Cath Talk Blog

Friday, 07 February 2014 06:51

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child yesterday released its concluding observations on the second periodic report of the Holy See.

We offer some thoughts on the UN recommendations, and note significant and encouraging progress already made in the Archdiocese of Sydney.



Thursday, 06 February 2014 05:57

A coronial inquest is currently underway into the death of Natalie Jean Wood, the woman whose skeletal remains were discovered in her Surry Hills home, some 8 years after her death.

What can Natalie Wood's lonely death teach us?

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 06:23

This week, the collated response from German Catholic dioceses and agencies to last year's survey on attitudes towards Church teaching on marriage and family issues was made publicly available.  In a report that shocked few but delighted many, it was said that German Catholics either do not accept, or specifically reject, Church teachings on contraception, divorce and same-sex marriage.

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 06:30

Over the coming weeks and months, Catholic Talk will be asking the question: What are the human rights abuses occurring in our time, and are these borne of the denial of the humanity of certain groups?

We begin this series with a discussion about the death penalty.

Monday, 03 February 2014 06:26

It was reported last week that Ian Thorpe was admitted to hospital for alcohol abuse and depression.  It now seems that he was instead in hospital for a shoulder injury.

This blog looks at the experience of Ian Thorpe and provides some thoughts about how rumour, even with the good intention of "helping" someone in need, can lead to them feeling like they are safer away from us.