June 25, 2018

Author Archive | Peter Rosengren

The portrait of Eileen from which this week’s front cover is taken is thought to have been completed in 1920 for presentation to the seven founding members of Our Lady’s Nurses of the Poor on 10 April that year.

Our next saint in the making

The official process which could lead to Australia’s next saint has begun with the appointment of a postulator to oversee the cause for beatification of Sydney woman, Eileen O’Connor. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP announced the significant appointment of Australian priest, Fr Anthony Robbie, who is currently based in Rome as postulator, which is the person […]


Catholic education head concerned at federal funding timetable

Sydney Catholic Schools Director Dan White has raised concern over differences in timeframes allowed by the federal government to low-fee Catholic schools and the Independent sector to adjust to its new federal funding model. “We are concerned about the projected timeframe for adjustment to the new funding model which demands a six-year adjustment for low […]

People pray during morning Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing on January 30. PHOTO: CNS/Roman Pilipey, EPA

Peter Rosengren: Now is the time to pray for China

The news flashed around the Catholic world last week that the Vatican was on the verge of concluding an historic agreement with the government of the People’s Republic of China in relation to the Church in that country. The first warning sign, however, was what was reported. Subsequently confirmed reports indicated that a Vatican delegation […]

Sr Isabell Naumann ISSM. PHOTO: Supplied

Catholic Institute of Sydney appoints first woman president in Sr Isabell Naumann

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has appointed Schoenstatt Sister Isabell Naumann ISSM as the President of the Catholic Institute of Sydney, a key role in the Archdiocese of Sydney and the Church in Australia. Sister Naumann’s appointment is also significant as she becomes the first woman to hold the position of President of the Institute, established […]


Editorial: A sign of life and hope for the future

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is here. Our most recent edition of The Catholic Weekly is the last before an estimated 19,000 young Catholics converge upon Sydney for ACYF’s three-day national celebration of Jesus, which will culminate with Mass in The Domain on Saturday evening 9 December when the Lord will come to be present […]

The nation's bishops have called on Australians to pray and fast for marriage throughout October. Photo: Shutterstock

Editorial: After the survey – where to from here?

The day before the result of the postal survey on same-sex marriage was announced, some 2200 Catholic schools across England and Wales were informed by the UK’s British Catholic education authority that the terms ‘mother’ and ‘father’ could no longer be used on enrolment forms. Following a complaint lodged by a gay parent and upheld […]

Seasoned journalist, commentator and Catholic, Greg Sheridan.

Catholic theologian takes Fr Frank Brennan, Greg Sheridan to task over marriage

A leading Catholic theologian has criticised pronouncements by Fr Frank Brennan SJ and high-profile journalist Greg Sheridan on same-sex marriage as dissenting from Catholic teaching on marriage. Both Father Brennan, a Jesuit priest, and Mr Sheridan, a foreign affairs journalist for The Australian newspaper who is also a Catholic, have publicly supported same-sex marriage in […]


Editorial: Euthanasia is the rupture we must not accept

Victoria may become the first state in Australia to make it legal to kill another person for medical reasons (and NSW has its own proposed legislation). Strangely, one thing which has largely confused the debate around euthanasia in this country is a kind of amnesia or false dichotomy about why people either support or oppose […]

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia, is seen at the Vatican in 2015. PHOTO: CNS

We face greatest crisis: Vatican concern at the state of Australia

Leaders of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have been left in no doubt that the Vatican is watching the situation of the Church in Australia very closely. Archbishop Mark Coleridge returned from a flying visit to Rome last week following an extraordinary meeting. The key issues in the 2.5 hour meeting included the Royal Commission, the […]


Attorney-General to target church rights

While Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition leader Bill Shorten have promised to protect religious freedoms if same-sex marriage is legalised, the Northern Territory Government has unveiled proposals for extending anti-discrimination laws which would, if implemented, do away with all exemptions for religious organisations – except the freedom to ordain ministers of religion. The proposals […]


Editorial: We can win this — we can uphold real marriage

Australians in favour of authentic marriage – as opposed to its numerous proposed counterfeits – may well have been disheartened or dismayed in recent years by the seemingly overwhelming bias of the media and our culture in general at what may seem to many as the last battle that can be fought: the battle for […]


Parousia takes on EWTN role to produce Australian content

Sydney Catholic apostolate Parousia Media has announced it will represent Eternal Word Television Network in Australia and New Zealand in a new partnership with the world’s biggest Catholic television operator. Parousia founder and Director Charbel Raish made the announcement at a special fundraising dinner last weekend in Campsie. EWTN, a satellite TV service which goes […]