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Our Pro-Life generation
RADICAL abortion laws proposed for New South Wales have caused uproar in the Parliament and brought thousands of Catholics to the streets in protest. Fuelled by faith and a passion for life, Catholics have united with members of other denominations to condemn the laws and demand better treatment and support for mothers, children and families. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was forced to delay the Upper House vote on the rushed Bill following a revolt in her own Liberal Party room.
Federal politicians including Barnaby Joyce and Matt Canavan have joined the chorus of voices against the changes, which passed the Lower House with the support of Labor and Nationals MPs. A group of young adults from the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn recently travelled to Sydney to join the pro-life rally. Turn to the middle pages to read about one young man’s motivation to speak up for unborn children, as well as an interview with prominent Women’s advocate and academic Rachael Wong.
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Archbishop’s Message Archbishop Christopher Prowse
Archbishop’s Message Archbishop Christopher Prowse
Dear Friends in Christ, HAPPY EASTERTO YOU ALL! I continue the pastoral reflections on the upcoming AUSTRALIAN PLENARY COUNCIL (2020/2021) that I began in the March edition of CATHOLIC VOICE. 2. Making the Church the home and t e school of Communion Dear Friends in Christ, We need now embrace the second phase of the Plenary Council 2020/2021: “Let’s Listen and Discern”. Just very briefly, the first phase – “Listening and Dia- us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is (… the chosen national theme for discernment)?”. Then follows the listing The plenary council: phase 2 – listen and discern
National Child ProtectionWeek SUNDAY, 8 to WEDNESDAY, 11 Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Oceania, Port Moresby TUESDAY, 17 SATURDAY, 21 6.00pm Mass, St Joseph’s Parish, O’Connor National: Bishop’s pay tribute to Tim Fischer SUNDAY, 29 11.00am Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Feast Day St Joseph’s Bombala booms 7 6 Protecting our children into the future SUNDAY, 22 11.00am Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral WEDNESDAY, 25 8.00am ANZAC Day Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral SATURDAY, 28 6.00pm Mass, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish South Woden 4
H aving established 2020/2021 is marked by a lgrimage of conversion, we ed to then remind ourselves at we do this as Catholics. St John Paul II, in one of his onderful documents at the turn our new millennium, reflected at the great challenge facing in the millennium which is w beginning is precisely this o make the Church the home d the school of Communion.” ovo Millennio Ineunte, 2001, 43) Reflecting on this key term promoting a spirituality communion, Pope Francis mments: “The pastoral journey of e local community has as an sential reference point the storal plan of the diocese, hich is to be placed before the ogrammes of the associations, ovements and any particular oup. This pastoral unity, of eryone around the bishop, will eate unity in the Church.” Catholics have a particular eological understanding of logue” – produced a total of 360 submissions from this Archdio- cese and 324 from the Diocese of Wagga Wagga. Further details can be obtained from the website. (www.plenary.council@ catholic.org.au). This is quite a good response. Thank you. Let us continue. Whether or not we really listened to each other is some- thing that is hard to gauge. The sessions I attended ade me rather sceptical about our real listening skills. As Pope Francis stresses, hearing is one thing but listening is another. Deep listening is a profoundly religious experience and involves conversion. It means that I have something to share but, also, I have something to learn. That is what true dialogue means. Otherwise, it is purely a polite (or otherwise) mono- logue of various opinions – hardly worthy of the sons and daughters of God! It is certainly impossible to truly even begin answering the seminal question, “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?”, if the humility required to listen to each other is ot present in abundance! Let’s think long and hard about this. So now – the second phase. Given that I have received strong that the journey to the Plenary Council TUESDAY 3 , 12.15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral THURSDAY, 5 9.00am Council of Priests/Trustees & Consultors Meeting SATURDAY, 7 9.30am Mass, 60TH Anniversary Merici College, Braddon SUNDAY, 8 10.00am Confirmation Mass, Yass & Gunning
Women. of some practical examples whereby t at theme could be lived out nationally. From this list two or three e erg- ing actions could be chosen as response to what the Holy Spirit might be suggesting within the group. Reflections would then be centred upon the local application of these suggestions. Your report (max 150 words) would
this term “pastoral plan”. For example, the documents of the Vatican II Council make it quite clear that our Church has both a hierarchical and a collegial structure. It is this living experience of Communion – of all of the baptised working in the service of the Kingdom of God among us – that is essential. Following from this is the understanding that we all have equal dignity but we serve in different tasks. The Lay Faithful direct the entire world towards the Kingdom of God. The Clergy specifically serve in the governance, teaching and sanctification of the Church. Even in this they are assisted by the Lay Faithful. The Bishops, as successors of the Apostles, serve under the leadership of the Pope, and become signs of unity and Communion of their entire diocese. We are all part of this school of communion. This is different from viewing the Church purely from the prism of a parliamentary democ- racy. The principle in a democ- racy rests on the understanding
that all power comes from the people. In the Church, however, all power comes from Christ. It is the power of the Holy Spirit to serve. There are many wonderful examples in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn over the years of the practical living out of this ecclesial vision of Communion and Service. For example, there have been several attempts in the Archdio- cese to articulate a pastoral plan for herself. In more recent years, diocesan-wide and regional deanery assemblies have moved towards a vision of encouraging our people in the crucial areas of married and family life. So many of our diocesan agencies give incredible service in this area. This pastoral plan needs further development. Diocesan Pastoral Councils have also been created to flesh out pastoral plans. These have lapsed over the years. They need to be re-freshed in a manner that involves as many as possible. Similar observa- tions could be said too about a new Diocesan Commission for
In this Year of Youth, our common vision too must be focussed on the place of youth in the Archdiocese. Surprising to some, this is a very dynamic pastoral area in the Archdiocese at present. Let us encourage it together. These and other possible examples, especially responding to the incredible thirst for prayer among so many, the pastoral care and dynamic contribution of our migrants and refugees, care for the poor and margin- alised, and the welcome of new Catholics via the RCIA, ought be areas of our communion in listening and practical charity to ensure that all find a “home” in our Archdiocese. Our pilgrimage to the national Plenary Assembly in 2020/21 offers us increased Gospel urgency to focus on these vital pastoral areas. In the next edition of Catholic Voice I will continue on these reflections in preparations for the Plenary Assembly. God bless us all in the excit- ing times ahead.
then be sent to the national Discernment and Writi g Group attached to the theme you have chosen. I do pray that as many as possible can join in this vital communal dis- cernment. We join all the dioceses of Australia in this phase of the Plenary Council. It is a great opportunity for conversion of the Catholic Church of Australia in our troubled times. Let us reflect upon what is asked of us. Let us correct any wrong ideas about what is called for and be better informed before we start phase two. Let us not become Babel Chris- tians (speaking many incomprehensi- ble languages to each other – Genesis 11/1-9). But let us be more and more Pentecost Christians (speaking one universal and missionary language “as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.” Acts 2/4). In anticipation, I thank the many people who will be responsible for gathering us together again. THURSDAY, 19 5.30pm ACU, ACT Chapter Meeting, Canberra 7.00pm Confirmation Mass, Garran FRIDAY, 20 7.30am Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral SATURDAY, 21 6.00pm Confirmation Mass, Goulburn SUNDAY, 22 9.00am Confirmation Mass, Crookwell TUESDAY, 24 12.15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral FRIDAY, 27 12 .15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral SUNDAY, 29 11.00am Multicultural Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral
endorsement that our deanery based consultations practically worked well, let us continue this ay of gathering for the second phase. We are to LISTEN and DISCERN. I have made some comments about listening above. What about DISCERNING together? The f ndamental task here is, as Pope Francis phrases it, is “to do what is most pleasing to the Lord” (Christus Vivit 294). It involves deep listening. It is an attentiveness to the Lord to distinguish what is of G d and what is n t of God. It is a rejection of what is simply subjective likes and dislikes. It scrutinizes our common intentions of the heart. In our regroupings, each gathering will be asked to choose one of the six themes for discernment. There will be much listening to scripture in silence and sharing. The key question will be asked: “How is God calling THURSDAY, 12 7.00pm Confirmation Mass, Bega FRIDAY, 13 12.00pm Parish Visitation, St Jude & St John Vianney’s Parishes, Holder & Waramanga SATURDAY, 14 Parish Visitation, St Jude & St John Vianney’s Parishes, Holder & Waramanga 5.00pm Confirmation Mass, Holder SUNDAY, 15 Parish Visitation, St Jude & St John Vianney’s Parishes, Holder & Waramanga 9.00am Confirm tion M ss, Waramanga TUESDAY, 17 12.15pm Mass, St Christopher’s Cathedral 7.00pm Confirmation Mass, Curtin
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Travel: Pintxos in Parte Vieja
The Pope has instituted a new Marian feast honor- ing Mary as mother of the church. It will be celebrated every year on the Monday after Pentecost. September’s About Town
Pilgrims on a journey
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HE RECENT fires at Tathra have brought great destruction properties and immense trauma to this close coastal ommunity in our Archdiocese. It reminds us all that we are a passing world as pilgrims on a journey to the Father’s eavenly home. This Easter time can help us all re-focus n the things that will never end. In Jesus Christ, our pil- rim leader, “we have this hope, and sure and steadfast nchor of the soul.” (Hebrew 6/19) As we pray for the frag- TUESDAY, 10 11.00am Australian Centr for Christianity a d Culture Board Meeting, Barton 6.00pm Confirmation Mass, Kaleen WEDNESDAY, 11 9.00am Bishop’s Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry, Canberra 6.00pm Confirmation Mass, Evatt
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The Cardinal Pell Judgement:
Cardinal Pell: Court proceedings timeline
June 2017 – Victoria Police charged Cardinal Pell with several counts of sexual offences against several victims. March 5, 2018 – Committal hear- ing. Approximately 50 witnesses gave testimony. May 1, 2018 – Cardinal Pell was committed to stand trial on several charges of historical sexual offences. Magistrate Belinda Walmington concluded there was enough evidence for the case to proceed on some but not all of the charges. May 2, 2018 – Cardinal Pell appeared in Court for a directions hearing in the County Court of Victoria. It was decided he would undergo two separate trials; one relating to allegations of offences at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1990, and the other relating to alleged offences at a Ballarat swimming pool in 1970. A suppression order was subsequently issued by Judge Peter Kidd. August 15, 2018 – The first trial begins. September 20, 2018 - A mistrial is declared after jurors were un- able to reach a majority verdict. December 11, 2018 – Cardinal Pell was convicted on five counts of child sexual abuse of two boys in the 1990s, after a jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict. February 13-14, 2019 – Pre-trial hearings take place relating to alleged offences at Ballarat. February 26, 2019 – Prosecutors announce they have dropped the second case due to lack of evidence. As a result, the sup- pression order was lifted although international news agencies, including those with websites accessible in Australia, had been reporting the event since the conviction. March 13, 2019 – The sentencing hearing for Cardinal Pell was broadcast live. Chief Judge Peter Kidd sentenced Pell to serve six years in jail with a non-parole period of three years and eight months. June 5-6, 2019 – Cardinal Pell’s legal team appealed the convic- tion. Three grounds of appeal were lodged: that the verdict was unreasonable, that permission to use a visual aid prepared by the defence that illustrated the locations of people within the cathedral around the time of the first assault in their closing address had been refused, and that Cardinal Pell had not been arraigned in the presence of the jury as is required under standard criminal procedures in Victoria. Judgment was reserved. August 21, 2019 – The Court of Appeal issues its ruling – that the hearing had been upheld by a 2-1 majority of the three person panel. Cardinal Pell’s legal team are in the process of determining if they will appeal to the High Court.
THE trial of Cardinal George Pell has attracted national and international attention and rocked the Australian Catholic Church. The focus now shifts to the High Court, with reports that Cardinal Pell’s legal team will seek leave to appeal his conviction in the High Court of Australia. The Victorian Court of Appeal, in a dramatic 2:1 verdict, recently upheld Cardinal Pell’s conviction on child sex offences. The High Court action would be the one final chance for Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric to clear his name. It is expected Cardinal Pell’s legal team will make a formal application for special leave to appeal to the High Court. That special leave must be granted before the High Court can hear any appeal. It is likely that a hearing to determine whether the High Court will accept the case will occur by the end of the year, in
parole after he has served three years and eight months. While the Cardinal Pell con- viction has shocked the Catholic Church, our church leaders have
spoken strongly about the need to support and pray for victims of sexual abuse, and to ensure that all children are protected from any harm or distress. Appealing to the High Court – the process The High Court of Australia is the highest court in our judicial system but is not an appeal court in the ordinary sense. While the High Court com- prises seven Justices, only two judges hear special leave applications. “Special leave” must be sought, and granted, before an appeal can be heard. In granting special leave to hear a case, Section 35A of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) states that the High Court may have regard to any matters it considers relevant. However, the High Court must have regard to whether the proceedings involve a question of law; (i) that is of public importance, or (ii) is required to resolve differences of opinion between courts, and (iii) whether the interests of the administration of justice, either generally or in the particular case, require consideration by the High Court.
For now, the 78-year-old Car- dinal will continue to serve his sentence of six years’ imprison- ment and be eligible to apply for
The Victorian Court of Appeal has today announced that, in a 2-1 decision, Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against his convictions for child sexual abuse offences has been dismissed. The Catholic Bishops of Australia believe all Australians must be equal under the Statement from Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
law and accept today’s judgement accordingly. Cardinal Pell’s legal team has said it will examine the judgement in order to determine a special leave application to the High Court. The Bishops realise that this has been and remains a most difficult time for survivors of child sexual abuse and those who support them. We acknowledge the pain that those abused by clergy have experienced through the long process of the trials and appeal of Cardinal Pell. We also acknowledge that this judgement will be distressing to many people. We remain committed to doing everything we can to bring healing to those who have suffered greatly and to ensuring that Catholic settings are the safest possible places for all people, but especially for children and vulnerable adults.
Statement exerpt from Peter A Comensoli Archbishop of Melbourne
Statement exerpt from Anthony Fisher Op Archbishop of Sydney “ From the outset the Cardinal has strenuously maintained his innocence. He continues to do so notwithstanding today’s decision. Today’s split decision amongst the judges is con- sistent with the differing views of the juries in the first and second trials, as well as the divided opinion amongst legal commentators and the general public. Reasonable people have taken different views when presented with the same evidence and I urge everyone to maintain calm and civility. As the Cardinal may yet decide to appeal the
My thoughts and prayers are with the man who brought this matter before the courts. I humbly acknowledge it has been a challenging time for him, and I stand ready to offer pastoral and spiritual help, should he seek it. In Christian charity, I will ensure that Cardinal Pell is provided pastoral and spiritual support while he serves the remainder of his sentence, according to the teaching and example of Jesus to visit those in prison. I also want to acknowledge with gratitude the people who have been involved in this case. For many, this has been a demanding and distressing experience. The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne continues to work with survivors to offer support for their healing, recovery and well-being. This is based upon an Archdiocesan-wide commitment to build a culture of respect and safety for all, and to reach out to those who courageously bring forward their stories.
judgment to the High Court of Australia, I am lim- ited in my ability to comment on today’s outcome. Matters of the Cardinal’s status within the Church can only be determined by the Vatican, not the Church in Australia. I anticipate that the Holy See may well wait until the appeal process has been exhausted.
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“ Cooma prays for farmers THE current drought, which is devastating farms and farmers across the country, has been dubbed by the Bureau of Meteo- rology the worst on record. Images of brown, scorched land across parts of Australia that have normally been lush and green have become common. In fact, the reach of this “And from my conversations and from my own experience it was clear the situation was quite dire. So we thought we’d try to help by applying our faith and having a day of prayer.” The day of prayer began with a special Masses at 10am celebrated by Fr Mick and ended with another special Mass at 5pm celebrated by Fr James Onoja. Throughout the day, parishioners By Chris Gordon I’ve had farmers come to me in tears… men I haven’t seen cry before… and they’re at their wits end. They don’t know when conditions will improve, they don’t know where they’ll get the money to purchase more feed
for their stock. Fr Mick MacAndrew
drought has expanded into areas not traditionally associate with droughts, including the Snowy Mountain Region. “This drought has spread everywhere in NSW, and in parts of Victoria and Queensland as well,” Cooma Parish Priest Fr Mick MacAndrew said. “I’ve had farmers come to me in tears… men I haven’t seen cry before… and they’re at their wits end. They don’t know when conditions will improve, they don’t know where they’ll get the money to purchase more feed for their stock. “Some have already sold half of their stock to pay for the feed for the other half, and are now in a position where they need to sell
came and shared their prayers for those suffering through the drought. Children from St Patrick’s School in Cooma, many of them from farming families, visited the Church to offer their prayers throughout the day and provided prayers they had written for farmers and the farming families. Adults were encouraged to do the same. “We also had our children in the government schools to contribute their prayers as well, “he said. “We had a great big bale of lucerne hay at the front of the church and the prayers were placed inside and around it. Lots of parishioners, and most of the
farmers who come to Mass on a Sunday came and supported the prayer day.” Fr Mick encouraged other parishes to support their farmers in this and other ways. While the focus of the day was on prayer, Fr Mick said that the local St Vincent de Paul conference was open to receiving donations for the drought appeal as well. “We’re a community and at times like these we help each other out,” Fr Mick said.
Students from St Patrick’s in Cooma joined farmers, parishioners and other students in the recent day of Prayer for Farmers. Photo supplied.
half of the remaining stock. “It really is the worst drought in living memory.” To assist and support the farmers, the Cooma parish held a day of prayer for farmers on Friday August 9 involving all
parishioners and school children in the area. “The idea for the day came about because so many parishio- ners were saying prayers for rain and for the drought to break,” Fr Mick explained.
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Church needs ‘a culture of Vocations’
Improving education standards of Indigenous students
Adelaide visit part of Plenary Council preparations agrees that education is the key to progress. We don’t need more reports telling us this – we need action.” Plenary Council and its Executive Committee have met in Adelaide for the first time, 14 months before the Council’s opening session in the South Australian capital. Plenary Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB said the gathering of the two groups this week came at a liminal moment in the Plenary Council journey. “Now, with the six National Themes for Discernment having emerged from that phase, we move into a period of Listening and Discernment, when Discernment and Writing groups will steer a national process that helps us move towards a deeper understanding of how we can become an even more Christ-centred Church in diverse ways. “Importantly, everyone who partici- pated in the first phase – as well as those who didn’t – will get the chance to participate in an Australia-wide process of prayerfully discerning how the Holy Spirit is calling the Church Australian Catholic University Improving the education standards of Indigenous school children in remote parts of Australia is “not a mystery” and can “start now”, according to an Australian Catholic University researcher. Across Australia, school attend- ance rates are 82.3% for Indigenous students and 92.5% for non- Indigenous students, representing a gap of 10.2 percentage points (source: ACARA). The education gap is most prominent in very remote areas where the attendance rate for Indigenous students drops to about 65% (source: closingthegap.pmc. gov.au/education). Australian Catholic University (ACU) Institute for Positive Psychol- ogy and Education researcher Dr Anthony Dillon said it was time for the “top-down” “city-led” approaches to end. Dr Dillon visited remote commu- nities last year and said, “Everyone ACBC Communications The Bishops Commission for the
ACBC Communications Diocesan vocations directors from across Australia met in Adelaide in August to discuss opportunities for creating a “culture of vocations” in the Church in Australia. Fr David Cartwright, executive officer of the Australian Catholic Diocesan Vocations Directors Confer- ence (ACDVDC), said one of the clear messages from the gathering was the need to refocus efforts to promote vocations and have that reinforced at the parish level. Fr Cartwright said: “All people have a role to play in promoting a ‘culture of vocations’ where we can help young people listen to the voice of the Lord and help them to at least ask the question, ‘What is God’s plan for my life?’” He said “the primacy of prayer for vocations” needs to be reinforced in parishes if that is to come about. Global interest in leader- ship course for Catholic women ACBC Communications A specialised leadership program for Catholic women in Australia has been selected for inclusion on a Vatican website promoting best practices in lay formation. The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life recently chose Leadership for Mission, a course specifically developed by women and for women who are inspired by the Gospel vision of justice, freedom and the dignity of the human person, to be featured at the Dicastery’s first Plenary Assembly in November. The Australian program will feature on a website dedicated to promoting formation and highlighting some model programs from episcopal conferences, dioceses and private institutions worldwide. Leadership for Mission is a joint initiative of the Council for Austral- ian Catholic Women, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Mission and Australian Catholic University (ACU). Andrea Dean, Director of the Office for the Participation of Women, said: “During a time of renewed calls within the Catholic Church for the participation and diversity of women’s voices in decision-making, leadership and ministry,.”
ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge has paid tribute to former Ambassador to the Holy See Tim Fischer, who died today, saying he lived as a proud Catholic and a proud Australian. Mr Fischer, who was educated by the Jesuits at Xavier College in Melbourne, had a long and distinguished career in the New South Wales and Australian Parliaments. At the federal level, he served as leader of the National Party of Australia during the 1990s and Deputy Prime Minister and Trade Minister under John Howard between 1996 and 1999. He had earlier served in the Australian Army during the Vietnam War. Archbishop Coleridge, St Vincent de Paul Society Na- tional Council of Australia CEO Toby O’Connor reiterated this week the Society’s support for an across the board increase of $75 for all recipients of Newstart. Emphasising the Society’s position following comments published in The Australian today, Mr O’Connor said while people aged over 55 face particular chal- lenges to finding work in a tight job market, no particular group of unemployed people was more or less vulnerable than another. “Anybody living on Newstart faces overwhelming challenges including to secure housing, af- fordable energy and basic weekly grocery bills. “And the longer people are on Newstart, the more entrenched their poverty becomes. “Our commitment to human dignity means we are concerned
president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, said Mr Fischer was a larger-than-life personality who throughout his career was genuinely dedicated to service. “Tim was a man of many interests and with many talents, but those of us who have known him will remember most his warmth, his humanity and his strong conviction to pursue what is right,” he said. In 2008, the Labor Govern- ment appointed Mr Fischer Australia’s Ambassador to the Holy See. During his tenure from 2009-12, Australia’s first saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop, was canonised. In 2012, he was made a Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Pius for the wellbeing of all people who rely on Newstart to live. “A growing number of the Coalition are voicing concerns about the inadequacy of News- tart. Perhaps this is a signal that there is a willingness to empathise not only with older unemployed people, as we have seen in recent weeks, but with all recipients of Newstart. “There are around 180,000 available jobs and 750,000 unem- ployed people in Australia. Many people with jobs are just one pay packet away from financial crisis. If they are made redundant or they are unable to work, they have nothing to tide them over. “The inadequate level of Newstart is a significant barrier to employment as people are unable to afford the cost of finding and keeping stable employment once they have attempted to meet basic
IX, one of the Church’s highest honours. “Tim was very proud to be our man at the Vatican at the time and was a remarkable host and ‘ambassador’ for Church and country,” Archbishop Coleridge said. He noted that “Tim was re- nowned for his love of trains and, even during his time representing Australia in Rome, he managed to reactivate the Vatican railway”. “He was loved by all who met him”, the Archbishop said, “and we mourn his passing. But we also celebrate all that Tim gave to his family, his community, his Church and his country. “May he rest in the peace of Christ.” Source: ACBC Communications “We know from feedback from St Vincent de Paul Confer- ences in local communities across Australia that people on Newstart are increasingly likely to seek help with the payment of energy bills and food. “While the government refuses to move on this crucial issue despite calls for an increase from within its own ranks, organisa- tions such as the St Vincent de Paul Society are using resources to help give a hand up to an increasing number of Newstart recipients in order to survive,” Mr O’Connor said. The Society of St Vincent de Paul consists of 60,000 members and volunteers who operate on the ground through over 1,000 Conferences located in individual parishes across Australia. Source: Vinnies Media living costs.
Newstart should be increased for ALL recipients: Vinnies
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Helping kids at risk
The new laws coming into effect in the ACT on 1 September 2019 will make a number of changes to laws about reporting child abuse. The laws have been intro- duced in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Of important is that - • Adults who reasonably believe that a sexual offence has been committed against a child must make a report to the police. Failure to make a report is an offence. • Ministers of religion, religious leaders and members of the clergy of a church or religious denomination will be mandated reporters. This means that along with other professionals working with children, these groups are mandated under law to report their concerns regarding physical or sexual abuse of a child to Child and Youth Protection Services. (The same mandatory reporting obligations apply irrespective of whether the information was disclosed in a religious confession). • Information disclosed in a religious confession will need to be reported to the ACT Ombudsman under this Scheme if it relates to a sexual abuse against a child, or non- accidental physical injury to a child. The fact sheets regard- ing the changes are available from the Archdiocesan Profes- sional Standards page: http://cgcatholic.org.au/ professional-standards/ new-act-child-sexual- abuse-laws-2/ New ACT Safeguarding Laws
By Catherine Sheehan
WHEN Sarah began caring for five year-old Jack he was exhibiting a range of behaviours that she simply did not know how to deal with. At only 20 months old, little Jack had been removed from his parents due to their violent behaviour and drug addiction. He had witnessed extreme violence and had been neglected in a variety of ways, from lack of proper food and routine to being left restrained for hours on end. Jack would respond to people around him with what he had predominantly experienced in his short life – fear and aggression. He was also self-harming. “It was heart-breaking,” Sarah said. Sarah knew she would need help in raising Jack and sought help from Marymead, a not-for- profit organization supporting children and families. Through Marymead, she was able to contact a clinician at any time for advice on coping with Jack’s aggression. Sarah also completed Marymead’s ‘Circle of Security’ program which helps parents and carers to identify their children’s needs and respond. Sarah and Jack then moved on to the ‘New Horizons’ program, where she received one-on-one support from a clinician over 12 months. “It’s amazing how far Jack has come,” Sarah said. “Our clini- cian, Leannah, calmly explained everything, where those reactions and emotions were coming from in him.” “I have been taught so much in my emotional training and I believe it has made me a better mum for my other children. It has made us closer and more understanding of each other as a family.” The message of this year’s National Child Protection Week (from September 1 to 7) is “kids do well when parents are supported” and “to raise thriving kids, parents need support to navigate life’s choppy waters”. CEO of Marymead, Camilla Rowland, said more parents were seeking support because of
increased family separation. Other factors were mental health issues, disability and financial pressures. “Family functioning improves when parents are supported with education and when they are supported with therapeutic interventions, particularly those families who are vulnerable,” Ms Rowland said. Demand from parents for sup- port services was increasing due to increased levels of family separation. Other factors were mental health is- sues, disability and financial pressure on families. Professor Daryl Higgins, Di- rector of the Australian Catholic University’s Institute of Child Protection, said that in seeking to improve child protection, broader support for families and parents was needed, with educa- tion around positive parenting provided through GPs, medical staff, teachers and professionals engaged in caring for children.
“What is often missing in our suite of services is broad support for all families,” Prof Higgins said. Rather than waiting until a crisis occurs and child protec- tion services need to step in, all service providers should support families to prevent a crisis in the first place, he said. Ross Fox, Director of Catho- lic Education at the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, said that across Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, the approach to child protection is very much to ‘get out in front of issues and address them’ before they become a crisis. “One initiative is the Child Safe Advocate role in all 56 schools in our Archdiocese,” Mr Fox said. “These positions are focused on developing and embedding an effective child protection culture in schools.” “We operate from a firm belief that families are the first educators of children, so when we are coming together with families and children in our schools, we are working in partnership from the beginning.” CatholicCare counsellors operate in all schools, Mr Fox said, and, in conjunction with the Archdiocese, provide a range of professional learning programs for parents, to help them increase their awareness of issues such
as Cyber safety and healthy relationships. “We work closely with parents because we understand that having parents and families part of the conversation is highly valuable,” he said. Mr Fox said effective child protection was about “a culture of openness and ongoing communication”. “Our approach is that child protection issues are intricately linked to teaching and learning,” he explained. “It is about a stu- dent’s capacity to come to school and get what they need from a wellbeing perspective to be in a position to effectively learn. “Child protection is every- body’s business all of the time.”
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St Mary MacKillop pilgrimage to Eden
THE spirit of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was evident at the third pilgrimage held in Eden on Saturday 10 August, in honour of Australia’s first saint. Archbishop Christopher Prowse led the prayer walk and concelebrated mass with priests from Canberra, Bega, Bateman’s Bay and Pambula/Merimbula. Over 200 pilgrims travelled from throughout the diocese to attend the celebrations. Despite the blustery winds, the sun shone and the hospitality of the locals warmed the hearts of all in attendance. During the prayer walk from Aslings Beach to Star of the Sea church, pilgrims walked, prayed and listened to reflections on the life and work of St Mary. She was the founder of the Sisters of St Joseph. Following the death of her mother, Flora MacKillop, when the Lyee-Moon was wrecked off Green Cape on 29 May 1886, Mary promised that whilst there were sisters available, she would ensure they were
resident in Eden. This promise has been honoured and the sisters are still present, with Sr Benedetta and Sister Marie living in Eden. Following mass, pilgrims enjoyed a delicious lunch and shared many stories of their faith journey and experiences. Archbishop Christopher called on all those present to continue their devotion to St Mary and her mother Flora, and to ensure this pilgrimage becomes an annual event, honouring Australia’s first saint. Pilgrims were also invited to contribute their own Pilgrimage Prayer to be combined together to be made into a Pilgrims Prayer Book. Contributions are welcome and can be emailed to Anne Maddock at alawah01@ bigpond.com Next year our Pilgrimage will be on the Feast Day of St Mary MacKillop, 8th August. It will also be the 10th An- niversary of St Mary MacKillop’s canonization.
IPSS trainers, Brenda Foley and Maria Hicks
AS part of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn’s response to the 2017 Royal Commission report on Child- hood Sexual Abuse, the Church, staff from the Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding (IPSS) have hit the road, engaging with clergy, parish pastoral Councils and volunteers working with children. IPSS trainers, Maria Hicks, and Brenda Foley are presenting programs specifically aimed at parishes, groups, and movements, focusing on civil and moral responsibilities in safeguarding How do we organise training? A key feature of the training program is that the training comes to you. Brenda and Maria are willing to negotiate a time and location suitable to the parish clergy, the Parish Pastoral Council and volunteers. To arrange training for your parish, groups, and movements, please contact Maria at ipss@ cg.org.au or on 6239 9806. What have we learned from our training to date? What has become apparent through our training to date is that there is a real willing- ness by our leaders to ensure our children are welcomed and appropriately cared for in our community. Keeping updated however on the harm our children may be exposed to, particularly through their use of
and protecting children. The training is interactive and draws on the Archdiocese’s poli- cies, identifying Safe Practices, Safe People and Safe Places using practical, real-life (de-identified) examples. The aim of Child Protection Week 2019 is to engage members of the community in supporting and protecting children. Our parishes, groups, and movements need to be vigilant in prevent- ing inappropriate behaviour and identifying and decisively responding where it may have occurred. technology is a concern. Parents, carers and our community leaders may find the following resource on online safety developed by the e-safety commissioner useful. https://www.esafety.gov.au/ parents/online-safety-guide Do all adults have to report to the Police if they believe a child has been sexually assaulted? Yes – In NSW and the ACT anyone over 18 years old who reasonably believes a sexual offence has been committed against a child that is a person under the age of 18 at the time the offence was commit- ted, must report information about the sexual offences committed to the Police. There are exemptions. Find out
Delivery of this training highlights the Archdiocese’s commitment to safeguarding our children and to the imple- mentation of Principle 7 of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations (based on the Royal Commission into Institu- tional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Child safe standards): Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training. more at http://cgcatholic.org. au/professional-standards/ new-laws/ Do clergy need a WWVP registration or a NSW WWC check to Minister? Yes. Given the Archdiocese is spread across both the ACT and NSW, all active Archdiocesan clergy as well as employees working in the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation require both an ACT Working with Vulnerable People registration as well as a NSW Working with Children Check. We do I go for more information? All of the Archdiocese’s Child Protection polices can be found at the following link:
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St Joseph’s Bombala booms
“Following the closure of small public schools in the district, some parents chose to send their children to St Joseph’s, which has added to the increase in student numbers. “I’ve come into the school at a time when the school is in a really good space.” The MacKillop Building replaces a smaller, less flexible structure. The new building is modern, comfortable, and spa- cious and provides meeting rooms, staff areas, canteen facilities and a cooking space for the students. The MacKillop building was officially opened and blessed by Archbishop Christopher Prowse, following a special mass for St Mary MacKillop’s Feast day, concelebrated at St Mary’s church with Parish Priest Fr Mick MacAndrew. Other special guests included Deputy Director of Catholic Education Angus Tulley, former principal Noeleen O’Neill, and Pastoral Associate Sr Teresa Keane who has continued the
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IN 2009 St Joseph’s Primary School was doing it tough for numbers. With an an enrolment of just 17 students the school’s future was looking grim. Now, ten years later, the school boasts 68 students… an increase of over 250 per cent. That growth has given rise to the need for improved facilities. On Friday, August 9 the school welcomed the opening of its new Mackillop administration block. Acting principal Susan Tighe said there were probably a number of factors behind the school’s growth. “My predecessors did a fantastic job in building up the school,” she said. “Phil Stubbs was the school’s part time principal, travelling from Cooma on a weekly basis. During this time enrolments climbed to about 40 students. Noeline O’Neill took on the role of principal from 2016 and enrolment numbers continued to steadily improve. SUNDAY July 28 marked another birthday and the end of Bryan Kennedy’s forty active years of service to the Catholic Church as an active acolyte. He remains an acolyte but has removed himself from the active commitment of the roster. Forty years ago, each Parish Priest in the Canberra Goulburn Diocese was asked to supply the name of a man to take on the role of acolyte. Crookwell was to supply two: Father Fitzgerald nominated Jack Nagle and Bryan Kennedy. Each Friday evening, during winter, they travelled to Can- berra to complete their course of study. This was no mean feat as it meant traversing the old highway along Lake George with the ski traffic. Bryan had the additional difficulty of having a business to run. He credited his sister in law Jennifer Cummins who stepped forward and assisted Dorothy in the shop. Bryan will always tell you that he cannot do any of these things without the support of his wife Dorothy and I have watched her reschedule plans many times over the past 40 years to allow him to take up this role. This year also marks their 60 years of marriage. Perhaps Father Fitzgerald’s By Vivienne Flanagan
From back left, Acting Principal Susan Tighe, Fr Mick MacAndrew, Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Ezra Perkins, Tanner Hurley, Lachlan Reed and Alex Peisley.
Josephite Order’s 130 year legacy in the town. Angus Tulley, in his comments after the mass, said it was great to see the parish and school community coming together for
such an important occasion. He was impressed with the positive relationship between the school and parish. “We’re focusing on the his- tory of Mary MacKillop and the
important work of the Josephite Sisters, which is why we’ve called it the MacKillop building, to keep the memory and the stories alive,” Mrs Tighe said.
Crookwell’s Bryan Kennedy: 40 years as an acolyte
quietly providing communion in the homes of members of his community. Bryan was assisting his friend Fr Peter Murphy when he collapsed and was unable to continue as usual one Saturday night. He stepped in combin- ing his acolyte duties with his considerable first aid training and experience and assisted to finish the Mass before getting his good mate into an ambulance and off to hospital. With other parish stalwarts he reorganised all the weekend’s parish activities and stood in for Rev Murphy on Sunday at Tuena. Again, a voice from the pews was heard to comment on how much Father Bill looked like Bryan. It soon became apparent how serious Fr Murphy’s illness was and Crookwell lost a good mate. Bryan turned down the acolyte role for the funeral and, along with his fellow acolyte Bill Rogerson, acted as usher for the funeral and then tolled the bell as the body was removed. Bryan feels privileged and honoured to have been allowed the opportunity to serve his community as acolyte. He has continued working as acolyte with Communion Services and assisting with funerals and visit- ing people in their homes.
Bryan Kennedy at a Mass in Crookwell
Mass. The comment after Mass was “I had no idea how alike Father Bill Kennedy and Bryan (they are brothers) were until Bill came on to the altar tonight”. It wasn’t the last time the comment was made. There have been many memorable moments over the years. Bryan has assisted during many important moments and ceremonies from an enormous Papal Mass in Canberra, to stepping in to capably assist with Communion Services in his brother Bill’s parish in O’Connor when Bill was brutally bashed (this had the bonus of migrant parishioners bearing great food), to honouring and farewelling those he was so fond of, and to
Bryan Kennedy with his brother, Fr Bill Kennedy
choice of Jack and Bryan was more canny or even more frugal than most realised. They were the same size which became apparent when they went for a fitting for robes. It turned out Father Fitzgerald was not impressed with the robes when they arrived. He had tried them on and thought they were far too small! Jack and Bryan managed to remove them from his head without causing any damage.
Those robes continue to be used today. Bryan was fortunate in having his cousin Philo Laws quickly realise another set was needed and she made him his own. I have no idea how she came up with a pattern. There was no announcement made in the church that acolytes would be commencing duties. Bryan was first to commence. He went out on to the altar on Saturday night and assisted in the
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‘Unplanned’ actress establishes scholarship for pregnant women
‘God is a tourist attraction’ Anglican bishop says on cathedral carnival ride
ISIS captured the Christian communities of the Nineveh plains Aug. 6, 2014. Christians were not able to return to the area until the fall of 2016, when Iraqi forces and their allies recaptured the area. To date, about 40,000 Christians have returned; many have emigrated. The Miraculous Medal - St Maximilian Kolbe’s weapon for evangelisation
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug 18, 2019 / 04:55 pm (CNA) – Ashley Bratcher, lead actress in the pro-life movie “Unplanned,” has helped establish a scholarship for women pursuing an education during an unexpected pregnancy. “Women can pursue their careers, live out their dreams, and have richer, more fulfilling lives while balancing motherhood. Sometimes, it just takes a little help,” Bratcher said in a recent press release from Heartbeat International. “I wanted to be a part of empowering mothers to chase their dreams and to provide a means for those who choose life to continue their educations.” The scholarship, called the Un- planned Movie Scholarship, will give $5,000 annually for a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy. It can go toward educational opportunities including college or trade school. The project is backed by Heartbeat International, a pro-life agency providing pregnancy resources to expecting mothers in over 2,000 locations worldwide. “Not only will the scholarship financially support the decision of mothers to continue their education, but it will also connect them to an organization that will support them throughout their pregnancy and beyond,” Bratcher added. Jor-El Godsey, president of VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis announced Thursday that he is giving 6,000 blessed rosaries to Catholic communities in Syria as a sign of his closeness on the Marian Feast of the Assumption. “Prayer made with faith is powerful! We continue to pray the rosary for peace in the Middle East and in the whole world,” Pope Francis said on Au- gust. 15 in his Angelus message for the Assumption of Mary. The Pope blessed the rosaries made by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, and said that the Syrian families that lost someone because of the war are close to his heart. “The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is a call for everyone, especially for those who are afflicted by doubts and sadness,” Pope Francis said. “Today we look at Mary and we see the goal. We see that a creature was assumed to the glory of Jesus, the Risen Christ.” “Every time we take the
Christine Rousselle (CNA) NORWICH, ENGLAND: A contro- versial amusement park ride erected in Norwich Cathedral has come down after an 11-day installation. Rt. Revd. Johnathan Meyrick, the bishop of the Church of England’s Diocese of Lynn, delivered a sermon midway down the helter-skelter slide during the final liturgy held in the cathedral with the ride present. “God is a tourist attraction,” Meyrick said, claiming that God would be “rev- elling” in the joy it brought to visitors. During the time the helter-skelter was installed, over 20,000 people came to visit the nearly thousand-year-old cathedral. While an estimated 10,000 people rode down the 50-foot-high slide, the move drew criticism from Anglicans and Catholic alike. The Right Reverend Dr Gavin Ashenden, former chaplain to the Queen – who is head of the Church of England – called the event a “mistake,” and misjudged “what a cathedral is good for.” Iraqi archbishop reflects on Christian community five years after ISIS takeover Catholic News Agency ERBIL, IRAQ: Five years on from the conquering of Christian communities in Iraq by the so-called Islamic State, Christians in the country remain at the “point of extinction,” Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil said this week. “The ISIS attack led to the displacement of more than 125,000 Christians from historical home-lands and rendered us, in a single night, without shelter and refuge, without work or proper-ties, without churches and monasteries, without the ability to participate in any of the normal things of life that give dignity; family visits, celebration of weddings and births, the sharing of sorrows,” Warda told papal charity Aid to the Church in Need this week.
Heartbeat International, said the scholarship will help expecting mothers embrace education and life. “Tucked into Unplanned is a vivid reminder that education can present an obstacle to accepting the new life within,” said Godsey. “The Unplanned Movie Scholarship will be a lifeline to a young mom’s future as she makes the brave choice to embrace motherhood.” Bratcher played Abby Johnson in the movie, “Unplanned.” The story follows the life of Johnson, a former clinic director for Planned Parenthood, who had a conversion experience after witnessing the horrors of abor- tion. Today, Johnson is a pro-life advocate and the director of And Then There Were None, a ministry that helps other abortion workers leave the industry. Following the movie’s release,
numerous women reached out to Bratcher to share their stories of difficult pregnancy situations. Andrea Trudden, director of communications for Heartbeat International, told CNA that many women shared a common conflict – they needed financial support to finish their education. “After the release of ‘Un- planned,’ Ashley had a lot of dif- ferent questions from moms who were reaching out sharing their stories about their unplanned pregnancies,” she said. “The education aspect tended to be one of the hurdles.” Trudden said the opportunity will provide women the support they need to pursue their educa- tion, but it also presents a bigger message. “Women can have careers, they can have fulfilling lives and be mothers. It’s not an either-or situation,” she said.
CNA NEWYORK CITY, N.Y: The United Nations General Assembly has designated August 22 as the first-ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. “On this Day, we reaffirm our unwavering support for the victims of violence based on religion and belief. And we demonstrate that support by doing all in our power to prevent such attacks and demanding that those responsible are held accountable,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement. The General Assembly condemned acts of violence against religious minorities and reiterated its support for the right to freedom of religion, as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. sacramental inspired by the Marian apparition to St. Catherine La-boure in Paris in 1830. The Virgin Mary ap- peared to Laboure as the Immaculate Conception standing on a globe with light streaming from her hands and crushing a serpent under her foot. UN initiates new annual commemoration for reli- gious victims of violence By Courtney Grogan ROME, ITALY: As World War II raged around him in Poland, St. Maximilian Kolbe fought for souls using a printing press and another “weapon” – the Miraculous Medal. “Even though a person be the worst sort, if only he agrees to wear the medal, give it to him…and then pray for him, and at the proper moment strive to bring him closer to his Immaculate Mother, so that he have recourse to her in all difficulties and temptations,” Kolbe said of the Miraculous Medal. “This is truly our heavenly weapon,” the saint said, describing the medal as “a bullet with which a faithful soldier hits the enemy, i.e. evil, and thus rescues souls.” The Miraculous Medal is a
Pope Francis gives thousands of rosaries to Christians in Syria
Rosary into our hands and pray with it, we take a step towards the great goal of life,” he said. Pope Francis said that Mary exalts in the greatness in the Lord and invites everyone to raise their eyes to the great things that the Lord accomplished in her. “Mary shows us that if we want our life to be happy, God must be placed first, because he alone is great,” he said.
Mary, as every mother, wants the best for her children, the pope explained. He said that Mary tells each person: “You are precious in the eyes of God; you are not made for the small fulfillment of the world, but for the great joys of heaven.” “Let us be attracted by true beauty, let us not be sucked into the smallness of life, but choose the greatness of heaven,” Pope Francis said.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10-11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20
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