Archbishop Wilson: Fair cop or foul? Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018
Archbishop Wilson

Archbishop Philip Wilson has gone from church leader with a reputation for dealing professionally with sex abuse cases to being stoned by all and sundry in the national village square. The calls to resign come not only from victims, anti-church crusaders and commentators of every ilk, but also eminent Catholics who fear he may cause Read more

Change of era in Australia Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

In a line for his vision for renewal and change, Pope Francis captured something that is true for the church across the world but most especially for the church in Australia. The pope described our time in the church and wider society as “not so much an era of change as a change of era.” Read more

John Laws talks ‘Archbishop Wilson’ with “the meddling priest” Fr Frank Brennan Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018
John Laws

Legendry Australian broadcaster, John Laws, July 4, interviewed Fr Frank Brennan SJ on 2SM. The interview concerned Archbishop Philip Wilson’s refusal to stand down as Archbishop of Adelaide after his conviction for concealing child sex abuse. One of Australia’s leading radio personalities, the ever-popular Laws comments regularly on issues impacting life in Australia. Frank Brennan Read more

Paradoxes and indicators of the Capella and McCarrick cases Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018
Capella McCarrick

These days we will find out whether Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, the former advisor to the Washington nunciature that the Vatican sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for possession and distribution of “large quantities” of child pornography, will present an appeal against the sentence. A circumstance that various Vatican sources think very probable. The traffic in Read more

The gospel of Thomas Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018
Gospel of Thomas

Sometimes we can use language to paint ourselves into a corner. For example, Catholics can’t be gnostic or agnostic. What was so wrong about the Gnostics?  As I understand it, some were okay and some weren’t. If we think church division began with the reformation, we have to think again. Even in St Paul’s day Read more

Criminal justice that looks forward Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Travel clears the head, offering a new perspective on some of our troubled U.S. institutions. In this case a visit to New Zealand made me ponder our US criminal justice system, too often dominated by punitive retributive thinking. A tall Maori man, with a heavy build, stood in the criminals’ box in Blenheim, New Zealand, Read more

The sentencing of Archbishop Wilson Comments 0

Thursday, July 5th, 2018
Archbishop Wilson

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has been sentenced to 12 months’ detention for concealing child sexual abuse. Magistrate Robert Stone adjourned the matter to 14 August while Wilson’s home detention order is assessed for suitability. It’s very likely that he will appeal his conviction and sentence. An appeal may well succeed, but that’s not the end Read more

What it’s like to be a child of suicide Comments 0

Thursday, July 5th, 2018
child of suicide

I never owned a Kate Spade fashion accessory, but I once almost crossed paths with Anthony Bourdain. What unites them in my mind (besides their celebrity status) is their death by suicide and the fact that they both left not only grieving friends and partners behind but also a child. Kate’s daughter is 13. Anthony’s Read more

You can’t be pro-life and against immigrant children Comments 0

Monday, July 2nd, 2018
Pro life

What does pro-life, pro-family really mean? The idea behind that phrase has long been an important organizing principle for pro-life groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council. For many who work for these organizations — or who vote for candidates endorsed by them — being “pro-life, pro-family” is not a euphemism Read more

Cardinal McCarrick and the Church’s ticking time bombs Comments 0

Monday, July 2nd, 2018
time bombs

The revelation that 87-year-old retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been removed from public ministry on charges that he twice molested a teenage boy in New York in 1970 and 1971 marks a new low for the Catholic Church in the United States. All these years, McCarrick apparently knew he was a ticking time bomb, a Read more