Celebrating Bishop Bill Wright's seventh anniversary as Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle IMAGE Bishop Bill Wright

Celebrating Bishop Bill Wright's seventh anniversary as Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

June 19, 2018 Tracey Edstein

As Bishop Bill has written, it was a cold and stormy night in June 2011 when he was ordained eighth Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle.

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: How to fix the church? IMAGE Bishop Bill Wright

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: How to fix the church?

June 02, 2018 Bishop Bill Wright

Census results that show declining numbers of Christians always attract some comment. There’s a section of the community that positively delights in rushing to explain why the church, or often ‘religion’ itself, has had its day in an enlightened, scientific and liberal age.

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: Sea of Possibilities IMAGE Bishop Bill Wright

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: Sea of Possibilities

May 05, 2018 Bishop Bill Wright

‘Have you been here before?’ they all seem to ask, conscious that their corner of the world has not been high on the tourist bucket list. And I am revelling in being able to say ‘Yes, but not for 50 years.’ Papua New Guinea was even more remote from the jetset in 1968, but the schoolboy that I was then had indeed spent a fortnight or more on a tour with his father of the incipient banking industry of the soon-to-be nation. Many things I remember vividly.

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: The Good News and the other news IMAGE Bishop Bill Wright

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: The Good News and the other news

April 07, 2018 Bishop Bill Wright

Happy Easter! We are in Easter Week and it is the greatest of our Christian celebrations. The commemoration of Christ’s death and rising is the heart of our Christian faith.

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: One man’s meat…. IMAGE Bishop Bill Wright

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: One man’s meat….

March 07, 2018 Bishop Bill Wright

OK, we’re going back in time. Not very far, but you’re reading this in March while my head is still in February. I’m going to one of our high schools this afternoon to have a conversation with its student leaders, and I have a trick question to put to them.

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: Youth, Wasted on the Young? IMAGE Bishop Bill Wright

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: Youth, Wasted on the Young?

February 07, 2018 Bishop Bill Wright

One thing I’m often asked by young people, and hardly ever by older folks, is why I became a priest. It’s a question that requires a two-part answer, but the first part is easy.

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: Things change. You’ll not get any disagreance from me! IMAGE Bishop Bill Wright

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: Things change. You’ll not get any disagreance from me!

December 06, 2017 Bishop Bill Wright

When I first heard the word, which seems like only a year or so ago, I took it for a solipsism or rather, perhaps, one of those quasi-existent words that people use because they think they sound more impressive than the common alternative. But as people continued to seek my ‘agreance’ on this or that, I realised we had a new social phenomenon on our hands. Nonetheless, I suspected the word didn’t really exist.

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: A case of conscience IMAGE Bishop Bill Wright

BISHOP BILL WRIGHT: A case of conscience

October 04, 2017 Bishop Bill Wright

Last month in this column, I concluded that Catholics could make up their own minds as citizens on what they thought the law of the land could define as marriage. Not everyone agrees on that, of course.