The Catholic Church in Australia

Tom Roberts has an excellent article on the Australian Catholic Church in the current issue of the National Catholic Reporter. He goes back through the developments of the last century.  In the first half of the century, when Archbishop Mannix was head of the Church there, the Catholic Church in Australia had a clear, common culture, which had to do with standing together in the fight against poverty and oppression. Mannix, who in his own way was very far-seeing, put great energy into setting up a Catholic school system.  

International Network of Reform Movements

As a result of a meeting of reform groups in Austria last October, which was attended by Sean McDonagh and myself, I became part of a network of reform groups.  We have a skype conference every six weeks or so, and we plan to organise another gathering in about a year’s time, hopefully in Ireland.  Currently the group is made up of Helmut Schuller from Austria, Markus Heil from Switzerland, Klaus Kemper from Germany, Deborah Milavec from the United States (representing the network of reform groups there) and Ian McGinnity from Australia.

Talk in Ballinasloe

On Wednesday evening last, March 12th I gave one of my talks on Church reform at Gullane’s Hotel, Ballinasloe.  It was organised by John Molloy, and he did an excellent job.  The crowd was far larger than I expected.  There must have been well over one hundred people there. Two things that struck me about them in particular.  Firstly, they seemed to me to be very well up in the affairs of Church.  

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