The Doohan Discourse - the online presence of Fr Andrew Doohan.

Friday Filing: Five Years On

Earlier this week, the Catholic Church and indeed the entire world celebrated the fifth anniversary of the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. That night, 13th March 2013, started off as a fairly ordinary night. The conclave to elect the successor to Benedict XVI who had resigned the month before was into its second […]

Praying Together

As the writer of the article below indicates, the oft observed form of ecumenical prayer between various churches tends towards a ‘lowest common denominator’ format that doesn’t reflect any form of liturgy from any of the various churches who are taking part but one which seems to be a negotiated “middle course” that people can […]

Turning Down the Heat

A very interesting and disturbing opinion piece on The Guardian website from former Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, in which, drawing on the popular though apparently mythical imagery of frogs and boiling water, he critiques and condemns both the increasing militarisation of Australia – witness the advent of Border Force – and the erosion of civil liberties […]

A Revelatory Statement…?

So skin colour apparently changes Government policy… Words fail me. Australia considers fast-track visas for white South African farmers White South African farmers “deserve special attention” from Australia due to the “horrific circumstances” of land seizures and violence, Peter Dutton has said. The home affairs minister told the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday his department was […]


General Audience Catechesis – 14 March

Pope Francis continues his catechesis on liturgical matters… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! We continue with the Catechesis on the Holy Mass. In the Last Supper, after Jesus took the bread and the chalice of the wine, and rendered thanks to God, we know that He “broke the bread.” In the Eucharistic Liturgy of […]


Morality? What Do You Mean?

An interesting article from The Conversation found its way into my inbox this morning, and the headline for it screamed for my attention. In the article, Tim Dean from the University of Sydney argues that one of the problems facing contemporary society when it comes to morality and ethical behaviour is that we don’t truly […]

The Responsibilities for Theology

…Ford (2000) posits three responsibilities for theology. In the first instance, theology has responsibilities to churches and religious communities, to help them better understand themselves and their place in the world. This aligns closely with the definition of theology we considered with Anselm earlier. Second, theology has responsibilities to the other academic disciplines: it must […]

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General Audience Catechesis – 7 March

Pope Francis continues with his catechesis on liturgical matters… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Continuing with the catechesis on the Holy Mass, the Liturgy of the Word — on which I reflected in the past catechesis –, is followed by the other constitutive part of the Mass, which is the Eucharistic Liturgy. In it, through […]

The “Right” Kind of Multiculturalism

The current Federal Government, according to media reports, is seeking to resurrect their proposed changes to the requirements for immigrants seeking to obtain Australian citizenship, in a slightly modified form from the same proposals that were defeated in the Australian Senate last year. Given that the proposed changes are basically built on fear-mongering and a […]

The Necessary Link Between Church and Theology

There can be little argument that some within the Church look at theologians with a certain degree of suspicion, as if the belief is that theologians, and particular theologians who are seen as being “liberal”, are tasked with destroying the Church’s faith rather than seeking to foster a greater understanding of that same faith. Writing […]