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EXCLUSIVE: Medics uneasy on ending lives

Victorian hospitals struggle to find doctors willing to kill patients on eve of assisted suicide law With just a week to go until the implementation of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017, Melbourne’s largest health care providers were struggling to find specialists willing to administer...

ACU report warns of mental health care crisis

Study finds staff shortages contributing to mental health nurses crisis A new report by Australian Catholic University has found that mental health nurses are suffering high levels of workplace stress made worse by ongoing staff shortages and acutely unwell patients. The study, published in the International...

Challenges to Confession seal attributed to abuse scandals

https://youtu.be/pUtHTYSDjRc Conversion in the Confessional For centuries, the Catholic Church has maintained that what a penitent says to a priest in the confessional is strictly confidential, but in 2019 that rite continues to be challenged by governments. Church scholars assert the concept of the seal of confession...

Priestly martyrdom to uphold confession isn’t new

https://youtu.be/tPnOL6khYCs Around the world, governments push to break the seal of Confession A symbol of the historical commitment priests have to the seal of confession greets people as they cross the threshold of a Catholic church in Manhattan. Above the door is a stone-carved image of St...

Archbishop reveals precious moments of priesthood

While speaking at a recent lunch for student leaders, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP spoke of the profound experiences he has had as a priest, including having a woman pass away in his arms during a parish visit. “I was at a parish not very long...

Historic Stations of the Cross given new life

Specialist restorers examine one of the Stations of the Cross. Photo: Giovanni Portelli
For the past 133 years, the magnificent Stations of the Cross hanging in St Mary’s Cathedral have provided a devotional focus for Sydney’s Catholics to meditate on the passion of Christ. Now, the 14 Stations, each standing over two metres high and weighing approximately 200kg,...

Pope: Abortion never the answer

Pope Francis has called selective abortion of the disabled “expression of an inhuman eugenics mentality”.

Film producers besieged by requests from Aussie pro-lifers

The American production team behind the pro-life film Unplanned, say they are determined to get the film into Australia after being inundated by requests from Aussies for it to be shown here. In Sydney to promote the film, Unplanned producer Daryl Lefever told The Catholic...

Vatican calls for species protection

Conference calls for change in attitudes toward nature, their economic systems and consumption.

A place for young men to hear the still, small voice of God

A hundred and eighty three years to the day after the first Catholic priest was ordained in Australia, a house of vocational discernment named in his honour was officially opened and blessed in Sydney. Sumner House in Lidcombe, a residential home for young men discerning...