Book and Film Reviews

Full of grace and truth

Alberto Melloni prefaces the Council diary of Fr Marie-Dominique Chenu OP (1895 – 1990) with a long 50 page introduction. Melloni is insightful and meticulous in this book, with lengthy footnotes overshadowing the primary text.

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Faulkner, bishop of the people

Both Archbishops Len Faulkner and Frank Carroll became bishops in 1967 in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council. Although they did not attend the Council, both were very much immersed in the Council’s spirit in the important years of its implementation.

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Friendship and trauma: a haunting past in an anxious now

This is a superb literary work, beautifully written, perceptive and reflective. Be warned it is a devastatingly sad book, unfortunately far too true.

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A religious woman of the world

Having spent many hours listening to Campion’s Veech-like historical tales in classes at St. Patrick’s College Manly, I am not surprised to find this delightful little biography full of stories every bit as entertaining.

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The increasing popularity of ‘faith films’

In the last decade there has been an increase in what are called ‘faith-films’. Commentators say that this has been the influence of the extraordinary commercial success of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ in 2004.

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