August 17, 2017

Author Archive | Robert Hiini

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The Ordinariate to celebrate in Sydney with visit of US and UK leaders

The three leaders of one of the most imaginative vehicles for evangelisation in the Church will journey together to Sydney on 3 September, joining the fledgling Ordinariate community of St Bede the Venerable, Lewisham, for a milestone celebration. Five years ago, brave groups of Anglicans took the then-pope, Pope Benedict XVI, at his word, accepting […]

Fragments belonging to colossal statue of the Roman Emperor Constantine are seen in the Capitoline Museums in Rome 24 April 2012. PHOTO: CNS

Foiling a heist: An interview with MercatorNet founder Michael Cook

He’s one of the best commentators and news analysts this country has ever produced, and most Australians have never heard of him. Michael Cook is the founder of the bioethics commentary website MercatorNet and is a Sydney-based writer whose playful style when tackling politics, science, morality and any number of other highly-charged subjects has endeared him […]

Greens MLC David Shoebridge, the instigator of a bill to prevent the overseas purchasing and receiving of harvested organs, pictured inside Parliament House. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

David and Goliath: MP tries to stop Australians from buying organs overseas

It’s the kind of savagery one might only expect to find in dystopian fiction. But as the initially sceptical NSW MP David Shoebridge has learnt over the past several years, the commercial harvesting of organs in developing countries – principally from prisoners and persecuted minorities – and their purchase by Australians, is all too real. […]


You are not alone: Catholic university students and the new heresy

When a young Anthony Fisher attended his first lecture in 1978, the lecturer made it known in no uncertain terms exactly how he felt about people with “pre-scientific ideas”: that they were “incapable of doing science” and should withdraw from the course immediately. It was a memory Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP shared with around 80 […]

Suspended indefinitely: Year 12 student John Paul Romano. PHOTO: Doug Dobing

Catholic student in academic no man’s land, suspended after protest

In the past two weeks, Year 12 student John Paul Romano should have been completing assignments and preparing for exam week, which begins tomorrow. Instead, the 17-year-old Canberran – a cathedral acolyte and promising young leader – finds himself in a kind of academic no man’s land, having been suspended indefinitely by St Edmund’s College […]

A Muslim woman prays outside the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City. PHOTO: CNS

Religion faces an uncertain future at the ABC with recent restructuring move

The latest announcement of changes to religion coverage at the ABC has some wondering whether there are elements within ABC management with a strong cultural antipathy towards religion. Changes at the ABC over the past three years have witnessed major cut backs in coverage of religion at the national broadcaster. Last Friday an email to […]


Australia really is the Lucky Country when it comes to religious diversity, says cardinal

A senior Holy See official received a front row view of the one of the most vibrant corners of the Church in Australia last week, visiting Holy Saviour Melkite School, Greenacre, in Sydney’s West. Cardinal Leonardi Sandri, who heads the Holy See’s Congregation for the Oriental Churches, spoke to students, parents and dignitaries at a […]

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NSW Premier hosts celebration of historic Armenian Bible’s publication

Esteemed guests and dignitaries heard an extraordinary history in the theatrette of the NSW Parliament on May 3, of a man who tried to bring the printed Bible to Orthodox and Catholic Christians alike – a Bible rejected in his own lifetime by both communities. The achievement of the Armenian printer and Bishop, Voskan Yerevansti […]

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Tony Abbott visits Catholic school, notes the importance of consultation

Federal MP Tony Abbott has reiterated his party’s tradition of championing school choice during a visit to a Catholic primary school in Manly, noting the importance of consultation between the Government and educators before new funding arrangements are finalised. St Mary’s Catholic School Principal Paul McGuire and a bevy of nervous but plucky students welcomed […]


Popular Sydney youth event heads across town for Eastfest 2017

Ever received a cappuccino from a Capuchin or partied with people who don’t see faith and frivolity as being mutually exclusive? If you’re aged 16 to 35, now’s your chance. The EASTFEST youth event, coming up on Friday 12 May at Holy Family in Maroubra, has all the ingredients for a night of fun and […]