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An Ecclesiological Response Required

As he usually does, Massimo Faggioli takes a slightly different approach to the way in which the Church is called to respond to the scourge of child sexual abuse within the Church, and the even greater scandal of the Church’s woefully deficient response to that scourge, as it continues into the future. The argument put […]

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When Facts Are No Defence

The recent debacle – and that’s the only word that accurately describes it – surrounding the way in which the Australian Broadcasting Corporation kowtowed to various other media players and political pressure by pulling an analysis by their chief economics correspondent, Emma Alberici, on the supposed benefits of the proposed corporate tax cuts. The analysis, […]

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If Not Now, Then When?

I have been appalled, but not surprised, by the way in which many politicians and public organisations in the United States have responded to the (most) recent school-based mass shooting event in that country. Many, including the President of the United States himself, have offered ‘thoughts and prayers’ to those directly impacted and the town […]

A Move to the Middle Please

An interesting article written by Jack Bentz SJ in America touching on how poorly we, as the Church, make visitors to our churches welcome despite blurbs in the bulletin, greeters at the door, etc etc. And all because we occupy the end of the pew seats… There’s something worthy of reflection here. I was raised Catholic. […]

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Friday Filing: Religious Freedom and Secularism

There have been a few media reports during the week now coming to an end of various submissions made to the current government instigated review of religious freedom in Australia headed by the former Commonwealth Attorney-General – and now Mayor of Hornsby – Philip Ruddock. Many of the media reports have focussed on the various […]

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How Many Must Die?

Another day dawns in the United States of America, and there is yet another mass shooting event in a US school. Or at least that’s how it appears all to frequently to those outside the boundaries of the United States. How many students must be murdered at the hands of someone who has access to […]

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General Audience Catechesis – 14 February

Pope Francis continues his catechesis on matters liturgical at this week’s General Audience… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Good morning even if the day is a bit nasty. However, if the spirit is joyful it’s always a good day. So, good morning! Today the Audience will take place in two areas: a small group […]

The Courage of One’s Convictions

Overnight there was a significant legal ruling in London concerning the future of one Mr Julian Assange, currently holed up in the London Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador fleeing from the British courts. At the heart of the decision is a rather scathing judgement on the part of the Magistrate that Mr Assange should […]

Enforcing Orthodoxy

An interesting editorial comment in the 20 January edition of The Tablet touching on the way in which opinions expressed by someone that are contrary to the accepted ‘orthodoxy’ (a word I use with some trepidation) are censored and condemned merely because they are contrary to the accepted ‘orthodoxy’. It is a phenomenon we often see […]

Friday Filing: Another Year in the Vineyard

This week’s Friday Filing coincides with the eleventh anniversary of my ordination as priest, an event which profoundly changed my life in any number of ways, not least of all because from that moment on I was called to serve God and God’s people, the Church, in a way that was completely different to anything […]