I recently read an article (Why We Shouldn’t Lose Faith in Organized Religion) which was a discussion between New York Times writer Tish Harrison Warren (an Anglican priest) and Eboo Patel. Patel, a Muslim American, is seeking to improve America’s democracy through cooperation across religious differences. I recommend the article to you but thought that the points they make were worth sharing in our local context.
When Andrew Thorburn was appointed chief executive of Essendon Football Club in October, few predicted his tenure would be so brief. After just 24 hours in the job, Thorburn resigned following criticism of his role as chair of the conservative City on a Hill church, which is part of the Anglican Diocese.
As each year draws to a close, it has become customary to include a reflection on the contributions of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to our community, during the 12 months prior. Thankfully, 2022 has provided a little more stability than recent years. This in turn has enabled the Diocese, through its agencies, pastoral groups and parishes, to grow its services as we live our Mission to serve all in the community so that they may experience life to the fullest.
There is always a long list of pressing issues that confront any incoming government. This reality does not appear lost on Australia’s 31st Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, who hours after taking office, boarded a flight to a meeting of Quad leaders in Tokyo.