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Philippa Martyr: We don’t want bishops made in our own image,...

Last week’s column on how the Catholics in Australia survey participants rated the Australian bishops’ leadership touched a nerve. The Catholic Weekly’s Facebook page got...

Synod will be an Aussie affair

Pope Francis’ announcement of the participants for the October assembly of the Bishops Synod on Synodality has cemented Australia’s place as a key driver of the global synodal process, with Australians represented strongly at all levels.

The church was big enough for Fr Bob and Cardinal Pell....

With the passing of Fr Bob Maguire into eternal life, the church in Australia has lost its “patron saint of the unloved and unlovely.” Fr Bob was one of a few Catholic priests with instant name recognition, even among non-Catholics. The other was Cardinal George Pell. Now both have gone in one year.

Monica Doumit: Moment of faith, clarity and joy

Those who looked forward to seeing the end of the Cardinal are becoming aware that they’re heading for disappointment “He who sits in the heavens...

George Pell was a true giant of the church

  In a letter to fellow scientist Robert Hooke in 1657, Sir Isaac Newton famously said that “If I have seen further than others, it...

Benedict Smith: The Sydney-Hobart axis

By Benedict Smith Key figures in the establishment of the Catholic faith in Sydney did not restrict their work to NSW During a recent five-year stint...

Decrees now wait on Rome approval

The Fifth Plenary Council of Australia was a new experience for Catholics in many ways, said Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, lived in a “tentative...

No substitute for being in the same room

In the vision of the Second Vatican Council, dialogue ranks among the most important concepts. The Pontificate of Pope Francis has drawn so deeply...

The Plenary’s agenda must be exposed

By Sandy Wallace The Catholic Church was born from the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. She is not a man made construct open to...

The Plenary Council: no reform without conversion

In coming days, the fifth Plenary Council of Australia will commence its second assembly here in the Archdiocese of Sydney. It is the concluding...

Philippa Martyr: The redundancy of boomer faith

I’m afraid I laughed out loud when I read in The Catholic Weekly that ‘reformers’ think the Plenary Council isn’t going their way. They...

I won’t be an administrative hack, says new Sydney Bishop

Australia's newest bishop rejects mere bureaucratic role, commits himself to bringing Jesus to the Church's flock at the grassroots.
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