Posts in ‘Religion’

Slippery slopes of Church and State

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

One of the most frequent objections I heard to Peter Hollingworth’s appointment as Governor-General was that it was a breach of the doctrine of separation of powers. This was a nonsense argument as he was appointed in his secular persona, not as a priest, but many intelligent people made it. It was also a self-serving […]

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Freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the Bolt decision

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Those in doubt that the Andrew Bolt case is about free speech need only think about the contortions of logic necessary to dismissing the proposition that it is about free speech. On his blog, my friend Mark Bahnisch says that “free speech is not at issue here” before observing that “[f]ree speech, as the judgment […]

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The caravan moves on

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

I’ve been following the St Mary’s saga with detached interest. Having once been to a mass there I found the service powerful, but I’ve been fascinated that Peter Kennedy thought that he could stay there as a Catholic priest at the same time as he defied and criticised the church. So when Mark Bahnisch suggested […]

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Madonna and Child in the mind’s eye

Monday, April 13th, 2009

I was playing with my son and looking at Google Earth. We went from discussing how Vikings navigated the inland waterways in Russia all the way from the Baltic to the Black Sea, to Mercator projections, and twisting and turning the globe. So, low and behold, what did I find lurking under the summer Arctic […]

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Christianity as a protector of the secular society

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

That Christianity, and Judaism, demand a secular, or at least dualist society where church and state are separate, was the theme of Father Robert Sirico at the CIS’s Acton Lecture last night. (The CIS doesn’t have a transcript or speech notes up, but you can get a flavour of his speech from this op-ed in […]

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I do not like thee, Cardinal Pell

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

I do not like thee, Cardinal Pell The reason why, you know full well. And please believe the words I tell: If there were one, you’d rot in hell. Snap, snap! Time for all those leaders of the church, of all denominations, to call for the removal of this odious man. Haven’t we all heard […]

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Bring out your dead

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Here’s another reason I could never be a Roman Catholic. A press release from the World Youth Day Sydney, the religious extravaganza being staged by the Catholic Church in July this year, alerted me to the fact that Blessed Pier Georgio Frassati would be attending. The charismatic Blessed Pier Giorgio is revered for his social […]

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Ecumenical environmentalism

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Like many Aussies, I have struggled to balance my revulsion for extreme Islam’s repression of women with an open-minded acceptance of different values. That balance tilts over when I fear for my own life style, given that in this country, women driving, voting and wearing short sleeved shirts is still legal. Hilaly’s comments crossed that […]

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Better to have been silent than to apologise

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Pope Benedict’s error wasn’t to criticise Islam, it was in not being prepared to back-up his criticism. His speech is a difficult one, and I wouldn’t pretend to understand it anywhere near completely. But I understand it enough to know a few things. It is disingenuous to suggest that he was making a minor point […]

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Mohammed Cartoons – Counterpoint

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

The fact that this story surfaced 11 days ago and has yet to make the mainstream media says all you need to know about the balance of outrage in the Mohammed Cartoon controversy. In March this year a 21 year old accounts clerk in Singapore was called in for questioning under that country’s sedition laws […]

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