A Pastoral Statement from Bishop Michael Kennedy, Diocese of Armidale IMAGE Opinion & Comment

A Pastoral Statement from Bishop Michael Kennedy, Diocese of Armidale

September 29, 2016 Bishop Michael Kennedy

I have recently returned from the Public Hearing of the Royal Commission into the response of Catholic Church authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse by John Joseph Farrell. The hearing has not formally concluded but has been adjourned. In due course the Royal Commission will publish a report on their findings and recommendations.

AURORA EXTRA: Two sides to the divestment debate IMAGE Aurora Magazine

AURORA EXTRA: Two sides to the divestment debate

September 27, 2016 Comments Tony Van Dorst

I write in reference to Thea Ormerod’s article in the September 2016 issue of Aurora magazine where she is promoting and applauding Catholic organisations divesting in the coal industry.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Becoming young again IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Becoming young again

September 27, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley, Tracey Edstein

My contribution to this weekly message will be quite brief as I am presently on the Gold Coast assisting my daughter Angela and her husband Sam with their newly arrived baby, Spencer. Regular readers may recall that Angela and Sam lost their daughter Ada, at five months, to SIDS last Christmas.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Pray for peace IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Pray for peace

September 20, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

In this Year of Mercy I hope you are mindful that this Wednesday, 21st September, is International Day of Peace. This day was established in 1981 and is observed each year, corresponding with our Spring Equinox. I first became aware of this day when I was Religious Education Co-ordinator at St Joseph’s College, Tweed Heads. Its motto was Peace through Justice. This school was established in 1993 and had no connection with a religious congregation or an associated charism, so we chose our motto as our way of being.

RAY COLLINS: Year 12 graduations IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: Year 12 graduations

September 19, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

It is rather interesting to note that around this time of the year I will have completed 61 years of continuous involvement in school education. 

Parliament right to ditch cuts to benefits for poor and disadvantaged communities IMAGE Social Services

Parliament right to ditch cuts to benefits for poor and disadvantaged communities

September 15, 2016 Comments Lil Bryant-Johnson

Plans to place the burden of budget repair on those who can least afford it were wrong morally and economically.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed the Federal Parliament’s decision to change their plans to cut the energy supplement to welfare recipients.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Something beautiful for God IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Something beautiful for God

September 13, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

Once again the weekend is upon me and I contemplate my message in the light of the Integrity in the Service of the Church formation which I was part of on Saturday, along with the canonisation of Mother Teresa and the upcoming Celebration of Religious as part of the 150 Year celebration of our diocese.

RAY COLLINS: Polding Athletics Carnival IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: Polding Athletics Carnival

September 12, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

Sport has always been a feature of Catholic schools for as long as I can remember.