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Timely gift for the Church

THE BREATH OF THE SPIRIT IN THE CHURCH: THE SENSUS FIDELIUM AND CANON LAWBy Anthony Ekpo; St Paul Publications; 2014; $24.95  Reviewed by Bishop James Foley of Cairns AT first a disclaimer: I am not a trained canon lawyer but I have been a diocesan bishop for almost 23 years. So I found the Rev Dr Anthony Ekpo’s study The ... Read More »

Goodbye, Father Green

By Clare Burns FATHER Emmanuel Green had many names. Big Ray (Raymond) to his family, Big One to Louise his long-time carer, Father Green or Father Emmanuel to the parish of St Clare’s, Box Hill North, where I first met him nearly 30 years ago, Cha Green to his Vietnamese friends but to many he was simply known as Father. ... Read More »

Attend unto reading

TOWARDS the close of last year The Catholic Leader published a review of Brother Brian Grenier’s book Attend Unto Reading. The review was such that I determined to look into this publication further – maybe I could reduce the number of Christmas presents still to be bought.  On perusal of Br Grenier’s book where the review stated sales were available ... Read More »

‘Wake up the world’

This is a pastoral letter prepared by the Australian Catholic Bishopsí Commission for Church Ministry to celebrate the 2015 Year of Consecrated Life. “I have called you by your name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1) EACH of our brothers and sisters in the consecrated life, recalls a word, an event, a priest or religious who inspired them; something as simple as ... Read More »

The Lord works in mysterious ways

By Ted Richardson A FEW weeks ago, a seafarer was medevacked off a ship. He was diagnosed with the late stages of leukaemia. His outcome is uncertain. A shipping company brought his wife, Divine, out from the Philippines to help build his spirits. Our pastoral care team has spent a great deal of time working with Divine and her husband ... Read More »

Inspired to peace prayer

AMERICAN SNIPER: Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Ben Reed, Luke Grimes, Elise Robertson. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Rated MA15+ (Strong themes and violence). 132 minutes By Pat Cannard RECENTLY I viewed the film American Sniper and promptly went out and bought the book written by Chris Kyle, a United States Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, Land teams) from 1999-2009 ... Read More »

‘Wake up the world’, celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life

consecrated life

This is a pastoral letter prepared by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Church Ministry to celebrate the 2015 Year of Consecrated Life.  “I have called you by your name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1) EACH of our brothers and sisters in the consecrated life, recalls a word, an event, a priest or religious who inspired them; something as simple as ... Read More »

Appreciating being Catholic today

WE have had many letters from committed Catholics in The Catholic Leader in recent weeks questioning the nature of the current state of Church life. What fascinates me is that these correspondents obviously attend Mass on a regular basis and yet never seem to hear much from the pulpit to stimulate their thinking and help them get some comfort in ... Read More »

Archbishop writes on Royal Commission

archbishop mark coleridge

This is a letter from Archbishop Mark Coleridge to all the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Brisbane on a report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The letter was released on February 19. IN early December 2013, I wrote to you concerning the then upcoming Royal Commission public hearing which was ... Read More »

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