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IT IS THE MASS THAT MATTERS - 2002 PILGRIMAGE IN BRISBANE

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"AS OFTEN AS YOU DO THIS........"

It took an encounter in a car workshop to set me on my pilgrim way.

I had been saddened and confused  by recent events. Two weeks earlier it had been announced that no public Masses were to be celebrated whilst the Diocesan clergy attended from 3rd to 7th June,2002,  a Retreat at Banyo Seminary. A truncated version of the Divine Office Morning Prayer was proposed to take the place of Daily Mass.



In a Northern Suburbs car workshop I was handed a photocopied slip of paper by a salesman who received one  from his boss, who had received one from ......It detailed "Daily Masses celebrated during the month of the Sacred Heart from 3rd June to 7th.". Poorly typed and far from being an aid from the Archdiocese to the Faithful, it was simply Christ's Faithful co-operating to get round their abandonment.

This simple slip of paper set me on a 5 day Pilgrimage around the Archdiocese.

"......YOU SHALL DO IT IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME"

Yes, I …

ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE - THE BATHERSBY YEARS 2001 CYCLONIC DEPRESSION PART IV

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BANNED IN BRISBANE


On 26th November, 2001 I received from the Administrator of the Cathedral Father Peter Dillon the following letter of confirmation :
""Dear Tony,
As I stated in our conversation on Monday morning 26 th November,I believe it is no longer appropriate for you to continue as a lector and minister of Holy Communion at St.Stephen's Cathedral, effective 27th November, 2001.
Yours sincerely,
P.Dillon
Fr, P.Dillon
Administrator
St. Stephen's Cathedral
cc Archbishop J.A.Bathersby



I allowed several days to pass before responding:

Reverend & Dear Father,

I have received your letter dated 26th November 2001 confirming in indirect language your decision to ban me from the roles of reader ( not "lector") and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist ( not "Minister of Holy Communion") after eight years of faithful service at the weekday 8.00 a.m. Mass and Sunday 10.00 a.m. Mass . You did not confirm your reasons.

For the record, your reasons…

ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE - THE BATHERSBY YEARS 2001 CYCLONIC DEPRESSION PART III

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SEMINARY
In the second half of 2001 an Apostolic Visitation of the Seminary was held. No public announcement of the results was made. Two Priest lecturers and three Nun lecturers subsequently left the Seminary, including the now notorious Elain Wainwright who was next heard of in New Zealand.
WOMENSPACE
On 16th November the Courier Mail carried as story concerning the hiring of the WOMENSPACE  property to a pro-abortion group . This took place while Sister Scully carried out her "investigation"into the Centre.Catholic pro-Life groups cried out for the Archbishop to act. The Paper was unable to contact His Grace who was on a flight to Rome.
On the same day Auxiliary Bishop John Gerry issued a Press Release.The document contained no news except to confirm that Archbishop Bathersby opposed witchcraft and abortion and is in "complete accord with the teachings of the Universal Catholic Church".He mentioned that in Rome His Grace would attend the International Anglican-Catho…

ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE - THE BATHERSBY YEARS - 2001 CYCLONIC DEPRESSION PART II

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Having followed the evolution of the witchcraft,lesbianism and Wicca Pots affair so far, let us pause a little, to see what else was happening around the Archdiocese.

On the 2nd October, 2001, I wrote to the Archbishop as follows :

"Your Grace,
                                                                         ST STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL
                                                                        ABUSE OF LITURGICAL TEXTS

Very late in 1999 the Cathedral Newsletter contained the announcement that "we"would soon introduce the NRSV translation in Cathedral Masses. I pointed out to Sister Kari ( HATHERELL) that no one in the Archdiocese, not even yourself, and not even the whole Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference, could authorise changes to the Lectionary or Sacramentary without the "recognitio"of the Holy See. I further pointed out that since 1992 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had declared the NRSV to be unsuitable for …

ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE - THE BATHERSBY YEARS 2001 CYCLONIC DEPRESSION

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     ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE – THE BATHERSBY YEARS – 2001 – CYCLONIC DEPRESSION
The poisons were hatching out.
But for the first part of the year, the consequences were not widely known.

In very late July, 2001 I wrote a piece for the Brisbane Courier Mail. It appeared in the Friday 27th July issue entitled “A RESOLUTE MAN OF HIS TIME “. It was an account of the life and personality of the late Archbishop Francis Rush and covered much the same territory as our post here entitled “Prelude to Problems” on 18th May, 2011.It was very well received except by a few of the clergy who did not like the reference to Brisbane having become a “spirit of the Council” Diocese. One other Priest wrote a letter to the Editor partly misconstruing the article and, in passing, defending Archbishop Rembert Weakland: “The implicit judgment passed on Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee that he was unorthodox was uncalled for and sad”.
 In 2002 the world would know just how unorthodox Weakland had be…

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE - THE BATHERSBY YEARS 1999- 2000 VI Pt.ii

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In February 2000 in the Archdiocesan Weekly “The Catholic Leader” the weekly LITURGY Columnist. Elizabeth Harrington (who is the “Education Officer” of the Liturgical Commission run by Father Tom Elich) wrote: “The ideal of daily Mass can be said to date from the early Middle Ages and became very important during the high Middle Ages. There are several reasons for re-thinking the ideal. Firstly there is the special relationship which exists between the Lord’s Day and the celebration of the Eucharist……..Secondly , rethinking the ideal may help us to rediscover that the Liturgy of the Hours, not the Eucharist, is in fact the official Daily Prayer of the Church. Thirdly, there may be a number of practical benefits.

Among the practical consequences of a change in this ideal, one would expect a change in Mass timetable. Mass would be scheduled at different times in the morning and in the evening. While this makes it possible for someone to go to daily Mass, it makes it much easier for a g…