Cultural hegemony probably wasn’t the first thing most people thought of when they heard about the dismissal of Cardinal Pell’s appeal. But we’ve got to think about it now.
Last week I rang my local NSW State member of the Legislative Assembly to leave a message. Since he had been reported in local media as being committed to voting against a proposed abortion bill, I wanted to thank him and urge him to stay strong amidst the inevitable attacks that would assail his resolve.
Recently, I heard a priest addressing a large audience composed almost entirely of priests on the topic of the sacrament of Penance. He began his presentation, saying, ‘Sin is our (priests’) business.’
‘Our job,’ to lightly paraphrase, ‘is to reconcile sinners to God.’
A friend once made a pilgrimage to Ars in France, home of the fabled Curé d’Ars, St John Mary Vianney.
What fascinated me at the time, as a young adult, wasn’t so much his priestly ministry, which was impressive enough
The first priest I ever knew was Fr John Scarborough. He had already left deep impressions prior to this meeting. At this time he was on the verge of retirement and, though a towering figure, at least to me, he was always ready with a warm laugh, forever smiling, and the truest of gentle men.