Sunday, 18 December 2011

The good news stories....

Some seasonal cheer is much needed, and here it is:
  • now retired bishop of Armidale, Bishop Luc Matthys celebrated his golden jubilee of ordination on December 2.  Ad multos annos!
  • evidence of the upsurge in priestly vocations continues with the first priestly ordinations for Wollongong Diocese in five years scheduled to take place yesterday.  Please keep these two men in your prayers;
  • WA's The Record is back online (more or less).  You can read an explanation for its apparent online demise in the form of a comment on my earlier post on this from Associate Editor Tim Wallace here (I leave it to readers to judge its plausibility.  No doubt true as far as it goes, but whether it is comprehensive is another matter! Personally I find it begs a few interesting questions, such as just why any bishop needs a Media Secretary, let alone one about to retire...!).  However, let's hope that this marks the start of a new commitment to a vigorous and genuinely catholic presence online, given that Australia is sadly underserved in this area...


PM said...

And from the Record's sister publication from Adelaide, an article called 'Give Chant a Chance'. It may even change Cooees' opinion of female heads of liturgy offices!

Anonymous said...

RJ said:

"It is interesting that although Mr Wallace writes - and is doubtless sincere when he writes - of money being tight at The Record, with salaries being below market rates, there always seem to be room and lucre there to publish completely non-Catholic (as far as is known) contributions to The Record from persons such as Hal Colebatch who are downright contemptuous of infallible Catholic teaching, above all on economic issues.

If a Catholic periodical cannot insist on Catholic staff, then what the devil is the use of having it at all? At a time when the triple impact of financial crisis, Internet ubiquity, and sexual scandals within the Church has imperilled Catholic magazines around the world as they have seldom if ever been imperilled before (outside downright totalitarian governments), an official diocesan publication's failure to demand from its contributors the most elementary Catholic *bona fides* does not make even business – let alone moral – sense.

Clearly the problem in this case - as with Australian Catholic officialdom more widely - is not caused by one individual, so much as by an entire organisational culture which for years if not decades has scarcely known the concept of adult supervision."

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Herbert said...

Herbert said

I find the comments by RJ very strange. Infalliability refers to mattes of faith and doctrine. As one who has read Dr Colebatch's column in The Record with considerable admiration, I have found nothing offensive to faith and doctrine in it. I note Dr Colebatch has said the church needs to pay more attention to the insights of modern economists, an opinion I agree with.