March 31, 2017

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Musicians play brass instruments during the Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans 21 February 2012. Photo: CNS

Reclaim Mardi Gras, reclaim ‘Fat Tuesday’ and prepare to get shriven

In Australia and Britain the day preceding Ash Wednesday is popularly known as Shrove Tuesday. It is also frequently called Pancake Tuesday or Fat Tuesday as well as by its Latin name, Mardi Gras, which when translated from the French also means “Fat Tuesday.” But it is the name “Shrove” that shows its religious origins. […]

Bishop-elect of Townsville, Timothy Harris. Photo: ACBC

Townsville has a new bishop-elect, three years after Bishop Michael Putney’s death

Pope Francis has today appointed Fr Timothy Harris, a priest of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, as the sixth Bishop of Townsville. Bishop-Elect Harris is currently the Parish Priest of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Speaking about his new appointment, Bishop-Elect Harris said, “I’m very conscious that the Diocese of Townsville has been without a bishop […]

Detail from 'The Call of St Matthew', a mural in the Cathedral of St Matthew in Washington DC, USA. Photo: Fr Lawrence Lew OP

Nothing to hide: an interview with Russell Shaw

This interview was originally published in 2008 by Inside Catholic, now published as Crisis Magazine. Russell Shaw’s 20th book, Nothing to Hide: Secrecy, Communication, and Communion in the Catholic Church (Ignatius Press), takes a candid and sometimes surprising look at the abuse of secrecy in an ecclesiastical context. In this interview, Shaw, former information director of the […]


Medical ethics draws Archbishop Anthony Fisher back to the classroom

He’s not just a busy Australian archbishop dealing with a thousand-and-one daily issues to do with running an archdiocese; Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP is also an established academic in his own right – and he relishes the chance to get back into the classroom and teach whenever he can. Last week he headed the line-up […]

Australian of the Year for 2017, Prof Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim. Photo: Giffith University/YouTube

Archbishop Fisher congratulates Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim, first recipient of archdiocese’ stem cell grant

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has congratulated the 2017 Australian of the Year, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, who was the first researcher to receive a $50,000 adult stem cell grant from the Archdiocese of Sydney. Prof Mackay-Sim, a biomolecular scientist and the former director of the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research at Griffith University, was […]

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP speaking in the Great Synagogue, Sydney, on 29 October 2015. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Politicians should respect the right of people to hold a different view on marriage

All members of religious groups deserve the right to not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies if they hold a traditional view of marriage, the Catholic bishops of Australia said in a Senate submission made by their secretariat, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), released this week. The Australian Senate has established a select committee to […]

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP joins the parish of St Martha's, Strathfield, on 18 August for their centenary celebrations. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Stuck for grace? Archbishop Anthony has you covered

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has continued his annual tradition of writing a prayer for grace that people might use at Christmas dinner or lunch. So now there’s no excuse for not thanking the Reason for the Season. Here is Archbishop Anthony’s prayer of grace: God of Christmas and of every day, giver of all good gifts,  We […]

Pope Francis greets the crowd in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on 26 November 2016. Photo: CNS

Wish Pope Francis a ‘Happy Birthday’, in Latin if you so desire

Even though Pope Francis was planning a “normal” workday for his birthday, well-wishers can help brighten it up with special tweets and emails. Turning 80 on 17 December, Pope Francis was going to start the day with Mass, together with cardinals living in Rome. The pope was ordained a priest in 1969. “The rest of […]

Pope Francis greets an elderly woman as he meets with people in a poor neighbourhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, in this July 2015, file photo. Pastoral care of the poor and those in need has been emphasis of the pontificate of Pope Francis. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring

Letters to the Editor for 11 December 2016

Thank you Monica Doumit for asking the questions I am a priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney, currently undertaking doctoral research in philosophy of religion. This is just a brief note to express my sincere gratitude for the work that you have done with The Catholic Weekly; I am very impressed with the revamp. In […]