Cardinal Pell

Guilty.  That was the verdict given to Cardinal George Pell in regard to instances of child sexual abuse with which he was charged.  It is a terrible outcome.  The evidence must have been compelling, and though he will appeal, it would seem the guilty verdict was justified. This verdict not only impacts Cardinal Pell’s reputation but that of the Roman Catholic church and all churches. (more…)

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March 6, 2019 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Australia Day 2019

We have just celebrated Australia Day 2019.  In Sydney it began with an Aboriginal smoking ceremony at Barangaroo near the Harbour Bridge.  In other places there were protest marches.  For indigenous people Australia Day is referred to as invasion day or survival day.  Many people do not even know 26 January is the day Captain Cook sailed into Sydney in 1770 and claimed Australia for Britain. (more…)

January 31, 2019 at 6:34 am Leave a comment

Vice

I saw the movie ‘Vice’ about Vice-President Dick Cheney.  It was an impressive and disturbing movie.  Impressive because of its insight into the influence of the man and the way it was done which included some clever humour.  Disturbing in that the outcome of his influence affects the way US democracy functions today and the greater executive power the President is able to use. (more…)

January 10, 2019 at 5:09 pm Leave a comment

Peacemaking Conference Statement

I participated in a Peace Conference in Perth, WA on 10-11 November at St George’s Anglican Cathedral.  I had the privilege of preaching at the Cathedral on Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November.  The Conference organisers have produced a Peacemaking Conferenece Statement that sums up the various concerns that were expressed by the different speakers and seminar leaders at the conference.  It calls on the Austalian Government to take a number of actions that would enhance peace and are readily achievable.  (more…)

December 4, 2018 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

The War to End War

On 11 November 2018, Remembrance Day, we will commemorate 100 years since the end of WWI.  It was called “the war to end war,” a phrase coined by H. G. Wells.  The First World War was a terrible war that Europe tragically engaged in not realising what it would mean.  Other nations, such as Australia, were drawn in as well. At first people thought it would soon be over.  The reality was that both sides called upon their people to support the war effort in a way that went beyond any previous war.  Trench warfare meant soldiers confronted each other for extended time.  Casualties were high.  Have we learned anything from the suffering?  I will be one of the speakers at a Peace Conference in Perth on 10-11 November. (more…)

November 2, 2018 at 9:08 am Leave a comment

A Culture of Greed

The Royal Commission into financial institutions has exposed the way in which banks and insurance companies have for years been focused on maximizing profits and benefits to employees rather than serve the people.  The federal government was reluctant to have a Royal Commission believing it was not required.  Fortunately, the Royal Commission has come about and what it has revealed is startling.  Financial institutions have a culture of greed rather than service. (more…)

October 1, 2018 at 8:16 am Leave a comment

What kind of Leaders do we want?

Most people found the change in the Australian Prime Minister to be an unimpressive sequence of events.  I will retrace what happened then speak about what we really want from our leaders.  There are certain qualities that I believe we would like to see in our leaders. (more…)

September 3, 2018 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

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