The Blog of a Country Priest

Fr John Corrigan, Diocese of Ballarat

Bad spirits in Rome; encouragement and hope in Assisi

Bad spirits in Rome; encouragement and hope in Assisi

I'm not long back from an exorcism course in Rome, which was filled with good content. But I have a love-hate relationship with Rome. I love its history, and its beautiful churches, and its food. And yet there's an oppressive spirit about Rome which I hate. That...

Choosing an Advent motto

Choosing an Advent motto

Advent is, lamentably, banished. On this First Sunday of Advent, Christmas trees and decorations are already well established in public places, and Christmas carols are played everywhere. Soon the Christmas parties will begin in earnest. On Boxing Day, however, trees...

The loneliness of the priest

The loneliness of the priest

A holy priest was buried this week. Fr Luke Pirone, OFM. The death of priests like him seems like a great loss, but I suppose their ministry of prayer may be more fruitful than ever in the next life. I'm thinking now of St Thérèse's prophetic remarks: "My mission - to...

You walk weird, and you don’t even know it

You walk weird, and you don’t even know it

So I watched an online video yesterday which blew my mind. There's plenty of dissent in the Youtube comments, but that's par for the course. I find it pretty compelling. Roland Warzecha runs a European martial arts school in Hamburg, and he's apparently obsessed by...

Christians in a heavy sea: the gay marriage vote

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

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

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...

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