May 26, 2017

Author Archive | Peter Rosengren

Pope Francis leads a vigil in the Little Chapel of the Apparitions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal May 12. The pope was making a two-day visit to Fatima to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions and to canonize two of the young seers. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-FATIMA-VIGIL May 12, 2017.

Editorial: Our Lady of Fatima – A woman, brighter than the sun

The Catholic Weekly hits parishes this weekend as a remarkable milestone in the life of the Church is reached: the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Mary to three peasant children at the Cova da Iria at Fatima in Portugal. The coming period from 13 May to 13 October is an anniversary of profound importance […]

Betty pictured in 2006 at the Alzheimer's unit of a nursing home in Fairmont, Minnesota, USA. Photo: Justin Sorensen, cc 2.0

Editorial: Belgian OK to euthanasia – where a faithless brand ‘Catholic’ goes to die

The mentally ill wear their own crown of thorns in this life because they are so misunderstood and rejected by almost everyone. In Belgium, their lot has just become much worse. In a shock move which will reverberate through Catholic healthcare institutions and the wider Church around the world, the Board of Management controlling 15 […]


Editorial: Detritus, thy name is Australian ‘reality’ television

The name really says it all. How could anything as profound as marriage – the greatest adventure possible in this life – possibly succeed on the basis of nothing more than a programming idea cooked up by some commercial television station executives and their marketing departments hunting round for something – anything, really – to capture […]


Editorial: The new McCarthyists and their pursuit of marriage supporters

One of the truly remarkable developments around the ‘gay marriage’ campaign which has come to eclipse so much in Australian public life in recent years is the bullying and violence that has come to characterise and define it – as opposed to the notional support it receives from some ordinary Australians to whom gay ‘marriage’ […]

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Editorial: Our sex-obsessed age has neutered itself

It was reported in the media this week that between 1995 and 2013 Japan moved from having 5.9 workers for every person eligible for the pension to 2.5 workers. Australia, it was reported, faced going down a similar path in the period from 2015 to 2055. What was not reported is that this demographic shrinking […]

Nizar al-Qassab, an Iraqi Christian refugee from Mosul, gets a kiss from his children as they prepare to depart from Beirut international airport on 8 February 2017. PHOTO: CNS photo/Mohamed Azakir, EPA

Editorial: What have Australian Catholics actually done for persecuted Christians?

Here in Australia, our collective problems are, as a rule, not so bad as we imagine them to be. It is true, of course, that for some people life’s problems can be crushing. Their problems may include diagnosis with a terminal or a mental illness, family breakdown, loss of a child or a spouse, addictions, […]


Editorial: the state of music in Catholic parishes is an urgent issue

Saint Augustine of Hippo is supposed to have said something along the lines of “he who sings well prays twice.” It’s a good line. Music, especially singing, can assist liturgical beauty and a sense of reverence, a sense of the presence of the other, invisible, world, enormously. Yet Augustine, whose writings, perhaps more than any […]


Editorial: A humble Church will face up to the reality of what’s happened

In light of the first sessions of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse this week and the searing, shocking statistics detailing what is known about sexual abuse by clergy, religious and Church workers in this country since the 1950s, a wonderful passage from the 1948 Gifford lectures delivered by the historian […]

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Editorial: what good is a politician, and what good do they serve?

Recent media reports of the status quo around childcare and schooling in Australia leave us wondering whether there is anyone left in either the federal Government or the Opposition for whom the long-term welfare of children or the status of the family are a priority, a matter of national importance; it would seem not. Perhaps […]

A woman prays as Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for the Jubilee of Deacons in St Peter's Square, 29 May 2016. Photo: CNS

Peter Rosengren: ‘marriage equality’ dependent on disdain for women

Some weeks ago The Catholic Weekly observed that in order for same-sex marriage to be accepted, one must necessarily deny that femininity has any useful or distinctive traits, gifts or contributions to make to life at either the individual or social levels. For gay marriage to flourish, in other words, femininity must necessarily be dismissed […]

Young Chinese pilgrims shelter from the sun as Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Vatican on 22 May. Photo: CNS

When making deals with China the Vatican should sup with a long spoon

There is no doubt that in matters of strategy the Chinese government is more than a match for the Vatican and its diplomatic corps: several millennia of history all testify to a highly developed understanding of manouevre in the interests of a final strategic objective that is one of the more notable aspects of Chinese […]