July 21, 2017

Author Archive | Peter Rosengren


Editorial: ‘Enlightened’ Australians still in the dark on religious persecution

In a special selection of recent articles, The Catholic Weekly examines an issue that neither Australian society nor Australian media seem to be particularly interested in, much less concerned about. Yet it is one of the great human stories of the 21st century: religious persecution around the globe. As many of our readers will be […]


Editorial: The new movements herald a second spring

If we were to survey the Church in Australia at the present moment, we could be forgiven for concluding that in many respects an institution which has been a major factor in Australian life since the earliest days of this nation is now a significantly spent force, exhibiting many signs of being spiritually exhausted. This […]

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Peter Rosengren: Maybe the Devil is a white man after all

As Everett, Pete and Delmar are on the run in the Depression-era Deep South of the 1930s in the classic Coen Brothers movie O Brother Where Art Thou?, they pick up a hitch hiker carrying a guitar case at a lonely crossroads in the middle of the Mississippi Delta. Shortly before this they encounter a […]

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Peter Rosengren: Don’t sweat the hypocrites, Maddi, you’ll be a great mum

If there’s one problem facing Christians it is an increasingly hostile culture inimical and, indeed, often toxic to their best efforts to raise their children with the values they regard as most important. Another problem can sometimes be the misinformed and not very deeply formed other Christians whose limited or doggedly doctrinaire beliefs can make […]

Cardinal Pell pictured in a 2014 file photo. Photo: CNS

Peter Rosengren: Contrived campaign of calumny against a deeply good man

On 19 August 1692 Martha Carrier, George Jacobs, George Burroughs, John Willard, and John Proctor were hanged at Salem in the-then colony of Massachusetts. Their purported crime had been the practice of witchcraft. The five were among an eventual 20 persons executed for consorting with the Devil, although an additional five, two of whom were […]

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, […]