06 Apr 2010

If someone was to ask what it is that we regarded as the central act of worship of our faith, what would we say? No doubt we would reply that it was the Mass, or more specifically the Eucharist. Perhaps others, in line with the new-orthodoxy, would

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06 Apr 2010

The Catholic media world is a funny little niche, full of quirky, talented individuals. This week, the Australasian Catholic Press Association is meeting in Hobart. This gathering brings together media people from Australia and New Zealand, Fiji and Hong

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06 Apr 2010

St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise: Feast Day 9th September. ‘May I speak to Joe please’, the young chirpy voice inquired confidently. ‘Joe?’ I queried, ‘I’m sorry I think you have the wrong

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06 Apr 2010

With the distraction of the federal election behind us, Catholics will turn their minds to the introduction of the New English Translation of the Mass, which, according to present indications, will not be without some controversy.   The

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06 Apr 2010

When I first heard that Mary MacKillop was born in Fitzroy I felt an immediate link: after all I barracked for Fitzroy. To my child’s mind it seemed as though the Church was giving its seal of approval to football. But of course there is more to Mary

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06 Apr 2010

It was with some amazement that I read Father Mick MacAndrew’s recent CathBlog about Channel Nine’s reality show, The Farmer Wants A Wife. It turns out Father Mick is something of a tragic for the show, and even asks friends to record the

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06 Apr 2010

Following the debate over new guidelines from the Archdiocese of Melbourne about funeral liturgies, a legitimate question is being asked. That is why we can’t we play the favourite songs of the deceased in the liturgy and remember our loved ones in

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06 Apr 2010

With a series of conceptual confusions, many inherited from his predecessors but some completely original, Stephen Hawking has revealed his stunning lack of philosophical subtlety.  His latest contribution is to challenge the validity of proofs for

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06 Apr 2010

Failure is a lonely place. Success is a communal celebration but to fail, particularly in a perceived life task, is to find oneself alone, apart in a bleak desert of the spirit. I remember as a child, witnessing my father on his knees beside his bed

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06 Apr 2010

It is an interesting coincidence that for the launch of the bishops’ annual social justice statement, I chose to stay in Kings Cross. The theme of this year’s statement, launched on Tuesday, is Violence in Australia, a message of peace. The

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06 Apr 2010

Well it's on. Perhaps the most controversial Papal visit in recent memory is set to begin tomorrow - to the United Kingdom. And isn't the legendary British press and wider media making not just a meal of it - it's a sumptuous banquet. It's not just the

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