New Zealand

Court case proves euthanasia safeguards aren’t there Comments 0


“The current landmark court case in Canada again reinforces the fact that laws legalising euthanasia cannot provide safeguards that work,” says Dr Peter Thirkell, Care Alliance Secretary. Roger Foley has cerebellar ataxia, a terminal and incurable severe brain disorder that limits movement and leaves him unable to perform basic tasks independently. He wants to be Read more

I am a library, quiet but filled with knowledge – it’s dumb Comments 0


Listen to the voices of children and young people. This is the challenge issued by the Commissioner for Children and the Schools Trustees Association. “I am a library, quiet but filled with knowledge – it’s dumb [that I’m not asked]”, was just one of the comments made in a survey of young people asking them about Read more

Asia Pacific

Pacific Island Police: significant contribution to the success of RAMSI Comments 0

Pacific Island Police

Relatively little attention has been paid to the contribution made by the large number of Pacific Islands police who served in the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) RAMSI retained high levels of popular support until the mission finally ended in June 2017. For most Solomon Islanders, it was the mission’s Participating Police Read more

Archbishop Byrnes asks: What now for Guam? Comments 0


“Members of our Church, our island community, even those who have watched closely from beyond the seas, surely ask ‘now what?’” This was the question posed by Archbishop of Hagåtña (Guam), Michael Byrnes, at a press conference on Tuesday. He was speaking after an Apostolic Tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced that it Read more


Reformed communications, Vatican-style Comments 0


During the long reign of Pope John Paul II the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, was regularly derided as the church’s version of Pravda – the propaganda rag that the Communist Party in the former Soviet Union disseminated each day Read more

Young people are not the problem Comments 0

young people

If the recent conference at the University of Notre Dame — where speakers postulated reasons for young people’s disassociation from the Catholic Church — represents the approach going into the upcoming Synod of Bishops on young people, we would beg Read more

Bishop Matthews: Church first cousin to a museum or a place of worship? Comments 0


“Is the church called to be the first cousin to a museum or is it the place for the worship of a living God? “To reinstate a very damaged building, so people can say ‘we like the outside of it’, seems to me somewhat misdirected. “I wonder what an empty cathedral would be an icon Read more

  • Features

  • An introvert’s worst nightmare


    For people high in introversion, life is good when they can sit back and let others take front and center. There are times, however, when they’re called upon to be the ones in the spotlight. Perhaps they ran for an office in a volunteer group and, much to their surprise, actually won the election. Now Read more

  • Is religion intrinsically violent?


    It has become one of the most commonplace and influential ideas about religion: that it is the cause of much, if not most, of the conflict and violence in the world. While this is not a new idea — religious passions have long been deemed suspect for their potential to causes divisions — the notion Read more

  • World

  • Vatican communications chief resigns after media botch Comments 0

    The Vatican’s communications chief, Monseigneur Dario Viganò has resigned. His resignation comes a week after his department twice omitted information it gave the media about a letter by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. Viganò wrote to Pope Francis on 19 March offering his resignation. “In recent days many controversies have arisen regarding my work which, beyond Read more

  • Australia’s Federal Labor party pledge promises Catholic schools extra funds Comments 0

    Australia’s Federal Labor party has pledged to restore $250m of funding to the country’s Catholic schools. Bill Shorten, who is the party’s federal parliamentary leader, has promised the Catholic Bishops’ Conference chairman, Bishop Denis Hart, to “arbitrarily” give Catholic schools the $250m in the first two years of government. Shorten also pledged billions more to Read more

  • Polish priest wishing for Pope’s death rebuked Comments 0

    A Polish priest who said in a homily last month he wished Pope Francis would die an early death has been called to account by his archbishop. Father Edward Staniek was evidently reacting to Francis’s call for Catholics to take in Muslim refugees because it was their Christian duty. “I pray for the Pope in Read more

  • First Plenary Council for Australian Catholics in decades Comments 0

    Australia’s Catholic Church is making plans to hold the country’s first Plenary Council in over 80 years. Pope Francis has approved the national ecclesiastical gathering. The Plenary Council will meet twice – once in central Australia in late 2020 and again on the eastern seaboard in mid-2021. The Council’s aim is to make plans to Read more

  • Pope wants young people: their enthusiasm, daring and hope Comments 0

    The enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people are necessary to the Catholic Church, Pope Francis says. Speaking to a gathering of 300 young representatives, Francis explained the Church needs youth to preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today. “We need to rediscover in the Lord the strength Read more