02 Mar 2018

Post-Royal Commission service of Prayer and Forgiveness and Reparation, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney

POST-ROYAL COMMISSION SERVICE OF PRAYER OF FORGIVENESS AND REPARATION FOR ALL PEOPLE AFFECTED BY ABUSE WITHIN THE CHURCH St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney Introduction Welcome to tonight’s service marking the end of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It has been a gruelling time for everyone concerned. For the Commissioners, those who […]

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22 Feb 2018

Ordination of Most Rev. Brian Mascord, WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong

The ‘Chair of Saint Peter’ was given to Pope John VIII in the year 875 by the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles the Bald. It is the putative seat of the first Bishop of Rome. Though it is the cathedra of St Peter’s Basilica, it is rather difficult to sit in, as it was enclosed in a baroque gilded casing by Bernini, raised high …

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18 Feb 2018

1st Sunday in Lent (Rite of Election), St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney

Were today not a Sunday it would be the feast day of Blessed Fra Angelico, a Dominican painter on whose feast day I took my vows, and the Patron Saint of Artists. After his fresco of The Baptism of Christ in his cycle for the friars’ cells in the Dominican Priory of San Marco in Florence, comes The Temptation of Christ …

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15 Feb 2018

The Challenges of the Times, St. Bernadette’s Parish, Carlton

THE CHALLENGES OF THE TIMES St. Bernadette’s Parish, Carlton When my predecessor Sir Norman Thomas Cardinal Gilroy returned from one of the sessions of the Second Vatican Council, he was asked by a breathless reporter what he thought was the greatest challenged faced by the Church and society today. No doubt he was expected to […]

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08 Feb 2018

The Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney

When most people in a country like Australia hear the word ‘slavery’ they think of Africans brought across the sea to work the cotton plantations of America. But since the abolition of slavery in the British colonies in 1833, in the French colonies in 1848, and in the United States with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, most people would think slavery a …

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08 Feb 2018

Statement on Sydney Archdiocese response to Modern Slavery, Cathedral House, Sydney

STATEMENT ON THE RESPONSE OF THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY TO MODERN SLAVERY Cathedral House, Sydney, 8 February 2018 I would like to begin by acknowledging the efforts of the Archdiocesan Anti-Slavery Taskforce, especially John McCarthy QC and Katherine Moloney, who have worked tirelessly to complete the report you have received today. This report details […]

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