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#2362     Patriarch Denounces Attack on Synagogue in Jerusalem

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 7:42am on November 19th 2014
This is absolutely hysterical! Get real Hamas - you were not, are not, and never will be able to change the fact: that Israel is the traditional custodian of this place, this area. God has decreed it so for thousands of years it's been God's mandate - that the nation of Israel have tribal custodianship over all those areas. It's Biblical truth whether people want to dispute it or not. Israel in modern times still has a long way to go too. The nation has given over itself through many worldly leaders into bolstering a form of government which doesn't in many ways honor this traditional custodianship right bestowed on it by the Lord. It's time to get real too, Israel, and honor the birthright given by living it out. Exile has been too long in the hearts and minds of many to the point where they don't think with our indigenous soul anymore - they still think with the fetters of exile on as though they are meant to live this way always. C'mon people, it's nothing but a re-hash of the fallicious desire to turn back to the Egypt which enslaved us. Dispense with this temptation to go back to slavery and BE FREE!

#2361     A Single Voice in the Catholic Church

Laura Cain
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Laura Cain wrote at 4:47am on November 19th 2014
It would be great to have a National Catholic Singles Conference in Australia

#2360     8 Beatification Causes Advance

Father John Flynn
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Father John Flynn wrote at 11:38pm on November 11th 2014
Dear Anthony:

Prayers for intercession can be made at this or even an earlier stage. In fact, the promoters of the cause often ask people to pray for their intentions so as to be able to have evidence of a miracle for the cause.

This is distinct from any official liturgical celebration, which does not commence until after beatification - at a local level - and a general level after canonization.

#2359     8 Beatification Causes Advance

Anthony M
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Anthony M wrote at 6:34am on November 11th 2014
Can we - as the universal Church - ask for the intercession from 'venerables', or is it only for the beatified and canonised?

#2358     Single and Catholic

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 4:51am on November 8th 2014
Need to be wary as Parishes to avoid situations like Mrs Wood

#2357     Grieving Parents to Receive Recognition for Loss of Unborn

Elaine Maher
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Elaine Maher wrote at 11:00am on November 7th 2014
Yes, well done QLD

#2356     What do we Know about Brittany Maynard’s Death?

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 10:50am on November 7th 2014
The sad thing is that people thought her doing this was a good thing. Very sad. Shows how very few people want to go that 'extra mile' for another person these days, unlike the values they had in the Harp of the South novels.

#2355     Single and Catholic

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 10:48am on November 7th 2014
Looking forward to Pope Francis announcing a Synod for the Unmarried/Single one person household, in order to stop euthanasia becoming legal.

#2354     On Love and Dignity and Dying

Elaine Maher
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Elaine Maher wrote at 7:08am on November 5th 2014
What a beautiful story

#2353     Pope Condemns Corruption in Politics, Business and Church

gabriela kaplan
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gabriela kaplan wrote at 8:04am on October 26th 2014
He is so correct- Here is an example: The Republican party, owned by billionaires, many who claim to be Christian aren't serving Christ.

"Citizen United" supreme court ruling, gave billionaire corporations power to use money to influence people and win elections. We the people got enough signatures to put for a vote for the people, not the corrupt Supreme Court to decide if we wish to overturn the " Citizens United" law.

Confirming what the pope says, not a single Senate Republican approved of putting Citizens United for a vote. They are supposedly representing the people, and won't even let us vote!

The bible teaches: "For the love of money is the root of all evil" . The USA's republican congress proves how power corrupts and money is winning over Christian teachings. Yes, money rules. While millionaires amass wealth, 1 out of every 5th person in the USA goes to bed hungry every night.

#2352     Midterm Report: 7 Key Points from Synod on the Family

Sister Maria PCC & Co
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Sister Maria PCC & Co wrote at 8:24am on October 20th 2014
The synod of the media has certainly begun! With you! The good Cardinal in question is called Peter Erdo..

#2351     Synod 'Of the Media' Has Begun - Keep Informed!

Moussa Taouk
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Moussa Taouk wrote at 12:27pm on October 15th 2014
Here is a link to the released document for those interested in reading from the source.

I feel for priests who at this time are no doubt having to deal with people's difficult situations and who are faced with the attitude that Church teachings and disciplines have now been changed.

May the Synod Fathers be guided by the Holy Spirit.

#2350     Synod 'Of the Media' Has Begun - Keep Informed!

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 8:12am on October 15th 2014
The hypocrisy of both the so called conservative and orthodox and progressive Catholics is sadly unsurprising. The media is twisting it both in Orthodox and Progressive outlets. Neither side has the spine to address the real issues of the Church, being unmarried people over 30 and the mental health epidemic, instead it's easy to focus on gay debates.

#2349     Catholic Singles: The Forgotten Amoung the Faithful

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 8:12am on October 14th 2014
So true Catholic unmarrieds who are non religious, non clergy and no kids are the most ignored abandoned people in the Church.

#2348     Challenges Facing Families Today - a Reflection from Archbishop-elect of Sydney Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP

Krystyna Wielechowska
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Krystyna Wielechowska wrote at 4:31am on October 13th 2014
In context of the Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher letter is worth to note that the dramatic decline of Catholic upbringing and quintessential Catholic morale identity is due to the Catholic Church lack of true teaching and subsequent changes to the Holy Sacraments and prayers .We the Catholics don't have any more real Catholic schools , hospitals or real Catholic care. Although there are institutions of this kind under Catholic umbrella but in reality they don't have anything to do with real Catholic values, these are imitations or facades of the Catholic identity but nothing more and as such they do not have the grounds to be called Catholic. The Catholic Churches quite often are obscure and downgraded , promote deliberate lack of beauty in a Holy place which in turn becomes uninviting and indifferent .However If we love the Lord then we love His Church and we want It to be l filled with beauty which reflects our inner longing to surround Our Lord',s house with most precious gifts as a beauty is a sign of God . Ven Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said:" When the Catholic Church dropped Sacrament of Confession the Psychology picked it up ,when the rosary was dropped the Jewelry Industry piked it up ,when the Church dropped its teaching on evil,satanic organisations skyrocketed".Society in a whole is a reflection of political power and the strength of Catholic Faith . Unfortunately the later is not considered any more as formidable opponent and It had been dropped from political consideration hence the attack on family,on our youth and forceful introduction of gender ideology .Enemy of the Catholic Church never sleeps it take roots in these areas which had been vacated by the Church.

#2347     Historical Accounts of the Resurrection

Reverend Father Mick Mac Andrew
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Reverend Father Mick Mac Andrew wrote at 3:05am on September 22nd 2014
Thanks for the debate, I found it very good to hear Raphael's negative arguments for the historicity of the Resurrection which centred on the Gospels being 'forged' or 'doctored'.
Fr Matt's counter argument that Christianity has survived - and is therefore true, despite Christians is the better one of course.

Charles Rice's article is very good and so I have made copies to place in the back of our parish church.

Once again, thanks for giving us the opportunity to hear such a lively debate.

#2346     "Free the Children" - A Discussion About Children in Immigration Detention & Why We Should Care

Tony Robertson
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Tony Robertson wrote at 8:42pm on September 21st 2014
I joined this campaign yesterday at the Cathedral of t Stephen in Brisbane. See my images and blog at

#2345     "An Idolatrous Conflict" - Bishop Peter Comensoli comments on the Conflict in Iraq

Moussa Taouk
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Moussa Taouk wrote at 9:42am on September 10th 2014
I understand the need for bishops to be responsible in what they say and how they say it so that they don't instigate retributions.

So, being a lay man I might go ahead and say that I think there is too much political correctness that goes on with these things and a spade is called anything but a spade. If the war waged by ISIS is not a religious war, then what would a religious war look like?

I agree that the situation perhaps involves a number of factors including politics. But clearly the underlying mechanism by which this evil is able to come into existence and then to be maintained and even expand can be attributed to aspects of the Islamic faith. The fact is that the Islamic faith permits (I might even say 'condones') violence as a means by which one empowers and spreads the Muslim faith.

Perpetuating ignorance about certain aspects of the Muslim faith by sidestepping the issues through political correctness isn't much good. The blood of innocence is flowing in the Middle East and we're here in the West concerned about saying anything that might upset Muslims.

How are Muslims to ever see the beauty of the Christian faith if, when they butcher our faithful we don't point out the flaws of their faith that allows such barbarism, but rather we blush and say politely that it must not be anything to do with the Muslim faith but rather only some self-appointed group of "hot heads".

I fear that western Christians will continue in their blissful pathetic ignorance until they become minority groups in their once Christian countries.

#2344 Wins Two Awards at ACPA 2014!

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 11:29am on September 6th 2014
A big congrats to you guys at Xt3!!

#2343     Ask a Priest - How many times can someone receive Holy Communion in a day?

Mark G
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Mark G wrote at 12:56pm on August 23rd 2014
I am curious why so many believe you can't receive communion twice in one day even if you are attending Mass a second time. Has the guideline changed in recent years, then? Marc.

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