New PDF release: A Long Way from Rome: Why the Australian Catholic Church Is

By Chris McGillion, Geraldine Doogue

ISBN-10: 1865089176

ISBN-13: 9781865089171

Why Catholicism in Australia has didn't keep its relevance regardless of frequent facts of a starvation for that means, values and a renewed experience of neighborhood.

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Since the Catholic Weekly is the official mouthpiece for the Archdiocese of Sydney, it is inconceivable that the editorial would have been run without at least the tacit approval of Clancy. But some within the wider Catholic community vehemently opposed the Sisters’ initiative. These included conservative lay Catholics and powerful figures in the hierarchy. Two weeks after the Catholic Weekly endorsed the decision to manage the trial, its Melbourne counterpart, Kairos, carried an article by Father Anthony Fisher, the epsicopal vicar for health care for the Melbourne Archdiocese, attacking Church involvement in the project.

At the extremes, conservative activists were delighted by the document; progressives were outraged. In April 1999, the Bishops’ Conference issued its first response to the Statement and the reaction it had generated. In a letter addressed to ‘the Catholic people of Australia’, the bishops accepted that ‘by most measurable criteria’ the Statement of Conclusions was right to argue that ‘secularisation is making great inroads in Australia [and that] this indicates a crisis of faith’. The bishops acknowledged that different understandings of the person of Jesus Christ, competing claims about the nature of the Church and the role of conscience, and disputes about the appropriateness of the Church’s moral teaching were all matters of grave concern.

The order’s decision was even given a ringing endorsement by The Catholic Weekly. In an editorial published on 8 August, the paper said of the trial: ‘For their part, the users will be recognised as what they are—victims, rather than perpetrators, of evil. Redirecting the blame for drug abuse in this manner will represent a great step forward for human dignity. ’ Since the Catholic Weekly is the official mouthpiece for the Archdiocese of Sydney, it is inconceivable that the editorial would have been run without at least the tacit approval of Clancy.

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