Saturday, 23 November 2013

Bring On The Republic

I am indebted to Bruce at catallaxyfiles.com for this trenchant republican manifesto.

Bruce, we - the apathetic monarchists with an interest in recreational shooting - salute you.
I’m an apathetic monarchist by inclination since it ain’t broke, needs no fixing yet, and we don’t have to pay for Liz’s upkeep. But I’m quite willing to consider a different model, so here’s my modest suggestion.
Institute a republic and an office of President chosen by the ruling federal party in Canberra of the time.
Give that person a 44 magnum and a passport and $5 million escrow account in Switzerland, and permission to shoot dead one person of their choice during their term of 5 years. The President would have no other power. The $5 million would be collectible on execution of the single responsibility of their office.
I guarantee two things. One, the choice of officeholder will be made very carefully, and two, the views of the President would be quite well listened to.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Nice Little Earner

Wondering why Tony Abbott's suddenly being hassled by the Indonesian government over something that happened under another Australian government in 2009?

Recent convictions of relatively low-level members of the Indonesian military leave little doubt their superiors are also doing nicely by helping people smugglers. Is it any wonder they want to see more boats heading south?

Read more at http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2013/11/nice-little-earner/

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Requiescat in pace

http://www.smh.com.au/national/australian-kevin-lee-expriest-dies-in-typhoon-haiyan-20131110-2x9m5.html

I hope she inherits everything, and can now have a financially secure and good life.

Note to all Australian priests: please stay out of karaoke bars in South East Asia, unless you are there on an actual mission from God.

(last day of the Octave of All Souls today, by the way)

Here is an extract from erstwhile Fr Lee's blog - the last post was, oddly enough, on death:
I was always unafraid of death prior to meeting Josefina. Now I am afraid of what impact my death would have on her. Now that we are expecting a baby, my desire to stay alive increases (although I do believe that if I died right now they would be better off financially).
I think it is people in our lives that give us less confidence in the future which is why I think priests and celibate people with no dependents and no real attachment to people are so able to espouse the hope of eternal life so realistically at a funeral.
Kevin, you were - as always - only half-right.

Priests and celibate people with no dependents are not people with 'no real attachment to people'.

Priests and celibate people love dearly and closely, even without spouses and dependents.
And it's precisely because they love dearly and closely, that they can make that sacrifice to ensure that a whole lot of people can be touched by God's love, who may never have any other chance at knowing it.
If you had understood that, you'd still be a priest. And alive.
May you rest in peace.

Friday, 8 November 2013

The Dawson Society - A Good Thing

As you all know, I never go anywhere, so it was very surprising that I managed to sneak out of the house and have a great time last Wednesday night.

I went to the last Dawson Society event for 2013 and heard Senator-elect for WA Joe Bullock speaking on the subject of faith and politics. He was marvellous; such a good speaker on his feet, and handled the questions with aplomb (taking no prisoners).

The Dawson Society is the brainchild of local lads Thomas Gourlay and Daniel Matthys, aided and abetted by other good people who you will find on their website. Here is their raison d'etre:

The Christopher Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture is an informal, not-for-profit association founded to encourage lay Christian engagement with contemporary philosophical and cultural issues. The Society takes its name from Christopher Dawson, the great English historian of the 20th century who throughout his work saw the world of spiritual belief “as the dynamic element in history and as a real world-transforming power.” It is the hope of the founders that in some small way the Dawson Society may uphold and continue the work of its namesake.

This translates in real life to the back room at Rosie O'Grady's in Northbridge, with very a respectable $25 pub grub sit-down dinner, a cash bar, a stage with a mike, and what must have been over 100 very cheerful and chatty people.

It was a hoot. Next time, you should come too. If you want to subscribe to their newsletter and find out when they're next meeting, email them at mail@dawsonsociety.com.au

Saturday, 2 November 2013

It's A Girl!

As many of you know, I'm a Patron of Abortion Grief Australia, so I like to talk about them whenever I can.

(I've started saying Patron with a Capital P, because some people were assuming I was a client of AGA. I'm not a client of AGA and never have been, but I was very chuffed to have been invited to be a Patron by the WA office.)

Anyhoo, one of my bugbears is also femicide. So I'm very pleased to announce that the 40 Days for Life campaign in Perth is hosting the premiere Perth screening of the film It's A Girl.
Here's the summary from the press release:
 
In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”. Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members. The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls.
Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women.

You can watch the trailer here:



or at:
 

and find out more about the screening at: