Posts Tagged ‘Archbishop Mark Coleridge’

World’s first online parish launched

Monday, November 29th, 2021
Brisbane archdiocese online parish

The Archdiocese of Brisbane has launched what may be the world’s first online parish enabling thousands of Catholics to practise their faith in the digital world. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the innovation was sparked by the continued interest in online Masses. This is despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions allowing parishioners to attend churches Read more

Get jabbed, or get suspended

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
Archbishop of Brisbane vaccination

The Archbishop of Brisbane has issued an ultimatum to clergy in the archdiocese – they must be double vaccinated within a month, or be suspended. Archbishop Mark Coleridge sent a letter this week to all priests and deacons to comply with double-dose vaccination by December 15 or stand aside. In the strongly worded letter on Read more

Australian Catholic archbishop proclaims support for Uluru Statement

Thursday, September 30th, 2021
Archdiocese of Brisbane

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge has endorsed the Australian first nations Uluru Statement. The Statement was signed in 2017 by 250 aboriginal and Torres Strait islander leaders. It calls for the establishment of a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and Read more

Coleridge advocates increased Afghan refugee intake

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Increasing the refugee intake is one way the Australian Government could help with the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, says Archbishop Mark Coleridge. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president says the government should provide at least 20,000 humanitarian places for refugees from Afghanistan in the wake of the current Taliban takeover. In a letter to Read more

International recognition for Kiwi-hatched idea

Monday, May 10th, 2021
Flashes of Insight

An idea hatched in Wellington last year and tested during COVID lockdown received international recognition on Saturday when Flashes of Insight was featured in the influential “Letter from Rome”. A weekly ‘must-read’ for informed Catholics, the Letter shapes and unravels the burning issues of the day in the Vatican and the Church. The conversation on Read more

Towards a synodal Church

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Embracing a synodal model of the Church is “messy” but it offers the only path to a “future that’s worth having”, says a leading Australian bishop. Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, the president of the Australian Bishops’ Conference, was speaking about the experience of the plenary council, the highest form of gathering for a local Read more

Catholic bishops need to give up the secrecy

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Australia’s Catholic bishops seem to have learned little from the sexual abuse scandal and its associated cover-ups. Pushed by a royal commission report to implement reforms, they recently reverted to standard operating procedures of delay and secrecy in suppressing a major report on governance reform. While hoping to delay and control discussion, the bishops were Read more

Australian bishops’ conference head in Rome before plenary council

Monday, February 24th, 2020

The head of the Australian bishops’ conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, is in Rome for high-level discussions before the Church in Australia’s first plenary council since Vatican II. The plenary council is set to begin in Adelaide October. During his two-week trip to Rome, Coleridge will meet with senior curial figures and Pope Francis. They will Read more

Radical change proposed for Australian seminaries

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Australia’s Catholic Church may scrap the centuries-old system of training priests in seminaries. Two years after a royal commission exposed the scale of child abuse in the church, Catholic leaders are reshaping the way clergy are appointed. This includes new screening and monitoring protocols for candidates and a revamped “national program of priestly formation” being Read more

Restoring trust in the Church means promises must be kept

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Restoring trust in the Church will come over time only if “we do the things we say we’re going to do,” Brisbane’s Catholic archbishop says. Mark Coleridge, who is also the head of the Australian Bishops’ Conference, says a “willingness to act no matter the cost” is the only way to restore trust in the Read more