Sunday, 1 September 2013

Bishop William Brennan RIP

I've been told that Bishop William Brennan, bishop-emeritus of Wagga Wagga, died yesterday, aged 75.

Bishop Brennan made a huge contribution to Australian Catholicism, and was responsible for making possible the ongoing strength of Australia's healthiest diocese, Wagga Wagga, as you can read in my previous post on the subject.

Originally ordained as a priest for Wilcannia-Forbes, he was appointed as bishop of Wagga Wagga in 1984, and retired in 2002 due to ill-health.

His incumbancy was a disastrous period for Australian Catholicism in most places, a period when secularism made major inroads in most dioceses.  Bishop Brennan in Wagga Wagga however refused to follow the party line, and Wagga Wagga's continuing strength is the result.

He insisted on the Catholic education system being actually Catholic; established a seminary that teaches solid orthodoxy; encouraged traditionally inclined religious orders; and resisted the bishops push into employment services and other such areas of service delivery on behalf of Government.  You can read a recent write up of his fight for Catholicism over at Vexilla Regis.

***And there are some nice comments on him by Cardinal Pell reported in The Australian.

****And a nice obituary on the Parramatta Diocese website.

Please pray for the repose of his soul.


1 comment:

Joshua said...

Well done thou good and faithful servant!

Behold a great high priest, who in his days propped up the temple.

If only we had had dozens of such bishops, not just one... imagine how much stronger the Church would be, and how many more souls would be saved.

Truly the house has been betrayed by those who should have guarded it...