April 25, 2017

Author Archive | Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: ANZAC Day 2017 – The Vigil Mass Homily

‘Total war.’ Even today it has an ominous ring. The phrase was coined by the German General Erich Ludendorff to describe what happened in the First World War on all sides. Victor of the Battle of Liège and of the Battle of Tannenberg, he was for last two years effective leader of the German war […]

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP relaxes outside his hospital room. The last few months have seen him engaged in daily rehabilitation as he recovers from Guillain Barré Syndrome. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Archbishop Fisher: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

The picture of Abdul Hamid Youssef, cradling his dead twins, Ahmed and Aiya, broke the heart of our world last week. Abdul lost 22 relatives, including his wife Dalal al-Saha and two nine-month-old children, during a chemical weapon attack by the Syrian government on its own people. The image will stick in our memories alongside […]

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Archbishop Fisher: Easter Vigil 2017 – The Holy Night of the Resurrection of the Lord

The picture of Abdul Hamid Youssef, cradling his dead twins, Ahmed and Aiya, broke the heart of our world last week. Abdul lost 22 relatives, including his wife Dalal al-Saha and two nine-month-old children, during a chemical weapon attack by the Syrian government on its own people. The image will stick in our memories alongside […]

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Good Friday 25/03/2016

Starting as a small group of parishioners in 2002, the Good Friday Walk from Holy Family parish to St. Mary's Cathedral has now grown to 1,200 enthusiastic Christians on pilgrimage in the middle of the night. At the front of the 2km line of pilgrims is a three metre Cross and a Vatican flag carried by volunteers, the pilgrimage itself is a 24km Stations of the Cross with Rosary prayers and hymns through the night along Parramatta road to the Cathedral.

Archbishop Fisher: Good Friday Homily on the Passion of the Lord

There are many versions of the story. Famously rediscovered by St Helena in the year 326, the Cross of Christ had been an object of devotion from the earliest times.[i] The pilgrim Egeria recorded that already in 380 the faithful in Jerusalem lined up on Good Friday to reverence a relic of the True Cross.[ii] […]

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP washing and kissing the feet of a member of the faithful at Holy Thursday celebrations at St Mary's Cathedral in 2015. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Homily for Holy Thursday 2017

Feet. Not the most glamorous part of the human body. But as I realised more clearly last year when I was off them, we need our feet to stand, for balance and support, to bear our weight and get ourselves from A to B. As infants we contemplate our feet and adults tickle them; in […]

Archbishop Fisher with, from left, Michael Digges, Catholic Super CEO Frank Pegan, CatholicCare CEO Mark Phillips and Lisa Bartak, Director of Business Operations for the Archdiocese of Sydney. PHOTO: Supplied

Archbishop Fisher: Rogue Business – The State of Our Democracy

Imagine you’re an outsider, but curious about Christianity. Or that you’ve put your foot in the door, if not yet in the water, and are preparing for Baptism at Easter. What questions would be on your mind? Following Brexit, the election of President Trump, and other seismic shifts in politics around the world, commentators are […]

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Archbishop Fisher: It’s not enough for us to lecture on trafficking, so here’s what we are going to do

Address of the Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, to the Select Committee of the Legislative Council of New South Wales on Human Trafficking Parliament House, 28 March 2017 Might I begin by commending the Legislative Council for establishing this Select Committee. I take as my starting point that all decent Australians regard as abhorrent human trafficking, […]

The Good Samaritan: The fictional foreigner who knew who his neighbour was.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: We are all the mugged man, the woman in grave sin

When most people hear the word ‘Samaritan’, they think of The Good Samaritan, rather than the not-so-good one of today’s Gospel. At first glance the two are unconnected by anything but nationality. The Good Samaritan appears only in Luke’s Gospel (Lk 10:25-37) and the Samaritan Woman at the Well only in John’s (Jn ch. 4). […]

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A way through the fog: Tracey Rowland recovers the ‘both/and’ approach in Catholic Theology

Catholic Theology is the latest in Bloomsbury’s series that introduces the theological traditions of the major Christian churches – Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed and, now, Catholic – to those who want to learn more about their own faith, those wanting to understand better the rival but complementary theological traditions of fellow Christians, and those […]

St Michael's, Lane Cove, in this undated file photo.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: We must decrease, the Church must increase

Backed by a rendition of the 1988 song It’s got to be perfect by British band Fairground Attraction, a current TV ad opens with a nappy-clad child rummaging through a woman’s handbag, removing a lipstick and using it to draw on a wall. The mum, not the slightest bit perturbed, simply wipes the wall clean and […]