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Lachie and friends: A Christmas wish

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Villa Maria Catholic HomesA Wantirna South service for children with disabilities is urging the community to get behind its Christmas Appeal to help brighten the lives of the people it supports.Lachie, aged 13, is one of around 200 children and adults with disabilities who attend Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) Flexible Respite Service in Wantirna South on holidays and weekends; getting out and about in the community, trying new activities and making new friends. Like most of the children who use the service, Lachie is on the Autism spectrum. This means if he gets a little bored,...

Funding model ‘biased to rich independent schools’

Tuesday 14 November 2017

John Ferguson, Rebecca Urban, The Australian

Wealthy independent schools will be overfunded by billions of dollars over the next decade due to serious flaws in the Turnbull government’s funding system, a new report will argue today.

The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) has calculated that wealthy independent schools will receive hundreds of millions of dollars extra each year, leaving the Catholic sector and other low-fee independents underfunded because of the funding formula.

The CECV estimates the funding gap means that if every wealthy independent school had more accurate socio-economic status (SES) funding scores they would receive between $200 million and $360m a year less from the federal government.

Church’s marriage office head fears for freedom of speech

Monday 13 November 2017

David King, The Australian

Matthew MacDonald and his wife Julie are committed Christians who take responsibility for teaching their children about marriage, which they believe should be between a man and woman.

They send their children to a Catholic school because they feel safe that the values they adhere to will also be taught there.

‘We’re sending them to a school that will hold up what we believe to be true, whether that’s politically popular or not,’ Mr MacDonald said.

James McAuley: Sacred rhythms of the human condition

Friday 10 November 2017

Daniel Brace
If you’ve ever explored the surrounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral, you’ll find a poem by James McAuley (1917–1976) at the bottom-most part of a fountain streaming from the cathedral down St Patrick’s ‘Pilgrim Way’. Below the poet’s name there is an acknowledgment in stone of James’ beloved wife Norma, who lived to the age of 93 and passed away in Melbourne in 2012.

Rerum Novarum 2017: Seeking a true new start for all job seekers and workers

Thursday 9 November 2017

Media and Communications Office
On Wednesday 8 November, Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO gave a major speech (view the article here) on the 110 year anniversary of the Harvester decision, which was a landmark Australian labour law decision of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration. He called on Australia’s political leaders to decide whether to continue down a path of growing inequality and exclusion or to ensure that a life of frugal dignity is within the grasp of all citizens. The respondent was Brigid Henley, the co-ordinator of Adult Justice Special Projects with Jesuit Social Services.