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Learning to lament this Lenten season

Learning to lament  this Lenten season

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Lenten message ON Ash Wednesday we heard the prophet’s words: “Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning” (Joel 2:12) – words which echo one of the key themes of Scripture, the theme of lament. Ancient Israel had to make sense of the blood, sweat and tears that so often marked ... Read More »

Giving correction to 10 falsehoods

Giving correction to 10 falsehoods

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge AUSTRALIAN-born Margaret Somerville is Professor of Law at McGill University in Canada and a world-renowned ethicist. In Sydney recently she said “euthanasia is not an incremental change to current end-of-life practices but a radical and massive shift in our society’s and civilisation’s foundational values”. Her words could be adapted to same-sex marriage, which is not “an ... Read More »

Ordained to be part of ‘God’s solution’

Ordained to be part of ‘God’s solution’

This is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the Mass of priestly ordination for Fr Odinaka Nwadike and Fr Paul Eloagu at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on June 29. EARLY in life they would have seemed two ordinary enough young Jewish men – one a budding businessman, the other a promising rabbinic scholar. One had been born in far-flung Galilee and ... Read More »

Understanding marriage

Understanding marriage

RECENTLY I’ve been studying up on the history of marriage – in part because of the same-sex marriage debate but also because of the Synod later this year. One thing is clear – the profile of marriage has been anything but consistent through history. Marriage has been many things down the centuries; and this warns against a static, classicist view ... Read More »

Dalai Lama welcomed as ‘witness of hope’

Dalai Lama welcomed as ‘witness of hope’

This is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s welcome to the Dalai Lama and others gathered for a multifaith service for world peace at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on June 11. EACH religion speaks of the divine in its own way. Like many others here, I am a child of the Bible, and I welcome Your Holiness to this cathedral which is a ... Read More »

The apostle of Rome

The apostle of Rome

This is a homily ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE gave at a Solemn Mass for the Brisbane Oratory in Formation on the feast of St Philip Neri at the Church of Mary Immaculate at Annerley, Brisbane, on May 26. LIKE all the saints, Filippo di Neri – or Philip Neri as we know him – doesn’t quite add up. There’s a strangeness ... Read More »

Voice of hope

Voice of hope

This is a homily ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE gave at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on May 22 to celebrate the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero which was held in San Salvador, El Salvador, the following day. ARCHBISHOP Oscar Romero was killed on the evening of March 24, 1980. He was celebrating Mass; he’d just finished the homily and ... Read More »

Preserving peace and freedom

Preserving peace and freedom

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the Anzac Day Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral. WE know what happened on this day 100 years ago at Anzac Cove.  The facts have been much reported and photographed. But what’s less clear is the meaning of the facts; that’s why we have so many different interpretations of what happened. Was it ... Read More »