Showing posts from November, 2010



Pope Paul VI in General Audience in 1969 , concerning the revised liturgy: "We may notice that pious persons will be the ones most disturbed, because, having their respectable way of listening to Mass, they will feel distracted from their customary thoughts and forced to follow those of others............Not Latin, but the spoken ( vernacular)language, will be the main language of the Mass. To those who know the beauty, the power, the expressive sacrality of Latin, its replacement by the vulgar language is a great sacrifice : we lose the discourse of the Christian centuries, we become almost intruders and desecrators ( intrusi e profani) in the literary space of sacred expression, and we will thus lose a great portion of that stupendous and incomparable artistic and spiritual fact that is the Gregorian Chant. We will thus have, indeed, reason for being sad,and almost for feeling lost: with what will we replace this angelic language? It is a sacrifice of inestimable price. Th…


No change to Church teaching on condom use
Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP.

Statement by Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of Parramatta, 22 November 2010

In his forthcoming book-length interview Pope Benedict XVI re-emphasises Catholic teaching that fidelity within marriage and abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage is the only morally permissible approach to chaste living. It is also the only practicable solution to the HIV-AIDs epidemic.

The Holy Father calls on the faithful to “fight against the banalisation of sexuality” which treats sex as a mere recreational drug, and to seek instead “the humanisation of sexuality” as the expression of marital love.

Despite some misinterpretation in the international media, the Pope has not deviated from or altered in any way Catholic teaching on the intrinsic wrongness of contraception or on reserving sexual intercourse (‘the marital act’) to marriage, that is of a man and a woman.

Pastors have long recognised that in cases such as hom…





The Tiber Beckons
It has been a  little over a year since the Holy Father's surprisingly generous establishment by means of the Motu Proprio "Anglicanorum Coetibus", of special arrangements to facilitate the reception into the Catholic Church of those Anglicans who had petitioned the Holy See in large groups for admission.
The Holy Father's special arrangements- namely the provision of Ordinariates to receive them- were never going to be a "quick fix". There are in each case many and varied details to be attended to and special cases to be reviewed. But now, contrary to the expectations of the great ecumenist Bishop Michael Putney of Townsville and his Metropolitan, Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane, numerous cases around the globe are near to realisation.
No sooner had the Putney/Bathersby "spin"been put on the issue, than the Anglican Bishop of Chichester in England , Bishop John Hind, announced his intention of becoming a Catholic via the O…



Someone doesn’t realise how  the Internet spreads the word.

Extracts from article on Page one of the Catholic Leader in late October, 2009:

Pope Benedict’s announcement of a new structure to enable groups of Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church should not be seen as “any sort of step on the road to unity between the two Churches.”
Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference inter religious relations commission chair Bishop Michael Putney (Bishop of Townsville) said this was because the decision “involves a small group of people who’ve been alienated from the Anglican Church for some time.
“This is certainly not some sort of a plot to draw Anglicans into the Catholic Church”, Bishop Putney said. “It’s a small pastoral response to the needs of a group of people who want to change Churches. The decision doesn’t affect the much larger picture of ecumenism.
“Ecumenism is not concerned about getting Anglicans to become Catholics, but reach…


Serving with the Angels

“Barbarians at the Gate”- images of Attila the Hun advancing on Rome at the head of his barbarian hordes in A.D. 452 and being dissuaded by Pope Saint Leo the Great (A.D. 440-461) are conjured up by these words. They are powerful and eloquent.
1,600 Years ago, and 42 years before Attila, Rome HAD been sacked by Alaric and the Visigoth hordes he led – something that had not happened in the preceding 800 years. The overrunning and sacking of cities was not uncommon in the ancient world. But not Rome – this was the great trauma of Civilisation! “The city that had conquered the world, was itself conquered….”says Roman citizen St.Jerome As the shock waves and consequences spread around the civilized world, St. Augustine recalled seeing the weekly pay parade of the Roman soldiers from hi residence. With casual interest at first, his attention became more compelled as he noticed they became restless in their ranks and in time broke up in a disorderly fashion when the…


“The Letter speaks of deeds; Allegory to faith;

The Moral how to act; Anagogy our destiny.”

What is it all about? Catholics have long held that there are Four Senses in which Sacred Scripture can be understood: Literally and Spiritually which latter can be divided into Allegorical, Moral and Anagogical. This Catholic concern for the whole meaning of Sacred Scripture is part of the many things that separate fundamentalist organizations from the Church founded by Christ. (They are ultra literalist.)

The Catechism teaches us that the Holy Spirit has inspired and directed the human authors of Sacred Scripture, and in seeking to interpret the Scripture we must do so in the light of that same Spirit. To do so intelligently, we must take into account the culture and times of the authors, the literary genre they have adopted (e.g. historical, poetic, prophetic or apocalypse)

Vatican II also tells us that we must always consider that every part of Sacred Scripture must be considered in rela…


Could there be a more diverse group of people? The Saints the Catholic Church has elevated to the Honours of the Altar are an extraordinarily diverse group.
The young and the old, the halt and the lame, the hale and the hearty, the poor and the wealthy,workers and Kings, doorkeepers and Emperors,housewives and nuns, dashing young men and aged scholars -apart from their very real humanity, the only thing they have had in common is their heroic holiness and virtue. To-day the Church celebrates their achievement of eternal life with God in Heaven. She holds them up to us as gleaming examples of the reality that we can all, no matter what our station in life, respond successfully to the universal call to holiness.
Sadly on this same date, 1st November we look back to yesterday with its concentration  on the occult and evil, when some protestants have come to choose to  commemorate the day in 1517 when the less than saintly Martin Luther nailed his personal manifesto to the church door in…