Category Archives: Press Releases

Catholic Church speaks out on “Stronger Futures” legislation – questions its appropriateness for Aboriginal people

Media Release, 15 June, 2012

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) and the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (BCRATSI) of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) today take the opportunity to remind senators of some issues surrounding the Stronger Futures legislation that will come before the Senate on Monday.

Chair of NATSICC Thelma Parker said that there are a number of problems with the legislation and hopes that the Senate will look closely at the problems.

“The blanket approach endorsed in the Stronger Futures legislation is simply inappropriate.  Changes introduced in recent years have resulted in stable conscientious Aboriginal people being exposed to the embarrassment of using a basic card for their essential items, whilst others in order to obtain cash have sold at a discount the credit on their basics card.  This highlights inequities in the system and the problematic nature of the ‘card system’,” said Ms. Parker. Continue reading

Australian Catholic Youth Ministry convention ready to welcome youth ministers

The second Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC) will be held in Campbelltown from September 21st to 23rd, 2012.

It is expected to gather up to 500 participants from around the country who minister with young people in parishes, schools, religious orders, diocese, universities, diocese, movements and communities. Continue reading


Year of Grace launch

3 – 10 May 2012

The Mass of the Holy Spirit was concelebrated on Friday 4 May 2012 in the chapel of Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney at 7 am. The President of Conference, Archbishop Philip Wilson, was the principal celebrant and preached the homily. The President welcomed the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto who was warmly greeted. He concelebrated the opening Mass, met Bishops informally, addressed the Plenary Meeting and participated in a general discussion.

Archbishop Denis Hart was elected President and Archbishop Philip Wilson was elected Vice-President.

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Catholic Earthcare celebrates ten years

Media Release, 9 May, 2012

Today marks a special anniversary for the Catholic Church. Ten years ago at the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference plenary meeting in May 2002, a new agency was born with an extraordinary purpose for humanity to undergo an ecological conversion. This call for ecological conversion was proclaimed by Pope John Paul II in 2001 and it inspired an unprecedented move by the Australian Catholic Bishops’. Continue reading

Stronger futures or stolen futures – Bishops and Religious question legislation

Media Release, 5 May, 2012

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) call upon all Federal Senators not to pass the legislation of the ‘Stronger Futures Northern Territory 2011 Bill’.

In their meeting today in North Sydney, Archbishop Philip Wilson and Sr Anne Derwin RSJ on behalf of the ACBC and CRA released the following statement:

“We join with the many Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians who have already urged the government to consult Aboriginal people and their Elders in planning actions and developing policies that will affect their lives for many years.”

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Archbishop Denis Hart elected President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Media Release
4 May, 2012

Archbishop Denis Hart, Metropolitan Archbishop of Melbourne has been elected as the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference at the Australian Bishops Plenary today in Sydney.

Archbishop Hart will take over after this meeting from Archbishop Philip Wilson who has held the post for the past six years. Continue reading

Vatican official, social commentator and filmmaker among speakers at Catholic Media Congress

Media Release
April 16, 2012

Secretary to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications Monsignor Paul Tighe will lead an impressive line-up at the Australian Catholic Media Congress which will take place in Sydney from 30 April-2 May.

Former Young Australian of the Year and Filmmaker Khoa Do; and Social Commentator and Women’s Advocate Melinda Tankard Reist will also give keynote presentations during the Congress.

Also featured will be a keynote address at the Gala dinner on 1 May at the Amora Jamison hotel by Julie Flynn, CEO of FreeTV Australia.
Musical performances and accompaniment will be provided by Fr Rob Galea, whose hit song “God does not make rubbish” made number one on the Inspiration Top Ten in 2011.

The Congress entitled “Communicating the Word: Timeless Messages, New Media” will explore the impact of social media on the news landscape, and will offer professional development to Catholic, Christian and Secular media professionals.

The Media Congress will be held at the Menzies Hotel, Sydney from 1pm on 30 April and ending at Midday on 2 May.

Monsignor Paul Tighe will address the Congress on ways of harnessing the potential of social media to present an ethical message of hope and peace.

“Communication of the Gospel must be at heart of the ministry of a priest and I am pleased to be asked to work in the Council that has a mandate to harness the potential of the media – new and old – as a means of evangelisation”, Monsignor Paul said.

‘I am equally pleased to be speaking on this vital area in the mission of the Church at the ACMC in Sydney’.
Full time Registration for the Australian Catholic Media Congress is available for $725 for full time.

Registration for part-time or full-time registration is available at the following website:

For media enquiries or to organise your registration for the Australian Catholic Media Congress, please contact Beth Doherty on 0407 081 256, (02) 62019859 or or visit for a full program.


Bishop Max and Minister Bowen

BISHOP Max Davis, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate, today checked in on the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen, who has been on a long walk through the halls of Parliament in a personal bid to help end global poverty.

As part of Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion campaign, Minister Bowen has been participating in what is known as “Caritas Ks” by wearing a pedometer, which counts every single step he takes during this sitting week in Parliament. Continue reading

St Benedict’s parish Canberra an authentic witness to Christian life and welcoming community

St Benedict's Parish - MGL sisters make final vows at packed ceremony

Media Release
20 March, 2012

St Benedict’s parish in Narrabundah in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn is one of 20 parishes identified by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference Pastoral Research Office (PRO) as having something a little bit “special” in its latest research project “Building Stronger Parishes”. Continue reading

Women’s advocate to give presentation on new media at Catholic Congress

ACU is sponsoring Melinda's presentation
Media Release
15 March, 2012

Canberra writer, commentator and women’s advocate Melinda Tankard Reist will be one of two Australian keynotes presenting at the Australian Catholic Media Congress 2012, a congress which will take place between 30 April and 2 May in Sydney.

Melinda Tankard Reist has developed a profile over the last 20 years through her work on issues affecting women and girls, and she will speak on building a grassroots movement using new media on day two of the Congress.

The Australian Catholic Media Congress is held just once every three years at the Menzies Hotel in Sydney and is a project of the Australian Catholic Media Council, through the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

The Congress carries the theme “Communicating the Word: Timeless Messages, New Media” and will focus on how social media can be used to proclaim timeless messages of faith.

Melinda will speak to the 150-strong crowd for an hour on 1 May, focussing on how she has used various types of new media such as Twitter, Facebook and blogging to spread a positive message and challenge advertising standards through movement ‘Collective shout.’ (

Melinda is best known for outspoken stands against the objectification of women, sexualisation of girls, pornography, prostitution, trafficking and violence against women, as well as being one of Australia’s first expressly ‘pro-life feminists’. She also blogs and tweets daily at

Other speakers at the Congress include international keynote and Vatican Official Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; former young Australian of the Year Khoa Do and many others.
Early-Bird registration is $655 and will be available until 30-March, 2012.

All interested in attending the Australian Catholic Media Congress 2012 are encouraged to have a look at the website or contact Beth Doherty on 0407 081 256, 02 6201 9859 or