ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE THE BATHERSBY YEARS V THE GATHERING STORM
As the Bathersby years rolled on the crew at South Brisbane became bolder and bolder. They had as their Priest Father Peter Kennedy an odd character who came in from his Gold Coast hinterland bush retreat, where he lived his life as he wished, and came to South Brisbane at weekends to do the Priest thing together with a blow in younger Priest of Toowoomba Diocese who at some stage had fathered an illegitimate child. He had care of the child which was supported knowingly by the “congregation”. The whole set up at South Brisbane was like a Black Hole drawing in people headed for moral destruction, offering no true hope of correction, let alone salvation.
But by the second half of 1998, the South Brisbane crew, free of any effective correction became drunk with their own wayward habits. They sponsored and promoted heavily, two outrageous events as works of the South Brisbane operation – it seems false by this stage to use the word “Parish” even though some years back, Father Kennedy had been given pastoral care of the South Brisbane Parish. The first of these events took place on Saturday 15th August, 1998- the Feast of the Assumption. The event was an Address by Dorothy McRae- McMahon who had until the end of 1997 been Director of the National Commission for Mission of the Uniting Church in Australia. In 1997 she had “come out” as a lesbian, divorcing her husband, and her account of the event obscures what happened to her four children whilst acknowledging that they are in continuing relationship with their father.
The Topic of her address was “Mission and the Church – Towards the New Millennium” The event was formally run by “Micah Inc”the Corporation set up by the South Brisbane crew to receive various Government grants to forward their ends – ensuring that the money and activities tried to avoid any Archdiocesan discipline. The event took place, scandal was given, but the course of the States’ affairs did not change.