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 […]

Everybody Leave the ABC Alone!

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Catching up on some reading from the weekend, I came across this analysis piece from the (relatively new) political editor of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) flagship current affairs program, 7.30, Laura Tingle. In the piece, Tingle makes it clear that both sides of the major political divide are prepared to use the ABC for their […]

Homilies: 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings for today were Genesis 3:9-15; 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1; Mark 3:20-35. “God will be God as and when God chooses. Our choice, not merely one of intellect, is to choose […]

Review: Bartholomew Fair

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Bartholomew Fair by Ann Swinfen My rating: 4 of 5 stars A wonderful tale set in Elizabethan London, whereby our eponymous hero, Dr Christoval Alvarez (Kit), is drawn into the aftermath of the failed Portuguese expedition that featured in the previous volume of the series. Having returned from the expedition, Kit faces personal and professional […]

Capriciousness Personified

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The behaviour of the current President of the United States at the recent G7 Summit in Canada can only be described as reckless and capricious. There continues to be a blurring of lines between official Administration policy and the perspective with which the President views either a) other leaders, b) the countries they represent, or […]

Preserving Justice for the Vulnerable

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Van Badham makes a convincing argument as to why the Family Court of Australia should not be merged into another court. The need for a specialist court, with specialist judges, to assist vulnerable people in the most vulnerable of times cannot and must not be overlooked in the search for “efficiency” or, worse, political support […]

Review: Holy Living: The Christian Tradition for Today

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Holy Living: The Christian Tradition for Today by Rowan Williams My rating: 3 of 5 stars An interesting though disappointing volume from the pen of the former Archbishop of Canterbury. It was disappointing to this reader largely because I felt it was not of the standard I have come to expect from Williams, having read […]

General Audience Catechesis – 6 June

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Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the sacrament of confirmation… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Continuing our reflection on the Sacrament of Confirmation, we consider the effects that the gift of the Holy Spirit has matured in the Confirmed, leading them to become in their turn a gift for others. It’s a gift of […]

Review: The Portuguese Affair

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The Portuguese Affair by Ann Swinfen My rating: 3 of 5 stars There were times during the reading of this book that I wondered about the significance of parts of the narrative, and why our title character had been drawn via that narrative into some of the events of the year under question. I shouldn’t […]

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