The Catholic Weekly - Sydney
CW Catholic Weekly News Australian Catholic News
 CATHOLIC JOBS   CATHOLIC GIFTS SHOP   ABOUT US   ADVERTISING   SUBSCRIPTIONS   CONTACT US   COPYRIGHT   22 October, 2014 
Search
Catholic Weekly Newspaper Cover
NEWS HEADLINES
 ↓  WHAT'S INSIDE
 

Gough Whitlam: a tribute to an education visionary

Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who died on 21 October, played a key role in changing the attitude of the electorate to the funding of Catholic schools, writes executive director emeritus of Sydney Catholic schools Br Kelvin Canavan fms.

I first met E. G. Whitlam when he spoke at a series of ‘State Aid’ rallies in Sydney prior to the 1969 federal election. He was in full voice before a Catholic community that had packed halls and cinemas on eight Sunday evenings, demanding financial support for their schools from federal and state governments.

The final gathering was in the Sydney Town Hall. Around 5000 people crammed into the upper and lower levels, and on the George Street steps. The proceedings were broadcast live on radio station 2SM.

His message was always the same. Australia must increase spending on education and both government and Catholic schools should be funded according to need. Gough had a very clear view that the Commonwealth must make “a comprehensive and continuous financial commitment to schools, as it has to universities”.     [Full Story]


 MORE LATEST NEWS ... 
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, said the October 2015 world Synod of Bishops on the family should return to the practice of previous synods in publishing participants’ interventions, for the benefit of their discussions and the information of the outside world. [More]
After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals. [More]
Fr Manuel Santiago was top dog at the annual blessing of the animals at his Brighton le Sands parish on the feast of the patron saint of animals, St Francis of Assisi. [More]


POPE FRANCIS
FRAMED PRINT

Exclusive to the Catholic Gift Shop

We are pleased to offer a beautiful, silver-framed photograph of Pope Francis.

The photograph shows the Pope greeting the faithful in the first days of his papacy.

This elegantly-framed print will grace the walls of your home, club, office, classroom or church.

To obtain your copy click here



 
Powered by CathComm Copyright © 2013 The Catholic Weekly - Sydney