October 16, 2018

Author Archive | Monica Doumit

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Monica Doumit: Seal law doesn’t add up

On the front page of last week’s Catholic Weekly, there was a story about Tasmania’s proposed laws requiring priests to break the seal of confession in circumstances where someone confesses to harming a child. Those who fail could receive the maximum penalty of 21 years imprisonment. While the whole story was quite alarming, there was […]

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Monica Doumit: Priests pen painful letter for peace

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down over the past few weeks in an attempt to write something about the current wave of scandals in the Church, particularly the news that seems to come out almost daily of the United States. I won’t go into detail; I’m sure those of you who […]

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Monica Doumit: Briena’s campaign will benefit us all

About three years ago, I wrote a column about a woman named Brieana Rose (Not her real name). Brieana Rose was in hospital, under general anaesthetic, when a nurse took a photo of her genitalia and showed it to other nurses for a bit of a laugh. Under the law at the time, the hospital […]

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Monica Doumit: WA report unbothered by logic or reality

A couple of weeks ago, the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices of the Western Australian parliament (Committee) released its report into end-of-life choices. Ominously named My Life, My Choice, the report did not even bother with a veneer of impartiality when it came to the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide in […]

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Monica Doumit: NSW laws that discriminate against Christians

“Is nothing sacred?” This question, often asked in exasperation and framed as rhetorical, is probably worth answering at this point because increasingly, it seems like nothing is. Last month, 23-year old Ben Gittany was found guilty of vandalising a mural of George Michael in Newtown.  He was sentenced today to 300 hours community service and […]

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Monica Doumit: Don’t despair. Our good priests abound

As some of you may know, during the second half of last year, I relocated to Canberra to work as the Communications Director and spokeswoman for the Coalition for Marriage, the official ‘no’ campaign in the postal vote on same-sex marriage. On one of my visits home, one of my nephews asked about my public […]

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Ordination of Fr Matthew Meagher a joyful family occasion

Four bishops, more than 50 priests, five deacons and – according to Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP – more family members ‘than the Australian Census can count’ gathered in St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday night for the ordination of Fr Matthew Meagher as a priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney. One of eight children, Fr Matthew […]

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Monica Doumit: Euthanasia laws inherently unsafe

A doctor was called to the bedside of a patient with lung cancer, because she was in pain. At that first meeting, the doctor discussed euthanasia with her as a possible option.  He phoned her family doctor, who advised him that the patient had never directly discussed euthanasia with him, so he would not approve […]

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Monica Doumit: This week may be tough for Catholics, but it will also be graced

Last weekend, I was in South Australia delivering several talks with theme of: “It’s tough being Catholic sometimes.” Planned months ago, I didn’t realise that these talks would occur in advance of what is probably going to be the toughest week Catholics have faced in a long time. This Tuesday, Archbishop Philip Wilson, former Archbishop […]

40 short letters to help teens with life’s questions

At times, it can be difficult to speak with teens about the bigger questions in life. We know instinctively that, despite how they can be characterised by the media, young people are deep thinkers and natural doers, and we want to be able to encourage them in pursuit of highest ideals. They have serious questions that […]

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40 short letters to help teens with life’s questions

To win one of 10 signed copies of My Dear Young Friend send an email with “Book Giveaway” in the subject to [email protected] and supply your name, address and phone contact. Good luck!   At times, it can be difficult to speak with teens about the bigger questions in life. We know instinctively that, despite how […]

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Monica Doumit: World Youth Day Sydney – 10 years on

I can’t believe that this month, we will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of World Youth Day in Sydney.  Anniversaries are a great time to look back and reflect on how a particular event has affected us, and I imagine that many of those who attended WYD will be doing a bit of reminiscing in […]