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

Review: The Angel of Death

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The Angel of Death by Paul Doherty My rating: 3 of 5 stars I found this particular volume in the Hugh Corbett series a little disappointing compared to the previous contributions I have read recently. The storyline was acceptable, but the build up of suspense seemed a little lacking from my perspective, with the mystery […]

Friday Filing: What Constitutes News?

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Today I spent some time in the car, driving to my home town in order to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary over the weekend. It’s a drive that I’ve undertaken more than a few times and I usually prepare for the drive by ensuring there are enough podcasts on my phone to cover the […]

Review: A History of Loneliness

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A History of Loneliness by John Boyne My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a novel that has an unfortunate ring of truth to it. It is profoundly disturbing to read, particularly in the light of the Australian Church’s own shameful history. It was, at times, exceedingly uncomfortable to read as a Catholic priest, […]

Review: Corpus

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Corpus by Rory Clements My rating: 3 of 5 stars Although I’ve never formally studied history as a subject, I’ve always found the period from approximately 1910 to 1950 fascinating, particularly from a politico-social perspective. The turmoil caused by the First World War that then flowed into the 1920s and 1930s and giving rise to […]

No To Spiritual Worldliness

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93. Spiritual worldliness, which hides behind the appearance of piety and even love for the Church, consists in seeking not the Lord’s glory but human glory and personal well-being. It is what the Lord reprimanded the Pharisees for: “How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that […]

Review: The Legacy of Vatican II

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The Legacy of Vatican II by Massimo Faggioli My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book of essays had its genesis in a conference organised by Boston College that bore the same title as this book, and which was held (in 2013) to celebrate two events: the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second […]

Review: Spy in Chancery

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Spy in Chancery by Paul Doherty My rating: 4 of 5 stars This third edition of the Hugh Corbett series sees our eponymous hero thrust from his quiet life as a clerk of the Chancery of Edward of England (he’d been promoted since the events of the previous adventure) into the lofty realms of political […]

Review: Crown in Darkness

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Crown in Darkness by Paul Doherty My rating: 3 of 5 stars Another historically set mystery to be confronted by our hero, Hugh Corbett, clerk to the King’s Bench, this novel sees Corbett thrust into international intrigue along with the expected murder and mayhem. Sent into Scotland after the untimely death of King Alexander III, […]

Review: Satan in St Mary’s

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Satan in St Mary’s by Paul Doherty My rating: 3 of 5 stars And so I met Master Hugh Corbett, a clerk in the court of the King’s Bench, who is entrusted with a special mission by England’s Chancellor, a mission which draws Corbett into the world of intrigue, treason and the black arts. As […]

Review: The Reeve’s Tale

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The Reeve’s Tale by Margaret Frazer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Margaret Frazer provides another tour de force in this volume in the continuing Dame Frevisse Medieval Mystery series, with intrigue, murder and the complexities of medieval manorial life very clearly on display. Finding herself thrust unexpectedly into a position she’d rather not occupy, […]

Review: Cathar

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Cathar by Christopher Bland My rating: 3 of 5 stars An engaging enough story, mixed with the religious and political history of the Languedoc region of France and the determination of the Catholic Church to eliminate any and all elements of Catharism from the face of the earth. There was a good mix of historical […]

Broadwater Beach

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To occupy a weekend’s afternoon, I went for a drive armed with my camera in the general direction of a beach. I had originally thought Evans Head would be the destination, but instead I ended up at Broadwater Beach…

Casino’s River

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I’ve photographed the Richmond River flowing through my home town of Casino before, yet it always draws me back to have a look. This particular visit was in the middle of the day, and the colour and sunlight didn’t disappoint.