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Kennedy enters the Dreamtime

Legendary priest and friend to Aboriginal people, Fr Ted Kennedy, has died in Sydney's Concord Hospital, aged 74.To former Catholic priest Patrick Dodson, Fr Kennedy is 'great saint material'. Fr Kennedy's funeral is likely to be next Tuesday.

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Democracy and the Church

The Church's authority structure is like a pyramid which should be turned upside down, Brazilian social activist Chico Whitaker told the New Pentecost Forum last Sunday.

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Bishops asked to affirm gay worth

The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference has been challenged to include the International Day Against Homophobia in their church calendars by a former Capuchin, Tony Robertson, of Brisbane.

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and in other news...


  • Budget offers jobseekers more cuts than carrots

    Cuts to payments and cuts to employment assistance will not help people get back to work, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) said today in a new analysis of the Federal Budget."As details of Budget changes come to light, it seems clear the Government has used more cuts than carrots in its welfare-to-work package," ACOSS President Andrew McCallum said. - ACOSS


  • Gay supporters denied Catholic communion

    A Roman Catholic priest has denied communion to more than 100 parishioners in St Paul, Minnesota, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they were wearing rainbow-coloured sashes to church to show support for gay Catholics. - the Age


  • Official: Mary not a saviour

    A Roman Catholic priest has denied communion to more than 100 parishioners in St Paul, Minnesota, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they were wearing rainbow-coloured sashes to church to show support for gay Catholics. - SMH


  • Frank Quinlan 'dismayed' at Budget 2005

    Reflecting on the budget, Catholic Welfare Australia is dismayed that the Budget tilts the playing field against low and middle-income earners. - Cathnews


  • Arrest after four-year-old raped at Catholic school

    A teacher's aide has been arrested after a four-year-old girl was raped at an Adelaide Catholic preschool, police said on Wednesday. Police said the attack occurred during school hours early last month. - SMH


  • Impotent man denied marriage certificate

    A paraplegic man who was forbidden to get married in the Roman Catholic Church because he was impotent is the subject of a new documentary. The Brazilian man, Hedir Antonio de Brito was two weeks away from marrying Elzimar de Lourdes Serafim, a widow, in August 1996, when he received a shocking letter from the local bishop denying their application for a marriage certificate. - Ninemsn.com


  • John Paul could be beatified in Poland

    Pope Benedict XVI might be able to beatify John Paul II in a ceremony in Poland, the head of the Vatican's saint-making office says, a day after the pontiff gave his predecessor a headstart on the road toward sainthood. - Ninemsn.com


  • Benedict XVI Assumes Office, and Immediately Preaches in Defense of Life

    During his first homily in the cathedral of Rome, Ratzinger reemphasizes "the inviolability of human life from the time of conception." A prophetic text by Romano Guardini, the present pope's teacher of theology and philosophy. - chiesa


  • Bishops to revise clergy sex abuse charter, norms

    When the U.S. bishops meet in June, they will work to revise their "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" and the "Essential Norms" implementing the charter legislatively. - CNS


  • Gerard Straub

    Correspondent Lucky Severson talks with Gerard Straub, a Catholic and a successful former daytime television producer who makes documentaries to aid the poorest of the world's poor. - pbs












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