Monday, June 26, 2006
In the midst of joy, we are in grief at the death of an outstanding worker in the vineyard of ecumenism, Fr Peter Cross. Fr Cross died on Saturday night at 9:50pm. He is a great loss to the Ecumenical Movement around the world, particularly in Anglican Catholic relationships as a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) and most recently in the preparation of the joint statement “Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ” . Rest in Peace, Peter.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Well today, June 26th is the 50th anniversary of the death of a national treasure who is slowly being reclaimed as one of Australia'a most interesting Monsignori, John Hawes.
The life of this truly remarkable man has inspired me for many years.I first came across him in a set of his writings published in the now defunct Capuchin Annual. He also featured in a BBC production screened in the early 1970s which seems impossible to trace now.
Known as the Hermit of Cat Island, Hawes has left the Australian community a legacy in architecture and spirituality that we have yet to explore and discover. I invite you to celebrate this anniversary by taking some time to learn about and promote the life of this man of God who died as a Franciscan tertiary,Fra Jerome.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Due to a hectic schedule rumoured to include family plannng advice to Nicole Kidman, the Cardinal missed out on an opportunity to lead the Brisbane Pride March on June 17. However, in his absence a group of attractive young men from a similar organisation rallied to the cause. Although they lacked the Cardinal's dress sense, they matched his literary output with a series of home made encyclicals for the day.They also demonstated their amazing vocal range which rivaled any cheer squad at an AFL finals series.
Like much of the good Cardinal's writings, the young evangelists stirred a bit of interest and public debate for a few moments until real life caught up with the rest of us who had come along to celebrate the 17th Annual Pride March in Brisbane.
I have published a set of the images of the day and will be posting off the link to the Cardinal in case he wants to include any in future publications of his Council. I'm sure he'll love the family shots and the images of the fervant young protesters, one of whom has trouble spelling Sodom.Perhaps there is a distance course in Biblical terms close to home for this young man..
Another great event during this month of celebrations included a public meeting with Justice Michael Kirby. Congratulations to the Metropolitan Community Church, one of the sponsoring bodies of the evening.I don't think Cardinal Trujillo nor the young evangelists have ever been to a service at MCC.However for many people who identify among sexual minorities, this is a community of faith where they hear the Gospel proclaimed and experience the life of a Christian community.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Now this boy should not be confused with the many other holy Anthonys who have front row seats in the celestial realm:
St. Anthony / Anthony / St. Anthony the Abbot / Bl. Anthony Baldinucci / St. Anthony Dainan
/ St. Anthony Daniel / Bl. Anthony della Chiesa / Bl. Anthony Fantosat / Bl. Anthony Francisco / St. Anthony the Hermit / St. Anthony Ishida / St. Anthony Kauleas / Bl. Anthony Kimura / Bl. Anthony Kiun / Bl. Anthony Manzi / St. Anthony Mary Claret / St. Anthony Mary Gianelli / St. Anthony Mary Pucci / St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria
/ Bl. Anthony Middleton /St. Anthony Nam-Quynh / Bl. Anthony Neyrot / Bl. Anthony of Korea / St. Anthony of Saxony /Bl. Anthony of St. Bonaventure / Bl. Anthony of Tuy / St. Anthony Pechersky / St. Anthony Peter Dich / St. Anthony Primaldi / Bl. Anthony Sanga / Bl. Anthony Turner / Bl. Anthony Vom
My "Anthony" is a one of Catholicism's pin-up boys. He is patron for a number of inter-spatial chores including: against shipwrecks, against starvation, against starving, American Indians, amputees,
animals, asses, barrenness, boatmen, Brazil, domestic animals, elderly people, expectant mothers, faith in the Blessed Sacrament, fishermen, harvests, horses, lost articles, lower animals, mail, mariners, oppressed people, paupers, poor people, Portugal, pregnant women, sailors, seekers of lost articles, shipwrecks, starvation, starving people, sterility, swineherds, Tigua Indians, travel hostesses, travellers, watermen In his spare time he poses for thousand of popular images and statues that adorn churches homes and religious houses.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Dr William Cavanaugh was educated in theology and religion at Notre Dame, Cambridge and Duke Universities. His dissertation for his PhD at Duke “Torture and Eucharist in Pinochet’s Chile” drew on his experiences living in Chile in the 1980s and was developed into the highly-acclaimed book “Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics and the Body of Christ,” which reflects on the Church, the Eucharist and politics within the context of the Pinochet regime. A well known writer on theology, the church and politics, his other books include “Theopolitical Imagination: Discovering the Liturgy as a Political Act in an Age of Global Consumerism” and “The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology” edited with Peter Scott.
Now, there's a story behind the picture of Bill Cavanaugh. Most of the images used in the PR for his tour show a pretty slick looking "all American" lad. How ever, I found this one on a site that is headed The Church and the Liberal Tradition. It includes links to a number of Cavanaugh's essays and the following item:
Cardinal Pell and the Theology of the Nation State: "What is happening in the relationship between church and state when Christians, who struggle to define their place in the secular, pluralist nation state, suddenly find one of their number a recipient of the nation's top honour precisely because of his Christian leadership?" - Radio discussion w. Cardinal George Pell, Margaret Coffey, William Cavanaugh.[transcript] Sunday 26 June 2005.
View one of his articles (PDF 31kB) Enough is Enough.
Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ (Blackwell, 1998), William T. Cavanaugh describes the situation of the Catholic Church in Chile under the Pinochet regime, 1973-1990.
Violence, Religion, and the State” William Cavanaugh Draft only – not for citation
Now for those who got past the preferred definition of Church in the first paragraph and are still a little perplexed, I suggest you drop in on the Lake Woebegone Effect