The Value of Confidentiality

Writing for Eureka Street, Andrew Hamilton makes a very strong case for the value of confidentiality in public discourse, drawing on the various conversations that have been part of the ongoing discussion in the public domain of late. At the heart of Hamilton's argument, is the following paragraphs: Does it matter that confidentiality is infringed in … Continue reading The Value of Confidentiality

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Review: In the Beginning, There Were Stories: Thoughts about the Oral Tradition of the Bible

In the Beginning, There Were Stories: Thoughts about the Oral Tradition of the Bible by William J. Bausch My rating: 3 of 5 stars The basic principle espoused in this book is a simple one - the Bible is not first and foremost a written text that must be used and analysed as a written … Continue reading Review: In the Beginning, There Were Stories: Thoughts about the Oral Tradition of the Bible

Homilies: 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C

My homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent (Year C) as preached during the 5.30pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:12 - 4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36. "The arrival of Advent focuses our attention on the fulfilled promise of God to send the Messiah, a promise once fulfilled … Continue reading Homilies: 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C

Homilies: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

My homily for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Year B) as preached during the 5.30pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33-37. "The Feast of Christ the King challenges our understanding of exactly what the Reign of God is meant to … Continue reading Homilies: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

An Act of Ecumenical Hospitality

Tonight, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton, once again hosted the community of the Anglican Cathedral - Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle - to help mark their Feast of Title with the celebration of Festal Evensong. This act of ecumenical hospitality was necessitated because of the running of a motor race in the inner city of Newcastle, which … Continue reading An Act of Ecumenical Hospitality

Review: Celtic Spirituality in the Australian Landscape

Celtic Spirituality in the Australian Landscape by Ray Simpson & Brent Lyons-Lee My rating: 3 of 5 stars From the back cover: This book explores the nature of Celtic Christian spirituality and why it has resonance in Australia. Ray is a citizen of Celtic lands who makes regular pilgrimage in Australia and Brent is an … Continue reading Review: Celtic Spirituality in the Australian Landscape