Semper Quaerens

A Question In Need Of An Answer

An interesting take on that episode of the ABC’s Q&A program, in which Julian Burnside QC asks a very probing question:

When will Steve Ciobo, the Government’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment, be held to account for his intemperate contribution to the controversy that occupied public discourse for the last several weeks?



Fix Your Eyes On The Good Of The Whole

From the Office of Readings for Monday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time:

There must be not time lost in putting an end to this state of affairs. We must fall on our knees before the Master and implore him with tears graciously to pardon us, and bring us back again into the honourable and virtuous way of brothers who love one another. For that is the gateway of righteousness, the open gate to life; as it is written, ‘Open me the gate of righteousness, that I may go in and praise the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteousness shall come in by it.’ There are many gates standing open, but the gate of righteousness is the gate of Christ, where blessings are in store for every incomer who pursues the path of godliness and uprightness, and goes about his duties without seeking to create trouble. By all means let a man be a true believer, let him be capable of expounding the secrets of revelation, and a judicious assessor of what he hears, and a pattern of virtue in all his doings. But the higher his reputation stands, so much the more humble-minded he ought to be; and furthermore, his eyes should be fixed on the good of the whole community rather than on his own personal advantage.

From the letter of Pope St Clement I to the Corinthians.


The “Adults” Are In Charge?

Is this the political equivalent of taking one’s bat and ball and going home?

If the call from the current Prime Minister for his ministers to not appear on the ABC’s Q&A program turns out to be true, one really must question the preparedness of the current Federal Government to be questioned about its policies.


Creeping Responses

I was amused at the reports of the antics of Bernard Tomic in his post match interview at Wimbledon the other night. It was probably not one of his better moves in terms of his tennis career to publicly criticise Tennis Australia in the way he chose to do so. He has, rightly in my opinion, now been sanctioned by Tennis Australia, and hopefully this will give him pause for thought and the time to reflect on his behaviour.

But that’s not the point of this post.

In reading elsewhere some comments on this story, and more particularly on the sanction imposed on Tomic, I was intrigued by the sheer number of people who appear to believe that Tomic has committed such a grave offence against our nation as to warrant the removal of his Australian citizenship and his permanent removal from our country.

I’m pretty sure that’s not what the current Federal Government has in mind for its proposed amendments to Australia’s citizenship laws, but I wonder at the way in which the idea is spreading amongst the population to include just about anything that someone deems to be “unAustralian”.

Given the way in which spelling and grammar is abused in some of the comments calling for this course of action, I’m very very concerned…




Displeased With What Displeases

From the Office of Readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time:

We must be displeased with ourselves when we sin, because sin displeases God. And as we are not without sin, let us at least be like God in this respect, that what we are displeased with is what displeases him. You are to a certain extent united with the will of God, because you are displeased with what is hateful to him who made you.

From the sermons of St Augustine.



A Power Unknown

From the Office of Readings for Saturday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time:

If anyone here should think of tempting of God’s grace, he is deluding himself, he does not know its power. Keep your soul free from hypocrisy because of him who searches mind and heart.

From the instructions of St Cyril of Jerusalem to catechumens.


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