren are Ms McAleese’s views on homosexuality and the ordination of women. Ms McAleese is the guest of Catholic think-tank, Catalyst For Renewal, and will Read more

  • Worship congregation head reassigned out of Rome by Pope Comments 0

    Cardinal Canizares resized

    Pope Francis has reassigned one of his predecessor’s key appointments to a position out of Rome. After six years as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera has been appointed Archbishop of Valencia in Spain. Cardinal Canizares told Vatican Insider that he had asked for a Read more

  • Italian bishop slams prejudice against unconventional couples Comments 1

    Bishop Galantino resized

    The Church should do more to welcome “unconventional couples”, instead of making them targets of “de facto discrimination”, a leading Italian bishop says. The secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference, Bishop Nunzio Galantino, said couples in “irregular matrimonial situations” are still Christians. Speaking at a national liturgical gathering in Italy on August 27, Bishop Galantino Read more

  • Catholic marriage and sex ethicist Dr Jack Dominian dies Comments 1


    Catholic psychiatrist and theologian Dr Jack Dominian, who championed a rethink on Christian sexual ethics, has died in the United Kingdom, aged 84. As early as 1977, Dr Dominian warned against what he called the Catholic Church’s pre-occupation with marital chastity at the expense of other factors in a successful marriage. In his “Proposals for Read more

  • Mugabe prefers Chinese aid with no gay strings attached Comments 1


    Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe says he greatly prefers Chinese aid over that from Western nations because the latter want him to accept homosexuality. Mr Mugabe, said to be a practising Catholic, told a Chinese television interviewer that he resents Western aid because it always depends on conditions like accepting homosexuality. He praised Beijing for being Read more

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