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The Epic Battle in Every Marriage

By Francine & Byron Pirola If there is one thing that the seasons of Lent and Easter bring into focus, it’s the struggle between good...

Don’t deny our youth the right rite

The last issue of The Catholic Weekly reported that Archbishop Julian Porteous has published his feedback on the Plenary Council’s “Towards the Second Assembly” document.

Philippa Martyr: Welcome to the good Year of the Bull

Advent is when I suddenly realise that I’m tired. It’s also when I do my annual shame-cleaning (Schamreinigung) so that we can have people over for Christmas.

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Philippa Martyr: Let’s prepare the way of the Lord. Go to...

At last, some long overdue joy! This week I’m continuing with some concepts I think the Plenary Council forgot to discuss. If we are to...

Philippa Martyr: Priesthood is a bridge to heaven

Among my few remaining friends are some priests who are very patient with me. One of them responded to my recent column on the...

Simcha Fisher: Acts of contrition for Catholic Toads

In the story 'Alone' from the beloved children's book Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel, Toad goes to visit his friend Frog,...

Simcha Fisher: How I’m teaching about confession with the Sheep Game

My faith formation class -- mostly eight-year-olds -- has watched this amazing video several times. It's short, and shows a man rummaging around in...

Monica Doumit: We all need to protect the Seal

I tell people sometimes that the Second Coming will happen in either Ontario or Victoria. It may be more of a joke than a...

Simcha Fisher: Letter from a soul in mortal sin

It's not you; it's me. You'll be amazed to hear. You'll be amazed to hear that I have noticed I'm the one who sins; I'm...

Monica Doumit: Abusers: do they confess? Probably

A couple of weeks ago, Natasha Marsh wrote a story highlighting a current review likely to recommend abolishing the Seal of Confession in the...

James Parker: New threat to seal of confession

Spare some prayers for the confessional seal in Western Australia. WA’s Minister for Child Protection, Simone McGurk, recently announced a law to force Catholic and...

WA moves to force clergy to break seal

Priests in Western Australia will soon have to report information about child sexual abuse gained under confession under changes to the state’s mandatory reporting...
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