August 19, 2018

Author Archive | Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP


Archbishop Fisher: The banquet of wisdom

Given what an important demographic college and university students are for movie ticket sales, it is unsurprising that many films are in academic settings. Many are comedies such as Monsters University (2013), Legally Blonde (2001), 22 Jump Street (2014), Pitch Perfect I, II and III (2012, 2015, 2017), Acceptance (2009), Animal House (1978), The Nutty […]


Blessed Paul VI’s most prophetic Letter

Since soon-to-be-Saint Paul VI published his encyclical Humanæ vitæ 50 years ago this week, it has often been called a ‘prophetic’ document and the author himself a ‘prophet’. But like the words ‘mission’ and ‘iconic’, the word ‘prophetic’ has been overused, even misused. In what sense was Humanæ vitæ prophetic? Who were the prophets? In […]


Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Thanks be to God, and Fr Gary

Before my conversion I was a proper little pagan. I lived for my next drink or other sensory experience, for the satisfaction of my baser passions. I cared nothing for other people’s needs and never gave a thought to worshipping God or serving humanity. I didn’t turn my mind to the great mysteries of God, […]


Archbishop Fisher: God in our hands

Thank you all for joining us on this annual Walk With Christ procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi, especially in the 200th anniversary year of the Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament here in Sydney. I acknowledge today the presence of the auxiliary bishops, clergy, religious and lay faithful who helped organise or assisted in […]


Yes Lord, I love you, I need you

When Pope Urban IV decided to extend the feast of Corpus Christi to the universal Church, he wisely chose the great Dominican theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas, to compose the Mass and Liturgy of the Hours for this great feast. Thus he bequeathed to us the Sacris Solemniis with its Panis Angelicus, the Verbum Supernum, the […]


Archbishop Fisher: We can never love her too much

What to give the woman who has everything? We can imagine Pope Francis kneeling at his prie-dieu thinking just this: what present can I give Mary on the 160th anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions and, more importantly, the 50th anniversary of her Schœnstatt shrine in Australia? He’s not much of a shopper, so what do […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]