Values, leadership and integrity

Christine Burke, an Australian IBVM (Loreto) sister with a background in theology, lives and teaches in Manila. Taking responsibility for life and faith is going to require searching with others to find the best way we can respond to what lies ahead of us. Reprinted with permission from La Croix International, 15 April 2019.

Reflections on the crisis in the Church

Michael Ryan, Pastor of Seattle Cathedral, St James Parish, wrote this for parishioners’ reflection after the Vatican Sex Abuse Summit in February 2019.

An Australian priest’s letters home: from seminary to mission

John Wallis, priest and founder of the Missionary Sisters of Service wrote to his parents regularly. A hundred letters were safely archived at the Wallis Centre in Hobart. They tell the priest’s story from his days at Springwood and Manly seminary to his priestly ministry and the founding of the Australian religious missionary order, the Missionary Sisters of Service. The letters are being published this year by his niece, Bernadette T Wallis, herself a Missionary Sister of Service. Dear Mother Dear Father – John Corcoran Wallis’ Letters Home 1927-1949 is published by Coventry Press, Melbourne. It will be launched in Hobart on the 19th November 2019. The article is written by Bernadette Wallis.

Denis Edwards – priest, scholar and friend

This is the eulogy for Fr Denis Edwards given on 12 March 2019 at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Adelaide by Rev James McEvoy, senior lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at ACU and a priest of the Adelaide Archdiocese. 

Clericalism from the pews

Berise Heasly PhD offers some practical suggestions for combating the limitations of clericalism in the Catholic Church as we move towards the Plenary Council.