June 25, 2018

Author Archive | Professor Michael Quinlan


What you need to know about NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

By now most readers of The Catholic Weekly are probably aware that it is likely that the New South Wales parliament will be debating the legalisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia in the next few months. A draft bill called the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW) (the Bill) is currently available for public consultation.  […]

Absolutely free to be alone: What do the mooted buffer zone laws   actually hope to accomplish? PHOTO: Jake Melara

Enforced solitude via buffer zones: The latest attempt to change NSW abortion law

Many readers of The Catholic Weekly will be aware that, earlier this year, the New South Wales’ parliament rejected a Bill which would have removed the few legislative provisions about abortion in this State. The defeated Bill would have permitted abortion without restrictions as to stage of gestation, as to who might perform the procedure […]

Uluru at night, beneath the magnificent panorama of the Milky Way. Photo: Luke Tscharke

Solid rock, sacred ground: thirsting for Mass in the desert

In the last week of July, my wife and I were lucky enough to holiday at the Ayers Rock Resort close to Uluru in Central Australia. Judging from the preponderance of foreign accents among staff, visitors and on the various tours we took, most Australians, (before a visit) think of Uluru as a place they […]


Catholic and Mormon: A Theological Conversation

Catholic and Mormon: A Theological Conversation By Stephen H. Webb and Alonzo L. Gaskill (Oxford University Press 2015) 218pp In Australia I think it is fair to say that most Catholics tend not to know think very much about Mormons or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) until we find a well-dressed […]


Review: How the West Really Lost God

How the West Really Lost God By Mary Eberstadt Templeton Press 2013, 208pp Mary Eberstadt is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Centre and a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers such as First Things, Public Review, the Weekly Standard and The Wall Street Journal. She has also written a number of […]

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Notre Dame early offers program a launching pad for leadership

Over the past few weeks, along with Associate Dean Dr Keith Thompson, I have been interviewing prospective students who have applied to study law with us under our Young Achievers Early Offer Program. The Objects of the University of Notre Dame are very prominent in every room of the university where they are displayed under […]