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Clergy crisis is now
Priests are not 'greying' or 'ageing' - they're dying, says Melbourne priest Fr Eric Hodgens, and there is nothing that can be done to arrest the tide.
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Catholics clash on World AIDS Day
Senior church figures have clashed over strategies to halt AIDS in Australia, as the Federal Government prepares to unveil its fifth National AIV/AIDS strategy.
Priests praise 'pastoral' Pell
Cardinal Pell's consideration of the introduction of an Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Council has won wide praise from Sydney priests. The proposed Pastoral Council was put to the Cardinal at the meeting of Archdiocesan clergy in October.
Refugees teach hope
The Australian Catholic University and two Catholic Education Offices are to provide 16 extra places to train adult Sudanese refugees as teachers. The new teachers will ease the transition to Australian schools and to aid the many Sudanese children now resident in Australia.
None so Blind

As a general rule, George Bush and John Howard would like to be associated with the Bible. But Peter Fleming says that they wouldn't like the message of the Book of Wisdom:
"Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man, since he annoys us
And opposes our way of life,
Reproaches us for our breaches of the law
And accuses us of playing false to our upbringing..."
#28 Advent:

"the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour"
Good Guilt, Bad Guilt
Sometimes what feels like guilt is actually fear - fear of being tossed out of the 'tribe'. Psychologist Janiene Wilson explains the new science behind in the way we understand conscience.

Opinion: Post Priest
Imagine trying to see the doctor if only a third of them were still in the job. Now imagine only a third the number of priests: because that's what's going to happen, says Eric Hodgens.
Catholic Media Watch
Church leaders can only comment on the irrelevant, says Michael Mullins, or the media starts getting nervous.
Soapbox
We've got portable phones, radios, cameras, everything. Cliff Baxter says that this Advent, Catholics should institute the "Portable Five Bucks".