This series is certainly garnering a lot of interest (daily web hits are increasing daily, and went over 1100 views yesterday, which is quite a bit higher than my normal hit rate), so I'd very much like to ensure that I present as accurate a picture as possible on what is currently happening in the Australian Church.
Thank you to contributors so far...
First, a thank you to the couple of people who have provided me with some concrete material and links, it is extremely helpful, and will appear in one form or another soon.
And also a thank you to those people who have commented on posts to provide additional information, corrected or challenged my take on things. I do realise that sometimes it is easier to react once you've seen something written down then to formulate it upfront!
I don't expect my take on things will always be quite right, so do feel free to debate. I'm relying on what I've heard and read about dioceses over the last few years, as well as what's available online from diocesan websites and assorted studies. In some cases I know the dioceses quite well, having visited them often, and/or having friends and relatives living there. In many others though, I'm just relying on the limited research time I can devote to this task turns up.
So I do appreciate comments, even just to tell me you think I've got it wrong. Keep them coming!
But I'd really appreciate more contributions on the dioceses I've yet to post on, both to speed up the research process, and to ensure I don't get it too wrong!
As I've signalled, I'm gradually working my way through the Australian dioceses (and thanks to the person who suggested a look at NZ - but I'm not sure I'm familiar enough with what has been happening over there, and I'm sure there are some native bloggers who could be challenged to take up the task!) to give a sense of what is happening in each of them, and what needs to happen to position the Church here to convert Australia!
I'm very interested in hearing about both the good news stories and the bad.
I'm interested in hearing about what you see as the strategy your bishop has adopted, and whether or not you think it is working.
And please do point me to specific webpages you think I should look at - you can assume I'll look at the diocesan website, but it is extremely helpful to be told what to look out for, or alerted to other related sites and articles (eg for TLM communities, monasteries, particular parishes, etc)!
In particular, please do email me about things like:
- the great parishes in your diocese, and what makes them great;
- key initiatives that you think are important, such as Adoration, bi-ritual parishes, monasteries attracting vocations, etc;
- priests who you think would make good bishops!;
- the size and activities of your TLM community;
- the problems! I'm not normally going into detail on particular cases of liturgical abuses etc, but if there are widespread problems that you think exist in a particular diocese, I do need concrete examples so I can get a falvour of what the nature of the problem is.
And by way of a PS, please don't forget I'm also looking to update my list of priests who have said the EF - those who have generously responded to the laity's desire for the EF especially deserve our prayers!