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QUEENSLAND - ORTHODOX CATHOLICITY FIGHTS BACK

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Here we see the geographical distribution of the Catholic Dioceses of Queensland.


When it comes to Catholic demographics, geographical size is almost in inverse proportion to demographic size.


The population of the State is estimated at 4,550,000, Catholics represent approx. 25% of that number, say 1, 137,500.However the aggregation of each of the Dioceses claimed population is considerably below that figure, perhaps due to different dates of compilation , which are not made clear.


However, Brisbane is of course far and away larger than all the others put together, somewhere in the vicinity of 750,000 people In order of size the other Dioceses in  seem to be Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Cairns and Townsville( the last named does not appear to publish a Catholic population figure - this may have something to do with the oft discussed possibility of its being absorbed into Cairns Diocese.


The recent  retirement and replacement of Archbishop Bathersby in Brisbane, now under the firm hand of Archb…

WHAT WAS SHE DOING OUT AT THAT HOUR?

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The Samaritan woman came to the well alone . There was no other village woman there. But that is not the custom! The women of a village gathered at the well around the same time each day, sure, to get water - but also to gather gossip and news to share companionship. So, why did she come when she knew no other woman would be there?


Here we get thirst clue as to her moral situation: she wanted to avoid humiliation ! She was shunned by the other women of the neighbourhood because of her immoral life! But we notice here, something about Jesus. We know He is God and knows everything, as the Gospels show so often. But unlike the women of the neighbourhood, He chooses to rest at the Well because she will come there at that time. The "Hound of Heaven"is pursuing her, for the salvation of her immortal soul!


The Gospels tell us that He was tired from His long journey to the Samaritan town. He was tired in the effort to come and meet her. St.Ambrose notes that Jesus is also continually …

RECENT EVENTS RECALL SOME VERSE

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Yes, it is a great joy when we find a verse that is appropriate to our purpose!  When events reminded us of the devastation caused by the false spirit of the Council, we recalled an equally devastating verse deriding its agents , which we had to share with you :


You will find the Battle Hymn of the Republic melody is appropriate -


"Trendy theology will lead you all to Hell -
  Its opposed to Revelation and the Truth it cannot tell,
  And brainy boys in seminaries fall underneath its spell,
  And can't tell what's right from wrong.


  Glory, glory we can't reach you!
  Glory, glory we can't teach you!
  Don't be definite, we beseech you!
  Let clear confusion reign!


  Interpreting the Holy Writ, we had the fun of Cork  :
  They say He got up from the dead, but that's just idle talk:
  'Twas made up by "community"to make the tourists gawk-
   His bones are still in Palestine!


   Now Catholics, all be ready, there's a job ahead of you,
   Re-educating trend…

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRIESTLY ORDINATION

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Last Friday was the 50th Anniversary of the Priestly Ordination  of Bishop David Louis Walker of Broken Bay. On that day, in 1962 -the 21st of July - few except some of his fellow Seminarians would have guessed how he would develop.


His Lordship will reach the mandatory retirement age of 75 on 13th November, 2013 - which the computer tells the large number interested , is only 476 days away.


We sincerely pray for His Lordship's spiritual welfare, on the occasion of his Anniversary.

"...YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT I TOLD YOU."JOHN 16:4

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If you have ever descended into the depths of the Comments on Newspaper Blogs, or ABC Blogs, you will understand the vicious , soul-destroying , hatred directed at Catholicism,The Holy Father, Cardinal Pell,the Priesthood, and Catholics in general which lurks in parts of our community ; mindless,irrational , blind hatred dripping from every word ! It is a shock to encounter it for the first time, saddening to stumble upon it on further occasions.

Why is it so? The essential cause, is the fact that the Catholic Church and her Founder Jesus Christ are a reproach to many aspects of the haters' lives because, as Our Lord said : "...you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." By following Christ we Catholics and the Church speak out against Abortion, Contraception, Euthanasia, Homosexuality and its agenda, Pornography , and so one can readily see the spreading numbers of hedonistic self-indulgers that coalesce to hate us.

We…

STRAWS IN THE WIND REVIEWED : DEUTSCHLAND

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On 24th January this year we posted:

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METHODIST ON ANGLICANS AND AN ANGLICAN ON CALVINISTS THERE MUST BE ROOM FOR HUMOUR

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Here we present for your gentle amusement some verses, the first are quoted by Frank Sheed in one of his now out of print books,entitled "The Church and I "( published in 1974). I found the book rather unpleasant in tone in parts, but could not resist this, by an English Methodist in 1923 casting a baleful eye on Anglicans after a sly opening shot at Catholics:

(sung to the tune of O God Our Help In Ages Past)

"The Pope who is infallible
          And seldom goes far wrong
Has always taught that time is short
          Eternity is long.

And in the East the Patriarchs
           Are singing this same song
That time's comparatively short
            Eternity quite long.

And Lambeth thinks there is a sense
            In which 'tis not too strong
To say that time to us seems short
             Eternity seems long.

But some there are who tremble lest
             The march of modern thought
May some day prove that time is long
              Eternity is short."


But, we must be ec…

MUSIC AND THE LITURGY -"catholic" IS NOT ENOUGH

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We have previously drawn your attention to the always pertinent writings of Father Shelton in the United States. Recently he drew attention to a core issue relating to music and the Liturgy :


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"Would You Rather Sing at Mass, or Hear Gregorian Chant?" via Father Shelton by Father Shelton on 7/9/12
Yes, those of you who love the Roman liturgical tradition will be right in noting that this is a strange question, but it is one which I saw posted on the U.S. Bishops' official news service (CNS)Facebook page last year, and one which I think many Catholics of the Latin Church might ask. Let's take a closer look at the question.
First, we should know that Gregorian chant is a means of singing sacred texts, especially Biblical ones, in a manner that facilitates meditation (it slows down liturgical proclamation), increases audibility (as opposed to shouting a recited text), 'plucks the strings' of our emotions (rather than just engaging our intellects), and does so w…

YOUR FATHER IS A LIAR PART II

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 Now was the acceptable and necessary time.




"I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."


How we marvel at the beauty, the glorious beauty of these words!Revelation!!


But there remained in the crowd proud Pharisees, hearts and minds shut firm against the Truth. 


"You are bearing witness to yourself; your testimony is not true!"


They challenged Truth Himself! Now the drama will unfold !


Jesus responds : 


"Even if I do bear witness to Myself, My testimony is true, for I know whence I have come, and whither I am going, but you do not know whence I have come, or whither I am going. You judge according to the flesh, I judge no-one. Yet even if I do judge, My judgement is true, for it is not I alone that judge, but I and He Who sent Me."


Jesus, knows their hearts and minds, their dishonesty and hypocrisy. Now He will confront them even more clearly with the Truth and in unavoidable starkness.




"In your l…

YOUR FATHER IS A LIAR PART I

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Few passages in Sacred Scripture as dramatic and compelling as  those in Saint John's Gospel in Chapter 8.




It is a pity that it is not made more familiar , not only on account of its drama, but because it shows us Our Lord and Saviour directly and analytically confronting and absolutely condemning the Jewish leaders of the people . It is also important for the clarity of Our Divine Lord's statements  concerning the Devil - a being whom the world to-day seeks to ignore, though it is so much in his grasp!




As always, it behoves us to pay close attention when Our Lord speaks, and, when He speaks so emphatically, indeed -  vigorously - we ought to concentrate most intensely.


The Setting


From the earliest days of Our Lord's Public Life, the Scribes and the Pharisees have been drawn in hostile fashion toward this Jesus of Nazareth, who began to come to notice in backwoods Galilee. They knew this region and its less cultured people. This preacher had made a mark amongst the Galileans …

MORALITY - NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL

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THE THIRD RAPE OF AFRICA


In "modern "times , we could say that Africa has been "raped"three times: by Slavery, by colonial mining and trade, and by chequebook!


Slavery


Here we had a private enterprise Rape. It was a  market price rape. It had several elements : African Traitors to their own people, sometimes Chiefly, who sold their people cruelly and cheaply to the Traders, whose vile , inhuman ships reeking of death and human waste bore the hapless slaves in the most appalling conditions across the oceans for sale , in the Americas mostly for plantation work, or in some cases for domestic service.


Colonial Trade and Mining


In this phase we had European Kingdoms taking Colonial possessions by force , or sometimes by "offers of protection" and then acquiring cheap raw materials which were exported and sold at a handsome profit. In most cases , the Colonial Power then added insult to injury by exporting back to the Colony goods manufactured from those raw materi…

THE SHOE FITS - NEVER MIND THE SHOP!

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The following letter is from a Senior Priest of the Lefebvrists , addressed to those under his charge. It appears to address  protests by  some of his flock fearing reconciliation with the Holy See.

However, if we disregard the specifically Lefebvrist (SSPX) elements, it is a very fine letter which could equally well apply to "liberal"dissidents in the Church in its full force, and, in some aspects, to all of us. It shows the benefits in thinking ,spirituality and Catholic mentality that can accrue to the whole Church once that reconciliation is effected and the SSPX clergy are re-integrated into the whole Church free of any dissident ideas , even if by way of a Personal Prelature.

"Dear Faithful,

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. (Mt v, 13)
Salt is good as long as it preserves its strength and sharpness; it seasons meat, it gives as i…