Monday, 2 January 2012

News of the day....

Cath News is on holiday at the moment, so I thought I'd try and highlight a few key items - do let me know of anything you think may be of interest.

Today's feast/saints: Holy Name of Jesus (EF)/SS Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzen, bishops and doctors of the Church (OF)
International news
  • In the US the Pope has appointed a former Episcopalian bishop Fr Jeffrey Steenson to head up the newly established US Ordinariate.  You can find the decree establishing the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter here. Please pray in support of these former episcopalians entering the Church (and for those that don't seem to have made it yet here in Oz!);
  • Nigeria has declared a state of emergency in several regions following the Christmas Day attacks by an Islamic sect on several churches that killed at least 49 Mass goers;
Australia
  • Former Coalition Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has a piece in the Advertiser today on the struggle to practise the Christian faith around the world, and our Christian heritage from an Anglican perspective.
Islam in Oz

  • A Pakistani in Australia since July 2010 whose visa was cancelled before Christmas denies he is a security threat to Australia.  But the Herlad Sun points to his facebook page linking to a known terrorist and reports that he is being questioned by security officials "about phone calls made to Pakistan, NATO attacks, his movements and why he was in the country".
Heresy watch
  • US National Catholic Reporter chooses a theologian, Sr Elizabeth Johnson, whose work was condemned by the US bishops as their 'person of the year'!
Christmas messages

Many of our bishops put out or recorded Christmas messages.  I'll start putting them up (or links thereto). 

Today, do enjoy Cardinal Pell's take - while I don't normally agree with his position on climate change, here he (implicitly) takes a few pot shots at ex-priest Paul Collins' nutty eco-spirituality arguments and offers a rather helpful perspective on what is really important, viz getting to heaven.

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