August 22, 2018

Author Archive | Catherine Sheehan


A match made in heaven at Manly’s Cerretti Chapel

Charmian Frize gets goose-bumps when she talks about that moment when a bride takes her father’s arm at the door of the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in Manly and prepares to walk down the aisle. She says the emotion of that moment always affects her. As Chapel Manager for 11 years, she has seen many […]


Missionary priest predicts a Christian future for China

He had to say Mass in secret during his 10 years in China, but Fr Greg McEnnally MSC predicts that within a short time China could become the largest Christian nation on earth. “Christians in China now vastly outnumber the communist party, Fr McEnnally told The Catholic Weekly. “So what’s going to happen in the […]


Church leaders call for a fair go for poor families

Church leaders have urgently called for the Federal Government to appoint advocates for the poor and disadvantaged to the Fair Work Commission’s expert panel which determines Australia’s minimum wage rates. “Despite 25 years of uninterrupted economic growth in Australia, there are hundreds of thousands of people who find themselves in poverty even though they have […]


Pope opens canonisation process for two teenagers of heroic virtue

Pope Francis has set in motion the process toward canonisation of two teenagers who displayed heroic Christian virtues during their short lives, one of whom used his computer skills to catalogue Eucharistic miracles months before dying from leukemia. The Pope signed a degree on 5 July during a meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect for […]


End the silence against political correctness, ACU academic says

What is the answer to the quagmire of political correctness our culture currently finds itself festering in? How can we fight this pervasive form of censorship which has seeped into our universities, the media and even schools, and seeks to eradicate religion and particularly Christianity from the public square? According to Dr Kevin Donnelly, a […]


Marriage Mass recalls life-times of love and learning

Antonetta Tagliapietra lost her husband a few months ago after 60 years of marriage, but she still attended the annual Marriage Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on 8 July to honour their life together. “He was a family man and we were never separated for a day,” Mrs Tagliapietra told The Catholic Weekly. “We did […]


Fr Brian Yates, a kind man of hospitality, farewelled

Fr Brian Yates, a kind man known for his generosity and hospitality towards others, was farewelled from St Mary’s church in North Sydney on 5 July. The former Spiritual Director at St Patrick’s Seminary in Manly passed away peacefully on 2 July, after 60 years of priesthood, aged 88. Bishop Tim Harris of the Townsville […]


Archbishop to appeal conviction

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson says he will appeal his conviction for concealing historical child sexual abuse and will only resign as Adelaide Archbishop if his appeal is rejected. In his statement Archbishop Wilson said he is conscious of calls for his resignation. “However, at this time, I am entitled to exercise my legal rights and […]


Home detention for Adelaide Archbishop

Australia’s bishops have expressed hope that the custodial sentence handed down to Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson for concealing child sexual abuse will give “some sense of peace and healing” to survivors. “It takes great courage for survivors to come forward to tell their stories,” the bishops said in their statement released on 3 July, the […]


CIS course to explore the strange world of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Ever wondered about the Dead Sea Scrolls? What are they and who wrote them? Did they have any influence on the gospels? Do they have anything to say about Jesus Christ? A fascinating new course is currently being offered at the Catholic Institute of Sydney on the Dead Sea Scrolls, led by lecturer in biblical […]


First ordained Torres Strait Islander longed for “one, true Church”

The first Torres Strait Islander to be ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church converted to Catholicism five years ago, and says he desired to become Catholic from the time he was a child. “It was actually my childhood goal,” Kopel Gibuma told The Catholic Weekly. “I wanted to become one with the one, true […]


“Do not be afraid to say ‘yes’ to Christ,” says newly ordained Jesuit

“Do not be afraid to say ‘yes’ to Christ’s invitation,” newly ordained Jesuit priest, Fr Nico Lariosa SJ, told young people following his recent ordination. “Religious life is a wonderful life if you’re being called to it,” he continued. “You don’t need to wait until you are perfect, or until you’re 100 percent sure, because […]