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Australia's Catholic Bishops

I. Their Duty To All Australians

Almighty God made all men, not just Catholics and he set up his Church as the means of salvation for all. more

II. A Philosophical Problem

Australia's Catholic Bishops fail consistently to deal with attacks of faith and morals. Why? Because they are infected with the spirit of the age. What is the source of that 'spirit'? Modern philosophy. How does it affect Catholics? Through a heresy called Modernism. more

III. Naivety in the Church of Christ

On 1st April 2004 Cardinal Pell allowed a Muslim cleric to preach in Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral in the name of world peace to a gathering of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and non-believers. Three insults were given Almighty God at this gathering: the Church He instituted was denied; the Cross, the instrument of our salvation was denied; and the Eucharist, the Sacrament of our salvation was denied. more

IV. George Cardinal Pell

There are problems with the orthodoxy of Sydney's Cardinal Pell. In 1998 he denied that Christ was physically present in the Eucharist and asserted that Sacred Scripture contains errors and misunderstandings. His comments more recently provide no ground for hope that he may have resiled from those views. more

V. Canberra-Goulburn's Archbishop Carroll

Archbishop Francis Carroll sought to replace Sunday Mass throughout his Archdiocese on 16th May 2004 and its vigil with 'lay led liturgies and communion services.  He thought a local 'Synod' justified this suspension of the Church's law of compulsory attendance for Catholics at Sunday Mass.  His action flew in the face of what Pope John Paul II had said to him and his fellow Australian bishops on 26th March 2004 during their ad limina visit to Rome. It contradicted the Church's norms confirmed in Redemptionis Sacramentum, an Instruction on matters to be observed in regard to the Eucharist, issued on 25th March 2004. Rome was not impressed. more

VI. Catholic Education & Moral Matters

There are deep seated problems with Australia's Catholic bishops over their responsibilities as shepherds and teachers of the Catholic faithful in respect of two fundamental matters -- Catholic education and morality. They fail comprehensively when it comes to standing up in public for Catholic principle. more

VII. The Bishops & Catholics who vote 'Labor'

Because of its policy on abortion, no Catholic with a properly instructed conscience, could vote for the ALP. more

VIII. ABORTION––What the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference should say, but won't

Recently the Australian Catholic bishops issued a media release entitled "Catholic Bishops propose abortion alternatives". One might say of this statement what one of Spike Milligan's characters in the Goon Show once said: "It was the least we could do. A quantity we specialise in." If you want to see what the ACBC should say, and do, on abortion read this. more

IX. CONTRACEPTION––What the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference should say, but won't

If our bishops were truly Catholic they would stand up publicly for Catholic principle on the issue of contraception.  They would set forth for all Australian people - not just Catholics - what the principles are and what they may, and may not, licitly do.  The bishops would not persist, as they have for more than 30 years, in the poisonous attitude of remaining silent when bound, by the oaths of office they have taken, to uphold true moral teaching. more

X. IVF––What the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference should say, but won't

IVF is the inevitable result of the entrenching in society of the contraceptive mentality. Australia's Catholic bishops have remained silent on contraception. Consistently with this failure, they have failed to condemn IVF. What statement should they now make in an endeavour to redress their failures and to redeem themselves?" more

XI. Australia's Bishops & 'Climate Change'

On 19th November last the newspapers reported the issue of a landmark 'position paper' by Australia's Catholic bishops on 'climate change'. Its effect, according to one journalist, was that Australia's Catholics were as morally bound to combat the loss of biodiveristy now as they were to protect the rights of the unborn child. The 'position paper' adopts a philosophy which is not that of the Catholic Church. While it quotes Pope John Paul, it fails to do justice to his teaching that at the heart of the environmental problem is the problem of human immorality, particularly, the loss of respect for life. Moreover, contrary to the impression conveyed, more than a quarter of Australia's bishops did NOT endorse the 'position paper'. more

XII. Bishop Robinson's Heresy

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, former auxiliary bishop of Sydney, has formalised his lapse into heresy in a book, "Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church".  The book is likely to cause the loss of faith of many. The Church's faithful would be well advised not to dismiss it lightly. more

XIII. Journalist Greg Sheridan & Australia's Bishops

On 7th April, 2016, yet another Catholic public figure, Greg Sheridan, in The Australian newspaper, publicly rejected the stand of Christ's Church on marriage as he lent support to the secular mood for 'same-sex' marriage.   The poor example given by Australia’s bishops may go some way to excusing his public lapse from adherence to Catholic principle.  more