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Why do we need Reconciliation?

13 Feb 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The Sacrament of Reconciliation was developed in the Catholic Church as one of a number of ways to strengthen our relationship with God. In this Explorations we look at the history of the sacrament and its place in the life of Catholics today.


Explaining the issues: The Seal of Confession

13 Feb 2019 | Fr Justin Glyn

Why is the seal of confession so important for the Church? Canon lawyer Fr Justin Glyn SJ explores some of the questions readers might have about the seal of confession in light of recent debates.


Explorations: Prayer

09 Nov 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

In this Explorations we look at why prayer is such an important part of our faith, and at some of the different ways people go about it.


Finding a retreat centre

08 Nov 2018

Having first read about the different strands of spirituality, here’s a guide to help you find a spiritual retreat that might best suit you.


2011 – How to be good

18 Sep 2018 | Brian Doyle

How to be goodFirst, pick up your wet towel and at least, for heavenssake, hang it up to dry.


A changing church

21 Aug 2018 | Bob Dixon

Bob Dixon explores what the Australian Catholic Church looks like today, a quarter of a century after the first edition of Australian Catholics was published.


Bringing people together to make a difference

21 Aug 2018 | John Warhurst

photo courtesy jssCatholic Social Services Australia has shown how the Church can make a difference by drawing on the experience and passion of dedicated individuals at all levels of society.


Relationships in the Catholic Church

21 Aug 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

In this Explorations, we look at the relationships between the people in the pews and the leaders in the Catholic Church.


The Seamless Garment

23 May 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

cross on a hillWhile each Catholic is committed to following Christ, communities are often divided about what the priorities of the church should be. In this Explorations, we explore the idea of the ‘seamless garment’ – that there is a consistent ethic of life that unites all of the Church’s priorities. How can this help communities focus their efforts back on Jesus’ mission?


Freedom of religion: What is all the fuss about?

01 Nov 2017 | Fr Justin Glyn SJ

Religious freedom often comes up in public debate, most  recently around the issue of allowing same sex couples to marry. Why is it such a hot topic for religious people? 


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