Homilies: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Amos 7:12-15; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13. “Disciples of Jesus are not meant to stick together for the sake of staying together. We are sent out by Jesus to preach the […]

Review: The Fifth Knight

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The Fifth Knight by E.M. Powell My rating: 3 of 5 stars An intriguing and engrossing medieval mystery that begins with the historically accurate murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury under King Henry II of England. The well-known story of Becket’s murder at the hands of four royal knights is enhanced by the fictional […]

Homilies: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Ezekiel 2:2-5; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6. “The Gospel we are called to preach is God’s not ours. Sometimes we need to stop and listen to what God is asking […]

Homilies: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24; 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43. “Human touch is a very powerful and symbolic act. How much more powerful is the touch of Jesus Christ? When […]

Review: The King’s Justice

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The King’s Justice by E.M. Powell My rating: 3 of 5 stars An enjoyable read, a wonderful mystery, and the development of an interesting partnership – though I wouldn’t particularly want to live in the village to which Stanton and Barling are sent. Originally despatched to investigate and deliver justice in connection with one secret […]

Ten Principles of Religious Freedom

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I am currently reading a book entitled Chalice of Liberty: Protecting Religious Freedom in Australia, which is essentially two essays, the first written by Frank Brennan and Michael Casey. Towards the end of that first essay, Brennan and Casey enumerate ten principles of religious freedom (pp. 49-53), which in the current public discourse are worthy of […]

Burning With Zeal

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A very insightful column from Dame Catherine Wybourne osb, also known as DigitalNun, about what is both a fascinating and frightening development in the Catholic ‘blogosphere’ and ‘Twittersphere’. As she so often does, Dame Catherine captures something of the truth in her writing, but don’t take my word for it – read it yourself below. Good […]

Are You Being Conned?

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A very intriguing article in Eureka Street, from Andrew Hamilton, the consulting editor, in which he ‘reviews’ the latest Quarterly Essay contribution from Richard Denniss. The Quarterly Essay, in which Denniss provides a “cheeky funeral oration for the neoliberal settlement” has clearly appealed to Hamilton, and his ‘review’ makes it abundantly clear exactly why that is the case. […]

Review: Suffer the Little Children

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Suffer the Little Children by Ann Swinfen My rating: 4 of 5 stars The fifth book in the continuing Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez is another wonderful edition in the ongoing travails of the eponymous hero. This edition sees Kit achieve professional success, contribute to the ongoing security of the sovereign and the state, assist in […]

Be Careful What You Wish For

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Regular readers of The Doohan Discourse will have noticed a particular theme being pushed in recent days, weeks and posts. Yes, I am an avid supporter, viewer and consumer of the output of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and one who would be prepared to go to the barricades to protect the independence, viability and nature of […]

The Future of the ABC

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The future of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has been in the news headlines recently, and the organisation has been the subject of partisan attacks from a number of quarters in recent years. The ABC has finally decided to fight back – and good on them for doing so! If you care about the future of […]

Community or Mission?

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Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Or, in the case of the Catholic Church, the mission or community? The answer that is given to that question says a lot, I would suggest, about one’s understanding of the nature of the Church, and the reason for the Church’s existence. For if we take our […]

Why Doesn’t The Government Trust The ABC Like We Do?

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Why does the current federal government appear not to trust the independent public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation? Van Badham, writing for The Guardian, seems to suggest, very convincingly, that it is because the current federal government appears to frightened of public scrutiny. At the end of her article, Badham makes this rather telling assessment: …this […]

Homilies: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 9am Mass at St Joseph’s Church, The Junction. The readings for today were Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34. “The Reign of God will come in God’s own time; we may not know how, but we know it will. […]

Keep The Public Broadcaster Public

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The Federal Council of the Liberal Party, which is holding its annual meeting this weekend, has backed a proposal to sell off the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Although a sale of the ABC is not (currently) the policy of parliamentary Liberal Party, any proposal to remove the ABC from public ownership, particularly by the current federal […]

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