by Greg Spearritt
Alison Cotes in a recent article about the saga of St Mary’s Catholic Church, South Brisbane, says:
Outside St Mary’s flies a banner proclaiming the words of Pope Benedict XVI, “Everyone has a place in the church. Every person without exception should be able to feel at home and never rejected.” And by welcoming women’s groups, gay people, indigenous people and victims of abuse from within and outside the church, St Mary’s would seem to be doing that. But rules are rules, and church orthodoxy can never change.
The saga of orthodox belief and practice versus relevance, inclusivity and compassion continues. The priest at the centre of the storm is Fr Peter Kennedy, who spoke recently with ABC radio – well worth a listen.