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Frank Brennan. Meeting Pope Francis – the planet and markets.

41 years a Jesuit, I had never met a pope. Back in 1986, I was adviser to the Australian Catholic Bishops on Aboriginal land rights. Pope John Paul II came to Alice Springs, met with Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. Free speech and the plebiscite on same sex marriage

Chris Puplick, a former senator and former president of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, is one of a rising chorus expressing strong objections to the Australian Catholic bishops daring to evangelise and speak publicly about their views on same sex marriage. … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. Cardinal Pell, his lawyers and the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is about to recommence its case study on the Catholic Church in Ballarat. Last week, the Melbourne Herald Sun reported: ‘Victims of child sexual abuse look set to be grilled … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan. Border control gulags have had their time

What are the chances of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten agreeing by Christmas that it’s time to close the refugee processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island? Turnbull and Shorten already agree that the boats coming from Indonesia should be stopped. … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan. Bishop Geoffrey Robinson at the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The royal commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse continues to fill us with dread that we have not yet adequately identified why the incidence of abuse reported in our institutions is higher than in other churches. The divisions … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. Four preconditions for supporting marriage equality.

A committed Catholic gay man, whose integrity I admire and whose hurt from ongoing homophobia I feel, recently asked me to sign a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott urging that Coalition members be granted a conscience vote and that … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. ‘Amplifying That Still Small Voice’. Book Launch.

‘Amplifying That Still Small Voice’ A collection of essays by Frank Brennan SJ Book Launch. Dates and times of the 2015 Book launches of Fr Frank Brennan’s latest book, ‘Amplifying That Still, Small Voice’: 1. Tuesday 2 June North Sydney Catholic … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan. ANZAC Centenary Homily.

 ANZAC Centenary Homily Harvard Memorial Church 25 April 2015 Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO Homily This Memorial Church here at Harvard was dedicated on Armistice Day 1932 in memory of those who died in World War I.  The inscription over … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. Still seeking a way of stopping the boats decently

This is part of the Gasson Lecture which I delivered at Boston College today: I return to Australia accepting that my political leaders will always maintain a commitment to stopping the boats, no matter what political party they represent;  but … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. The Promoted Pell and the Sacked Morris: Two Catholic Bishops emerging from the Royal Commission

This week the royal commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published three reports relating to the Catholic Church.  Understandably the media has focused on the appropriately damning findings made by the royal commission against Cardinal Pell in … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. High Court decision on Tamil asylum seekers.

Chief Justice French and Justices Crennan, Gageler and Keane decided that the Maritime Powers Act did authorise a maritime officer to detain the plaintiff for the purpose of taking him, or causing him to be taken, to a place outside … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. The Vatican’s Synod Questions for the Australian Catholic Church

Following up on the Relatio Synodi, the Vatican has now released the lineamenta (http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20141209_lineamenta-xiv-assembly_en.html) for next year’s synod on the family.  They have appended a list of 46 questions and they want the world’s Catholic bishops’ answers by April.  This … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. The Cardinal Pell precedent.

Speaking of the financial reforms in the Vatican, Cardinal Pell says: ‘The first principle was that the Vatican should adopt contemporary international standards, much as the rest of the world does.  The second principle meant that Vatican policies and procedures … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. Making the world safer for children.

The United Nations has developed an elaborate system of committees to oversee compliance by nation states with a broad range of international human rights instruments. These committee processes are sometimes used by nongovernmental organizations pushing their own particular causes. Of … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. Women Priests in the Catholic Church – Can we at least talk about it?

There was an interesting exchange on CBS 60 Minutes here in the USA on Sunday night between Cardinal O’Malley and Norah O’Donnell (See http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cardinal-sean-omalley-works-with-pope-francis-to-reform-catholic-church/).  Here is part of the interview: Norah O’Donnell: The church says it’s not open to the … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ.  The G20 Agenda and Pope Francis

The leaders of the world’s 19 largest economies (together with the EU) are meeting in Brisbane this weekend at the annual G20 meeting.  Australia is the host and Prime Minister Tony Abbott is the president this year.  The host country … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan.  A tribute to the cautious, quirky, humorous, honourable Wayne Goss

Those of us brought up in Queensland owe a lot to Wayne Goss. I first met him when he was instrumental in setting up the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) in Brisbane in 1974. He was the articled clerk. Roisin Hirschfeld … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ.   The genie may be out of the bottle but it is still in the ecclesiastical kitchen.

The Vatican has now released the official English translation of the “relatio synodi”, the concluding document from the Synod of Bishops convened by Pope Francis to consider “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation”. (http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2014/10/18/0770/03044.html) In my … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. The Vatican Synod has let the genie out of the bottle.  Deo Gratias

Let there be no doubt.  There is change, and a great deal of uncertainty, in the air in Rome.  And it is not just coming from Pope Francis.  The Catholic Church retaining some of the attributes of a royal court … Continue reading

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John Menadue The Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program – ’a dog’s breakfast.’

In an article in Eureka Street on 8 September, Fr Frank Brennan described the Royal Commission report into the HIP as a ‘dog’s breakfast’. He described the reasoning behind Mr Hanger’s conclusion on commonwealth responsibility as ‘bizarre’. He added that … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. We think we have a problem!

Eureka Street has run an article by Frank Brennan which highlights the far greater problems that the US has in managing its land border with Mexico. Frank Brennan also reflects on sending refugees to Cambodia, our locking up of children … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. A Jesuit Bicentenary

Everyone knows that we Jesuits have had a rocky history.  We were fabulously successful in educating the European elite for quite some time.  Things went off the rails badly in the eighteenth century.  We lost out to the Vatican Curia … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. How the Bishop was forced to resign because he played too much for the local team

I have followed the Bishop Bill Morris saga closely. My one new insight from reading Bill’s book – “Benedict, Me and the Cardinals Three” – is that he was sacked because he was too much a team player with his … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. Homily for Trinity Sunday with the Royal Commission in town.

On Friday afternoon, I called into the Canberra Magistrates’ Court to watch an hour or two of proceedings at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The court was packed with lawyers.  These are shameful times for us … Continue reading

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Frank Brennan SJ. Cardinal Pell at the Royal Commission

Last September I addressed the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand on issues the Catholic Church would need to address with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and in the follow-up to the Victorian … Continue reading

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Eric Hodgens. Where do bishops come from?

Sydney needs a new archbishop who has every chance of becoming a cardinal once Cardinal Pell turns 80. How do we get a new bishop? The pope will appoint one. Since 1917 he has claimed the right to do so. … Continue reading

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Stopping the boats decently – can it be done? Guest blogger: Frank Brennan SJ

In this last financial year, “25,145 people have arrived on 394 boats – an average of over 70 people and more than a boat a day” as Scott Morrison, Tony Abbott’s Shadow Minister never tires of telling us.  Except for … Continue reading

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