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The Annual Mass of the Holy Innocents-Monday, 28 December 2015

This will be celebrated by Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 8 Diana Avenue, Kellyville. When: Monday, 28 December 2015 Time: 11am   This will be followed by a Rosary procession to the Franciscan Shrine of the Holy Innocents, 8 Greyfriar Place, Kellyville. Lunch… Read More ›

When Q&A becomes A&Q

By: Ben Smith, Director, Family and Life Office I was lucky enough to be selected for the audience for the Q&A Special episode on Dying and Euthanasia on 9 November. The last time I visited the ABC Studios in Ultimo was in 2003 when I was interviewed on Triple J about the issue of youth… Read More ›

Three is a crowd when it comes to parenting

By Ben Smith On February 3, the House of Commons of the UK Parliament created history when it voted in favour of the practice of creating babies using biological material from three parents. Supporters of the new law are seeking to develop treatments for rare forms of genetic diseases. Opponents have argued that the underlying… Read More ›

Baby Gammy proves sanctity of life

By Ben Smith, Catholic Outlook September 2014 The recent media storm surrounding the story of Baby Gammy in Thailand has caused a global sensation; ultimately leading to the country’s governing military junta to propose a ban on commercial surrogacy. The extensive media coverage of the story has been complicated by a series of twists and turns…. Read More ›

Finding hope in a tale of two tragedies

When I worked in the Sydney CBD a few years ago I remember the strange looks I used to get walking through the office with a black mark on my forehead on Ash Wednesday. In the ultra-clean white collar environment I inhabited, the sight of black ash on a pale white head would stop the… Read More ›

The death penalty for Chan and Sukumaran: Was it justice or just brute force?

“Free of blindfolds, the eight did sing, as they faced their final end. The echo of the barrel sounded then the silence did descend. Like statues, there the crowd stood mute, pondering whether this was justice or just brute.” The death of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran on 29 April 2015 exposed a surprising amount of… Read More ›

The changing face of dying in 2015

A few years ago my last remaining grandparent died. One night, my parents told me that my 96-year-old Nana was not expected to live for much longer. I attended a family gathering at her house to pray and to pay my last respects. As I sat in her living room praying the rosary with members… Read More ›