Saturday, 10 December 2011

Fighting the good fight...


Sr Madeleine Lawrence turns 109
Photo: Andrew Sheargold

A few good news items to share.

First, thanks to Canberra Observer for this item: Mercy Sister, happy in her vocation and still recommending it to others, turns 109.

Secondly, the news that one of our bishops, viz Cardinal Pell, joined with twenty other church leaders before the ALP Conference calling on the Government to protect marriage last week.  This is the kind of ecumenism that is sensible - unsurprising however that so many erstwhile champions of ecumenism didn't sign up.

Thirdly, at last a defense of marriage from a bishop, viz new Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Peter Comensoli, that actually bases the case on the good of society. 

And another one from Apostolic Administrator of Brisbane Archdiocese, Bishop Jarrett pointing out that same-sex marriage is not a human rights issue.

Of course whether that is enough to counter-balance the contradictions and weaknesses in the case made by others, including the support for civil unions in comments by newly reappointed Bishops Conference General Secretary Fr Brian Lucas, or the outright reversal of the presumption in favour of the natural law argued by the ever unhelpful Fr Frank Brennan over at Eureka Street, is another matter.

On a not altogether unrelated note, I do love it when archeology throws light on or reinforces Scripture, disproving decades and even centuries of scepticism.  So how can I resist this item about archaeologists excavating what they think is Sodom and Gomorrah - and announcing that their demise was due to a "heat event"!  Hmm, and these days we have global warming....

3 comments:

A Canberra Observer said...

Brennan, Jesuits, well what can one say.

And I think it is just Fr Brian Lucas. I was a bit surprised at that little sortie of his. One wonders if, given he is secretary to the ACBC, whether this is indicative of the majority of that conglomeration, or if it was a folic of his own. Perhaps chafing at not receiving the call to the purple, still.

Kate said...

Thanks for that - fixed.

I imagine he checked his lines with his boss (AB Wilson) - as I've suggested previously, it is in any case absolutely consistent with what Bishop O'Kelly and others are saying.

In the UK such equivocations on the part of AB Nichols have set off a storm of protest. Here there are few who seem to care...

GOR said...

Heh, heh. I enjoyed the ‘heat event’ explanation for the supposed Sodom and Gomorrah site. Of course back then they didn’t have a ‘hockey-stick’ theory to warn them about the impending ‘Local Warming’.

Still, they did have Abraham and Lot… But then prophets were frequently ignored – then, as now…