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A window into the mysterious world of those who lead our...

This is a book for bishops. I am one bishop who is grateful to have read it. It was a very beneficial source for personal reflection and offered much to ponder both from history and from current experience.

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...

Philippa Martyr: Priests’ perceptions an issue

One of the reasons I love doing research is that you find things out, and you can measure them. Sometimes you find things out...

St Mary Magdalene: apostle to the apostles

Mary Magdalene was saved because she loved very much, a love so extraordinary that it is recorded in the Holy Scriptures. Her name is mentioned...

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.

Paul Catalanotto: Sheep in shepherd’s clothing

Some Catholics starve to hear their shepherd's voice When Christ told the people that the sheep would know the shepherd's voice, it carried with it...

Philippa Martyr: Duty always trumps inertia

In my other life I teach something called ‘Social Responsibility in Action’, where I give a couple of lectures on whistleblowing. So I was very...

Why now for a Marian consecration of Australia?

This does not give us an anaesthetic from our pain or a type of cocky remoteness from tribulations of the world- but it does unite us in hopeful solidarity while “in exile” with the Christ-focussed and grace-filled strength and love of the faithful Mother of the Covenant, Mary of Nazareth.

Monica Doumit: It’s too easy to criticise bishops

Don’t judge them too quickly on shutting churches Last week, I was sent a petition and asked to sign it. The petition, which I imagine many...

The artificial and false emnity that hurts all of us

The irony is, when these great public victim vs victim debates rage, the people who argue the hardest often don't actually have any power to act.

Prayers at tomb of Aboriginal child

https://youtu.be/cFFwxFTepYM Bishops pray in Rome for Indigenous communities Praying at the tomb of St Paul is an obligatory part of the 'ad limina' visits every bishop...

In Romania pope beatifies seven martyred bishops

https://youtu.be/4jg8lzGf_gk The memory and witness of Romania's martyred bishops are a reminder that Christians are called to stand firm against ideologies that seek to stifle...
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