Australia Now Has Suicide Bombers…

Has blown himself up in Syria.

An Australian jihadist fighting in Syria has reportedly blown himself up in a suicide bombing near a military airport in the country’s east.

For some time now concerns have been growing among the Australian intelligence community about the involvement of Australian jihadists who have travelled to fight in the Syrian conflict.

At least four Australians are known to have been killed in the fighting, but the news of the first Australian to become a suicide bomber is seen as a significant and troubling development.

According to various jihadi websites, at 5:45am on Wednesday the Australian known as Abu Asma al Australi drove a truck loaded with 12 tonnes of explosives into a checkpoint close to the Deir Al Zour military airport.

The website reports say the checkpoint, considered to be the first line of defence for the airport, was completely destroyed and 35 soldiers from the Assad regime were killed.

Abu Asma is described on one website as “our immigrant Lion”…

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Bishop Glenn Davies Elected as Anglican Archbishop of Sydney

Anglican Ink is reporting news on one of the most important episcopal appointments in the Anglican Communion.

The Diocese of Sydney Synod has elected the Rt. Rev. Glenn Davies as its 12th archbishop in succession to the Most Rev Peter Jensen.

On 6 Aug 2013 the 800 members of synod chose Dr. Davies, the Bishop of North Sydney, to be the archbishop of Australia’s largest diocese, besting Canon Rick Smith, (49) rector of Naremburn-Cammeray Anglican Church.

Dr. Davies’ election as successor to Dr. Jensen thrusts the 62-year old archbishop-elect into the international Anglican spotlight, making him one of the de facto leaders of the conservative renewal movement of the Anglican Communion – and arguably the most influential “white” archbishop in the Communion after the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Details of the election have not yet been released, and a “social media” ban from the conference hall is in force, forbidding delegates from tweeting their news and views.

Biographical details of the new archbishop can be found at this website: (http://www.glenndavies.info/).

The new archbishop will be installed on 23 August 2013.

 

Anglican Priest Finds Bracelet, Tries To Sell To Owners

How selfish and greedy:

Maybe he thought the Lord said “finders keepers, losers weepers.”

An Australian Anglican priest who found a $6,500 bracelet and tried to sell it back to the owners has been humbled — and perhaps will be defrocked.

After media outcry and shaming from his archbishop boss, the Rev. Terry McAuliffe returned the diamond bracelet to Perth restauranteurs Clyde and Lesley Bevan Wednesday afternoon, Clyde Bevan told The Huffington Post.

The priest didn’t seem embarrassed during the exchange at the clergyman’s house, Bevan said.

But perhaps he should be: After reporting the lost bracelet to police, McAuliffe claimed it as his own and tracked down the owners through the bracelet’s security code. He then offered to return the jewelry to them for 50 percent of the value while the Bevans recover the loss by filing an insurance claim, the Australian Associated Press reported.

The reverend, a former lawyer, told outlets that his discovery was a “gift fallen from the sky.”

“I’m just offering to share the windfall,” he said.

But Wednesday, the only sharing seemed to be scorn for his actions.

“It’s certainly amazing and bizarre behavior,” Bevan said to HuffPost.

The Anglican Archbishop of Perth, Roger Herft, told the AAP that McAuliffe’s actions were “reprehensible” and that while the priest may have followed the law by asserting ownership after a few months, people expect more from religious leaders. The archbishop also said discipline could include McAuliffe’s removal from his post at St. Paul’s Anglican Church.

Bevan, who runs a restaurant called Friends with his wife, said Lesley happily wore the bracelet, which he gave to her as a birthday gift eight years ago. He thanked the press.

“If it wasn’t for the media asking probing questions and basically chasing him down the street with cameras, it wouldn’t have happened,” he explained.

He said that McAuliffe’s actions didn’t dim his view of the clergy. He explained that other priests had taken up a collection to pay the reverend for the bracelet in case he didn’t give it back.

“It restores my faith,” Bevan said.

‘Fallen from the sky’?!

The West Australian also has the story.

 

Priest Wants Xenophon to Apologise

And so he should!

An Adelaide priest who says he was wrongly named by Nick Xenophon in federal parliament as a perpetrator of sexual abuse wants Senate President John Hogg to discipline his fellow senator and is calling for parliamentary privilege to be reviewed.

Senator Xenophon used parliamentary privilege in September 2011 to name Monsignor Ian Dempsey as one of three priests who allegedly abused former head of the Traditional Anglican Communion, John Hepworth, in a Catholic seminary in the 1960s.

The South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions recommended earlier this month that no abuse charges be laid against Monsignor Dempsey, after a 19-month investigation found there was insufficient evidence for a jury to have a reasonable chance of convicting.

Monsignor Dempsey has written a letter to Senator Hogg, expected to arrive today, asking him to address the use of parliamentary privilege to name a person without accountability.Advertisement

“As well as reasonably expecting a public apology from Senator Xenophon, it may be time for the Senate to address the unique privilege of naming any Australian citizen without any accountability — and, as in my case, getting it terribly wrong,” Monsignor Dempsey wrote.

“I request that the Senate take steps to ensure other innocent people like myself will not be used for political purposes with no accountability for the accuser for destroying a person’s life.”

Monsignor Dempsey, who was suspended from his Adelaide parish of Brighton for 12 months, said in the letter that the “unjust act shamed my life forever”.

Monsignor Dempsey asked that the letter be circulated to all senators, and that Senator Xenophon apologise for his “cruel and false public condemnation”.

Senator Xenophon yesterday said he welcomed any scrutiny by the Senate. “I remain deeply dismayed with the appalling way the Adelaide Archdiocese of the Catholic Church failed to appropriately address in a timely manner Archbishop Hepworth’s allegations — in stark contrast to the Melbourne Archdiocese.”

 

Happiness Is … Being an Aussie

AussieMite and all…

For the third year in a row, Australia is ranked as the happiest country in the developed world, according to the Better Life Index survey.

National Geographic reports.

And that despite:

Well done!

AussieMite – Sacrilegious Indeed

The controversial online ad showing a sacramental wafer being dipped into a jar of yeast spread during a Catholic mass has been withdrawn days after its release.

Herald Sun:

The ad was produced to promote the AussieMite spread and had caused widespread anger among Catholics.

At the time, its creator, Mick Hunter from Sydney agency Grown-Ups, said the ad was “probably a bit sacrilegious” and made in the hope of going “a bit viral”.

But in a statement released through its Facebook page, AussieMite said it never intended to cause offence.

“We sincerely apologise for any offence caused. It was never the intention to do so, but we recognise that for some it did.

“We have listened to your comments and removed any and all instances of the campaign from our social media channels. Furthermore, we have requested for the ad to be removed from all other channels.

“We are a small family-owned company looking to establish ourselves and a product we believe in and love.

“We sincerely hope that this will not dissuade you from buying AussieMite in the future.”

AussieMite founder Roger Ramsey said he had been shocked by the reaction.

He said a death threat had been left on the company’s telephone message bank but he had not taken it seriously.

“I didn’t think there would be such an emotional reaction,” he said. “It was only intended to be tongue in cheek and a bit of fun.

“Our intentions have always been to do good not create division. Our values our concerned with the health and well-being of the consumer.

“Time heals all wounds. The positive thing is that by and large the vast majority of the Catholic and other Christian communities have embraced the apology and are prepared to move on.”

 

 

Anglican Archbishop Accused of Bullying

Archbishop Dr Phillip Aspinall, who is the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane and the Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia.

Lawyers for the Archbishop and the synod of Brisbane diocese have failed to get key elements of the sexual harassment and discrimination case thrown out of Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal…

His accuser says:

the Archbishop isolated her, failed to respond to her emails, declined to discuss important issues and was “bullying, condescending and interrogating”…

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(Fr) Owen Buckton to be Ordained in Ordinariate

Fr Owen Buckton, former Administrator and Vicar General of the ACCA/TAC, is to be Ordained for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross:

Your prayers are asked for Owen Buckton who will be ordained priest in St Joseph’s Cathedral, Rockhampton on Friday Feb 1st 2013 at 10-30 am by Bishop Brian Heenan, Bishop of Rockhampton. The Ordinariate Parish of Our Lady of Walsingham will be located at St Theresa’s Church, 32 Bolsover St, Rockhampton. Sunday Mass – 9–30 am.

Also,

Your prayers are asked for Deacon Stephen Hill who will be ordained priest by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB in St Joseph’s Church, Subiaco, WA at 7-00 pm on Friday 1 March 2013 to minister in the Ordinariate Parish of St Ninian and St Chad, 11 Susan Street, Maylands WA. Sunday Mass – 9–30 am.

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Extreme Heat in Australia

The temperature forecast for next Monday by Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology is so unprecedented – over 52C – that it has had to add a new colour to the top of its scale, a incandescent purple.

Confidential Plan to Sell Australian Anglican Churches

Well of course – it has to be – in Virtue Online:

A confidential draft report obtained by the Newcastle Herald reveals the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle could make nine of its 15 Newcastle and Newcastle West churches “redundant” as part of a future growth strategy.

Problems detailed in the report include falling congregation numbers, maintenance problems, lack of financial contributions, no on-site parking, fire risk issues and disconnect with community.

Four of the churches being considered for sale are heritage listed.

The report, put together by consultants NBRS+Partners, has created a storm among parishioners who have labelled it a “disgraceful cash grab”.

Many fear the recommendations will be pushed through before the appointment of a new bishop following the retirement of Dr Brian Farran as Bishop of Newcastle earlier this month.

Administrator of the Diocese, Bishop Peter Stuart, said yesterday he was “disappointed” that the confidential document had been leaked to the Herald.

Bishop Stuart said the review began months ago with full knowledge Dr Farran would be retiring.

“It [the report] does not represent the views of the Diocese but contains preliminary data which will be the subject of consultation in parishes beginning in January,” he said.

“A report on the review will be presented to the Diocesan Council sometime in 2013. At that time the council will consider what action to take.”

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The Churches are pictured here. Now, if all the ACCA – TAC’s money wasn’t blown, (we won’t say on what and by who!), we could have actually done something worthwhile, like buy one or two of these buildings…

 

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