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Diocese of Broken Bay e-Bulletin
Issue 44  |  03 February 2017
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My dear People,

Next Monday, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will commence a final intensive review of the Catholic Church in Australia. This hearing will run for three weeks, and will involve some 60 witnesses, from victims, experts, leaders (clergy, religious and lay people) and bishops. While the Diocese of Broken Bay has not been summoned, our VIcar General, Very Rev Fr David Ranson, has been called as a witness because of his recognised academic expertise with this issue over many years.

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The Catholic Church’s final Royal Commission case study, which starts this Monday (6 February 2017), will be a intense examination of why historical child sexual abuse was so prominent in the Church and the changes put in place by the Church in recent years to respond to abuse and better protect children.

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In the recent Year of Mercy, Pope Francis encouraged us to reflect on the ‘gaze’ of God, the experience of an awareness of being in the presence of a loving God who looks at us tenderly and with mercy. There is something of this when we read Scripture where we find ourselves engaged in a conversation with God. God speaks through his word and seeks to encounter us, and we respond in our prayer and action. Gazing is not hurried; it is not a glance. Gazing implies engagement and attention.

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Friends and family of the Diamond Jubilarians congregated in St Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s chapel in North Sydney to celebrate. After a joyful rendition of “Joseph, Holy” Sr Monica Cavanagh rsj (Congregation Leader) welcomed everyone to the celebration and congratulated the Sisters on a wonderful achievement.

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All members of religious groups deserve the right to not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies if they hold a traditional view of marriage, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) said in a submission released last week.

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At just 26 years of age, Nicholas Nerius has already had to deal with some pretty hard truths. None, perhaps, were more shocking than discovering that his brother had fallen victim to drug addiction, a crisis that is reaching “epidemic” levels according to some community leaders.

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The doctors have told me that I have a few months to live; the cancer that began in my breast four years ago has now spread to my spine, ribs, hips and, more significantly, to my lungs. The surgeries, extensive chemotherapy, and radiation that I went through back then plus the on-going hormone therapy didn’t do the trick. And so now, in my mid 50’s, I’m terminally ill. It often doesn’t seem real, yet it is. But there’s so much more that I want to do – I am not ready to go!

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