May 27, 2018

Author Archive | Marilyn Rodrigues


Fairfield unit proposals are “terrifying” says priest

Proposals to develop two six-storey residential buildings close to Our Lady of the Rosary parish and primary school in Fairfield pose a “terrifying” risk to children, says parish priest Fr Michael de Stoop. Residents, parishioners, and parents of Our Lady of the Rosary are opposing two development applications for Weston Street for a total of […]


Thousands gather for Shrine 50th

They came with gratitude in their hearts and many with beloved home shrines for blessing. Archbishop Anthony Fisher celebrated Mass for a sea of joy-filled pilgrims at the golden jubilee of the Mt Schoenstatt shrine at Mulgoa on Pentecost Sunday. “I am grateful for the impact that the sisters, fathers, families, friends and pilgrims who […]

6 technology tips for parents

  Family life in the age of selfies and Snapchat is challenging as technology outpaces our ability to keep up with what our kids are seeing and doing online. US podcaster, author, and speaker Lisa Hendey has some advice for us parents that she has earned through hard-won experience as a mum of two now […]


Pope Francis sends Australia a message of support

Pope Francis has sent a special message to the Catholic Church in Australia as it officially starts its three-year Plenary Council. The Plenary Council 2020, officially launched on Pentecost Sunday, is not to change Church teaching or discipline but to help promote the flourishing of the faith, and propose ways that the Church might do […]

Students took the opportunity to ask the Archbishop some searching questions about faith and the Catholic Church in the world today. Photo: Abbel Gaspi

Fish burgers, faith and formation

Give students free reign at a microphone and you never know what you’re going to get. That’s what Archbishop Anthony Fisher found out when he invited 70 senior students from 34 schools to his place for lunch to hear their views on life, faith, and the Church. Archbishop Anthony welcomed the youngsters as part of […]


Sydney’s Catholics mourn terrorist victims

Sydney’s Indonesian Catholic community is in “deep sorrow” after terrorist attacks on three Indonesian churches on Mother’s Day, and angry that innocent children were used as suicide bombers, says one of its chaplains. Fr Petrus Suroto MSC, said that the attacks on the churches in Surabaya, the county’s second-largest city on Mother’s Day, was “unimaginable”. […]


Caritas slams budget cuts to foreign aid

The recent Federal Budget plunged Australia further into its “most insular period of international engagement in 60 years”, says the head of Caritas Australia. CEO Paul O’Callaghan called “miserly” the decision to further reduce the country’s aid program by $141m over four years. Less than one per cent of the Federal Budget is now committed […]


Question Time 4 has all the answers

From ghosts to gay weddings, Easter eggs to the death penalty, sacraments to scapulars, there’s hardly a topic relating to Catholic life and faith that Fr John Flader hasn’t written about. Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Randazzo will launch his latest book, Question Time 4:150 Questions and Answers on the Catholic Faith, this month. It’s the fourth […]

Dr Bella d'Abrera. Photo: supplied

Critic of ‘humanities decay’ to speak at NSW Parliament

University humanities students are being offered a dumbed-down and ‘quite dull’ version of the past, says author and historian Dr Bella d’Abrera. Dr d’Abrera is the director of the Foundations of Western Civilisation Program at the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), a Melbourne-based think-thank. She believes that Australian universities, at least in the humanities departments, […]


Marilyn Rodrigues: Read the Pope’s exhortation to holiness

Have you read begun reading ‘Rejoice and be Glad’ yet? Because if you only read articles like this one about Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness and not the thing itself you are missing out big time, my friend. You’ll get wrong or misleading information too if you only rely on […]

Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green in his diocesan office in Forbes, a mere 832 km from his cathedral in Broken Hill.

New Teresian Carmel for Wilcannia-Forbes

Some serious spiritual warriors will make their home in the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese at the invitation of Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE. Five nuns will come from three thriving communities of Discalced Carmelites in Nebraska and Pennsylvania to form a Monastery of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in the southern part of the outback diocese. Two of them […]


Asylum cuts alarm agencies

Thousands of asylum seekers living and raising families in our suburbs are weeks away from disaster. That’s the warning from Catholic education, welfare, and advocacy organisations calling for an urgent reversal of the Federal Governments’ decision to cut income support for some asylum seekers from April 1. The change is the latest since last August […]