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Pastoral letters & messages

Archbishop Mark Coleridge opens up on his views and visions for the Archdiocese of Brisbane through his pastoral messages and letters to the people of the archdiocese.
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  • Sep 2017 '17

    Towards the Marriage Vote

    I’ve been told people are looking for guidance on same-sex marriage as we move towards the postal vote. That may be so, though I suspect that most people have already made up their mind on the issue and, if they’re looking for anything, they’re wanting some authority to support their position publicly. But that’s not…

  • Mar 2017 '17

    Learning to Lament – Archbishop Coleridge’s Lenten Pastoral Letter 2017

    On Ash Wednesday we heard the prophet’s words: “Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning” (Joel 2:12) – words which echo one of the key themes of Scripture, the theme of lament. Ancient Israel had to make sense of the blood, sweat and tears that so often marked their history; they…

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  • Feb 2017 '17

    Archbishop Mark on the Royal Commission final hearing

    After three gruelling weeks, the Royal Commission’s final hearing into the Catholic Church has come to an end. The preparation for it was tough, and my own three appearances were challenging enough. Through it all I had a growing sense that, after four years of public and private hearings, the Royal Commission had already come…

  • Feb 2017 '17

    Archbishop’s message ahead of Royal Commission final hearing

    Archbishop Mark Coleridge has issued a message ahead of the final hearing into the Catholic Church at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Transcript: By now the Royal Commission into the institutional abuse of the young is into its fourth year. It’s been a long and agonising but very important journey…

  • Nov 2016 '16

    The Flesh and the Facts – Archbishop Coleridge’s Advent Pastoral Letter 2016

    The Year of Mercy has come to an end, and I want to thank all who helped to make the Jubilee a gift to us all – Pope Francis for offering it to the whole Church, but also the many who have conceived and organised the many activities that have been part of our Archdiocesan…

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  • Feb 2016 '16

    Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Lenten Pastoral Message 2016

    In Rome the Year of Mercy began on 8 December last year. But that was hardly realistic here in the Antipodes, with the rush to Christmas through December and then the January lull. We opened the Door of Mercy in the Cathedral on the Third Sunday of Advent, but the Year of Mercy really begins…

  • Dec 2015 '15

    Christmas message from Archbishop Mark Coleridge

    As we approach Christmas this year the world seems a real mess. Terrorism, the refugee crisis, climate change, economic woes, political turmoil and so on it all goes. But in one way or another the world has always been a mess – it certainly was when Jesus was born. In Palestine at the time there…

  • Nov 2015 '15

    The Road of Mercy – Archbishop Coleridge’s Advent Pastoral Letter 2015

    At the recent Synod of Bishops, there was a lot of talk about mercy; it’s become the key-note of Pope Francis’ ministry. Two other words often heard in Rome were closely related to mercy. The first was “accompaniment”; the second was “discernment”. “Accompaniment” presumes we’re on a journey. The God who is “with us” leads…

  • Sep 2015 '15

    Archbishop Mark on the Synod on the Family

    By the time you see this I will be in Rome and unpacking my bags for the Synod of Bishops on the Family in the Modern World. I’ve worked very hard to prepare for it and, now that I’m here, I’m looking forward to it very much. People keep asking me what do you think…

  • Feb 2015 '15

    Archbishop’s Lenten Pastoral Message 2015

    The forty days of Lent find us on a journey from last year’s first session of the Synod on marriage and the family to the second session later this year which I will attend. In recent times and in places like Australia, there’s been intense, even excessive focus on certain hot-button issues like Communion for…

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