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EARLY RESIGNATION ACCEPTED - BISHOP BRIAN HEENAN OF ROCKHAMPTON

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"...AS SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES...."

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Last Sunday, I had several very special privileges. The first and the greatest was to attend Holy Mass and to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. Because of a later event in the City we went to the 10.30am Solemn Mass in St.Mary's Basilica, the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Sydney and Mother Church of Australia. The principal Celebrant was His Eminence Cardinal George Pell. The liturgy was celebrated, as you might expect, with great solemnity, from the steady progress of the procession from the Sacristy down the geographical eastern aisle to the main doors and then along the centre aisle to the Sanctuary. The procession was extended by about 30 Acolytes -elect who were to be instituted in the course of the Mass.They had come from various Parishes of the Archdiocese.
The music for the liturgy was mostly by Palestrina and the choir was truly magnificent as was the mighty organ.
So, here was the Archbishop of Sydney at the very centre of his Divinely established responsibilities. His…

THE GREAT REALITY

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SAINT PAUL WRITES FROM MACEDONIA II

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Once again we re-visit the works of  SAINT PAUL:




St Paul Writes from Macedonia II – First Epistle to Timothy




This is one of St Paul’s shortest Epistles. He is writing in AD 65. St James had been executed by Ananias three years earlier and in the previous year Rome had been destroyed by fire and the Emperor Nero had been persecuting the Catholics, in an endeavour to fix the blame on them. The infant Church was under external attack, but internally she was also under attack from false teachers. St Paul had left the Church in Ephesus under the care of the young man Timothy – his “beloved son in the Faith” (1 Tim. 1:2).


He recalls that when he left Timothy in charge in A.D 64 he had given him the task of correcting those propagating false teachings and useless speculations.


He humbly acknowledges his past persecution of the Church and thanks God for being given his role as Christ’s minister – “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the chief” (1 Tim. 1:15). St Paul has,…

SAINT PAUL WRITES FROM MACEDONIA

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ST.PAUL WRITES FROM MACEDONIA




We recall (FOUNDATION – Jan 2009) that there were actually four letters to the Corinthians. The first and third did not come down to us. Our first and second are actually the second and fourth.


Only six months after writing the first epistle to the Corinthians (actually St Paul’s second) from Ephesus, St Paul, now in Macedonia, is moved to write again. Our second Epistle to the Corinthians is actually his fourth.


It seems clear from this Epistle that what we know as first Corinthians and the missing third, had between them led to the correction of the abuses they addressed. But the peace was soon disturbed by some Jewish convert visitors to Corinth. They attacked not only Paul’s authority but even his personality. The power of his Divinely given mission and the defence of his personal integrity compel St Paul to meet this challenge head on for the sake of the truth and the well-being of the Church in Corinth.


The result is that we find in this letter a compel…

THERE IS SOMETHING ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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For a very long time, I have had the impression that there is a queer odour emanating from the State of South Australia, and that it certainly had no association with the odour of Sanctity. The latest Hepworth tales havef two or three clerics cavorting naked on a beach at night decades ago, and several years back , tales of witchcraft and naked nuns dancing in circles on the beach were widely published.  In 1997 the then Administrator of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral Father Shinnick,  was advocating the blessing of homosexual unions after attacking the Holy See on the subject earlier that year. ( He has been more recently Parish Priest of the Croydon Park Parish and sports an O.A.M.(Order of Australia Medal). Oddly enough the cleric named as the surviving culprit in the Hepworth allegations also sports an O.A.M. It seems they had the right political (?) connections.


That queer odour has hung about South Australia and its secular life for many years , whether it be on account of the…

HEPWORTH - NOT SO ORDINARY

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“QUI BONO?” When Cicero quoted this maxim of Cassius, he was seeking to resolve the question of guilt in a criminal case – whose was the good / advantage from the crime. In the recent media storm surrounding the allegations, made by Traditional Anglican Church Head John Hepworth, of homosexual rape decades ago, we might ask the question in regard to the allegations , almost despairingly. Who benefits? Almost no-one it seems as the affair stumbles through the media circus. No doubt in publishing the allegation in the beginning, former Catholic Priest John Hepworth hoped to ameliorate his position in the lead-up to the establishment of the Australian Ordinariate, which had been expected in February, 2012. However, he had evidently not contemplated the entry onto centre stage of the media savvy attention grabbing Senator (Its all about ME) Nick Xenophon of South Australia. As Hepworth had left the matter, the culprits were two Priests now dead and a seminarian now a Priest, still alive and …

AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS : REFORM PLEASE

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AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS
The absence of published decisive action should not prevent us recognizing that we are on the edge of the dawning of a new era in the Australian Episcopate. If we go about the continent from the North East, we find that in Cairns Bishop Foley does not turn 75 until 2023. While Bishop Michael Putney of Townsville might be eager to become Archbishop of Brisbane – this seems unlikely given that his views about the Eucharist being a “symbol” are known in Rome. Bishop Brian Heenan of Rockhampton is due to retire in 2012.Archbishop John Bathersby in BRISBANE passed 75 in late July and is awaiting the announcement of his successor. Toowoomba is vacant since the infamous Bishop Morris was deposed (see below). In NSW Lismore Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett turns 75 in December next year, but seems likely to stay in place for some time later. Bishop Luc Matthys of Armidale turned 75 in May last year but seems unlikely to be quickly replaced. In Maitland-Newcastle, the early retirement o…

WHAT DEFINES US : ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT

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At his recent installation as Archbishop of Philadelphia , Archbishop Chaput O.F.M made the following very significant point :


"But the Church is not defined by her failures.  And you and I are not defined by critics or by those who dislike us.  What we do in the coming months and years to respond to these challenges – that will define who we really are.  And in engaging that work, we need to be Catholics first.  Jesus Christ is the center of our lives, and the Church is our mother and teacher.  Everything we do should flow from that.But the Church is not defined by her failures.  And you and I are not defined by critics or by those who dislike us.  What we do in the coming months and years to respond to these challenges – that will define who we really are.  And in engaging that work, we need to be Catholics first.  Jesus Christ is the center of our lives, and the Church is our mother and teacher.  Everything we do should flow from that."
There is very much more in Archbishop…