Homilies 2016

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  • HOMILY FOR MASS FOR 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR A - ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL, SYDNEY       11 Dec 2016
    If the Virgin Mary is our Christmas hero among the saints, holding forth the baby Jesus for our adoration; if the apostle John is our Lenten favourite, resting on Jesus' breast at the Last Supper and alone of the apostles beside the Good Friday Cross; if St Mary Magdalene is our hero amongst the saints of Easter, first to proclaim Christ's Resurrection; then St John the Baptist is surely our Advent Saint.
  • HOMILY FOR LOURDES DAY MASS WITH ORDER OF MALTA - ST MARY'S CATHEDRAL       3 Dec 2016
    In a speech in Doha billed as a critique of the foreign policy failures of the Bush and Obama eras, veteran New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh alleged that the US military's joint special operations command had been infiltrated by members of the Order of Malta and that these fanatics are modern-day crusaders who "aim to turn mosques into cathedrals"
  • HOMILY FOR MASS FOR 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF MATER DEI CHURCH, BLAKEHURST 31st SUNDAY YEAR C       30 Oct 2016
    I don't often quote the German philosopher, Frederick Nietzsche, as he was no friend of religion. He thought that all believers and especially Christians were weaklings for prizing mercy towards the poor, sick and ignorant, for talking of forgiving enemies, turning the other cheek, and so on, and for masking the nausea and disgust he believed we should feel about life.
  • Holy Thursday Chrism Mass: Addresses and Homily       24 Mar 2016
    Jesus said to His disciples, "with great desire have I longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer" (Lk 22:15). So too, my dear brothers in the priesthood, and my dear brothers and sisters the faithful of Sydney, I have longed to celebrate Mass with you again while I have been suffering.