Articles by Peter Day

The smell of sheep

Peter Day, Canberra & Goulburn priest, discusses how we can recover from clericalism and power to become the church of the poor, a gospel church. We need to have a serious conversation about the mess we’re in. One that doesn’t play the ‘man’ (bishops/clerics), but rather the ‘ball’ (church governance/culture). What we face is deep […]


The man caught committing effrontery

Early in the morning he came to one of the nation’s most popular temples, Rod Laver Arena. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The newspaper scribes and some upstanding tennis aficionados brought a man who had been caught committing effrontery.


Is western civilisation bored?

Peter Day, Bathurst priest, reflects on the problems facing the western world.  Religion. The mob. Capitalism. Fundamentalism. Bad parenting. Racism. Materialism. Youth unemployment. Poverty. Thugs. Multiculturalism. Rich vs poor … Take your pick; even add to the list, as we collectively grapple to decipher the root causes of the violence and the mental illness that […]


You are loved, you are beauty

The Church in Western countries is in decline. People have left in droves. People are staying away in droves. We are immersed in a secular, post- Christian culture in which atheism, rather than belief, is the default position.


What a wonderful world

Tell me grandpa, is the world really that bad;
are we in such a terrible mess?

Hungry children, drugs, abuse, terror; sometimes
it’s all too much, I must confess.


Sophie’s worth it

Harry Anslinger’s dream to rid the world of drugs was given legs in 1930 when he was appointed the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He was a brilliant bureaucrat with a grand vision underpinned by prohibition; a man who single-handedly turned a marginalised, underfunded Bureau into an uncompromising and powerful war machine. But he was also a zealot and racist.


Grappling with same sex marriage

There hasn’t been much gentleness or wisdom surrounding the same sex marriage debate. We tend to be led to the voices of fear that inhabit the extremes; all taken-up with alacrity by a mass media and consumer market that revels in confrontation: confrontation that is too often devoid of intellectual rigour, dispassionate reasoning, and wisdom.


The lucky country

The nature of politics these past few years, especially that practiced by the two main parties, reminds one of a bitter marriage struggle – one destined for the courts. So consumed have ‘mum’ and ‘dad’ been by their anger, by their need for revenge, and by their need to win at all costs, they’ve forgotten the ‘children’.


The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect: an Open Letter to Cardinal Pell

I understand that in the lead-up to next month’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family you and a number of your confreres are making a point or re-asserting the church’s longstanding exclusion of divorced and remarried people to communion. Your foreword to the soon to be published, The Gospel of the Family, appears to leave us with little doubt: outsiders are not welcome.


I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty

“Prayer and comfortable living are incompatible”, so said Teresa of Avila; one might tweak this a little and add: “a comfortable church cannot preach the Joy of the gospel with authority.”


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