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Seeing the cross up close

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the third volume of his prison diaries, Cardinal Pell reveals the insights he gained into suffering Cardinal George Pell, jailed for more than a year for sex abuse crimes he ultimately was cleared of, said the experience enabled him to understand suffering as a redemptive process that allows one to identify […]
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Book shatters the pretence in Pell affair

Reading Time: 4 minutesFormer Prime Minister John Howard has written he “never believed” the charges against Cardinal Pell in the foreword to a new book by Sydney Institute Executive Director Gerard Henderson. The book, Cardinal Pell, the Media Pile-on and Collective Guilt, forensically dissects and analyses the near-universal hostile reporting of the case by media […]
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The hunting of an innocent man

Reading Time: 8 minutesGerard Henderson’s book analysing the influences at work in Cardinal Pell’s prosecution will be published in December. Here are some excerpts Paul Barry’s ABC Media Watch Cop-Out ABC TV’s Media Watch program commenced in 1989. Since then, all its presenters have been left-of-centre journalists, including such Pell-antagonists as David Marr and Richard […]
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Catholic Parents of Unvaccinated Kids Plead: Take COVID-19 Seriously

Some people at risk of serious harm from infectious diseases are being forgotten in COVID-19 culture wars, even within faith communities where they should expect to receive the most support
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COVID Public Health Response Shows Limits of Care and Control

Public health orders raise questions about health, rights and conscience that are not easily resolved
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Step by step, Vinnies staff fight a pandemic

At the coalface: Left to Right: Principal Hospital Scientist Damien Stark, Incident Response Manager Rachel MacFarlane, Respiratory/Sleep Physician Katrina Tonga, Operational Transformation and Service Innovation Manager Sarah Sweeney. Photo: Giovanni Portelli
Four St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, staff share their experiences during the recent lockdowns.

St Vincent’s Hospital, Lismore, celebrates 100 years of care

Country's only diocesan-owned hospital is unique One winter’s day in 1921 four Sisters of Charity boarded a stream train at Sydney’s dusty Central Station for a 700-plus kilometre journey to Lismore in the state’s northeast. They were answering a call to serve the people of the...

Students to go to the margins in new model

The Australian Catholic University has announced an exciting new partnership with the Archdiocese of Sydney’s welfare agency, CatholicCare aimed at embedding Catholic social teaching in a more practical way in ACU’s undergraduate programs across fields such as speech pathology and occupational therapy. From Semester 1...

Being with Jesus in Jail

When I was in jail, you visited me: a US prison chaplain, main photo, delivers Communion to a prisoner. Photo: Karen Callaway, Northwest Indiana Catholic
Meet four people who couldn’t be happier about spending time in some of the country’s harshest places. Fran Schubert, Deacon Mike Williams, Fr Greg Walsh CM and Geraldine Bowes are prison chaplains for the Diocese of Bathurst. They shared with The Catholic Weekly the highs...

A prophetic voice for the needy

Much of the work done by Catholic welfare, health and aged care providers for the most disadvantaged is done behind the scenes.