April 25, 2018

Author Archive | Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP

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Archbishop Fisher: Ministry of the Word a ministry of the mouth

The first thing we do as we enter the world, we do through our mouths: we scream our lungs out. The next thing we do is breathe through them. Soon after we suckle with them. It’s said that infants think of the universe as an enormous teat just for them, and only gradually come to […]

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Archbishop Fisher: Be a light to your neighbours

“Blind faith” is the name of an English blues band whose only album was also called Blind Faith (1969). There was also an album of that name by British rock band Walk on Fire (1989), and a third album of the same name by the Christian rock band Legend Seven (1993). Songs of that name […]

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Archbishop Fisher on the release of the Royal Commission’s final report

First and foremost, I want to express my respect for the survivors of child sexual abuse by Church personnel, who have lived with the consequences of abuse for a lifetime and will continue to do so. Many told their stories with great courage, even at great personal cost, revisiting traumatic experiences. I say again how […]

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Archbishop Fisher responds to the same-sex marriage plebiscite result

The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, says he is both disappointed and heartened by the result of the National Marriage Postal Survey on changing the legal definition of marriage in Australia. “While I do not deny the good will of many who voted Yes, I am deeply disappointed that the likely result […]

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Archbishop Fisher: His Spirit is in your hearts

Our epistle this morning (1Thess 1:1-5) may have seemed little more than a formal “g’day” and list of acknowledgments like my greeting at the start of Mass. Yet these were in fact the very first words ever written for the New Testament. And like the start of any good story, they are intended to grab […]

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Archbishop’s homily: The pearl of great price

Our three parables this morning (Mt 13:44-52) compare the joy of finding the kingdom of heaven with the excitement people in Jesus’ world experienced on finding natural resources (like gold in a field), human inventions (like pearls set and retailed by merchants), or spiritual goods (like the “good fish’’ sorted from the bad ones by […]

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Archbishop Fisher’s homily: What makes a church a church?

Every great religion has had its sacred sites where people felt closest to God. Our Jewish ancestors counted the Jerusalem Temple their holiest place, where God’s shalom dwelt, and the prayers and sacrifices of the cult were offered. Today we heard the Prophet Nehemiah’s account of the dedication of that temple and altar (Neh 8:2-10). […]

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Homily for the Memorial Mass for the Unborn

“I pull a Kleenex from its box and hand it to Stevie Nicks. She wipes a tear as it slides down her cheek. She cries… when she speaks of the babies she might have had.”[1] Thus begins a 1992 interview given by the 5-foot-1 ‘Queen of Rock’n’roll’, Stevie Nicks, to Vox Magazine’s Spencer Bright. Known for […]

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Archbishop Fisher: Does Pope Francis support same-sex marriage?

A number of commentators have recently suggested that loyalty to Catholic teaching, and especially to Pope Francis, would allow, even require, support for same-sex marriage; by implication, the Australian bishops misunderstand Catholic teaching and have been disloyal to Pope Francis by saying Catholics should vote NO. But what has Pope Francis actually said about this? […]

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher: Funeral homily for John Richard Johnson

“It is shameful and inhuman to treat men like chattels to make money from, or to regard them merely as so much muscle power… To the rich I say… once the demands of necessity and propriety have been met, the rest that one owns belongs to the poor.”[1] Was that Marx or Engels? No, it […]

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Between ideal and reality: What future for marriage in Australia?

1. A trip down memory lane 1.1 The first Harman lecture The Harman Lecture was established to honour the late Rev. Dr Francis Harman, a charming and wise canonist, ethicist and parish priest who long hoped for a session of the John Paul II Institute in Australia, celebrated its conception, but died in 2000 just […]