Book and Film Reviews

Text and context reveals Matthew’s ecological value

Habitat, Human, and Holy : An Eco-Rhetorical Reading of the Gospel of Matthew,  Elaine M. Wainwright, Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd,  2016. Reviewed by Pat Kennedy OSU. Elaine Wainwright is professor of Theology in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland, N.Z. She speaks of herself as being a feminist theologian, working within an […]

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Moonlight: A meditation on manhood and sexuality

Michael Mullins invites us into the mood of the film, Moonlight, the winner of best picture at this year’s Academy Awards. It addresses marginalisation on many levels. Recently I got to see the movie Moonlight, and found that it gripped me from the beginning and was as easy to like as I was expecting.It’s the […]

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Resurrecting Pyrmont Catholic community

50 Years on Pyrmont Peninsula:  The Catholic Community of Saint Bede, C F Fowler,   Adelaide:  ATF Theology, 2017. Reviewed by Edmund Campion. Parishes across Australia are getting their histories written to mark their centenary or sesquicentenary. St Bede’s, Pyrmont, is the smallest parish in Sydney; to celebrate its sesquicentenary it has now published the […]

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Crimes of the father

Susanna Gorman, Sydney Catholic, reviews a disturbing novel about sexual abuse in the church. Crimes of the Father, Tom Kenneally, Random House, 2016. Tom Kenneally’s Crimes of the Father is disturbingly well written for the subject matter. Kenneally’s skill as a story-teller propels the reader even as it invites discomfort in its examination of something […]

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Clash of cultures: Westernised colonial Christianity and Chinese culture

Guns and Gospel: Imperialism and Evangelism in China, Ambrose Mong, Cambridge, UK: James Clarke, 2016. Review by Trish Madigan OP. In China in recent times there has been a tussle between the Vatican and the Chinese government over who should have the final say on episcopal appointments. Whatever the final outcome of diplomatic initiatives on […]

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A practical guide to the New Testament

Alan Eugene Hogan, Enjoy the Good News: A New Testament Guide, ATF Theology, Adelaide (PO Box 504, Hindmarsh SA 5007), 2016. This review is by Dr Michael Costigan, an Adjunct Professor of Australian Catholic University, attached to its Theology and Philosophy Faculty. When a former judge and law lecturer writes about Sacred Scripture, with its […]

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New Catholic Worship Book

Dr Paul Taylor, Executive Secretary of the Bishops Commission for Liturgy, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) offers an appreciation of the history and content of the new Catholic hymnal for Australia. Catholic Worship Book II – A new liturgical music resource for Catholic Parishes and Communities in Australia. Morning Star Publishing, April 2016. Parishes around […]

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