08 Aug 2017

BOOK LAUNCH FOR ABOUT BIOETHICS: FAITH, SCIENE AND THE ENVIRONMENT BY NICHOLAS TONTI-FILIPPINI

Thank you for those kind words of introduction. Five years ago Nicholas Tonti-Filippini reviewed my book, Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium, for which I was very grateful. It is a pleasure, therefore, to return the favour by launching his final work, the fifth in his About Bioethics series published by Connor Court, regrettably without Nick’s physical presence with us tonight.

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08 Aug 2017

BETWEEN IDEAL AND REALITY: WHAT FUTURE FOR MARRIAGE IN AUSTRALIA? Harman Lecture, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, Melbourne

The Harman Lecture was established to honour the late Rev. Dr Francis Harman, a charming and wise canonist, ethicist and parish priest who long hoped for a session of the John Paul II Institute in Australia, celebrated its conception, but died in 2000 just before it came to birth.

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30 Jul 2017

HOMILY FOR MASS FOR 17TH SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME YEAR A

Our three parables this morning (Mt 13:44-52) compare the joy of finding the kingdom of heaven with the excitement people in Jesus’ world experienced on finding natural resources (like gold in a field), human inventions (like pearls set and retailed by merchants), or spiritual goods (like the ‘good fish’ sorted from the bad ones by the angels).

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19 Jul 2017

HOMILY FOR MASS FOR THE 135TH ANNIVERSARY OF KINCOPPAL-ROSE BAY SCHOOL OF THE SACRED HEART – St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney

In the Star Wars film Attack of the Clones, the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is confronted with a rather unusual problem: he’s lost an entire planet! He knows on reliable authority that the planet exists, but it does not show up in the Jedi Archives which are supposed to be a complete record of the whole galaxy. Perplexed, Obi-Wan takes the problem to Master Yoda, the wisest of the Jedi knights.

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15 Jul 2017

HOMILY FOR MASS OF ORDINATION OF Rev. Br. ROBERT KRISHNA O.P. TO THE PRIESTHOOD & Br. LAWRENCE BOSEKANA O.P. TO THE DIACONATE – St. Benedict’s Church, Broadway

John Donne is remembered today as a metaphysical poet, and especially for phrases such as “for whom the bell tolls” and one-liners like “Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies” and “When a man dies, [his] chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language”.

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