Homilies: Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B

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My homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter(Year B) as preached during the 8am Mass at Mary Immaculate Church, Tighes Hill. The readings for today were Acts 4:8-12; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18. “Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who knows his flock individually, intimately, and completely. We are invited by the Good Shepherd to allow […]

The Dark Side of Banking

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At the risk of stating something unpopular in the contemporary climate, banks and other finanical institutions, like any other business, exist to make money for their owners, which in the case of most banks and other financial institutions means their shareholders. Despite some commentary to the contrary, no bank or financial institutions exists solely as […]

Not Defending The Indefensible

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I like the way Bernard Keane, politics editor for Crikey, writes. He has a style of writing that is immediately engaging and communicates his point with just the right amount of humour. His latest column, appearing today, is no exception, as he takes aim at the way some journalists working for a formerly reputable Australian business newspaper […]

General Audience Catechesis – 18 April

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Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the sacrament of baptism… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! In this Easter Season we continue the catecheses on Baptism. The meaning of Baptism stands out clearly by its celebration; therefore we turn our attention to it. Considering the gestures and words of the liturgy, we can receive the […]

The Worldview of New Ecclesial Movements

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In recent weeks I’ve been reading Sorting Out Catholicism: A Brief History of the New Ecclesial Movements by Massimo Faggioli, the 2014 translation of his 2008 original Italian volume. It has been a fascinating read, and one particular part I read this afternoon is worthy of being shared in its entirety: In terms of worldviews, it […]

“Patriotic” Correctness

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I want to begin this post by stating categorically that I have the utmost respect for the members Australia’s military that serve our nation so well and so selflessly. I have the same level of respect for members of police forces, ambulance services, fire services, and the whole gamut of our fellow citizens who serve […]

Large and Messy Vs Small and Pure

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Michael J. O’Loughlin, writing for America magazine, reports on the lecture given by Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, at a conference being held at Villanova University in Philadelphia that is exploring the impact of Pope Francis on the Church. In addressing the oft-seen call from some parts of the Church for a smaller and […]

The Gospel Isn’t Single-Issue…

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…and neither should Christians be. Writing for Commonweal magazine, Paul Moses looks at the latest apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and be glad”) and the call to avoid surrendering the Gospel to narrow ideologies over an openness to Christ’s grace and what that calls Christians to care about. Moses, starting with an example […]

Fixing The Budget Without Extortion

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A very good article from Peter Martin, economics editor for The Age, has a powerful article in preparation for the upcoming Federal Budget. I can only hope, despite Martin’s dire predictions, that history does not repeat itself. Extortion is no way to fix the budget According to Porter, Centrelink would cross-match “in a very sophisticated and […]

Humanity, Values and Numbers

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The article below, which I had obviously missed in my regular reading of Eureka Street, was brought to my attention this morning (thank you, Louise!) and it has been swirling around inside my head since I read it. It strikes me as having much to say in so many contexts that contemporary society faces, but also […]

General Audience Catechesis – 11 April

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Having concluded his series of catechesis on the Mass, Pope Francis has now moved to talk about baptism… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! The fifty days of the Easter liturgical season are propitious to reflect on the Christian life that, by its nature, is the life that comes from Christ Himself. In fact, we […]

On Being Liturgical

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A powerful article from Timothy O’Malley of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life writing on the significance of liturgical formation for living the Christian life. Drawing on the proclamation of Paul’s Letter to the Romans at the Easter Vigil, O’Malley goes on to highlight how much the Christian life is rooted in […]

All Class All The Time

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I haven’t been following the 2018 Commonwealth Games with any real interest, other than an awareness that they are taking place and Australians seem to be winning the odd medal (of all colours). And so this story from The Sydney Morning Herald caught my attention because of the mention of no medal being in sight. And […]

“Gaudete et Exsultate”: An Analysis

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Fresh on the heels of the release of the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and be glad”), Massimo Faggioli provides a first look analysis as he writes for Commonweal, providing both background and context to the contents of the document. I very much look forward to reading the document in coming days. Pope Francis’s ‘Gaudete et […]