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A tale of two Catholicisms – Uganda and Australia

Vincent Jewell, Parish Priest of Belmont, Victoria explores the radical shifts required in the church through the eyes of two very different cultures.

I was ordained a priest in 1990, a product of the purportedly lax liberal relativism of the times. My seminary training had a world affirming not world denying direction to it. Inclusivity was privileged over exclusivity along with a sense that Christ was already presently present, saving the world ahead of our meagre contribution. Our job as priests was to help discern and point towards that saving presence rather than having to reinvent the wheel of the paschal mystery in all its entirety.

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