Sunday, August 20, 2006

Inter-religious Tensions

The Papal lecture at the Meeting with Representatives of the Sciences 12 September, 2006 at Regensburg, University is dominating religious commentary and inciting anger and protest among some Islamic communities. Here are a few helpful articles I have found from local and international sources:

Pope Benedict and Islam. Pope Backlash Deals Blow to Interfaith Ties – “The enraged response to the pope's speech last week, in which he quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor who regarded teachings of Muhammad as "evil and inhuman," has dealt a stinging blow to decades of efforts by the Roman Catholic Church and others to ease tensions and open lines of communication between Muslims.”

Pope Benedict XVI and Islam – “… it is regrettable that in the midst of a well-worked out (of course) formal speech at the University of Regensburg in Germany, his old academic turf, the pope lapsed for a moment and did what we tenured folk sometimes do--and remember, the pope has lifetime tenure--we come up with an allusion that gets us in trouble, let a side point take center stage or fail to count the cost of a remark.” (Martin E. Marty, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School.)

Australia's moderate Muslims a sign of hope, Pell says
Pope’s Islamic stumble baffles the experts (Eureka Street 19-Sep-2006 By Daniel Madigan)

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Dec 2006 Update: Date: 2006-12-20
Benedict XVI's Regensburg Address Hailed
REGENSBURG, Germany, DEC. 20, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI's lecture at Regensburg has been chosen "Address of the Year" in the German language. The decision was made by the Seminar der Allgemeine Rhetorik, the renowned School of General Rhetoric of the University of Tuebingen. According to this honor, one of the most prestigious prizes in the German language, the Sept. 12 address "is magisterially constructed in its direct composition" and multileveled. The school defended the "courage and determination with which the Pope produced his address, without the disposition to please and be accommodating, which often passes as dialogue." Many news media, taking out of context a quotation of Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus, presented the address as a condemnation of Islam. The jury, however, insisted that the address was "in reality about the relationship between reason and faith and affirmation of the Christian conviction that to act according to reason corresponds to the very nature of God."

Saturday, August 05, 2006

We Are Church in Redfern

Well done Peter Lalor, journo at The Australian for his report on the Catholic Community at Redfern. The heading and byline of his item are an accurate report of what is happening in the famous parish which is associated with the late Mum Shirl and Father Ted Kennedy: John Paul's words a weapon in parish war

Lalor writes in reference to the image which has been painted by local people: (Picture: James Croucher)

Garry Griffiths, a Redfern resident for the past 48 years and one of hundreds of Aborigines who had slept for years in the presbytery with the former priest, Father Ted Kennedy, was one of the artists.

A member of the Kamilaroi mob, he painted his totems: an emu and a goanna. He helped put the tree around the former pope's words.

"We had nowhere to plant one so we painted one," Griffiths explained.

On Sunday, scores of locals turned up for the special ceremony to mark Pope John Paul II's visit 20 years earlier. "Mate, I was so proud, it was the best turn-up we've had here for a long time," Griffiths said. "Our people's faces lit up when they saw it." But Father Prindiville's face fell noticeably. It was the latest act of rebellion in Redfern's religious war.

For latest reports and responses to the incident at the Church, keep your eye on the Church Mouse blog.

On this site you will find a full report of the celebration of the reception of the Message Stick in the Church including the text of Frank Brennan's homily and blessing of the mural.

You can read another interpretation of the Redfern Community on Ephram Chifley's blog
Indigenous mural shock at Redfern parish
Priest denies Redfern church is "for the Aboriginals"