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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…

ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE THE BATHERSBY YEARS PART XVI 2005/6 THE USUAL SUSPECTS

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2005 - 2006 Were characterised by the usual abuses by the Usual Suspects in the Archdiocese of Brisbane - all without hindrance from Archiepiscopal Authority. Even in the Cathedral, the terms of Redemptionis Sacramentum dated on the Feast of the Annunciation 2004 at Chapter IV 4.106, were - and for that matter - still are completely ignored. The Precious Blood was not, and is not, consecrated in the Chalices, but in a large Silver Jug and poured - contrary to the Instruction, subsequently into the Chalices. This is not the greatest offence imaginable - but it is a considerable arrogance.

In June 2006 Archbishop Bathersby was reported as having written to all of his Priests saying that he wished to spend his last five years in office leading up to his July 2011 Retirement, "leading the Archdiocese in prayer."

Meanwhile, His Grace's Liturgical Il Supremo for the Archdiocese, Father Tom "Two Tables" Elich, continued to have difficulty in adjusting to his post- Natio…

ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE THE BATHERSBY YEARS PARTXV 2004 IMPRIMATUR ii

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IMPRIMATUR ii
GOSPEL COMMENTARY

"It is likely, therefore, in this instance, that Jesus was using the word "repentance" to urge his brothers and sisters to abandon any thought of armed rebellion against the Romans..."

We Comment:

What planet has the writer come from? Never in the entire course of the Gospels does Our Divine Lord concern Himself with the political situation in Judea. This is as far out as the folk who would have us believe that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was "a lack of hospitality"!! 

The book Archbishop Bathersby allowed to be printed is lurching ever further away from the reality of Christ.

GOSPEL COMMENTARY

"Believing that his life's purpose was the inauguration of the Kingdom, Jesus "SUGGESTED that it was still possible for GOD'S people....."

We Comment:

Jesus is God. He does NOT "believe". He "knows". He did not "suggest", He made it clear. Why is the Author trying to systematically befog…