More Out of Australia (Via Canada)

Yesterday I wrote on the unhappy direction this blog was taking. You see, we have a certain responsibility to conduct ourselves as is becoming Christians (and not to mention Priestly conduct for those who are in Holy Orders). Blogs get a bad name because people can go around in anonymity saying what they will and bash whoever they want, without having to reveal themselves. This medium easily lends itself to slander, maliciousness and the ability to air ones dirty laundry for the whole world to see. That’s not transparency, its underhanded cowardice.

I also said yesterday that I wanted to steer the blog clear of such degenerative activities and those individuals perpetuating them. But at the same time I don’t want to sit by idly while this kind of behaviour goes by unchecked. I can but advocate Christian conduct (and yes,  I suppose, even enforce it if I must) on this blog, but I obviously cannot do that on others. What I can do is but exhort and ask for Christian conduct, representative of the One we profess to follow.

That said, there is a new post over at Foolishness to the world: SMM2 on the state of play in Australia.

Reading it, one will quickly realise that the ‘information’ supplied is written a (clearly) disgruntled serving Anglican Catholic Church of Australia (ACCA) Priest who is bemoaning ‘the state of play’ down there.

Now there is nothing wrong with being pro – Archbishop Hepworth (or any other person for that matter). We all get to freely choose our associations and company. But what you don’t get to do is bypass due judicial process. Charges have been levelled against the former Primate. He has every right to a defence and the presumption of innocence until otherwise proven. The TAC’s College of Bishops has been at pains to point this out, and furthermore allow the Archbishop to make due representation. I have followed the case from my own blog and the general media for some time now, and when things publically began to come loose, I vociferously appealed for Archbishop Hepworth to be reconciled with his brother Bishops. He never did, but instead elected to blunder on militantly in the secular Australian media. He is, by all accounts (and this is my own private and inconsequential opinion), still defiant. To what end? Is it not proper to sit down and talk? Again: be reconciled… ‘be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous’ (1 Peter 3:8).

So how does one, disillusioned, anonymous rant thrown out in the blogosphere help the situation? How?  How does one Priest get to be a ‘Silent Majority Member’? And how can you, as a Priest, call your own Church – one that has given you your vocation – ‘a spent force’? There is nothing constructive in what he (the anonymous Priest) writes, it’s just negativity and wild, unbased accusations. Mercifully, the blog owner has ‘snip[ed]’ of it.

Now I have had deep respect for Deborah Gyapong’s constructive, peaceable and sagacious journalistic blogging up until this point. But this (her  latest post) is highly disappointing and – if I may be frank – somewhat unbecoming. I have honestly come to expect more from her and never thought that her blogging or journalism would be reduced to tablotic levels. While she manages to recover and gathers herself towards the end of the post, the entire posting amounts to nothing more than an unhelpful speculative exercise, one that sows unsubstantiated paranoia and wild conjecture which will help no one,  least of all the hurting (and recovering) faithful souls Down Under.



Christians Monastery Vandalised Near Jerusalem

Haaretz reports on an anti-Christian attack on a Christians Monastery near Jerusalem:

Statement by top clerics, including Jerusalem’s Latin Patriarch, urges authorities to apprehend those responsible; Netanyahu: Israel will punish perpetrators severely.

The Catholic Church condemned the so-called “price-tag” attackagainst an Christians monastery on Tuesday, with high-ranking church offices denouncing the “teaching of contempt” against Christians prevalent in Israeli society.

Earlier Tuesday, the door of a Christian monastery in Latrun, the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Sept-Douleurs, near Jerusalem, was set on fire on morning and anti-Christian slogans were found spray-painted on the monastery’s walls.

The arson and graffiti are suspected to be a “price tag” attack, following the recent evacuation of Migron, a settlement outpost in the West Bank.

Monks residing at the monastery noticed the burning door on Tuesday morning, and called police after extinguishing the flames. Graffiti sprayed on the monastery walls included the words “Migron,” and “Jesus is a monkey.”

In a statement released later in the day and signed, among others, by the Latin Patriarch for Jerusalem Fouad Twal and Gerogio Lingua, Apostolic Nuncio for Jordan, and former Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, the Catholic Church severely condemned the attack, saying it was the results of an Israeli tendency to scapegoat Christians.

“The Christian community awoke this morning… to discover with horror that once again it is the target of forces of hatred within Israeli society,” the missive said, adding “what happened in Latrun is only another in a long series of attacks against Christians and their places of worship.”

Further on, the statement asked: “What is going on in Israeli society today that permits Christians to be scapegoat and targeted by these acts of violence?,” questioning why the unknown assialtants chose to ” vent” their anger over the dismantling of West Bank outposts “against Christians and Christian places of worship?”

“What kind of ‘teaching of contempt’ for Christians is being communicated in their schools and in their homes? And why are the culprits not found and brought to justice?” the statement asked, urging Israeli “authorities to act to put an end to this senseless violence and to ensure a ‘teaching of respect’ in schools for all those who call this land home.”

The Church’s condemnation was followed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s denouncement of the act, saying in a statement earlier in the day that that attack was “a criminal act” and that “those responsible for it must be severely punished.”