There are people whose outrageous writings from within the body of the Church seem to scream : " Look how far from the Truth I am! I'm just out of control! Stop me ....Please!"

Such a one is Elizabeth Harrington who rejoices in the title of "Education Officer Liturgy Brisbane" and is a long time protege of the Director of Liturgy Brisbane. For many years now this poor lady has written the column " Liturgy Lines" in the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Brisbane " The Catholic Leader". Over the years the Paper has had a chequered history largely on the " wrong side of the tracks" from the point of view of orthodoxy. But for several years now,and particularly under its present Editor, it has largely clawed its way back.

Elizabeth Harrington has always been one of the leading acts in its display of errant opinion. Nevertheless, in the days of Archbishop Bathersby, whilst his Grace would privately write that he had corrected her, he would not publicly correct even the worst errors the protege had published.(See the detailed post of 26 May, 2011 including background and correspondence here:;postID=4743536785098760691;onPublishedMenu=template;onClosedMenu=template;postNum=373;src=postname

Her Protector's wrath was not braved by that Mitred head.


A new head supports the Mitre of the Archbishop of Brisbane- that of Archbishop Mark Coleridge, who has proceeded with vigour and strict orthodoxy since his arrival in the Archdiocese.And he has not hesitated to ruffle a few false " spirit of the Council" feathers in the process. In the lead up to His Grace's appointment, and since, Elizabeth Harrington had somewhat moderated her tone. No doubt she and her Protector wanted to see the new lie of the land.The Protector has, it seems, gained approval for a re-arrangement of his presently rather fine Parish Church , but on the other hand he no longer has a role as Liturgy Lecturer at Australian Catholic University. 

To-day, whatever about that, Elizabeth Harrington is back to her muddle-headed worst. Not that it is confusion behind her effort. Both she and her Protector have consistently charted a course over many years of almost Protestant desire to diminish the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. At the same time she has demonstrated almost Primary School ignorance of matters Theological and Liturgical. Indeed I heard her on one occasion offer as a "Prayer" the prefatory phrases of a Blessing and utter an" Amen "when leading a group, not realising that she had not made a prayer and that given the particular text, there was nothing in the prayer sense, about which "So may it be" (Amen) might be said!

In " The Catholic Leader" published to-day, Elizabeth Harrington addresses the subject of the Feast of Corpus Christi. One wonders if this is intended as a deliberate try-on with Archbishop Coleridge along the lines: 
" Do you dare correct me or dismiss me?"

Elizabeth Harrington " Education Officer"- but no laughing matter.

Here she is, in her own words: 

" Celebrating the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ challenges us to recapture the true meaning of the feast - that we are the Body of Christ."

No dear lady, that is not " the true meaning of the feast" nor is it any part of the teaching and Doctrine of the Catholic Church to set up the equation you allege. For we are the " Mystical Body of Christ"as Lumen Gentium 7 states.

Let us be precise:

Catechism of the Catholic Church :
"1324 The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life."134+ "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch."135

1325 "The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit."136#

+ Lumen Gentium 11
* Eucharisticum Mysterium 5
# Presbyterorum Ordinis 6

1373 "Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us," is present in many ways to his Church:195@1 in his word, in his Church's prayer, "where two or three are gathered in my name,"196@2 in the poor, the sick, and the imprisoned,197@3 in the sacraments of which he is the author, in the sacrifice of the Mass, and in the person of the minister. But "he is present . . . most especially in the Eucharistic species."198@4

1374 The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend."199@5 In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained."200@6 "This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present."201@7

@1 Rom. 8:34 cf. Lumen Gentium 48
@2 Mt. 18: 20
@3 Cf. Mt. 25: 31 -46
@4 Sacrosanctum Consilium 7
@5 St.Thomas Aquinas Summa Th. III 73,3c
@6 Council of Trent ( 1551) DS 1651
@7 Paul VI Mysterium Fidei 39

We need also to consider the Catechism on the subject of the " Mystical Body":

"788 When his visible presence was taken from them, Jesus did not leave his disciples orphans. He promised to remain with them until the end of time; he sent them his Spirit.218*1 As a result communion with Jesus has become, in a way, more intense: "By communicating his Spirit, Christ mystically constitutes as his body those brothers of his who are called together from every nation."219*2
789 The comparison of the Church with the body casts light on the intimate bond between Christ and his Church. Not only is she gathered around him; she is united in him, in his body. Three aspects of the Church as the Body of Christ are to be more specifically noted: the unity of all her members with each other as a result of their union with Christ; Christ as head of the Body; and the Church as bride of Christ.
"One Body"
790 Believers who respond to God's word and become members of Christ's Body, become intimately united with him: "In that body the life of Christ is communicated to those who believe, and who, through the sacraments, are united in a hidden and real way to Christ in his Passion and glorification."220*3 This is especially true of Baptism, which unites us to Christ's death and Resurrection, and the Eucharist, by which "really sharing in the body of the Lord, . . . we are taken up into communion with him and with one another."221*4
791 The body's unity does not do away with the diversity of its members: "In the building up of Christ's Body there is engaged a diversity of members and functions. There is only one Spirit who, according to his own richness and the needs of the ministries, gives his different gifts for the welfare of the Church."222*5 The unity of the Mystical Body produces and stimulates charity among the faithful: "From this it follows that if one member suffers anything, all the members suffer with him, and if one member is honored, all the members together rejoice."223*6 Finally, the unity of the Mystical Body triumphs over all human divisions: "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."224*7
"Christ is the Head of this Body"
792 Christ "is the head of the body, the Church."225*8 He is the principle of creation and redemption. Raised to the Father's glory, "in everything he (is) preeminent,"226*9 especially in the Church, through whom he extends his reign over all things.

*1 Cf. Jn. 14:18, 20:22, Mt.28:20, Acts 2:33
*2 Lumen Gentium 7
*3      "             "        "
*4      "             "        ", Rom. 6: 4-5, 1 Cor. 12:13
*5      "             "        " #3
*6      "             "        "   "  Cf. 1 Cor 12: 26
*7 Gal. 3: 27-28
*8 Col. I: 18
*9    "    "    "


The essence of Elizabeth Harrington's error lies in confusing the Real Physical Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and the real though Mystical presence of Christ in the Church.She equates the two and that is false as the above formal teaching shows.

Once this truth is grasped, it does not take long to realise that the underlying intention of this piece is to undermine the pre-eminent devotion the Church has, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit,and logic, accorded Christ's Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament for very many centuries.Indeed this is consistent with her career approach to the body of Catholic religious practice. And it comes from her false" spirit of the Council"convictions overall.


This piece is a clear challenge to Archbishop Coleridge and his ability to confront and permanently deal with this sad lady and her Protector. 

The fact that she is a laughing stock around the Country, should not allow it to pass uncorrected.Nor should the " correction" merely be private a la Abp. Bathersby ( see above link). No - a public error in the Archdiocesan paper - requires a public correction .And an examination of the poor lady's accumulated history of like errors warrants ,  more than warrants, her retirement and replacement by someone of authentic Catholic understanding and sympathy.

We need to pray for Archbishop Coleridge and for that matter, for Elizabeth Harrington and her Protector to different ends. 


The Loon said…
Liturgy Lines is clearly a joke, having no concern for liturgical traditions or rubrics or CDW and Papal decrees, and even publishing errors. How then is it allowed to continue?

Discouraging kneeling (which is in the rubrics) as if throughout history there have been mass tripping overs.

Saying Communion on the tongue is unhygienic while later telling all to receive from the Chalice.

On Good Friday (crucifixion/passion) telling people that the adoration (worship) of the Cross should involve a blank cross (idolatry, unless a relic of the true cross is used). All four recent Popes have used a Crucifix.

And even worse, they said that pro multis (for many) flatly contradicts Church teaching that Christ died for all. If something contradicts Church teaching then it is heresy. So ergo the English and even Latin original post Vat II (and even pre vat II) Missal contains heresy. But it’s merely quoting the Bible, and the Bible is merely quoting Jesus. So using their logic, Jesus taught heresy! He flatly contradicted the teaching of the one and only Church he instituted.

And these are but a few examples. Thank you for your enlightening blog.

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