As this year closes with news of those who are no longer with us I share the sad tidings of the death this evening of Bishop Geoffrey Robinson.
We met twice on my faith pilgrimage. More than ten years ago he came to Brisbane to listen and speak to survivors of abuse in religious institutions. We later met briefly at a social gathering and exchanged memories of that meeting.
Bishop Geoffrey Robinson was a voice of challenge and true Gospel spirituality among clerics obsessed with protecting the Church rather than cleansing the Temple.
As Geoffrey faced his final journey I was saddened to note that not one of my friends in social media who are his fellow Bishops posted request for prayers. At least one of his peers, retired Bishop Peter Ingham was with him as he breathed his last.
Rest in peace good and faithful servant. We will carry your legacy of confronting power and sex in the Catholic Church to reclaim the spirit of Jesus.
My 2006 image of Bishop Geoffrey Robinson with Karyn Walsh of