Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Greeting 2017




Welcome to the season of Easter. Yes,it runs much longer than tomorrow's public holiday and the end of Easter specials on offer.
Thanks to joy filled Christianity there are 50 days for the greetings, the chocolate, the hot cross buns, and the 'Alleluia" refrain that will echo with hope in worshipping communities.
As we Christians complete our Easter celebrations on June 4th we will join our sisters and brothers of Islam who will commence their holy season of Ramadam on May 27 .
Truly this is a season of new life, peace among peoples and universal hope for the future of our planet, May this time of renewal and peace find a home in our hearts.


The tee-shirt I wore to services on Good Friday and for the Easter Vigil. Alongside the First eoples image of the cross is the sticker placed on each of us who attended the Lamentations at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Dormition of Our Lady, Mt Gravatt The Easter spirit is captured in the burst of light across the top of the tee.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Catholics Called to Stop Adani

Stop Adani

The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane have called on Catholics to join the movement to stop the develoment of the Adani Coal mine in Queensland.

In his landmark encyclical of 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the need to phase out the use of fossil fuels in the world economy to respond to the climate crisis:
 
Many of those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms, simply making efforts to reduce some of the negative impacts of climate change. However, many of these symptoms indicate that such effects will continue to worsen if we continue with current models of production and consumption. There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy. Worldwide there is minimal access to clean and renewable energy… (No. 26)
 
Right now, one of the world’s largest coal mines is on the verge of being constructed in Queensland.  The Adani project will ship tens of millions of tonnes of coal annually when in full production.  A coalition of environmental and community groups is campaigning to stop the Adani project.  The Commission encourages Catholics to join these efforts.  To find out more information on the Adani project and what you can do to stop this project, go to: 
www.stopadani.com/


The Commission stands in solidarity with the Wangan Jagalingou people and is pleased that the legislation re The Native Title Bill  has not been passed.


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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Open Letter to the Bishops of Australia


Catholics for Renewal has drafted the following letter in consultation with many Catholics strongly committed to the teachings of Jesus and their Church. People of the Church, including our bishops, have been distressed by the increasing failings of our Church, particularly in the context of the evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Australian Catholics are invited to consider and sign below the Open Letter to the Bishops of Australia.The Open Letter provides an opportunity, consistent with the Church’s Code of Canon Law, for the faithful - lay people, religious, priests, all members of the Church - to seek renewal of the Church. The Open Letter may be signed online BELOW, or via download hard copy HERE or say after Sunday Mass.