August 19, 2018

Author Archive | Monica Doumit


Ordination of Fr Matthew Meagher a joyful family occasion

Four bishops, more than 50 priests, five deacons and – according to Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP – more family members ‘than the Australian Census can count’ gathered in St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday night for the ordination of Fr Matthew Meagher as a priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney. One of eight children, Fr Matthew […]


Monica Doumit: Euthanasia laws inherently unsafe

A doctor was called to the bedside of a patient with lung cancer, because she was in pain. At that first meeting, the doctor discussed euthanasia with her as a possible option.  He phoned her family doctor, who advised him that the patient had never directly discussed euthanasia with him, so he would not approve […]


Monica Doumit: This week may be tough for Catholics, but it will also be graced

Last weekend, I was in South Australia delivering several talks with theme of: “It’s tough being Catholic sometimes.” Planned months ago, I didn’t realise that these talks would occur in advance of what is probably going to be the toughest week Catholics have faced in a long time. This Tuesday, Archbishop Philip Wilson, former Archbishop […]

40 short letters to help teens with life’s questions

At times, it can be difficult to speak with teens about the bigger questions in life. We know instinctively that, despite how they can be characterised by the media, young people are deep thinkers and natural doers, and we want to be able to encourage them in pursuit of highest ideals. They have serious questions that […]


40 short letters to help teens with life’s questions

To win one of 10 signed copies of My Dear Young Friend send an email with “Book Giveaway” in the subject to and supply your name, address and phone contact. Good luck!   At times, it can be difficult to speak with teens about the bigger questions in life. We know instinctively that, despite how […]


Monica Doumit: World Youth Day Sydney – 10 years on

I can’t believe that this month, we will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of World Youth Day in Sydney.  Anniversaries are a great time to look back and reflect on how a particular event has affected us, and I imagine that many of those who attended WYD will be doing a bit of reminiscing in […]

A priest blesses a woman as he hears confession during a 2013 outdoor Mass in Madrid. Pope Francis has issued a letter offering a series of instances in which absolution can be granted during the Year of Mercy. Photo: CNS/Emilio Naranjo, EPA

Monica Doumit: South Australians face an ISIS-style tax

You might remember that four years ago, when Islamic State militants invaded the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Christian inhabitants were given three options: conversion to Islam, paying the jizya tax, or death.  The jizya was an annual fee levied upon non-Muslims living in Islamic countries and, while its rate was not specified in original […]

President of Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Mark Coleridge and president of Catholic Religious Australia Sr Ruth Durick

Criticise redress, fine. Lynch? No

I’m not sure how many of you remember the film, Liar Liar, starring Jim Carrey.  Carrey plays a lawyer whose young son’s birthday wish was that his father would not be able to lie for a whole day.  The wish was granted, and Carrey finds himself in a very difficult – and comedic – situation […]


Monica Doumit: Irish jubilation over referendum outcome is hard to understand

I have a sense that historians will look back on the 35 years between 1983, when the Irish people in a landslide referendum result voted to enshrine a protection for unborn children in its constitution, to 2018 when they voted to repeal that same protection, as an example of the rapid moral decline in the […]


Monica Doumit: Reducing suicide to nitrogenous waste

In his Easter Sunday homily, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP spoke about the ‘secular sacrament of euthanasia.’  His phrasing was profound and poignant, because it highlighted that even those with a militantly secular outlook on life still seek a certain sacramentality around important moments, including death.  How right the Archbishop was became clear just a few […]