General Audience Catechesis – 23 May

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Having completed his catechetical series on the sacrament of baptism last week, Pope Francis has moved on to the sacrament of confirmation… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! After the catecheses on Baptism, these days that follow the Solemnity of Pentecost invite us to reflect on the witness that the Spirit arouses in the baptized, […]

Review: The Enterprise of England

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The Enterprise of England by Ann Swinfen My rating: 4 of 5 stars The second volume in the continuing adventures of Christoval Alvarez picks up immediately after the first volume, which has seen Kit drawn back into working for Sir Francis Walsingham, the chief spymaster of Queen Elizabeth. The narrative takes place in the lead […]

Monday Musings: The Need to Ask The Question Why

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Yes, I know it’s not Monday, and that this edition of “Monday Musings” is a day late, but to be honest I wasn’t inspired to write anything on Monday, so I wasn’t going to. But then Tuesday happened, and the topic of this post raised its head and just wouldn’t go away. Yet, being fundamentally […]

Homilies: The Solemnity of Pentecost, Year B

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My homily for the Solemnity of Pentecost (Year B) as preached during the 9.30am Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings for today were Acts 2:1-11; Galatians 5:16-25; John 15:26-27, 16:12-15. “The Spirit of Truth is promised to the Church by Jesus, a Spirit that leads us to the fullness of truth. If we […]

People Before Profits

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During the week now concluded, the Holy See – specifically the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development – released a teaching document on the international financial system. Entitled Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones: Considerations for an ethical discernment on certain aspects of the current economic-financial system, one might […]

Nothing New Under The Sun

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Writing for The Guardian, Emma Dawson, executive director of the Per Capita think tank, takes umbrage at the ongoing attempts by the current federal government to neuter the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) through funding cuts, unwarranted public ‘inquiries’, and interference with governance arrangements. Rather than say anything more, I’ll let Dawson’s words speak for themselves concerning […]

General Audience Catechesis – 16 May

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Pope Francis concludes his catechesis on the sacrament of Baptism… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today we conclude the series of catecheses on Baptism. The spiritual effects of this Sacrament, invisible to the eyes but operative in the heart of one who has become a new creature, are made explicit by the consignment of […]

Review: The Secret World of Chrisoval Alvarez

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The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez by Ann Swinfen My rating: 4 of 5 stars Treason and political intrigue in the time of Queen Elizabeth, from the perspective of a young person caught up in the machinations of Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth’s chief spy and protector. Though a physician by training, young Christoval Alvarez (known as […]

The Truly Hard Done By

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I have to confess that I am a big fan of Ross Gittins, the economics editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, and the reason I am such a proponent of his work can be encapsulated in his column today. It is scathingly insightful, based on fact, not spin, and challenges the purportedly accepted wisdom as a […]

Monday Musings: The Tragedy of Jerusalem

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Yes, I know it’s not Monday and I should rename this article, but I deliberately held off from writing this so that I could reflect on the reality of what took place in Jerusalem overnight (Australian time) when the United States of America officially opened its Embassy to the State of Israel in the City […]

A Well Funded Public Broadcaster

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Michael Pascoe, writing for The New Daily, looks at answering ‘why we should be boosting ABC funding, not cutting it’ and does a fine job at highlighting the real reason behind the constant attack on the ABC – and its funding – by the current federal government and their supporters: There are three dogs in the […]

Behind The Rhetoric

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Writing for The Guardian, Greg Jericho takes a look at the proposed cuts to personal income tax announced in last week’s Federal Budget, summing it up with these words: But I guess one reason their tax plan is so full of holes is that the government’s real election strategy is not to talk about tax or […]

Happy Mother’s Day

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A musical treat today for Mother’s Day…a very Happy Mothers Day to my Mum, Tricia, and to my sisters, Jodie, Sally, Breanna and Cian, and to my sisters-in-law, Susannah and Kerry, who themselves are mothers to my nephews and nieces.

Shooting the Messenger

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Writing for The Guardian, Andrew Fowler looks at the recently announced cuts to funding for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in light of what he identifies as ongoing efforts in Australia to suborn the role of journalists, particularly those who engage in investigative or public interest journalism. It is a scary picture that Fowler sketches and one […]

General Audience Catechesis – 9 May

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Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the sacrament of Baptism… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! The catechesis on the Sacrament of Baptism leads us to speak today of the cleansing, accompanied by the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity, that is, the essential rite that properly “baptizes” – namely, immerses – in Christ’s Paschal […]