The Blog of a Country Priest

Fr John Corrigan, Diocese of Ballarat

Exercising prudence in an intemperate world

Exercising prudence in an intemperate world

Many Catholics, motivated by the noblest intentions, counsel prayerful silence in the midst of current events. It's a compelling case I think, invoking the Holy Father's meditation on our Lord's prophetic silence. More important still is the care we (the Church — all...

Christians in a heavy sea: the gay marriage vote

Today’s Gospel presents a perfect analogy of our situation – yours and mine — as Catholics in Australia today. Our Lord has sent us ahead, on a boat, to cross the Sea of Galilee. He will meet us on the other side. But now we are battling in a heavy sea, and we’re...

The scandal of religious hypocrisy

There's nothing to add to this self-explanatory headline, nor even much reason to follow the link. The title says it all: SCANDAL: Vatican police raid cardinal's apartment to stop drug fueled gay party. The lede is easy to believe: “Pope Francis is reportedly furious...

Jerusalem

Full disclaimer: in my first hour in the Holy Land, I gazed at the desolate horizon several times and wondered at it. "This is the Chosen Land? Wars have been fought, and countless lives lost, over this?" On second thought, I recalled this underwhelming choice is...

Fatima = prayer and penance!

Pope Francis has canonised two of the youngest saints in the history of the Church. St Francisco Marto was just 10 years old when he died; and when his sister died a year later, St Jacinta was only 9 years old. The Church has also just celebrated the one hundredth...

The need for holy priests

Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard's The Soul of the Apostolate presents the interior life — one's personal relationship with the Lord, nourished by daily prayer — as the foundation of a life of work and service. It's a very good book, suitable for...

Strangely terrifying

Hours of driving is a daily requisite for a country priest. I usually fill in the time with rosaries, chaplets, and cultural 'reading.' By that I mean podcasts and audiobooks related to history, scripture, literature, theology, etc. In the week after Easter though,...

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