From the
NCP Chairman

I write to you from my new parish after completing my sabbatical in Chicago. I returned to Australia and took up this new appointment on Christmas Eve. I was hoping to begin in January and have a little time for re-entry into the busyness of parish ministry but this was not to be.

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Letters to the Editor

To bind or to loose?

When we read the texts Matthew 16/18, Matthew 18/18, and John 20/23 we generally apply them to the Sacrament of Penance. But the article by Fr Patrick J Flanagan, Whose sins you shall retain, in The Swag, Autumn 2013, would have us look more closely at the translations and the historical develop¬ment of the application of the texts. Intriguing reading!

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