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Dr Philippa Martyr: A salaried church – or a dangerous one?

I was relieved to hear that the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has already rejected the proposal in The Light from the Southern Cross for a national centre for Catholic leadership.

Paul Catalanotto: Embrace the paradoxes of Lent

The word Lent means spring as in the season. In the Northern hemisphere, the Lenten season in the Church happily corresponds with the Spring season. Up North, Lent takes on a flare of renewal and growth in how flowers anticipate fruit.

Dr Philippa Martyr: US diocesan reality checks offer lessons

The Archdiocese of Chicago has now released details of its parish restructure. This is a good opportunity for the Church in Australia to start making notes.
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Simcha Fisher: Showing up empty-handed

We were at Mass. Christmas Mass, in fact; and I felt, as I always do, that we had arrived unprepared. If I only had one...

Why church is good

First, a heads-up for Catholic readers: The author of “The Point of Church” is a Baptist minister and pastor in Alabama. Second heads-up: Don’t worry about it.
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Simcha Fisher: The Church you’re building

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhen St. Francis started having visions, he made an honest mistake. Jesus told him to rebuild his church, so St. Francis, with a willing heart, set to work rebuilding the literal, physical church right in front of him. Block by block, he put the chapel of San Damiano back together. But of […]
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Dr Philippa Martyr: If we’re different, others will want what we...

If we’re different, others will want what we possess Recently I said that you can’t be holy and live exactly like pagans at the same...

The Passion and The Joy

Combining Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate to celebrate the Passion and the Joy of Easter in concert at St Peter’s Church, Surry Hills. It was...

Simcha Fisher: Making the church in our image

  Power grabs in the church are not a new problem The National Catholic Reporter has published a strange story about what happens to a parish...

Do you pray for our priests?

Celibacy - freely embraced - helps create really good, fatherly and even emotionally available men When was the last time you prayed for priests, or...
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