Video from Australia

Some video from Australia. 

I find in this piece from World News Australia to be a bit polemical. 

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More of the same. This video has the Pope answering a question on the airplane about the sexual abuse situation in Australia.  Again, this is a hostile new piece.

Commentor "theologian" Paul Collins is an ex-priest who oganized a petition for women’s ordination.

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The guy who asked the question on the airplane.

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Coverage from SKY TG24 – a good piece, in Italian.

Meanwhile, our intrepid Andrea Tornielli of Il Giornale is travelling in the papal bubble in Australia.  He and the other jounrliasts, as I mentioned yesterday, had technical problems on the plane… curiously timed problems.  (My translation and emphases):

Papal Flight, Alitalia debacle

It is 2 in the morning in Italy and we have just landed in Darwin for a techincal stop over of an hour and a half.  It is full day here.  I am writing you two lines to let you know why you won’t find in Il Giornale and the other daily news outlets articles signed by their correspondents on the Papal Flight.  The telephones on board, in fact, after having worked for the first two hours, went completely dead.  So, the Pope’s press conference, during which he spoke at 11, was transmitted in bits and pieces by some agenices, while we journalists of the dailies and TV, who attempted to transmit our articles a little while later, have passed the entire day glued to the telephones that weren’t working, saying that the satellite connection was down.  Our journalists have paid the [Alitalia] for a super-expensive ticket, and in the end we would have done better had we stayed on the ground.  I’ll end this now, wishing you a good night.  Tomorrow during the day I will pass on the words of Benedict XVI. 

 UPDATE 13 July 1557 UTC

This is from CNN.

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10 Responses to Video from Australia

  1. Dob says:

    BBC on radio news and website only talk about sex abuse in relation to this visit. Par for course with the perverted BBC sadly.

  2. Mike says:

    To be part of the papal plane entourage costs in the region of $10,000.

  3. David2 says:

    I’m not looking forward to the SBS commentary; like the ABC, its content is aggressively secularist and anti-Catholic; Collins is a favourite of both networks. It is interesting that Collins formally left the priesthood because he could not accept the CDF\’s determination that his published polemics on the Petrine See were hetrodox. So… Australia\’s foremost public crtic of the Papacy is put forward as a \”Catholic\” expert to comment on the Pope\’s visit. It is a disgrace. Collins is a disgrace.

  4. Peter says:

    The media in Australia is, by and large, vehemently secularist and ignorant. SBS is a ‘multicultural’ station that has been at the forefront of criticism of the Church over many years, and a tool in the homosexual and libertine ‘evangelisation’. The ABC (cousin of the BBC if you like) will next weekend have a program ‘Sex or celibacy’ where the same Dr Paul Collins will feature, and with a host of others will put the case that declining numbers of [Australian] priests necessitates consideration of married clergy, and doubtless women’s ordination.
    Dr Paul Collins is a frequent ‘expert’ commentator on matters to do with the church, so despite having left the clerical state one might say he still makes a living off the church!
    WYD has stirred up this vipers nest of media and the anti-catholic forces.
    Keep the Pope and the pilgrims in your prayers.

  5. joe says:

    Thank-you, Father for aggregating and posting coverage of the Pope’s trip Down Under.

    I believe the combined spirit of His Holiness with the influx of positive Catholic Youth will drown out the negative press in a sea of love.

    After two years of car washes, bake sales, “kiss the pig ” contests, ect. our rural area of Minnesota is sending a very large per capita delegation of young people people.

  6. RBrown says:

    The media in Australia is, by and large, vehemently secularist and ignorant. SBS is a ‘multicultural’ station that has been at the forefront of criticism of the Church over many years, and a tool in the homosexual and libertine ‘evangelisation’. The ABC (cousin of the BBC if you like) will next weekend have a program ‘Sex or celibacy’ where the same Dr Paul Collins will feature, and with a host of others will put the case that declining numbers of [Australian] priests necessitates consideration of married clergy, and doubtless women’s ordination.
    Dr Paul Collins is a frequent ‘expert’ commentator on matters to do with the church, so despite having left the clerical state one might say he still makes a living off the church!
    WYD has stirred up this vipers nest of media and the anti-catholic forces.
    Comment by Peter

    During my Roman years I was told by many that the Church in Australia is just like the Church in America–25 years ago.

    It will take a while to rebuild the Church in Australia, but BXVI’s liturgical changes should accelerate the process.

  7. I am not Spartacus says:

    Commentor “theologian” Paul Collins is an ex-priest who oganized a petition for women’s ordination.

    Those who have abandoned their vows can always be relied upon to attack the Church. Their attacks are observable evidence of the internal and intellectual war within themselves. To reduce their experience of the psychic pain of their guilt, those who have abandoned their vows try and rationalise what they have done by attacking the Church in the Court of public opinion so as to present to the world “evidence” meant to not only indict but to, simultaneously, secure a judgment of guilt against the Church and an exculpatory finding of innocence for themselves about their abandoning their vows because it would be unjust for them to have kept those vows and to continue serving such an unjust, unworthy, and evil institution.

    The obsessive negativity and attacks against the Church signify they still experience guilt about abandoning their vows. In one sense, that is a good thing – their conscience is still alive.

    But, attacking the Church can only serve to temporarily quell the guilt. The guilt will return. Obsessive attacks against the Church can not, by themselves, extinguish guilt. In the end, guilt can only be buried inside the coffin of a dead conscience or placed at the foot of The Cross, The Tree of Life, in an act of humility and penitential pleading.

    It is a duty, it seems to me, to not only oppose and refute such men as Mr. Collins, but to pray for them also.

    It is good that Our Sweet Jesus on Earth apologises for the sexual crimes against, mostly, young men. But it is far better if Seminaries exclude homosexuals. Period.

    If a newsman asked me what I thought of the Pope’s apologies, I’d reply:

    “They are very welcomed and show a profound sense of humility on the part of a great Pope. When do you think the President will apologise for the far greater incidence of sexual crimes committed in our Public schools? You know, the Catholic Church passes no laws requiring we become a member of the Church but our Politicians pass laws requiring we send our children to their Governmental Public Schools where the Teachers sexually abuse them in far far far greater numbers than the Catholic Church ever has and yet the President, nor our Legislators,nor our Governors, nor the Principals of our Public School Systems ever apologise for the tens of thousands of sexual crimes committed against our innocent children”

  8. LCB says:

    RBrown,

    Fair enough in some senses. In other senses, Australian Catholicism may be “too far gone” to recover. The liberal forces were permitted to rape and pillage unrestrained or opposed through the liturgy, the episcopacy, and the educational institutions in ways absolutely unfathomable in the States.

    I recommend Eamonn Keane’s, “A Generation Betrayed: Deconstructing Catholic Education”, though it gets a bit verbose at times. It includes some case-studies of Australian education. It provides the following information:

    “In 1999, there was made public the results of a survey conducted by Professor Dennis McLaughlin of the beliefs, values and practices of student teachers at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). According to Professor McLaughling, the ACU is the “largest single supplier of teachers for Catholic Schools” in Australia. Administered to 647 first and final year student teachers at ACU campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, McLaughlin’s most significant findings were:

    *Only 1/3 of student teachers interviewed believe tht the bread and wine truly become Christ’s body and blood in the Eucharist
    *2 percent said they accepted the Church’s teachings on contraception and divorce
    *14 percent said they accepted the Church’s teaching on abortion
    *10 percent accepted the Church’s teaching on premarital sex
    *50 percent of students understood God as referring to the Blessed Trinity
    *62 percent believed that the Church should ordain women.”

    That group of teachers has now been destroying our children’s faith for 9 years. Hopefully the 10% that accept the Church’s teachings on premarital sex are teaching religious ed. Sickening as it is, Keane makes the persuasive case that this was done intentionally. The same textbooks and educational methods are being used here in the States, and the authors receive awards from the USCCB.

    Scott Hahn’s “Didache” series of textbooks is an absolute blessing from God, and is the first counter-punch seen in 30 years.

  9. Maureen says:

    There’s no shame in having been dispensed from one’s vows, especially if there was some good reason.

    The shame is in making a big point of being an ex-priest or ex-nun or ex-monk, instead of doing one’s best to be the layman or laywoman that one was supposed to become when released from vows, and regarding the past as something for the resume and not for daily preening. It would be terribly sad to make a career out of being an ex-anything.

  10. John6:54 says:

    Is that a hairdoo, wig, or helmet on that newcaster?