Posts Tagged ‘Frank Brennan SJ’

People are hungry for the Bread of Life, and it’s not just the women

Thursday, August 5th, 2021
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A couple of weeks ago, I was a visitor celebrating a parish Mass. I was introduced to the congregation by the choir leader who had sung at my diaconate ordination 36 years ago. After mass, she expressed her displeasure that Pope Francis had announced changes to the Code of Canon Law, lumping together the issues Read more

The seal of Confession

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
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In every family, in every community, there are unresolved conflicts; there is sin. In Matthew 18:15-20, he sets out the steps for reconciliation. First, “if your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone”. If that works, well and good. If it doesn’t, then call him to the table with a Read more

Love George Pell or loathe him, we should all be grateful that justice has been delivered

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
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Some Australians, including many victims of child sexual abuse, revile George Pell. Others hold him in high esteem. Neither of these groups will have their minds changed about Cardinal Pell, ­regardless of what any court might determine. The majority of Australians fall into neither camp. Victorian Police In the midst of controversy and with allegations Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson’s dead letter day

Monday, December 10th, 2018
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The show trial of Archbishop Philip Wilson has backfired badly. The trial caused hurt to many people, most especially victims of child sexual abuse who thought the law was being rightly applied to put an errant Catholic bishop in the frame. Wilson was charged under a provision of the New South Wales Crimes Act, section Read more

Compassion, justice and healing after abuse apology

Thursday, October 25th, 2018
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The Australian royal commission is over, but there is still a long way for us to travel so that we might stand together in solidarity committed to justice, truth and healing for all, for the living and for the dead. We are unlikely as a Church or as a society to get this right for Read more

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

Thursday, July 12th, 2018
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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

Australian Jesuit banned from speaking on same-sex marriage in Tasmania

Monday, July 9th, 2018

An Australian Jesuit priest has been banned by the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart from speaking publicly about same-sex marriage in the archdiocese. The ban was announced after Fr Frank Brennan SJ defended Catholics’ right to speak according to their conscience about the issue. He had been invited to speak at a CatholicCare Tasmania conference in Read more

Aussie same-sex marriage – debate yet to come

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Australians’ “yes” vote supporting legalising same-sex marriage may pose more questions than answers. The non-binding referendum drew 7.8 million for same-sex marriage and 4.9 million against. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Denis Hart says parliament must work to unify Australians by respecting different views on marriage. “The Catholic Church, and many others who sought Read more

A modest proposal to end the cruelty in Nauru

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

On the weekend, I joined Robert Manne, Tim Costello and John Menadue in calling for an end to the limbo imposed on proven refugees on Nauru and Manus Island. I think this can be done while keeping the boats stopped. I think it ought be done. Appearing on the ABC’s 7.30 program last Thursday, after Read more

For our sake George Pell deserves due process of law

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
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Wednesday night’s ABC 7.30 program [aired in Australia] carried allegations against Cardinal George Pell. If true, the allegations are devastating: life ruining for victims like Damian Dignan and Lyndon Monument; confronting for all citizens committed to the wellbeing of children; and earth shattering for Catholics who still have faith in their church. The ABC report Read more