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The changing face of the Church in Australia

10 Mar 2011 | Michael McVeigh

The changing face of the Church in AustraliaThere is no doubt that the Catholic Church in Australia is in the middle of a period of change. Three generations have been turning their backs away from going to Mass each week. It began with the Baby Boomer generation and new ideas on individual expression and freedom that broke down older social structures. The Church attempted to move with the times after Vatican II , but the reforms were either too much, or too little, depending on who you talk to.


The future of the parish

10 Mar 2011 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The future of the parishParishes grew out of the scattered communities of the early Catholic Church, and became places of gathering and celebration for centuries afterwards. Changes in today's society may mean that the Church needs to find new ways of bringing people together, but is there a continuing role for the local parish?


God in other faiths

24 Dec 2010 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

God in other faithsReligion can be the best of things. It can also be the worst of things. It all depends on whether it is inspired by and inspires the love of God and of other people, or is inspired by fear or hatred. If religion is inspired by hatred, it destroys itself and harms people.


The Mary MacKillop story

05 Oct 2010 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The Mary MacKillop storyMary MacKillop's life does not just tell us about a brave and determined woman who has become a saint. It also says something important about Australia and the Australian Catholic Church today, and about the vision we need as Australians and Catholics.


Information through the ages

11 Aug 2010 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Information through the agesCatholics have been adapting to new technologies for more than two thousand years. We don't normally expect churches to be enthusiastic about new technology. Particularly communications technology.


The local and universal Church

04 May 2010 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The local and universal ChurchFrom its earliest times, the Church has been both intensely local and intensely universal. Being Catholic means being able to encompass both these perspectives.


Changes in liturgy

03 Mar 2010 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Changes in liturgyChange and difference in Catholic liturgy have been in the news recently. Provisions will be made for Anglican congregations and clergy who wish to join the Catholic Church. These may include the possibility of celebrating the liturgy in the distinctive form they have developed.


Sainthood

05 Oct 2009 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

SainthoodIn Australia today when we think of saints we are likely to think of Mary MacKillop. She is already called Blessed Mary MacKillop. People look forward to the day when she will be canonised a saint and will join St Clare, St Catherine of Sienna and all the other saints.


A saint in all but name

05 Oct 2009 | Michael McVeigh

A saint in all but nameThis year marked a hundred years since the death of Blessed Mary MacKillop. For many, her life and deeds already mark her as a saint. But the journey to her canonisation has been a long one.


The making of a saint

04 Oct 2009

The making of a saintAfter the death of someone who has lived a life of heroic virtue, questions often turn to whether that person should be made a saint. The canonisation process has evolved over the past 1,000 years. The steps are outlined in the Apostolic Constitution, Divinus Perfectionis Magister, which was brought into effect by Pope John Paul II in 1983. Liz Lillis provides a step-by-step guide to sainthood.


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