Musings of the Ordinary in Australia for January 2018

In this January edition of Musings of the Ordinary, Monsignor Harry Entwistle, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross states, “As we begin this New Year the Church in Australia will be considering its response to the findings of the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse, to the SSM  vote, the Euthanasia provisions in Victoria, the reducing number of mass attenders, financial  issues etc. Yet due to immigration the Catholic Church is still the largest Christian group in Australia and one of the biggest employers in the nation. It is the Anglo-Celtic cultural group that has abandoned the Faith and it is the Spiritual Heritage of this cultural group that the Ordinariate present to the Church as a gift. This fact presents us with a significant challenge, but our experience is one that the Church needs at this time.”

“In his recent book, Strangers in a Strange Land, (2016 MacMillan USA) Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia says that there are at least three problems that make it difficult for us to believe, live, and teach the faith of the power of Jesus’ resurrection. He identifies the ‘cults of  individualism, institutionalism, and clericalism’ as the obstacles to our mission and ministry (p 185).”