Posts Tagged ‘Frank Brennan SJ’

Archbishop Philip Wilson’s dead letter day Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018
Cardinal Pell

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

Australian Jesuit banned from speaking on same-sex marriage in Tasmania Comments 0

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

A modest proposal to end the cruelty in Nauru Comments 0

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 Comments 0

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
Fr Frank Brennan sj

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

Vatican won’t hand over papers to Aussie abuse commission Comments 6

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Vatican has refused a royal commission request that it hand over all information relating to child sex abuse committed by priests in Australia. The head of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, told a victims’ group he had written to the Vatican on the matter. He sought Read more

Fr Frank Brennan says asylum seekers policy won’t work Comments 0

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

An agreement has now been reached with Nauru, which is similar to the one  already concluded with Papua New Guinea – to take more asylum seekers who arrive by boat in Australia and if they are found to be genuine refugees they’ll be settled permanently in Nauru. Father Frank Brennan who is professor of law at Read more

Australian Jesuit: Church needs state intervention to resolve sex abuse crisis Comments 9

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

An Australian Jesuit priest said the Catholic Church needs state intervention to resolve the crisis surrounding sex abuse of children by priests. Fr. Frank Brennan, a noted jurist, said in a report by The Sydney Morning Herald that the ”Church cannot be left alone to get its house in order”. ”Where there is a social Read more

Greater transparency will be good for the Church Comments 0

Friday, June 1st, 2012

‘Re-imagining the Mission — A Pilgrimage of Faith’ was the title of the keynote address presented by Fr Frank Brennan on 24 May 2012 at the Sandhurst Catholic Education Conference at Catholic College Bendigo. Fr Brennan gave his personal reflections on Catholic education and social justice, Vatican II and Catholic education 50 years on, contemporary faith and “some Read more

Reconciliation in the homes of war criminals Comments 0

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

On Saturday, I was travelling around the Catholic parish of Khompong Thom in Cambodia in company with the director of UCAN News, Australian Jesuit Fr Michael Kelly, and the parish priest, Thai Jesuit Fr Jub Phoktavi . As we drove through the village of Prek Sbeuv, Jub matter-of-factly pointed to Pol Pot’s old house. It Read more

Revelations shed new light on Bill Morris dismissal Comments 0

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Some Catholics think last year’s dismissal of William Morris as Bishop of Toowoomba is just a storm in a teacup about a recalcitrant country bishop, and that it is time we all moved on. This is a serious misreading of the signs of the times. Church structures need to be reformed to be more aligned with contemporary notions of justice and due process.

Ten months on, people are left confused as to whether Morris was sacked chiefly for what he wrote in his 2006 Advent letter about women’s ordination, for what was reported by the Apostolic Visitor, Archbishop Charles Chaput, or for what was reported to Rome by those sometimes described as ‘the temple police’. Now more details have come to light showing how threadbare and confused the processes were.

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