February 25, 2017

Author Archive | Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP update on Royal Commission hearings and payments to victims

The Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP released this statement, late last night: 17 Feb 2017 My dear friends, The Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released further figures on claims made against Catholic organisations, including what the Church has paid in response to those claims. This includes allegations of […]

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Holy Family Parish, East Granville
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 Anthony Fisher OP: The faith is living tradition, not a dead letter

The Word of God has converted hearts, transformed lives and inspired action in millions of people for two millennia and more. It has also played a major role in shaping our language and culture, and so our thinking and communication; the King James Bible stands with Shakespeare as the two principal sources of modern English. […]

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP pastoral message on the Royal Commission’s Catholic wrap up

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP pastoral message in response to the beginning of the Royal Commission’s Final Hearing on the Catholic Church My dear friends, The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has begun its final three-week review of the performance of the Catholic Church in Australia. And what has been revealed has […]


Our post-truth society is afraid to look truth in His face

Recently the Oxford English Dictionary announced its Word of the Year 2016 was ‘post-truth’. It defined ‘post-truth’ as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Use of the term ‘objective facts’ here is telling, as it implies that the […]

Pope Francis greets a baby during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican 7 January 2015. Photo: CNS

Archbishop’s Christmas message: Shh! Our God is cooing

What sound most moves us? A natural one such as a thunder-clap, rain on a tin roof, or a kookaburra’s laugh? Or a more human sound, such as the weeping of a well-played violin or the weeping of those who must listen to one being played badly? A siren racing a patient to hospital? Or […]

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is lit in red during an event to raise awareness of the plight of Christian martyrs on 29 April 2016. Photo: CNS

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: Ours is an age of Martyrs

Antiochus IV ruled the Seleucid empire, including Israel, from 175 to 164BC. He styled himself Epiphanes, “the Manifest God”, which his Jewish captives deliberately mispronounced Epimanes, meaning “the Mad One”. Like many mad or bad ones since, he did not reverence people’s consciences. He vilely desecrated the Temple and required the Jews to adopt pagan […]

Images by Giovanni Portelli Photography © 2016

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP: the timeless joy of married love

At the height of the Renaissance, King Henry VIII demonstrated his enthusiasm for marriage by attempting six of them himself. It would be interesting to consider what impact his bad example (and the law reform it necessitated) had on English conceptions of marriage. But I mention him only to echo his famous words to each […]

Archbishop Fisher, pictured with Deacons Eddie Ho and Aruna Perera. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Archbishop’s Homily: How a living faith can give suffering great meaning

Life can be hard. There’s stress at work or school, finances to balance, relationships to manage. It can sometimes seem like no matter where you turn, there’s some obstacle to overcome. We can end up wondering if there’s anything good in our lives, or ever will be; if God, fate, our enemies are conspiring against […]

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP and Bishop Peter Stasiuk CSsR, eparch of the Ukrainian Catholic eparchy of St Peter and St Paul in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, at the launch of the new Ukranian Catholic catechism, Christ Our Pascha. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Two lungs breathe as one as Ukrainian Catholic catechism launched in Sydney

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP joined the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australia, Bishop Peter Stasiuk CSsR for a momentous event on 5 October: the launch of the English edition of Christ our Pascha, the first Ukrainian Catholic catechism in 400 years. This is an edited copy of his remarks to a small but enthusiastic crowd […]