Faith Not Ideology

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Hierarchical Catholicism in the United States does not always seem comfortable with Gaudium et Spes because it is a document that is not about power and authority but about salvation and liberation. The assonance between Gaudium et Spes and Pope Francis is not accidental. There is surely a problem of conflating faith with conservative ideology, but it […]

The Journey Catholic Radio

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Tonight my dulcet tones were featured on the airwaves. I had accepted the invitation to provide a short reflection on today’s Gospel (John 10:1-10) for inclusion in this week’s edition of The Journey, a Catholic radio show that is broadcast on the Rhema network. The Journey program is produced out of the Diocese of Wollongong, and each […]

Continually Gathered and Scattered

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For those who have a sense of the liturgy, the use of the terms ‘gathered’ and ‘scattered’ in connection with the Church should have immediate resonance. This is because, at the very heart of what the Church celebrates each and every Sunday, is the gathering and scattering of the community of the People of God, […]

Not Traditional? I Don’t Think So!

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One of the most misunderstood and misused words found in the language and rhetoric of the contemporary Catholic Church is the word ‘traditional’. It is a word that, when used in the wrong context, often drives me to distraction, mostly because of the judgement often implied in its use. I say that because I consider […]

Fake News The True Enemy

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The advent of the “Fake News” phenomenon that has flourished recently is a very distressing development in the field of public discourse, regardless of particularly topic. The phenomenon has, one suspects, been around much longer, perhaps for as long as the Internet has been in existence, but it has truly become a ‘thing’ since the […]

Division, Ridicule and Alienation

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It’s now just twelve days since Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. I have been interested in the days since that momentous event to watch the rhetoric being used, not by the President so much, but rather by the various members of his nascent administration, as they have sought […]