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MEANWHILE....1,000 KMS TO THE NORTH ......WITH US ON TAPE

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 10th March 2011.


WITH US ON TAPE


Brisbane’s soon to retire (July 2011) Archbishop John Bathersby is not seen as often in his Cathedral as most Archbishops are seen in their Cathedrals. But this practice is taken to weird lengths on the occasion of the delivery of most of his Pastoral Letters.


This was again the case on Sunday 6th March when the Archbishop’s Lenten Pastoral Letter – after a suitable Guitar lead-in and an announcer’s introduction, came once again over the Cathedral’s PA system read by His Grace. The effect is quite odd. The Ambo is empty, the Cathedra is vacant (perilously located under the impressive organ Pipes and casing which dominate the Sanctuary, as if it were a Town Hall). On…

" UNLESS A MAN....."

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 28th March 2014. 



"UNLESS A MAN......."
We saw in our last post that the ONLY way to gain an authentic personal relationship with Our Divine Lord Jesus Christ, is to be a member of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church He founded. To be authentic, our relationship with Jesus Christ must be founded on the basis He determined, and be nourished by the means He provided.
Indeed, God's very purpose in crashing through from Eternity into time was to achieve the Salvation of Man through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of His Divine Son. It was this Divine Son, Jesus Christ, Whose project for continuing His Salvific work on Earth, after His Ascension, is the Catholic Church - the very …

A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST

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Technical problems with Google indexing have made it desirable to re-post all of our material. I hope you will find interest in reflecting with me, on the history of the Church over the centuries and during the life of the Blog which began on 14th December 2009. This post first appeared on 18th January 2014. 

Wehear a great deal these days from Protestant Fundamentalists about the need to establish a " personal relationship with Jesus Christ " - sounds like a great idea - sounds reasonable.

But Catholics have been there in reality for 2,000 years.

It occurred to me most forcefully at Holy Mass this morning and at Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following Holy Mass. Could we have a more personal relationship with Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ than to belong faithfully to the one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church He founded and guaranteed to remain with until the end of time?




Could we have a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ than to enjoy the 7 Sacraments He l…

THE POLICE AND YOUR RELIGION

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Recent events may show us what can happen when people don't like your religion. This report, posted on the Internet by Freemasons VICTORIA shows just how open VICTORIA POLICE Masons have been about their influence in that force. A former Grand Master has been Deputy Police Commissioner! What if they are not so open about how that influence is used ? Freemasonry in Victoria was reported by "The Age" Newspaper in 2014 to have 11,700 Members, whereas just after World War II it had around 100,000 Members. The all male organisation is classically regarded as fostering the career development of its members in Politics, the Professions, the Law and Commerce. It is notable for its historic animosity to the Catholic Church. One can only wonder.....  "A Freemason for 27 years, police officer Bro. Gary Jenkins was installed in the Chair of King Solomon at Elrona Lodge No. 384 on Tuesday 16 August during a special ceremony. The installation, conducted by former Victorian Assistant…

ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE THE BATHERSBY YEARS CHECKING OUR BEARINGS

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We have now reached the end of our consideration of the Episcopate of John Alexius Bathersby as Metropolitan Archbishop of Brisbane. One of our distinguished and exceptionally accomplished readers has asked, in effect why we are writing this project?

Well, in essence, the project is an accident. I have lived through the entire Bathersby Episcopacy, on brief occasions at the inner edges of the action , sometimes as an employee of the Archdiocese, sometimes as a target of  Archiepiscopal ire, more often as a perhaps well-informed observer, but always as a Catholic interested in the good of Christ's Church in Brisbane and far beyond. As I am approaching a major change in my life, a new phase, it occurred to me that His Grace was also approaching a final phase in his priestly and episcopal life and that it ought to be worthwhile to consider the record.

 This is doubly so because the story of what has happened in the Archdiocese of Brisbane has been the story of the Australian Church, in…

ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE THE BATHERSBY YEARS PART XIX NOW! FROM HIS OWN MOUTH.

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It has become mandatory in recent years for every major Newspaper to publish a weekend Magazine in colour, and the Brisbane COURIER MAIL is no exception with its "Q WEEKEND". Last Saturday the Magazine appeared with its Cover Portrait and 6 Page lead article being devoted to Archbishop John A. Bathersby who is due to submit his resignation, upon reaching 75 years of age on 26th July, this year. Just a tad over 4 weeks away.

OBJECT OF RIDICULE

The formal portrait used on the cover is remarkable for its glum character. It is hard to imagine anyone sitting for a portrait, allowing themselves to be photographed with such an expression on their face. One can only assume that it has been extracted from a rapid burst of sequential shots and caught His Grace's face in transition between expressions. If so, it was a mischievous choice on the part of the Editor to use it, since it only provokes ridicule.I will NOT use it here.
However, if the Magazine felt the need to do a demolition…

ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE THE BATHERSBY YEARS PART XVIII THE SICK MAN OF THE AUSTRALIAN CHURCH ii

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ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE THE BATHERSBY YEARS PART XVII THE SICK MAN OF THE AUSTRALIAN CHURCH

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In modern History, Turkey toward the end of Ottoman rule, was referred to as the "Sick Man of Europe" There is little doubt, that as the Episcopate of several of her Bishops drew toward their routine end, and another sought to avoid being deposed, Queensland was "the sick man" of the Church in Australia.





But a visitor from Rome, following closely on the heels of an Apostolic Visitator to troubled Toowoomba Diocese, received scant attention in the Mass Media. Yet he was a true heavyweight - Cardinal William Levada ( pronounced improbably as" LevAYda" in the best American tradition) Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

On 26th April, 2008,His Eminence Blessed and Opened the new Holy Spirit Regional Seminary, whose Campus is carved out of the Northern edge of the massive Campus of the former Pius XII Regional Seminary at Banyo, which is now the campus of Australian Catholic University in Brisbane (save for its grand Chapel which remains u…

ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE THE BATHERSBY YEARS PART XVI 2007 LOWLIGHTS

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In November 2007 Brisbane Catholic Education once again took aim at the Season of Lent this time for the Year 2008. Its annual Lenten Programme( see earlier: http://vexilla-regis.blogspot.com/2011/06/archdiocese-of-brisbane-bathersby-years_19.html) has been a regular cause of scandal and enjoys the Imprimatur of Archbishop John A. Bathersby.

If the choice of an ACU Associate Professor and a Nun ( watch out for the Ear Rings and the Technicolor Gear - and don't bother looking for the Rosary Beads) gave you some doubts about the content, you need not have worried - it's just as bad as you had expected :


Here are some extracts from the Week 1 "Scripture Reflection":


"1. Some weeks back we heard the story of Jesus' baptism - what I call his "vocational " experience.


 2. We really do not know anything about Jesus as an adult prior to this event. What led him to John? Why did he leave Nazareth at this time? As a young man growing up in a Jewish family in Naz…