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Pope Francis and the challenges of the church today

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen has laid out a vision for an inclusive compassionate church in Parramatta diocese.

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International Church Reform Conference in Chicago

Ian McGinnity, priest of Parramatta diocese and past NCP chairman and Tony Flannery CSsR, founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland and currently on the the Leadership Team reflect on the conference in Chicago.

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Launching out into the deep

Pat Power preached this homily at the ordination of Adam Crouch and Daniel Serratore on October 7 at St Christopher’s Cathedral, Manuka. This homily has much to encourage us all in participating in the life of the church.

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Pope’s call for unity on the 500th Anniversary of Reformation

Pope Francis was invited to Lund in Sweden, where the Lutheran World Federation was founded in 1947, to inaugurate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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The plebiscite on same sex marriage

Now that the 2016 federal election is done and dusted, we need to consider what is a responsible, informed position to take on the proposed plebiscite on same sex marriage.

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Ever grateful for the gift of gratitude

Being a slow learner in life’s lessons it’s taken me several decades to emerge as a half decent human being let alone a priest of substance. My older and wiser brother Peter reckons I’m a late developer; some might say “so late you nearly missed out”.

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Tackling indigenous incarceration in NT

In the not so distant past, when I was a young priest in a parish, it was absolutely the norm for people to smoke cigarettes, cigars or puff on a pipe. At the most prestigious dinners there would be several ashtrays on the table.

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Christian morality in flux

If the Catholic Church is in the headlines these days the odds are that it is a moral issue: abortion, contraception, IVF, gay marriage, assisted dying, divorce – with bishops holding firm against change and declaring their view to be the teaching of the Church.

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A practical response to the Pope’s call for a church apology to gay people

One Friday evening at St. Joseph’s Church Newtown over 100 people gathered to offer an apology to LGBTI people, their families and allies for the pain caused by the church.

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End this madness

I have just returned from my 6th pilgrimage to Pine Gap. It is 3000kms from where I live. I have known a number of friends to go on pilgrimage to holy places in India, Israel/Palestine, Europe, Tibet, the Camino trail and elsewhere.

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