Friday, 2 May 2008

Cardinal Levada in Brisbane

Cardinal Levada, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith has been visiting Brisbane for the opening of the new seminary there.

My first thought was to wonder if Brisbane actually had any seminarians but apparently they do. Five recruited from Africa. And three more for the whole of Queensland:,25197,23571515-32682,00.html

Just to remind Australian readers (and for the benefit of any non-Australians who have found there way here), Queensland has a total population of around 4.2m people, a quarter of whom are catholics. It covers an area of 1,852,642 km2, making it Australia's second largest State geographically. It spans four dioceses, which between them have a total of around 400 religious and diocesan priests (a number that is rapidly falling) based on the last available stats from the catholic hierarchy site.

So we need to pray hard for vocations for Queensland (and Australia in general).

The Cardinal's visit has received surprisingly little coverage, and absolutely nothing of substance on what he had to say:

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