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Fr John Corrigan, Diocese of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

St Augustine: epochal giant, and yet also relatable

St Augustine: epochal giant, and yet also relatable

Today is the feast of St Augustine of Hippo, one of the most important figures in western thought. His influence rivals that of Moses, Plato and Aristotle, St Paul and St Thomas Aquinas. The second chapter of Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization (highly...

The wrongful conviction of Cardinal Pell

The wrongful conviction of Cardinal Pell

We live in sad times. I lost my faith in the institutional Church years ago. The systemic cover up of crimes and the enabling of predator priests is beyond the pale. If I didn't have a supernatural outlook and focus on Christ himself, there is no way I'd persevere...

Jordan Peterson in Australia

Jordan Peterson in Australia

Last November, when I drew the name of my 18-year-old brother in the family Kris Kringle, I knew the perfect Christmas present for him. I'd buy him a ticket to Jordan Peterson's lecture in Melbourne! A red pill given with love! Or so I told myself. The reality is less...

Fight the good fight: sanctify yourself and others

Fight the good fight: sanctify yourself and others

There are enemies inside the Church today. The Catholic hierarchy is gravely compromised; infiltrated by moral perverts and dissenters; hypocrites and false prophets; wolves in sheep’s clothing. I’m not saying this to shock anyone; it’s a matter of record. As Pope...

The boundless limits of God’s mercy

The boundless limits of God’s mercy

Auschwitz. The most notorious concentration camp in history. The commandant of Auschwitz was Rudolf Höss, who personally perfected the Nazis’ mass murder techniques. During his four year leadership at Auschwitz, three million prisoners were killed. Survivors of...

12 Rules For Life

12 Rules For Life

Monash University recently launched an ill-advised recruitment program which presents Monash as the university of choice for cultural marxists who want to change the world. There are subliminal suggestions that research and academic excellence might be suitable means...

The Easter story

The Easter story

One of the things psychology has taught me is that the human brain is hardwired for story. It's how we derive meaning. Story is how we make sense of the world. I think it's related to something else I've learned in psychology: We're not thinking beings who sometimes...

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