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"CONTRADICTIONS"? CONFUSION AND MISCHIEF : COMMENTARY ON SACRED SCRIPTURE

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COMMENTARY ON SACRED SCRIPTURE is a little like naming the Currency - it brings a lot of crazy people out of the woodwork.


But it is not only the crazies who get into difficulties. I have found that even scholars and preachers make fundamental errors, both in ill-prepared preaching and even in considered published items, because they are so caught up in technical considerations. So let us try to step back and look particularly at the New Testament texts in a general way to see if we can find some helpful guidelines for meeting the ideas of the scholars, the preachers, and the crazies.


To begin with, we quickly see that the New Testament texts are unlike any modern writing. They do not conform to any of the norms we take for granted. After all, writing has come a long way even in the last two hundred years. So if we go back 2,000 years we can expect major differences. 

Firstly we need to think "Who was writing?" Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul, for example:
a Tax Collector…

THE MIRACLE OF LOVE - SAINT PETER AND THE HOUND OF HEAVEN

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Popes are human, frail  - some more so than others.We should not be unduly dismayed.
So many people are still attracted to this Post, that we thought it appropriate to present it again to all our readers and their friends.


THE MIRACLE OF LOVE - SAINT PETER AND THE HOUND OF HEAVEN

This post had an unusual origin but I believe it will be useful, perhaps to a particular person I shall never meet.

Saint Peter is of particular importance in the long history of the Church. We know a reasonable amount about him. He came from Capharnaum where he lived with his wife and mother-in-law. He was a fisherman together with his brother Andrew, and it seems they had more than one boat , so they may have been significant among the local fishermen. Fishermen are proverbially rough and tumble folk , hardy and hard living. So it might seem surprising that Jesus chose Simon Bar-Jonah - for that was then his name, to be an Apostle.Jesus knew all about Simon of course, but Simon did not yet know that.
 Such was t…

ETERNAL GLORY AND THE DAY THAT LIVES IN INFAMY

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To quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt " Yesterday, December 7th...., a day which will live in infamy..." something remarkable happened : after 76 years, the United States navy awardd its third highest honor "For Gallantry in the face of enemy action" to Father Aloysius Schmitt Catholic Chaplain who died aboard the sinking U.S. OKLAHOMA in 1941 at Pearl Harbour.
Now read his story of Priestly self-sacrifice:THE "DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY"
A day on which we remember a heroic young Catholic Priest who gave his life acting in Persona Christi just 74 years ago today, and pray for his intercession on behalf of our present day Priests.

"Haec Dies"...This is the day, but unlike the prayer which goes on "..which the Lord has made...", this is the day, the anniversary of the day,  "which will live in infamy". For today is the 74th  Anniversary of the cowardly Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour which began the War in the Pacific.  7th…

A ROYAL COMMISSION AND THE GATES OF HELL

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This post first appeared in November, 2012, we repeat it to set the scene for some further comments as the Mid December, 2017 release of the Royal Commission's Report approaches.



The recent announcement by Australia's damaged Prime Minister Julia Gillard that a Royal Commission is to be set up to examine all sorts of institutional abuse of children from whatever source has opened the Gates of Hell and every screaming anti-Church demon has come hurtling out to attack the Catholic Church and everything about her.

Like most Australians (95% the polls tell us) I strongly support the Royal Commission. Though according to the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC known by some as the GayBC) there is growing concern that the Commission will be too inclusive. Of course, they would like to confine it to the Catholic Church, or Churches only)

And those demons found no lack of human forms to serve their purpose. The army of active abortionists, guilt-ridden aborters, active homosexuals, …

TWO ADMIRABLE "TOUGH COOKIES" : FATHER THERRY AND CARDINAL GEORGE PELL

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Readers unfamiliar with St. Benedict's Broadway, Sydney might care to also see:


Father Therry of whom His Eminence speaks with admirable candour below, was indeed a great hero of the Church by any measure. He had born the heat of the day for many years, and it is true he was not always easy to get along with. But the cause was sensitivity and volatility and never arrogance, as the following story shows.A young Priest ordained only a few years, Dr William Bernard Ullathorne  O.S.B.( 1806 -1889) was appointed Vicar General for the Colony of New South Wales and Van Dieman's Land in 1833. He had been ordained Priest in September,1831. In less than 2 years he had responsibility for the whole of Australia as it would become, but was not yet. Born in 1806, he was about 27!
He arrived in the Colony unannounced. He already knew a great deal about the personalities and difficulties of the colonial Church via the Vicar Apostolic in London and others. He was well aware of Father Therry'…