St Vincent’s Church, Redfern
St Patricks, Church Hill, Sydney
The one subtle bequest of the colonizer to posterity is the myth. The myth, the enslaving myth that is a very special sort of downright lie. It is like a pernicious virus that pervades the human psyche. In the Aboriginal world it is invasive, the instrument which allows the original Invasion to occur afresh every day.
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The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference Statement on the Distribution of Wealth in Australia has been nearly five years in the making. When it was begun, Rupert Murdoch was embracing Catholicism. Alan Bond was walking tall within its fold. The really poor Australian Catholics felt uncomfortable in the church. Pat Dodson, the one and only Aboriginal Catholic priest, had not long withdrawn from the priesthood, finding church authorities too abrasive on Aboriginal culture.
It is not insignificant that this statement is now being published by Collins-Dove, a company recently acquired by Rupert Murdoch.
The “Universal Church” was and still is seething … Continue reading
A letter written by Fr Ted Kennedy circa late 1975 to the ArchbBishop of Sydney, outlining his vision of the St Vincent’s community. Kindly provided by his sister, Marnie Kennedy.