The Rhythm of Being: The Gifford Lecture Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010. pp. 413 This is the final work of Catalan-Indian inter-religious scholar Raimon Panikkar (1918–2010). It represents the fruit of nine decades of life and reflection on the

more

more view

Vast amounts of state aid, and governments imposing endless regulations, are not the way to solve global poverty. Rather it will be done through trade, private enterprise and helping populations in poor countries to contribute to their own prosperity. This

more

more view
belief2

A three-year international research project, directed by two academics at the University of Oxford, finds that humans have natural tendencies to believe in gods and an afterlife, Health Canal reports. The $2.7 million project involved 57 researchers who

more

more view
dore2

John 14:1-14 ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare

more

more view
resurrect2

I often reflect on the criticism that some Christians are “so heavenly-minded they are no earthly good”. This is a caricature with an element of truth in it, writes Fr Noel Connolly on the St Columbans Mission Society website. It is the criticism

more

more view

Christopher West was a respected expert on Catholic sexual ethics until 2009, when in a TV interview he compared John Paul II to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner - both were reacting against a negative puritanical view of sexuality and the human body, said

more

more view
study2

The sweeping new report on the clergy sex abuse scandal compares the Roman Catholic Church to police departments, with similar hierarchies, oral authority and isolated working environments, reports NCR. And because the church, like the police, has

more

more view
camden2

A modest week, led by warm educational response to the Budget, a stand against the anti-chaplaincy push and a new young artist in Sydney's west. Push for form of sharia law in Australia (Australian) Warrnambool schools to defy anti-chaplaincy push

more

more view
holy2

Big themes dominated the agenda. The Swiss voted to not to lift euthanasia restrictions, UK bishops considered reinstating holy days, a Scottish bishop condemned an attack on Catholic schools, and the Pope met the new Arab league secretary. Swiss say no to

more

more view
0521-obit-l

David Cairns, who has died aged 44 from acute pancreatitis, was a Scottish Labour MP who was sacked from his ministerial job in 2008 after declining to express confidence in Gordon Brown's leadership. According to The Guardian's obituary, this was widely

more

more view

The Good Book: a secular Bible, A.C. Grayling, Bloomsbury, $49.99A year or two ago some supporters of prominent atheist Richard Dawkins arranged for London buses to carry the slogan: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." This

more

more view

Blogger Bill Tammeus looks at the clergy sex abuse scandals in light of the recent US public TV series on forgiveness and its associated book Forgiveness: A Time to Love, a Time to Hate.Tammeus is a retired reporter and editorial page columnist for The Kansas

more

more view
kathleen2

Cancer survivor Kathleen Evans at the chapel in Kensington erected by Mary MacKillop and opened in 1876. Photo: Stephen Gray --- In a 1997 Commodore station-wagon, towing a 33-year-old caravan, sit Kathleen and Barry Evans travelling south from New South

more

more view
sheep2

John 10:1-10 ‘Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him,

more

more view
mother2

For many years, I've had a bias against Mothers' Day. I'm not against the concept, it's a private grudge. My own mother died 40 years ago and my ignoring of the celebration has been payback to the universe for that perceived injustice. But time heals and

more

more view

Jesuit Father Patxi Álvarez de los Mozos, secretary of social justice and ecology for the Society of Jesus, explains the intertwined nature of working for social justice with a connection to ecological issues during this video interview he recently

more

more view
bang2

  Fr Georges Lemaitre, originator of the Big Bang theory, pictured with Albert Einstein --- At a recent debate, broadcast worldwide by the BBC, over 87 per cent of the audience rejected the notion that the Catholic Church is a force for good in the

more

more view
naplan2

The agenda has been dominated by education news: a push to take NAPLAN tests national, the teacher bonus plan and Qld gives money to kindergartens. In the Northern Territory, a stroke victim has had a miracle survival. Push to take national tests

more

more view
madonna2

A week full of conflict: Filipino bishops clashed with the President over contraception, An Egyptian bishop called for quicker police response to violence, in Mexico a Catholic poet has held the government to account over the drug war bloodshed. In

more

more view
0514-obit-l

Leo Steinberg, one of the most brilliant and original art historians of his generation, has died aged 90. His best-known work was about the sexuality of Christ in Renaissance art, and he also wrote a book about da Vinci's Last

more

more view

Mass on Demand

home-video-thumbnail

From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

home-video-thumbnail-nobttn

Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

more

Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

view