Thursday, December 08, 2011

NEW GENERATION BISHOPS - CAN THESE MEN BE FAR BEHIND?

BISHOP'S MITRE SYMBOLISING THE TWO HORNS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS
AND THE FULLNESS OF PRIESTLY SPIRITUAL POWER
Yesterday's appointment of Father Michael Kennedy as Bishop of Armidale N.S.W. has, as we said, begun the series of appointments that must be made in the coming weeks and months.It has, we noted foreshadowed continuing generational change.


Who might fit that mould in some of the appointments to come? Consider three possibilities: 


MONSIGNOR ANTHONY RANDAZZO - RECTOR OF HOLY SPIRIT SEMINARY, BANYO
THE LONE MONSIGNOR



Monsignor Randazzo is relatively young, perhaps in his mid 30s. ( Monsignori must be at least 35 years of age and have been a Priest for at least 10 years.) He is of medium height with a marvellouly bright and outgoing personality, a sharp intelligent wit and a beautiful singing voice. His love of the Priesthood of Jesus Christ and of His Sacred Liturgy is profound and he had studied Canon Law in Rome in preparation for an intended stint in the Archdiocesan Matrimonial Tribunal .After this he was called back to Rome to serve in the small staff of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then headed by a certain Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.


Can any good come out of Brisbane we hear you ask? Plainly yes, but not so much out of Brisbane Archdiocese, as out of a loving and faithful Italian Catholic family living on the Gold Coast.


We cannot doubt that here we have a very special Priest. Joyfully charged with the graces of Holy Orders and faithful to the Magisterium, he is fully alive to the wonder and the dignity of the Sacred Liturgy. Monsignor Randazzo, Rector of the Holy Spirit Seminary, is obviously the choice of the Holy Spirit working through our Holy Father.He wasted no time in beginning to put the House in order. Within 12 months the Professorial Staff had been completely changed and the Tabernacle of the original grand Chapel had been recovered from a side chapel and enthroned in proper dignity at the centre rear of the Sanctuary! Much more that was good was set in train for the Seminarians formation.

He is the lone Monsignor in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, the last previous Monsignor was appointed in the 1950s by the late Archbishop Duhig. Monsignor Randazzo's appointment obviously originated with the Holy Father and not with the now retired Archbishop Bathersby.


Who knows what further responsibilities may await him?


FATHER PETER JOSEPH - DISTINGUISHED ACADEMIC AND PASTOR


Father Peter Joseph is a Priest of the Wagga Wagga Diocese. He a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, and has been Dean of Studies at Vianney College Seminary, that institution founded by Bishop William Brennan which was the first step in returning orthodox Catholic teaching to Seminaries in Australia. Father was later to be appointed for several years as the Secretary to the Maronite Bishop of Sydney and as a Lecturer, the spearhead of the return to Catholic orthodoxy at the Catholic Institute of Sydney.He is currently Parish Priest of suburban Flemington Parish in Sydney's West. He edited,revised, and up-dated Archbishop Michael Sheehan's classic work "Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine"which is well known around the English speaking world.

Father Joseph has a powerful mind and a direct no nonsense manner, but a ready smile and a wide circle of friends and admirers.

FATHER MARK DE BATTISTA


Father Mark De Battista is a Priest of Wollongong Diocese in N.S.W., ordained in 1995 and currently studying in Rome.For a young man , Father Mark has had a very diverse and dynamic pastoral experience.After several years of varied pastoral work in the Diocese, he was granted the opportunity to spend some four years in pastoral ministry to university students in the United States, principally in the Archdiocese of Denver during the time of the great Archbishop Chaput ( now Archbishop of Philadelphia).The organisation he worked with was FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) as its National Chaplain.


In Rome Father Mark is completing his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical  Biblical Institute. He has a most engaging manner and is a remarkably effective preacher and public speaker. His devotion to the Sacred Liturgy is exemplary.


Summary


The three young Priests are remarkable for their orthodoxy,fidelity,devotion to the Sacred Liturgy and their personal holiness. They do not hesitate to live and witness to their Priestly vocation as fully as one would hope. They each enjoy the richness of strong Catholic ethnic backgrounds , respectively Italian, Lebanese and Maltese.They each have strong personalities and are extremely well received wherever they go.


We would be blessed as Australians to have these three young Priests as Bishops to join in the reform of the Church in our Great Southern Land!


Three Mitres Please!





















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