Letters to the Editor

An Open Letter to the Australian Bishops

The findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia concerning the Catholic Church are not only horrific but deflating. Grass roots trust in the capacity for leadership of Catholic Bishops is seriously undermined. And our pride in being a Catholic diminished. The findings of the Royal Commission are discombobulating, […]

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Pagola’s Jesus inspires

In The Swag of Autumn 2017, Michael Whelan reviewed Jose Pagola’s remarkable book “Jesus: An Historical Approximation”. When I first read it in 2010, I was struck by the humility of the author, by the narrative genre he had chosen, and by Margaret Wilde’s brilliant translation from the Spanish. I took my time reading it, […]

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Bishop Mulkearns

Interestingly, The Swag choose a fresh-faced photo of young Ron before the toll of his 26 years in office. The Swag also gave generous space to guys I admire for their ‘character witness’ statements on behalf of the late bishop Ronald Mulkearns by Michael Morwood, Pat Flanagan, Paul Bird and Michael Costigan.  As usual the […]

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Thankyou sent to NCP Chairman

I want to congratulate you on the Autumn edition of The Swag, especially your Chairman’s message which quietly raises issues – and some great things priests are doing.

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Making the liturgy of the Word live

One of the bishops’ requirements in the Constitution on the Liturgy of Vatican II, was that the reformed liturgies become enculturated. Once the bishops had gone home, of course, the Roman Curia remained determined to keep everything ‘as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.’

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Reflection in Sunday Eucharist

This letter is prompted by a recent experience at a Sunday Eucharist and a growing love of the Sunday Eucharist. Our parish priest, whom I admire for his faithful dedication to us and to the Church he loves recently preached a wonderful homily on God’s love for us, searching for words to describe this wonderful […]

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Consistently Catholic Confraternities

Your last issue implies that the Confraternities of Catholic Clergy are inconsistent in supporting both the dubia regarding Amoris Laètitia, and the Magisterium of Benedict XVI and St John Paul II. There would be inconsistency if ‘man lived on every word which comes from the mouth of the Pope’.

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