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Perth Catholic Women Speak

Perth Catholic Women Speak

This article was written by Kerry MacFarlane and Scilla Stack

Catholic Women Speak proved a popular social event in the Archdiocese of Perth on Thursday evening. Members of the national advisory body, Council for Australian Catholic Women (CACW), welcomed the opportunity to meet Perth Catholic women prior to a National Council meeting on Friday 19 October 2018. Over 80 women and a lone Bishop gathered for much lively discussion at James Nestor Hall Leederville. Bishop Michael Morrissey of Geraldton, acting as Bishop Delegate, was warmly welcomed by the facilitator of the evening Ms Andrea Dean. Andrea is Secretary of the Council and the Director for the Office for the Participation of Women (OPW) based in Canberra. Local Perth CACW Council member, Ms Victoria Burrows and Dr Gemma Cruz of Melbourne, Council member and a member of the Plenary Council Executive Committee were among the participants.

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The Man Box: JSS releases study on young men in Australia

The Man Box: JSS releases study on young men in Australia

This article was written by Toby Ward and first appeared in Melbourne Catholic on 19 October 2018

The Men’s Project, an initiative of Jesuit Social Services (JSS), has released its ground-breaking research, The Man Box. The study is the first comprehensive look at the behaviours and attitudes linked to young Australian men aged 18 to 30.

The launch of the JSS study was held Wednesday 17 October at Victoria’s State Library and The Men’s Project invited a diverse panel to discuss the social pressures that young Australian men experience and the subsequent impact the pressures of being a ‘real man’ can have on the wellbeing of themselves and others.

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Superiors general see no reason why women shouldn't have vote at synod

Superiors general see no reason why women shouldn't have vote at synod

The article was written by Cindy Wooden and first appeared in the Catholic News Service on 16 October, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although bishops should make up the majority of voting members at a Synod of Bishops, the fact that the body is only consultative means women should be included as full members just as priests and religious brothers are, said three priests who are voting members.

The superiors general of the Dominicans, the Jesuits and the Conventual Franciscans -- all priests who are voting members of the synod -- spoke to reporters at a Vatican briefing Oct. 15.

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