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News & Views

CRA and members of Religious congregations across Australia reflect on current issues in our world and our Church.

Monday, 24 April 2017 13:09

Engaging in science-religion dialogue

Sr Clare Condon sgs2Science and religion are separate and distinct disciplines, but surely we must learn from the engagement of one discipline with the other, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:23

The power of the Easter season

prodigal son painting by BurnandAn encounter with the Risen Christ can bring peace and reconciliation. Columban Fr Barry Cairns shares an Easter story of his parish pastoral council reaching out to forgive an apostate.

Monday, 10 April 2017 21:06

Journeying into newness

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150The reading of the scriptures in Holy Week can lull us into a sense of déjà vu: We have heard this before; we have been here before, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu. How might we hear it differently this time?

lismore flood 2017The Bishop of Lismore Gregory Homeming ocd has launched an appeal to help those who have suffered in the recent floods on the North Coast of NSW. 

francis sullivan150In an exclusive interview with America magazine, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) Francis Sullivan reflects on what contributed to the abuse of minors by priests and religious in Australia, and what he thinks the Royal Commission that has been investigating this abuse might say in its report at the year’s end.

broken bay canon law 150The Broken Bay Institute’s (BBI) new offerings in Governance and Canon Law were unveiled last month to an intimate gathering which included Sr Maria Casey rsj and Catholic Religious Australia President Sr Ruth Durick osu.

pcp at parramattaRepresentatives of Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) visited the Bishop of Parramatta Vincent Long ofm conv.

Sr Noelene Simmons sm 150Involvement in ACRATH, one of Australia’s largest and most significant anti-trafficking organisations has taught its new president, Marist Sister Noelene Simmons, that change happens slowly, but it can happen with collaboration and determination.

Fr David RansonThere can be no genuine healing and change until we address the marginalization of those who have been abused, a feature so graphically demonstrated to me on that first day of Case Study 50, writes Father David Ranson.

Monday, 27 March 2017 14:01

Lent is about healing humanity

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Jesus was tempted to see God’s reign in terms of controlling everything –where the world would be pain-free if he took power to himself – thus making a sham of any genuine love, writes CRA Network Coordinator Fr Claude Mostowik msc, as he reflects on the temptations of Jesus in the desert.

Sr Wendy Hildebrand ibvm 150In a media release, the Loreto Sisters have announced the appointment of Wendy Hildebrand ibvm as the next Province Leader for Australia and Southeast Asia.

cross on brick wall 150Issues such as compulsory celibacy and clericalism were identified as contributing to child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, revealed in a submission to the Royal Commission by the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC).

francis sullivan150Unless Catholic Church leaders, backed by the Catholic community continue to push for church reform, particularly post the child sex abuse royal commission, then the Church in Australia risks becoming increasingly marginalised, according to Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.

2017 National Assembly coverRegistrations are now open for the 2017 National Assembly with the theme: "Creating a future together – How will we be prophetic?".

Monday, 13 March 2017 22:05

Journeying through the wilderness

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150

In this season of Lent, the images of desert and wilderness evoke emptiness; yet it is also full of potential and opportunities to be people of God, writes CRA President Sr Ruth Durick osu.

Monday, 13 March 2017 21:07

A way of being in later life

Peter Thomas 150The Carmelite spirit emphasising a life of contemplation is a way to help people later in life adjust from ‘doing’ to ‘being’, writes Peter Thomas as he reflects on the Australian Bishop’s social justice statement and the concept of ‘gerotranscendence’.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 10:34

Be bold and brave

Sr Meg Kahler sgs 2When I was a child, to be told you had been “bold” seemed it was a special term for outspoken girls, writes Good Samaritan Sister Meg Kahler.

francis sullivan150The Truth Justice and Healing Council has called for the Vatican’s child protection commission to be directly answerable to the Pope, operate with transparency and managed by professional individuals from outside the Vatican.

Fr Henry Adler svdAs the Royal Commission wraps up its hearings, the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) Provincial, Father Henry Adler, has recommitted the Province to safe ministry and to continuing to provide support and pastoral care to all affected.

mercy melbourne 160thCelebrations are being held this year to mark 160 years since the arrival of the first three Sisters of Mercy in Melbourne, Victoria, as well as pay tribute to the incredible journey of thousands of Sisters and lay men and women in seeking to be the face of the God of Mercy in our world.

Bishop G Homeming ordainedAt the ordination of Bishop Gregory Homeming ocd, the work of the nuns of the Goonellabah Carmelites as well as the changing face of the Australian Church were acknowledged.

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150We must move forward mindful of the conversion to which the whole church has been called and courageous enough to speak up when this conversion falters, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

tjhc logo150Over the past four years, as the Church has been through the most intense and unforgiving examination of its operations in Australia, the Council has worked hard to hold the Church leadership accountable to these words and the Church leadership has risen to this challenge, said Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

thinking on bench150The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin Case Study 50, looking at factors which might have contributed to the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. How do we respond?

Venerable Mother Teresa Spinelli 150Maria Teresa Spinelli, the founder of the Augustinian Sisters Servants of Jesus and Mary, was declared Venerable by Pope Francis who signed the decree in late 2016.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:15

Religious honoured on Australia Day 2017

ausflag150Four religious women were recognised on Australia Day this year for their tireless service to the community, highlighting the Tiwi Aboriginal people, education and the important work of prison ministry.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:50

Suzanne Aubert declared ‘venerable’

suzanne aubertSuzanne Aubert, the founder of the Sisters of Compassion New Zealand’s home grown order of Sisters, has been declared ‘venerable’, a major milestone on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church, according to a media release last month.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:37

Mission "from" and "not" to the margins

Fr Noel Connolly ssc150We have much to learn from the poor and marginalised who live in vulnerable positions and can best discern the urgency of their struggles, writes Columban Father Noel Connolly.

hospice150World-renowned ethicist Professor Margaret Somerville says the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide overseas has been a disaster, with so-called safeguards failing and doctor-assisted killing on the rise, and not just for the terminally ill, writes Debra Vermeer.

Friday, 06 January 2017 09:44

New year ushers in new Dominican leader

Fr Anthony Walsh opFather Anthony Walsh op has been elected as the Prior Provincial of the Dominicans in Australia, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

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