“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 our driveway from the neighbour’s yard. 

But it isn’t our home. We belong to the middle-age renter class, thems what missed out on buying their own home before the hike in real estate prices 15 years ago. So, we are at the mercy of our landlords. 

Today a team of “homewreckers, vandals and visigoths” turned up in their hoodies with chain saws on behalf of the owners of our home and the neighbour’s home, and started hacking away. Here is the evidence.





More After

We wept.

I sympathise, Dogmatix



About Schütz

I am a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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2 Responses to “Stop, you vandals! You home wreckers! You halfcrazed Visigoths!”

  1. Matthias says:

    Good to see you blogging. There appears to be a silence descending upon australian catholic blogs:
    Australia Incognita
    Cardinal pole
    all quiet at the moment

  2. missjane says:

    You might take some comfort in LTA’s arboricide commentaries from over the centuries:


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