Category Archives: Religion and Faith

FRANCIS SULLIVAN. New Wine, New Wine Skins.

Why it is worth staying active in the Church?

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ELEANOR FLYNN et al. Australian Catholic Women still listening for leadership from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

As a group of women who seek the equality of Women in the Australian Church, Women’s Wisdom in the Church (WWITCH) are appalled by the recent abolition of the stand-alone Council for Australian Catholic Women, and the closure of the … Continue reading

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CHRIS McDONNELL. Many Years on from Auschwitz-Birkenau.

 On Saturday January 27th  the Red Army came from the East and entered Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration camp to liberate those still alive. The unfolding horror from the camps began.

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DAVID BENTLEY HART. ‘The Enchantments of Mammon’ (A book review)

Capitalism is the coldest and most stupefying of idolatries: a faith that has forsaken the sacral understanding of creation as something charged with God’s grandeur, flowing from the inexhaustible wellsprings of God’s charity, in favor of an entirely opposed order … Continue reading

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KEVIN CLARKE. The U.S. killing of Soleimani could have devastating consequences for Iraq’s Christians

Following the news reports last night that eventually confirmed that a U.S. drone strike on Jan. 2 had killed Qasem Soleimani, leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, and associates including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of … Continue reading

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ROBERT MICKENS. Pope Francis begins the most important year of his pontificate.

When the history of Pope Francis’ time as Bishop of Rome is finally written, there is a good chance that the Year of Our Lord 2020 will be recorded as the most important of his entire pontificate. Some are wondering … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Failed leadership. A repost from 17 September 2018

Good leadership is about facing the group up to the hard issues. Without clearly defining why and how we need to change and creating some disequilibrium there will be no worthwhile change. We have have had failed leadership on climate … Continue reading

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ROBERT MICKENS. Francis is dragging the Church, kicking and screaming, into… the 20th century. The pope’s reforms are seen as too modest by some, but too radical by others

“The Church is 200 years behind the times.” (“La Chiesa è rimasta indietro di 200 anni”.)

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JOHN HENRY NEWMAN.-A Sermon for Christmas Day

“THERE ARE two principal lessons which we are taught on the great Festival which we this day celebrate, lowliness and joy.

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JOHN HENRY NEWMAN -Christmas Lessons

John Henry Newman was an Anglican priest who converted to Catholicism and who became very influential in the Catholic Church in England. He was highly educated, but had a simplicity about him that attracted many people. Newman’s sermons in particular … Continue reading

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NURADZIMMAH DAIM.- Dr Mahathir Poses Questions on Muslim World Issues (Malaysian New Straits Times 19.12.2019)

 As the Kuala Lumpur Summit kicks off today, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad raises issues in the Muslim world, calling delegates to ponder on the root causes as they seek for solutions. Muslim nations are in a state of … Continue reading

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ALICE PRIEST. It’s beginning to look a lot unlike Christmas

How far can it go before the lack of Christmas look and Christmas feel actually indicates a total loss? How far can the sacred, intangible architecture stretch, be refashioned or reframed, before it no longer holds.

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SR PATTY FAWKNER SGS. The Feast for the Frayed and Fatigued

Christmas is the feast for the fatigued and the frayed, because God is with us in the actual reality, not the fairy tale version, of our lives.

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ERIC HODGENS.- Migration and the Christmas Story.

The Christmas story characters are mainly on the move – migrants in fact.

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J.A. DICK. Spirited Community

 A very personal email about a friend’s  faith journey.

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GILLIAN BOURAS. The light in John Henry Newman’s darkness

Whatever our creed, and wherever we are, in whatever circumstances, there are always times during which we need to be comforted and guided.

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J.A. DICK. Christmas 2019

The message of Christmas is our New Year’s challenge: to believe and to act on our beliefs. We believe that truth is stronger than fake political rhetoric and falsehood. Being a bully is destructive and demeaning. We are all our … Continue reading

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DAVID SOLOMON. Religious freedom.

Just 10 days after the Sydney Morning Herald/Age revealed at the end of last month that the major religious groups had rejected the draft Religious Discrimination Act circulated for public comment by the Morrison Government, the Prime Minister made public … Continue reading

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KIERAN TAPSELL. Pope Francis Abolishes the Pontifical Secret Over Child Sexual Abuse.

On 17 December 2019, Pope Francis abolished the pontifical secret over child sexual abuse by clergy. This was the first step in returning the Catholic Church to its 15 century old tradition, which it abandoned in 1917, of regarding child … Continue reading

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KAMRAN CHAUDHRY. Asia Bibi’s freedom a victory for Pakistan’s religious minorities.

Although 2019 was a mixed year for Catholics in the Islamic republic, there were some encouraging signs.

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0SCAR ROMERO. Advent Readings from a Modern Martyr.

No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor.

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GEORGE BROWNING. Peace on Earth, Good will towards all: Tale of Two Jerusalem Prizes

The holy city’s name focuses the universal longing for peace: the hope, indeed the expectation that diversity and difference do not need to issue in animosity, injustice and violence, but in mutuality, enrichment from the other’s difference.  It is associated … Continue reading

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MARK EMERICK. Brisbane priest urges more help for West Papuans in exile following visit to PNG

A HIGH-level Australian Catholic delegation has met with former Manus Island asylum seekers and refugees now in Port Moresby, and heard shocking stories of their detention. “It was shameful to hear how our government has treated them on Manus Island … Continue reading

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY. Back to basics for Pope at huge Tokyo Mass (UCA News 25-11-19)

Francis warns against the consumerism and isolation that wealthy societies can create

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SAINT JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN. Advent is upon us.

Why need they observe certain rites and ceremonies? Why need they watch, pray, fast, and meditate? Why is it not enough to be just, honest, sober, benevolent, and otherwise virtuous? Is not this the true and real worship of God? … Continue reading

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ROSEMARY O’GRADY. The Pell Appeal Judgements: One Perspective.

In the majority judgement disallowing Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against criminal convictions, Chief Justice Ferguson and Appeal Court President Maxwell set-out the task that had faced the three appellate judges.  

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BENZI GOPSTEIN: Burning Christian churches in Israel justified ( Palestine Post 19-11-19)

The rabbi said he is ready to spend 50 years in prison for burning a church.

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MICHAEL KELLY.  Liberal culture and revelation

Western humanism has religious and transcendent sources without which it is incomprehensible to itself.    Jacques Maritain, Integral Humanism.  Faith in revelation does not destroy the rationality of knowledge but rather permits it to develop more fully.    Etienne Gilson, … Continue reading

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MICHAEL KELLY SJ. What is to become of us?

I used to think I was part of a religion founded by Jesus Christ. The older I’ve got and the more I’ve come to know Jesus, the more I’m convinced I got that wrong and have outgrown it. Not that … Continue reading

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ERIC HODGENS. Pastoral Planning – A Church Crisis.

Church Pastoral Planning languishes – ignored and unloved. Yet, with the church being in freefall, it is needed today more than ever. It’s time to bring it in from the cold.

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