"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: 'Give them something to eat' (Mk 6:37)." (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (November 2013), #49)

 

Mary McAleese at the Sydney Town Hall (September 7 2014)

JMaryMcAleesewithAndrewWestOn Sunday afternoon of September 7 2014 the former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, was the guest of Aquinas Academy and Catalyst for Renewal for the Rosemary Goldie Memorial Lecture in the Sydney Town Hall. It was a memorable occasion! Radion National's Andrew West interviewed Mary and the highlights were replayed on Andrew's Religion and Ethics Report. If you would like to hear those highlights, click here.