Ex-PMs Keating and Abbott call for block on euthanasia Ex-PMs Keating and Abbott call for block on euthanasia

Ex-PMs Keating and Abbott call for block on euthanasia

Monday 23 October 2017

The AustralianTwo former prime ministers from opposing sides of politics have urged Victorian politicians to abandon a euthanasia bill, amid warnings the legislation would fundamentally alter the way society valued human life. Paul Keating and Tony Abbott have come out strongly in opposition to Victoria’s voluntary euthanasia push, which has passed its first hurdle in the state’s lower house. The former prime ministers joined the nation’s peak medical body and Australia’s most powerful churches in seeking to have the bill scrapped.

Movie review: The Midwife

Monday 23 October 2017

Peter W. Sheehan, Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting

THE MIDWIFE (Sage-Femme).
Starring: Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve, Olivier Gourmet, and Quentin Dolmaire.
Directed by Martin Provost.
Rated PG (Mild themes and coarse language). 117 min.
This subtitled French-Belgium film tells the story of a midwife who receives unexpected news from the ex-mistress of her deceased father. The film features two famous French actresses, Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve. Both are icons of the French screen. Catherine Frot plays Claire, a resentful single mother, who separated from her own mother years earlier. Catherine Deneuve plays her father’s ex-mistress, Beatrice, who makes contact with Claire to ask forgiveness.

Bishops Commission meets to prepare for 2020 Plenary Council

Monday 23 October 2017

Media and Communications Office 

Over two days last week, the first joint meeting was held of the Bishops Commission for the 2020 Plenary Council. The meeting, at St Joseph’s Retreat Centre in Baulkham Hills (Sydney), comprised the Executive Committee and the Facilitation Team of the Bishops Commission.

It was an important step on the journey toward Plenary Council 2020, an event announced by the Bishops of Australia early this year.

Pope Francis clarifies new translation norms

Monday 23 October 2017

Catholic News Service

The Vatican is not to ‘impose’ a specific liturgical translation on bishops' conferences, but rather is called to recognize the bishops' authority and expertise in determining the best way to faithfully translate Latin texts into their local languages, Pope Francis has said in a letter to Cardinal Robert Sarah.

In the letter, released by the Vatican at the weekend, Pope Francis said he wanted to correct several points made in a ‘commentary,’ which Cardinal Sarah sent him and which was published on several websites in a variety of languages.

Cardinal Sarah is prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. The pope's letter noted that most of the websites ‘erroneously’ cited Cardinal Sarah as the author of the commentary.

A car’s not a home but for some it’s the only option

Monday 23 October 2017

Dani Palmer, for The Vinnies

There’s nothing particularly memorable about the carpark of a fastfood restaurant. And yet, for a week, a carpark in regional Victoria was home for me and my teenage son. 

How did we end up living out of the car and relying on the restaurant’s facilities to wash? Two words: family violence. 

If you were to tell me that I would end up in that situation, I would have said you were mad. I am a strong woman and don’t scare easily.