Category Archives: Religion

February 13

The loss of moral authority

It is interesting to note the Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, admonishing the Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier for promoting legislation decriminalising late-term abortions. Both of Queensland’s parliamentary leaders are women and both are apparently believers in Catholicism. Going for the jugular, Archbishop Coleridge said such legislation would make Queensland like Nazi Germany. More […]

February 07

A fabulous interview with Cory Bernardi

Sir, some are calling you Sinator given your crimes against the Liberal Party and humanity. How do you respond Well, Jesus too, was castigated by people who did not understand his true glory. You compare yourself to the Messiah I answer to many names. I use this title not for any personal self-aggrandisement and only […]

January 17

Grace lacking in God’s waiting room

Okay, so most of us hate performance reviews. The research is pretty conclusive. But we also say that we value regular feedback on how we are travelling at work. It’s a conundrum. But imagine if you were part of a large work group whose boss went public to denounce your collective behaviours in damning terms. […]

July 10

What religion should you be?

Bigot is not a pleasant word. Then again, it describes ugly people so, if the cap fits . . . Sadly, there are many – way, way too many – people who hold sincere religious convictions but who all too frequently behave in a manner which contradicts their espoused beliefs. That’s hypocrisy which is another […]

June 10

The mystery of faith

Why do humans feel the need to have a ‘god’ as an explanation for the universe? Yes, the cosmos is so utterly stupendous and beyond our ability to understand that a deity is a clever construct to attempt to make sense of what is unknowable to us. But why would a god, capable of creating […]

At last, a Pope for the masses

I cannot profess to be enamoured of the Catholic Church though I was raised in the faith. The reasons matter not to anyone else but they are numerous and genuine. Have to say, though, I am liking this new Pope, Francis. The rigid conservatism of Benedict VXI left me cold. As it did many others. […]

Pope Benedict not worth a prayer

Few popes in recent decades have excited as much comment as the recently retired Pope Benedict XVI. His novel departure from office – the first pope to voluntarily stand down in more than half a millennium – will see him styled as pope emeritus until his death though he will play no further part, officially, […]

Catholic Cardinal continues sex abuse

You have to wonder if the Cardinals of the Catholic Church – not to mention the Archbishops, the Bishops and the priests – live on the same planet as the rest of us. So many of them portray a sense of morality that is disturbingly warped, despite their belief and teaching that they are the […]

A leap of faith

Suicide is rarely an easy topic to discuss but it is, as they say, a fact of life so it’s pointless to pretend otherwise. The issue comes to mind because the city government where I live – Brisbane, Australia – is about to enact anti-suicide measures on a major bridge that crosses the Brisbane River […]

Wouldn’t it be nice if . . .

So, 2013 is upon us. Will it be like so many other years in which high hopes were slivered on the shards of broken dreams or will we find enough optimism in the inevitable ocean of challenges to approach each new day with vigour, light-heartedness and a commitment to leave a positive influence on those […]