awake this morning to Ash Wednesday – very early in the year and maybe
unprepared. The entrance antiphon for Ash Wednesday is from the book of
Wisdom simply pleads:
You are merciful to all, O Lord,and
despise nothing that you have made.
You overlook people’s sins, to bring them to repentance,
and you spare them, for you are the Lord our God.
a mighty, loving and merciful God that we walk with especially during
Our Work Matters:
More than 220,000 people work in Catholic organisations across the
country; a new report has found, confirming the Catholic Church’s place
as one of the largest employers in Australia. The new report, Our Work
Matters, was launched on November 29 at Mary MacKillop Place in North
Sydney. The document, produced by the Pastoral Research Office of the
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, is the most comprehensive
report of its kind.
Bishop Holohan wrote in the publication’s foreword that the new
research confirms the Church’s vast contribution to Australian society.
“We now have a clearer understanding of
when and where Church organisations operate and what impact they have
on systems and services, communities and individuals,”
Holohan said lay people are now overwhelmingly leading the way in
Catholic health and aged care, education, social services and other
organisations are carrying on the work of religious women and men and
“The survey findings help us see how
notions of the common good, human dignity, solidarity and a
preferential option for the poor can be made real through our people
report found that 77 percent of those who work for the Catholic Church
are women and that education, health and aged care account for 84
percent of those working on behalf of the Church.
“As we face the challenges of this new
millennium, the survey provides encouraging data about thriving
Catholic organisations that work at both the centre and margins of a
rapidly changing society,” Bishop Holohan said. “Knowing who we are and
what we do is essential to growing and renewing Catholic
can access the report here.
and Healing Council nears completion.
The Trust Justice and Healing Council is undertaking a detailed
response to the Royal Commission final report. We pray for them in
their onerous task. We also pray for the Bishops and
Religious leaders who will have the task of dealing with openness
and courage to those so deeply scarred by the scandal of sexual
of the central recommendations for all organisations involved with
vulnerable people focuses on an ongoing review and modernisation
of Governance. Without transparency and
accountability at every level of the Church, failure will most
certainly be repeated.
Women in the
Catholic Church in the USA:
Our fellow Jesuit ministry at America Magazine last year commissioned a
very detailed survey on Catholic women in the United States – their
beliefs, practices, experiences, and attitudes. It provides some deep
insights into the diverse views held by Catholics.
You can read about the survey here and the full report is available
for download here.
Until next week,