art2
23 May 2013
art2

Artist John Paul, gouache and pastel, 120cm x 120cm, New Norcia Monastery art gallery --- What defines art? This is a philosophical question that has focussed many an argument in recent decades. If great art can be defined as art that makes a difference to

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3101blogfdr-l
23 May 2013
3101blogfdr-l

These are difficult times: fiscal cliffs; gun control; sexual abuse; oppressive dictators; global warming; financial crises; the rise of secularism; potential nuclear threats; approaches to asylum seekers. And that is to name just a few. It appears that, at

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0102blog-l
23 May 2013
0102blog-l

We all know those weeks when we’ve had a bit of buffeting – work oversights, personal misunderstandings, family squabbles; the usual smooth sailing has become a briefly turbulent voyage and extra spiritual ballast is needed, writes Ann

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0502blog-l
23 May 2013
0502blog-l

I have been thinking a lot about the four Cardinal Virtues for two reasons. The first relates to the current flurry of activity and discussion surrounding the Royal Commission into sex abuse and the range of recent commentary about how various Catholic Church

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23 May 2013
0128-jom-l

BY STEFAN GIGACZ An excellent blog post at America magazine by Vatican II historian, John W. O'Malley warns against "ten sure-fire ways to mix up the teachings of (the Council)": It is not easy to interpret any great event, so it is not surprising that today

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23 May 2013
0204-da-l

BY STEFAN GIGACZ Parramatta diocesan pastoral planning officer and CathNews blogger Daniel Ang has decided to branch out with his own blog Time of the Church, the title inspired by the work of French theologians Yves Congar and Henri de Lubac. In a recent

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23 May 2013

I am indebted to a recent article by George Weigel, from the Ethics and Public Policy Centre in USA, for stimulating me to write this Blog. In that article, George provides one answer to a claim made by the late Cardinal Martini, that the ‘Church is 200

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sacrament2
23 May 2013
sacrament2

We are often tempted to associate secular culture with a crass materialism, and think that what the culture propagates is the idea that matters of the spirit are irrelevant to human flourishing and that matters of the body are the only things of importance,

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0802blog-l
23 May 2013
0802blog-l

I learnt a lot about tribal narrowness from Des Tuddenham.  His name may not mean a great deal outside of a Victoria of the early ‘60s.  But, for those chosen at birth to life-long allegiances, Des was blessed with a VFL (now AFL)-fuelled

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doyle2
23 May 2013
doyle2

Before the age of Catholic magazines as I have known them for 40 years vanishes altogether into a blizzard of bells and digits, and Catholic periodicals assume their future form as shining holograms arising not unlike angels from your computer screen, let us

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lynch2
23 May 2013
lynch2

It’s our second summer in an area of Melbourne where the bushfire rating is described as extreme. Last summer, we were at the honeymoon stage of moving house. All very exciting - unpacking boxes, meeting the neighbours, sourcing services and exploring

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