Faith-based hospitals denied a say in patient deaths

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Faith-based hospitals in Queensland will not be able to deny entry to outside ­doctors to help terminally ill ­patients die, new legislation proposes. The Queensland government has rejected pleas by the churches for institutional protection from the widest voluntary assisted dying law to go before an Australian parliament. The legislation leaves the private, church-backed institutions Read more

Questions surround conscientious exemption from Covid vaccination

Thursday, September 16th, 2021
conscientious exemption

Australian Archbishop of Tasmania, Julian Porteous, is requesting a conscientious exemption to a Covid public health directive for a small group of priests. Porteous has written to Tasmania’s health minister, Jeremy Rockliff asking for the exemption. He says he is “obligated to respect the decision of those members of the clergy who have a conscientious Read more

Youth news: New global survey illustrates climate change anxiety

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

A new global survey shows the depth of anxiety many young people are feeling today about climate change. A majority of them report feeling fearful of the future, sorrowful and doomed. The Bath University-led survey questioned young people from 10 countries. Its focus concentrated specifically on young people’s emotional reactions to climate change. Claiming to Read more

Vatican wants boarding schools run by Heralds of the Gospel to be closed

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

The Holy See has instructed the ultra-conservative religious order, the Heralds of the Gospel, to close the boarding schools it operates in Brazil to educate children and adolescents. The aim is to protect the residential students from the high risk of psychological and sexual violence. The decision to close the schools comes after the Holy Read more

Pope questions vaccine skeptics, including cardinals

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Pope Francis said Wednesday he didn’t understand why people refuse to take COVID-19 vaccines, saying “humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines,” and that serene discussion about the shots was necessary to help them. “Even in the College of Cardinals, there are some negationists,” Francis said Wednesday, en route home from Slovakia. He noted Read more

Unvaccinated clergy barred from ministering to the sick and homebound elderly

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Priests of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 may not minister to the sick, elderly, and homebound, Bishop John Stowe has directed. The policy was announced during a Saturday vigil Mass Sept. 11 that Bishop Stowe celebrated at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington. At the end Read more

Pope: Bishops must handle Communion debate as shepherds, not with censures

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

The debate about denying Communion to politicians who support abortion must be handled in a pastoral way, not by public condemnations that seek to “excommunicate” Catholics who are not in line with church teaching, Pope Francis said. During his return flight from Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 15, the pope said that while there is no question Read more

Encouragement for light on feet and innovative ministry

Monday, September 13th, 2021
Be light on feet and innovative ministry

Church congregations in Wales “who have shown the power of love in action at a community level” during COVID are receiving praise from Rev Andy John, the Bishop of Bangor. “We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts and say how proud we are of what you have given in the service Read more

Vaccine passport destined for Sydney churchgoers

Monday, September 13th, 2021
The Australian

Sydney’s Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher is questioning the New South Wales government decision to show proof of vaccination before churchgoers can go inside. The rules for opening churches are being challenged by a number of religious leaders, including Fisher and the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Kanishka Raffel. They are also pushing Health Minister Brad Hazzard Read more

Catholic books purged and burned

Monday, September 13th, 2021

Thousands of Catholic books have been removed from school libraries in the name of “reconciliation” in Ontario, Canada. Popular French-language publications such as Tintin, Asterix and Lucky Luke are among the titles purged from the shelves. The discarded books were deemed subversive and allegedly perpetuated racist stereotypes, with illustrations or language deemed offensive to minorities. Read more