Liturgy, Leadership, and Governance in the Church

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…the church as sacrament is inseparable from its baptismal and Eucharistic practices, for the unity of the church is sacramentally realized in its communion with its Lord (1 Corinthians 10:16-17). Therefore the principles of good worship are also the principles of life in the church more generally, since the nature of the church is manifested […]

The Nature of Church

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…the church is sacramental, mystical, Christological, and pneumatological before it is sociological or juridical. The unity of the church is not psychological, political, or a federation of the like-minded, but a sacramental and spiritual unity in Christ first established in baptism and then expressed, nourished, and brought to maturity in eucharistic communion. Susan K. Wood, […]

Homilies: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Proverbs 9:1-6; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58. “Jesus is the Bread of Life who promises to be with us forever. When we revel in the great gift that is Jesus’ presence […]

Introducing Doohan Discourse Photos

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As some may know I enjoy the occasional opportunity to take my camera out and photograph things – usually landscapes or buildings. I host some of the photos I have taken online and recently moved my collection to a new service that provides a better range of possibilities, including the ability for people to purchase […]

Homilies: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were 1 Kings 19:4-8; Ephesians 4:30 – 5:2; John 6:41-51. “The bread which Jesus promises is not designed to satisfy our physical hunger, but rather to feed us for eternal life, […]

Coming To Grasp With Canon Law

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The subject of canon law has been much discussed in broader circles than usual in Australia over the last five years or so, largely because of the work of the now concluded Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It has been surprising to this particular observer how many people who would never […]

Is Transparency a Cure-All?

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A very powerful article from Massimo Faggioli appears today on the website of Commonweal magazine, under the title of this post. The sub-title is, perhaps, more revelatory: “The Abuse Crisis and the Risks of Ecclesial Revolution”. While acknowledging the undeniable need for ecclesial reform, Faggioli sounds a warning that the solution might produce unintended consequences: The problem […]

THAT Change

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It has been saddening to watch some of the responses to the recent change (a word I use deliberately!) in the Church’s stance towards the application of the death penalty. Most of those responses have come from a particular part of the Church, not surprisingly, but it is saddening still to see those folks, whom […]

The Virtue of Forgiveness

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A powerful contribution in today’s edition of Eureka Street from Ben Pobjie who, although describing himself as a ‘militant atheist’, has become “enamoured of one element of Christianity that I consider its most striking, and most laudable, feature: forgiveness”. Compassion is easy. There is no great challenge in opening your heart to those who are suffering, […]

Homilies: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15; Ephesians 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35. “The Israelites and the crowd that were fed by Jesus both missed the point of the divine hospitality offered to them. God […]

Review: Misericordia et Misera

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Misericordia Et Misera by Pope Francis My rating: 4 of 5 stars I didn’t realise I had purchased this Apostolic Letter from Pope Francis. I was shocked to discover that it was on the (physical) ‘to read’ shelf of my bookcase. I was even further shocked to discover it is now close to two years […]

Unconditional Mercy

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Nothing of what a repentant sinner places before God’s mercy can be excluded from the embrace of his forgiveness. For this reason, none of us has the right to make forgiveness conditional. Mercy is always a gratuitous act of our heavenly Father, an unconditional and unmerited act of love. Consequently, we cannot risk opposing the […]

Review: Mary: Woman and Mother

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Mary: Woman and Mother by Francis J. Moloney My rating: 4 of 5 stars As you might expect from a scholar of the calibre of Frank Moloney, this book provides a wonderful exposition of the scriptural witness to Mary. Very highly recommended for those who want to know more about the place of Mary in […]

Review: The Lord of Ireland

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The Lord of Ireland by E.M. Powell My rating: 3 of 5 stars Another intriguing tale set in the time of the Lordship of Ireland as held by John, the youngest son of King Henry of England. Our eponymous hero and his wife find themselves once more providing a service to the King, entrusted with […]

Homilies: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were 2 Kings 4:42-44; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15. “The feeding of the five thousand reminds that the Lord’s hospitality is abundant and gracious, and is not dependent on the size of […]

Homilies: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Jeremiah 23:1-6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34. “Though it may feel like it at times, we are not like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus has promised to walk with us, to […]

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