Category Archives: Religion and Faith

MASSIMO FAGGIOLI. A Church within the Church. Behind the new integralism is the old intransigentism. (La Croix International, 9.1 2019)

“They build a Church within the Church … while making of their views a dogma. I am not defending myself against them, but against what I would call their schismatic spirit.” John Henry Newman on integralism.

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SANG JIEJA. Tibetans get home decor order: Hang Xi, Mao portrait

Dalai Lama images removed from temples, monasteries as Party reinforces iconography of its ‘heroes’; households next

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JONATHAN WEISMAN. American Jews and Israeli Jews break up

The events of the past year brought American and Israeli Jews closer to a breaking point. President Trump, beloved in Israel and decidedly unloved by a majority of American Jews, moved the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem … Continue reading

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PETER WOODRUFF. What Matters at the Show and in the Church.

I spent my childhood and youth in Tasmanian towns, never had any desire to live on a farm but always enjoyed going to what I knew as ‘the show’, which was in fact an agricultural show. The show offered two … Continue reading

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MASSIMO FAGGIOLI. Why I cannot even think about leaving the Catholic Church (La Croix International).

We do not know what kind of Church there will be after this abuse crisis, but we must assume that it will probably get worse before it gets better. 

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GARRY EVERETT. A Legal Leap of Faith?

GARRY EVERETT. A Legal Leap of Faith? In the Weekend Australian (5/6 Jan.’19), Professor Greg Graven wrote an article entitled Taking a Legal Leap of Faith. In essence it is an examination of the key issues involved in trying to … Continue reading

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CHRISTOPHER LAMB. Pope Francis comes out in support of Macron and Merkel in warning against the resurgence of Nationalism.

The Pope said the ‘resurgence of nationalistic tendencies’ is at odds with the ‘vocation’ of international bodies The Tablet 08 January 2019. Pope Francis leads an annual meeting to exchange greetings for the new year with diplomats accredited to the … Continue reading

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BRIAN COYNE. A response to Paul Collins’ “The real crisis of Australian Catholicism”.

Paul Collins’ recent commentary, “The Real Crisis of Australian Catholicism”, raises some contradictory challenges for the future of the Catholic Church in Australia.

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PAUL COLLINS. The Best of 2018: The Real Crisis of Australian Catholicism.

It is patently obvious that Australian Catholicism is in crisis. The usual analysis is that this has been caused by the appalling mishandling and cover-up of child sexual abuse and the subsequent investigations of the Royal Commission. However, this is … Continue reading

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PETER WILKINSON. All we want for Christmas is bishops who listen and act.

This is a modified version of the Christmas editorial of Catholics for Renewal, an Australian group seeking to make the Catholic church more Christ-like. It is hoped that the Australian Church’s Plenary Council, to be held over two sessions in 2020 and 2021 and the … Continue reading

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MASSIMO FAGGIOLI. Pope Francis’s struggle

The most visible critique of the just concluded Synod of Bishops’ assembly on young people has focused on sections in the final document that call for a strengthening of synodality at all levels of the Church. It is absolutely surprising how very little … Continue reading

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ALLAN PATIENCE. Anthony Fisher’s message of ill will at Christmas tide

The archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher OP is the nominal head of the Australian Catholic Church – despite the fact that Melbourne is the largest and arguably the most intellectually lively diocese in the country. Fisher is seen by many … Continue reading

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ERIC HODGENS. The True Christmas Spirit Embraces the New.

Christmas celebrates new life – and a new world order. It is news of joy for all the people. Nervous or not, we are called to embrace the new and add it to our treasure. Behold, I am doing a … Continue reading

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TONY DOHERTY. Do we really know the Christmas Story?

In a year in which the Church we cherish has been shaken to the core, what has the Christmas story have to offer our understanding of faith?

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STEPHANIE DOWRICK. Glad tidings of great welcome

Among the most affecting, timeless stories known to us is that of a heavily pregnant, very young Jewish woman, barely more than a girl, making her way towards a town called Bethlehem, in an area of the Middle East then … Continue reading

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GEORGE BROWNING. Peace on Earth, Goodwill to all Humankind

Is ‘peace on earth, good will to all humankind’ a cruel fantasy? Are we destined to live in increasingly walled off environments, afraid of losing the little advantage we think we have? I have recently returned from 10 days in … Continue reading

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY Vatican names two reconciled bishops to head Chinese dioceses Catholic News Service, 17.12.18)

SYDNEY (CNS) — As part of its ongoing efforts to reconcile China’s Catholic communities, the Vatican recognized two previously excommunicated Chinese bishops as heads of dioceses.

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PETER DAY. From Classical Christianity to Quantum Christianity.

Christmas time is both very predictable and inexhaustibly mysterious. 

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DAVID TIMBS. The Pax Romana and the Gospel of Disturbance.

The first Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar, is synonymous with a new age of optimism and hopefulness for the peoples of the Empire. This era of unprecedented peace, stability and prosperity came to be known as the Pax Romana. Jesus of … Continue reading

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BILL EDEBOHLS. Advent – Pulling no punches

Christians know that Advent is about preparing – getting ready – for the coming of Christ. Getting ready for his second coming at the end of time and also getting ready for the celebration of his birth at Christmas.  

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PATTY FAWKNER. Honouring the stranger-guest-host relationship (The Good Oil).

Something insidious is happening throughout our world that is threatening the intrinsic human nexus between stranger, guest and host, writes Sister Patty Fawkner.

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JOHN WARHURST. Catholics grow restless at bishops’ lethargy.

Rather than despair at the absence of half of humanity in the clergy and disappearance of their adult children from the church pews, reforming Catholics are seeking to turn their old church around.

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JOCELYN CHEY. Xi Jinping V. Allah

Protests are growing around the world over the forced detention and “re-education” of the Muslim Uighurs in China’s far west Xinjiang Province. It is important to frame our response in terms of our commitment to the protection of civil and … Continue reading

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GARRY EVERETT. Who Is manipulating what?

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney, reportedly said recently: “What Synodal Fathers (Bishops) are wary of, I think, is the way synods might be manipulated today, swept up by the fashions of the age.” He is further reported as being of … Continue reading

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TERRY FEWTRELL. Seems Pope Francis is with the People

The latest letter from Pope Francis greatly empowers Australia’s Catholics to use their influence and puts heat on the bishops to allow the voices and wisdom of Australian Catholics to be heard seriously.

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PAUL COLLINS. The On-going Threat of Fundamentalism

Religious fundamentalism is having an increasing influence on democratic societies, most obviously in the US, but also here in Australia. The so-called ‘religious freedom’ debate has re-ignited the culture wars that originate in fundamentalist demands to maintain a kind of … Continue reading

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ALEXANDER STILLE. The Sins of Celibacy.

This article was published by The New York Review of Books on the 25th of October 2018.  On August 25 Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò published an eleven-page letter in which he accused Pope Francis of ignoring and covering up evidence … Continue reading

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WILLIAM GRIMM. The Catholic Church’s one foundation (UCA News).

The entire Church needs a new Reformation, a new turning toward Christ.

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JOHN HANNON. What is good leadership? Lest we forget.

Can’t we see parallels in leadership today, both in the Church and in society, where it can easily get more enmeshed in its own self-importance and self-interest, than in the rights and the good of the ordinary people, whom they … Continue reading

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NCR EDITORIAL STAFF-Open letter to the US Catholic bishops: It’s over (National Catholic Reporter).

Dear brothers in Christ, shepherds, fellow pilgrims, We address you as you approach this year’s national meeting in Baltimore because we know there is nowhere left to hide. It’s over.

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