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“Make a little space free for God”

Sounds like advice from the latest book in the spirituality section at the Central Catholic Bookshop, but in fact, it comes from the “Proslogion” of St Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury at the turn of the 11th/12th Centuries, and featured in … Continue reading

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Archbishop Fisher Dreams a Dream of a Catholic Future for Sydney

There will be some will count this his “I have a dream” speech. There will be others who will want to “tell him he’s dreaming”.  Either way, Anthony Fisher’s first talk to the young people of Sydney at “Theology on … Continue reading

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Full bore revisionism: The Tudors and the Borgias

                    I love revisionist history, almost as much as I am addicted to new ways of exegising biblical texts. Don’t tell me what I already know, I plead; tell me something … Continue reading

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“Stop, you vandals! You home wreckers! You halfcrazed Visigoths!”

  We’ve lived in our humble abode, the Casa Schutz-Beaton, for some 14 years. It is a small but pleasant three-bedroom home at the bottom of a long drive. Quiet and private, thanks especially to large shadey trees that overhang … Continue reading

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New Auxiliary Bishops for Melbourne

(and about time too!) I was thinking on Tuesday as I rode home from the Christian Motorcyclists Association National Run through Gippsland, that my one-time travelling colleague Fr Peter Slater is still the current Apostolic Administrator of the Sale Diocese … Continue reading

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A Courageous Colleague called to Rest from his Labours

A message from Bishop Peter Elliott: Dear friends The news of the entry into eternal life today of Professor Nicholas Tonti Filippini has not come as a surprise.  With faith and fortitude, supported by his devoted wife Dr Mary Walsh … Continue reading

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Jerome Murphy-O’Connor meets St Paul?

I sometime fantasize about writing a series of fiction novels with a theological slant. One idea I toy with now and then is to do a series of detective mystery novels, each with a different saint of the Catholic Church … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Stumpy Rat (b. 17th Oct 2013; d. 29th Sept 2014)

Rats have very short lives, even if they live a “long life” for a rat. The years of their life are two or, by reason of strength, three. Alas, our little Stumpy drew the short straw. She was always the … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Archbishop Anthony Fisher

This was one boot that was a long time in dropping, but the news has finally broken that Sydney has a new Archbishop.  My family, Cathy, Mad and Mia, join me in wishing Archbishop-elect Anthony Fisher OP every blessing and … Continue reading

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Interesting times all over again

On the Twitterverse this morning, I came across this article in the National Catholic Register: No Scandal Here: The 20 Couples Married by Pope Francis Were Legit. Basically, they say exactly what I said in the previous post and com-thread. … Continue reading

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