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  • Feb 2018 '18

    Beginning the Journey of Lent: A Word from Archbishop Mark

    Greetings to all of you as we look towards Lent and to Easter that lies beyond. Last December, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed down its final report, as you know. Like the Australian Government and many other institutions, the Catholic bishops of Australia and leaders of religious institutes are…

  • Dec 2017 '17

    A letter on marriage

    By Archbishop Mark Coleridge The postal survey on same-sex marriage is behind us, and now we await the legislation that will follow. That is largely beyond our control, but there are other things that are within our control; and we would do well to look at these, particularly as we journey through Advent towards Christmas…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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