By Chris McGillion, Geraldine Doogue
Why Catholicism in Australia has did not retain its relevance regardless of common facts of a starvation for which means, values and a renewed feel of neighborhood.
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In fact, the judgment that there was a ‘crisis of faith’ in Australia seemed to be little more than a blanket extension of a worldview that had developed in Rome under the pontificate of John Paul II and was most clearly articulated by him in his 1993 encyclical, Veritatis Splendour (The Splendour of Truth). There he had argued that all around one sees ‘contempt for human life’, not simply because of the failure of economic or political systems, but because of the corruption of the modern intellect.
Fisher, who was described by one Church source as ‘[Archbishop George] Pell’s right-hand man’, wrote that no program set up to facilitate or condone drug abuse could be ethical—let alone acceptable for a Church agency’. His article was the first sign that the decision taken by the Sisters of Charity—and, at the very least, initially not opposed in any active way by Clancy—was under serious challenge. QXD 16/6/03 11:44 AM Page 19 VISIONS, REVISIONS AND SCANDAL: A CHURCH IN CRISIS congregation [who] bear a greater responsibility to give a clear gospel witness’.
He would be then deeply ashamed,’ suggested Lucas, ‘and very, very embarrassed and then would become suitably contrite and then with a period of psychological and spiritual counselling that “problem” . . ’ But often the ‘problem’ was ‘addressed’ without the alleged offender having to confront anything more upsetting than a change of address. Complaints about Evans, for instance, first surfaced while he was teaching at St Patrick’s College in the Sydney suburb of Strathfield. Rather than confronting Evans, Church authorities moved him to Wollongong, where he subsequently became headmaster of Edmund Rice College.
A Long Way from Rome: Why the Australian Catholic Church Is in Crisis by Chris McGillion, Geraldine Doogue