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 […]

Homilies: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were 2 Kings 4:42-44; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15. “The feeding of the five thousand reminds that the Lord’s hospitality is abundant and gracious, and is not dependent on the size of […]

Why I Stay

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My weekly column for the Parish Bulletin has garnered some interest, and so I reproduce it here… I was asked recently—by a non-Church member I hasten to add—why I stay in ordained ministry and in the Church in light of the kind of revelations that came from the recent Royal Commission. Surely, they suggested, someone […]

Hijacking The Good Samaritan

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A wonderful piece from Sr Patty Fawkner sgs concerning the hijacking of the parable of the Good Samaritan by those in political power, in response to reading a book by Nick Spencer entitled The Political Samaritan: How Power Hijacked a Parable. At the heart of the thesis being explored in the book and the article is […]