September 26, 2017

Author Archive | Catherine Sheehan


Children are not chattels: An interview with children’s rights campaigner Katy Faust

Redefining marriage will effectively redefine parenthood, denying children the right to be raised by their own biological parents, says Katy Faust, an advocate for children’s rights from the United States, who was herself partially raised by a same-sex couple. Recently in Sydney, Katy is an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage and founder of the Them […]


US paediatrician says fatherhood is key to happiness, in this life and the next

American author Dr Meg Meeker has spent the last 30 years practising paediatric and adolescent medicine. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters; Strong Mothers, Strong Sons, and her latest, Hero: Being the Strong Father Your Children Need. Dr Meeker recently spoke […]


Fire ban no barrier! Nothing will stop Maronites exalting the Holy Cross

What do Maronite Catholics do when a total fire ban prevents them from celebrating a feast day with a traditional bonfire? They use an LED fireplace of course! Four hundred people from the Maronite Catholic community of Sydney came together on the evening of 13 September at St Rafqa’s Maronite Catholic Church in Austal to […]

Matthew Tan. Photo: Robert Hiini

Catholic panel tackles faux binary of faith vs science at Scholarship in the Cathedral

Faith and science work together in harmony to help us understand reality, according to a panel of experts on 6 September at the second installation of the Scholarship in the Cathedral series of talks, at Chapter Hall, next to St Mary’s Cathedral. Addressing the topic of “Faith and science in the same universe,” Bishop Richard […]

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Proud as punch families celebrate student excellence at 2017 Archbishop’s Awards

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has presented the Archbishop of Sydney Awards for Student Excellence 2017 to 49 outstanding students from Catholic Secondary schools across the Archdiocese of Sydney. The recipients were individually recognised during a ceremony held at St Mary’s Cathedral College Hall for service to their school and parish communities, as well as their […]

Christians gather at a vigil for social justice in Canberra, October 2015.

Australians need a fairer economy, say bishops in 2017 Social Justice Statement

Despite the fact that Australia has enjoyed a quarter-century of uninterrupted economic growth, nearly three million Australians, including 730,000 children, are living in poverty, the Catholic Bishops of Australia have said in a statement released on 7 September, in which they call for a more just and inclusive economy. Bishop Vincent Long, Chairman of the […]


Bishop Umber’s meme ministry gains global attention

Bishop Richard Umbers has proved himself to be a guru of social media, with his posting of memes scoring him a write-up on Church Pop, a popular website that is part of the EWTN network and provides “fun, informative and inspirational” stories from Christian culture. As a result of the story, the number of “likes” […]

Bishop Robert Rabbat and fellow Melkite clergy hold the relic of St Mariam and an icon portraying her in Merrlands on 27 August. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Sydney’s Melkites entrust hope of new church to St Mariam

After managing to obtain a precious first-class relic of a recently-canonised saint from the Holy Land, the Melkite Catholic Community of St Elias in Sydney is hoping that through the saint’s intercession they can raise the necessary funds to build a desperately-needed church for their community. A strand of hair from the head of St […]


Man who was ‘saved’ by Our Lady one of two ordained for Sydney

One year to the day after consecrating two auxiliary bishops for the archdiocese of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP ordained two more labourers for the vineyard of the Lord in St Mary’s Cathedral – this time to the priesthood. One of the new priests had miraculously escaped harm in a serious car accident in Africa, […]

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP joins the parish of St Martha's, Strathfield, on 18 August for their centenary celebrations. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

‘Nothing will change’ a smokescreen for coercion and harassment

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has taken a strong stand for religious freedom in Australia by calling on MPs of all political persuasions to explain how they will protect people’s right to religious liberty, should the Marriage Act be altered to allow same-sex couples to “marry”. As the nation gears up for a postal plebiscite next […]

Father Saul Rosario hears a young girl's confession on 19 November 2016, near the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico. The Mass and procession which followed were a call to remember and pray for migrants. PHOTO: CNS

Archbishop Anthony Fisher defends Seal of Confession

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has defended the Catholic Church’s “sacramental seal” of Confession, after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released a report recommending that Australian law require that priests divulge to authorities any information about the sexual abuse of children communicated to them while ministering the sacrament. Archbishop Fisher rejected […]


UK barrister urges churches not to keel over in gay marriage stoush

A barrister from the UK who has defended numerous Christians dragged before the courts for their faith has delivered an urgent message to Christians in Australia: the only reason marriage was redefined in the UK is because the Christian churches did not stand up visibly and vocally and speak the truth about marriage. Andrea Williams […]