Coming To Grasp With Canon Law

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The subject of canon law has been much discussed in broader circles than usual in Australia over the last five years or so, largely because of the work of the now concluded Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It has been surprising to this particular observer how many people who would never […]

Is Transparency a Cure-All?

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A very powerful article from Massimo Faggioli appears today on the website of Commonweal magazine, under the title of this post. The sub-title is, perhaps, more revelatory: “The Abuse Crisis and the Risks of Ecclesial Revolution”. While acknowledging the undeniable need for ecclesial reform, Faggioli sounds a warning that the solution might produce unintended consequences: The problem […]

THAT Change

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It has been saddening to watch some of the responses to the recent change (a word I use deliberately!) in the Church’s stance towards the application of the death penalty. Most of those responses have come from a particular part of the Church, not surprisingly, but it is saddening still to see those folks, whom […]

The Virtue of Forgiveness

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A powerful contribution in today’s edition of Eureka Street from Ben Pobjie who, although describing himself as a ‘militant atheist’, has become “enamoured of one element of Christianity that I consider its most striking, and most laudable, feature: forgiveness”. Compassion is easy. There is no great challenge in opening your heart to those who are suffering, […]

Homilies: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15; Ephesians 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35. “The Israelites and the crowd that were fed by Jesus both missed the point of the divine hospitality offered to them. God […]

Review: Misericordia et Misera

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Misericordia Et Misera by Pope Francis My rating: 4 of 5 stars I didn’t realise I had purchased this Apostolic Letter from Pope Francis. I was shocked to discover that it was on the (physical) ‘to read’ shelf of my bookcase. I was even further shocked to discover it is now close to two years […]

Unconditional Mercy

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Nothing of what a repentant sinner places before God’s mercy can be excluded from the embrace of his forgiveness. For this reason, none of us has the right to make forgiveness conditional. Mercy is always a gratuitous act of our heavenly Father, an unconditional and unmerited act of love. Consequently, we cannot risk opposing the […]

Review: Mary: Woman and Mother

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Mary: Woman and Mother by Francis J. Moloney My rating: 4 of 5 stars As you might expect from a scholar of the calibre of Frank Moloney, this book provides a wonderful exposition of the scriptural witness to Mary. Very highly recommended for those who want to know more about the place of Mary in […]