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Vol 38 No 1


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Neil Brown

Veronica Lawson RSM

Peter Price

Matthew C Ogilvie

Kevin Mark




Bernadette of Lourdes: Her life, death and visions; Thérèse Taylor; Continuum (Burns & Oates), UK, dist. by Allen & Unwin; HB $75.00 [0860123375]; PB $39.95 [0860123383]; 345pp; 235x155mm; 2003

Scholarly biography of Bernadette Soubirous, apparently the first ever in English or French. Traces Bernadette’s story from her impoverished upbringing, through the reported visions and miracles at Lourdes, her life as a Religious, and her death. Draws on previously unpublished testimonies and archival sources. Author makes no judgement on whether Bernadette’s visions were genuine. She places Bernadette’s life and death into the context of her time, and examines her not only in religious terms, but also with reference to themes such as tourism, commercialism, mass-representation and the exploitation of female celebrities. Photographs; notes; bibliography; index. Author is a lecturer in Modern History at Charles Sturt University.

Christian–Muslim Intermarriage in Australia: Identity, social cohesion or cultural fragmentation; Dr Abe W. Ata; David Lovell Publishing; PB $30.00 [1863550992]; 136pp; 230x150mm; 2003

Arising from the author’s lifelong interest in cross-cultural, cross-religious and inter-ethic relations, this is a detailed study of marriages between Christians and Muslims in Australia. Keys areas examined include participants’ views of the success or otherwise of their marriage; response of their families and communities; attitudes to children, gender roles and responsibilities; experience of discrimination or tolerance; and religious and cultural identity. Book is an extension of the author’s research found in Intermarriage Between Christians and Muslims: A West Bank study (2000). Charts; bibliography. Bethlehem-born, Palestinian Christian author has taught in Australian, American, Jordanian, Palestinian and Danish universities, and is a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne. Other publications include Religion and Ethnic Identity (3 volumes, 1989–90) and Bereavement and Health in Australia (1994).

Daniel Mannix: Wit and wisdom; Michael Gilchrist; Freedom Publishing; PB $24.95 [095786826X]; 328pp; 210x150mm; 2004

Second edition of a biography of Daniel Mannix (1864–1963), who was Archbishop of Melbourne from 1917. Originally published as Daniel Mannix: Priest and patriot (1982); this edition has been updated and revised. Presents ‘Dr Mannix’ as one of the most influential and controversial churchman in Australian history. In addition to Mannix’s religious leadership, the book also examines his engagement in societal issues such as the World War I conscription campaigns, State Aid, and the Labor split of the 1950s. Incorporates many quotes and stories whereby the author aims to demonstrate Mannix’s ‘wit and wisdom’. Foreword by Cardinal George Pell. Photos; endnotes; bibliography; index. Author is a former teacher at Aquinas College, Ballarat. He succeeded B. A. Santamaria as editor of the religious journal AD2000 when Santamaria died in 1998. Other books include Rome or the Bush: The choice for Australian Catholics (1986) and New Church or True Church (1987).

Deacons and the Church: Making connections between old and new; John N. Collins; Gracewing, UK, dist. by Freedom Publishing; PB $24.95 [0852445547]; 168pp; 215x140mm; 2002

Work of popular theology intended primarily for deacons and drawing on the author’s landmark linguistic and scholarly study, Diakonia: Re-interpreting the ancient sources (1990), and his further subsequent research on the diaconate. Author begins with a survey of developments in the ministry of deacons in the modern period, in a wide range of denominations. The core of the book is exposition on the key passages in the New Testament and other early Christian texts on ministry/diakonia that would be familiar to deacons but here are presented anew. A concluding chapter offers links between the ancient texts and the modern diaconate. Bibliography of authors and works cited; index of names; index of early Christian literature. Author has undertaken biblical studies in Rome, Jerusalem and London, and teaches at Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak, and at Yarra Theological Union, within the Melbourne College of Divinity. His other previous books include Are All Christians Ministers? (1992).

Dealing With Bullies: A gospel response to the social disease of adult bullying; Gerald A. Arbuckle SM; St Pauls; PB $19.95 [1876295694]; 152pp; 215x140mm; 2003

First of the ‘Windows Into…’ series, providing concise introductions to contemporary issues, encouraging thought, conversation and informed action. Describes what adult bullying is, its forms, characteristics of bullies, the impact on victims, and cultures of bullying. A concluding chapter offers a gospel response, providing practical ways of preventing bullying and dealing with it when it happens. Summaries; questions for reflection; further reading guide; notes. Author is internationally known for his application of cultural anthropological insights to the church, religious life and evangelisation. Previous books include Refounding the Church: Dissent for leadership (1993) and Grieving for Change: A spirituality for refounding gospel communities (1991).

Easter Faith: Believing in the Risen Jesus; Gerald O’Collins SJ; Darton, Longman and Todd, UK, dist. by Rainbow Book Agencies; PB $31.95 [0232525099]; 132pp; 215x135mm; 2003

Author draws on a life-time’s research and study to review of the evidence for the credibility of the resurrection of Jesus. Topics examined include the search for analogies to the resurrection, historical evidence and its limits, testimony to and personal experience of the Risen Christ, historical and theological aspects of the empty tomb, and Easter as revelation and redemption in the Gospels. Notes; select bibliography; index of names. Author is an Australian-born Jesuit priest who is Professor of Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome. Among the 40 books he has authored are The Easter Jesus (1973/1980) and Experiencing Jesus (1994).

A Finger Pointing to the Moon: A history of the Association for Supervised Pastoral Education in Australia, 1967–2000; Joan M. Kenny; John Garratt Publishing; PB $34.95 [1920721045]; 280pp; 210x150mm; 2003

History of the Association for Supervised Pastoral Education in Australia (ASPEA), which was formed by a group of pastoral care educators from several churches and adopted a supervision and training process largely derived from the American model of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). This ecumenical association has provided many trained workers for hospital chaplaincies, pastoral care centres and parishes. Foreword by Pam Kerr, Director of Lay Education for the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. Notes; guide to sources; index. Author was a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Australian Catholic University until 1995. She has written numerous texts for students and teachers as well as a history of Christ College, Melbourne, Prologue to the Future (1996).

A Generation Betrayed: Deconstructing Catholic education in the English-speaking world; Eamonn Keane; Hatherleigh Press, USA, dist. by Rainbow Book Agencies; HB $57.95 [1578260884]; 338pp; 235x160mm; 2002

Critique of modern Catholic catechetical theory and practise, which examines in detail the contribution of Thomas Groome’s Shared Christian Praxis and Elizabeth Shussler-Fiorenza’s ‘Feminist Theology of Liberation’. Discusses the philosophical and theological influences on Groome and Fiorenza and their writings are contrasted with the author’s account of traditional Catholic views on the hierarchical church, the ministerial priesthood, the Trinity and Christology. He argues these authors revisit ancient heresies. Concludes with four case studies of ‘Chaos in Religious Education and Theology’, each of which revolve around Australian institutions, courses or texts. Preface by Fabian W. Bruskewitz, Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska; foreword by Donna Steichen, author of Ungodly Rage; introduction by Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Wrenn, author of Catechisms and Controversies. References; index. Irish-born author has lived in New South Wales for over 20 years and has been teaching in secondary schools since 1976, including as a Religious Education Coordinator in a Catholic school. He is founder and current President of the Population and Environment Research Institute, Sydney. Previous books include The Ordained Priesthood: The real issues (1996) and Humanae Vitae: Wisdom for all ages (1998).

The Gift of Saint Francis; John Davis & Don McMonigle; illustrated by Lynne Muir; John Garratt Publishing; HB $19.95 [1920721002]; 128pp; 150x150mm; 2003

Giftbook presentation of the life, legends, prayers and message of St Francis of Assisi. Presents Franciscan spirituality as having abiding relevance, especially in our time. Illustrated throughout with original colour illustrations, calligraphy and decorations by artist Muir, who also illustrated the previous book in this series, The Gift of Saint Benedict (2002). Foreword by James Cowan; further reading list. Authors are Melbourne-based Anglican priests with long associations with Assisi.

Icons of Grace: Ministry with the frail elderly; William Goldsworthy; Desbooks; PB $19.95 [0949824356]; 64pp; 215x140mm; 2003

Theological and practical to ministry with the frail elderly, who are presented as ‘icons of grace’ – living signs of God’s unconditional love and acceptance. Topics include a theology of grace for older persons, worship with older persons, responses to worship, and exploring the links between grace and worship. Ministry with the elderly is presented as a two-way process. Preface by David B. Oliver, of Care in Aging Services at the University of Missouri Health Care, USA. Endnotes. Author is a minister in the Uniting Church in Australia with many year’s pastoral experience in working with the elderly.

Indonesian Islam: Social change through contemporary fatawa; M. B. Hooker; Allen & Unwin; PB $35.00 [1741140862]; 320pp; 215x140mm; 2003

Volume in the Asian Studies Association of Australia’s Southeast Asia Publications series. Study of Indonesian Islamic thinking, focusing on how it has responded to changes in social and cultural practice in the period 1920 to 1990, and hence providing a case study of how this ancient religion has dealt with contemporary challenges in ethics and morality. Examines how the Islamic authorities have ruled on issues such as purity and representation of doctrine, religious obligations, the status and capacity of women, Islam and medical science, and offences against religion. Guide to sources; glossary and abbreviations; notes; bibliography; index. Author is Professor of Law at Australian National University, and an Honorary Senior Associate of the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne. Previous books include Islam in South-East Asia (editor, 1983) and Islamic Law in South-East Asia (1984).

Joseph; Anna Fienberg; illustrated by Kim Gamble; Allen & Unwin; PB $13.95 [1864481706]; 32pp; 250x240mm; 2003

Paperback release of a picture storybook for children based on the story of Joseph, son of Jacob, found in the biblical book of Genesis. First published in 2001. Joseph is a master of dreams but is betrayed by his jealous brothers. But when his family are in need, Joseph has the opportunity to help them from starvation. Colour illustrations throughout, created by oils on paper. Author and illustrator have previously collaborated on a number of other children’s books including The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels (1991) and The Hottest Boy Who Ever Lived (1993).

The King’s Daughter: Hildegard of Bingen: A medieval romance; Mary O’Connell; Handmaid Press, PO Box 6323, UNSW, Sydney NSW 1466, email: handmaidpress@hotmail.com, website: www.pawtraits.biz/Handmaid.htm; PB $29.95 [0975146807]; 431pp; 210x145mm; 2003

Novel based on the life of the medieval Benedictine nun, healer, musician, teacher and visionary, Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179), and focusing on the period 1148–1153. In an obscure monastery Hildegard lies deadly ill. Heading towards the Abbey is Henry, the Archbishop of Mainz, charged with saving her book of divine visions. List of characters; notes on the text; references; select bibliography. Author is a historian currently completing her PhD on an Irish-Australian 20th-century visionary, Eileen O’Connor (1892–1921), who co-founded Sydney’s Brown Nurses.

Lighting the Path: The Dalai Lama teaches on wisdom and compassion; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; edited and translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa; Lothian Books; HB $29.95 [0734405812]; 268pp; 200x135mm; 2003

Official collection of teachings given by the Dalai Lama during his visit to Australia and New Zealand in May 2002. Encourages people to place their lives in a wider context to increase their wisdom and compassion for others. Presents both informal talks and discussions, as well as the Dalai Lama’s talks on major Buddhist teachings, including the Four Noble Truths, Atisha’s ‘Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment’, and the ‘Eight Verses of Mind Training’. Foreword by Chope Paljor Tsering, the Dalai Lama’s representative in Australasia. Colour photos; glossary; endnotes; recommended reading; index. Author is the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and received the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. Editor has been his principal English translator since 1986.

The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor: The Magnificat revisited; Marie Farrell rsm; Australian Catholic Social Justice Council; PB $5.50 [1864202483]; 32pp; 215x140mm; 2003

Number 48 in the ‘Catholic Social Justice’ series. Reflection on the Canticle of Mary (Luke 1:46–55) to discover its meaning for Christian prayer and practice today. Argues that Mary emerges as pre-eminent among the disciples, is the exemplar of biblical justice, and the ‘Mirror of Justice’ for the Church. Foreword by ACSJC chairman, Christopher A. Saunders, Bishop of Broome. Endnotes. Author is a Sister of Mercy of the Singleton Congregation, a lecturer in Christian spirituality and the theology Mary at the Catholic Institute of Sydney, and facilitates retreats and short courses at the Spirituality Centre at Randwick, NSW.

The New Believers: Re-imagining God; Rachael Kohn; HarperCollinsPublishers; PB $29.95 [0732275318]; 272 pp; 235x150mm; 2003

Discussion and assessment of contemporary trends reshaping religion and spirituality. Topics include the influence of the self-help movement, new interpretations of the Bible, the Westernisation of Buddhism, Goddess religion, the renewal of Jewish mysticism, and the moral agenda of environmentalism. Also critiques aspects of these trends including religious extremism, and the lack of moral direction. Endnotes; bibliography; index. Author has a doctorate in Religious Studies and produces and presents the weekly programs The Spirit of Things and The Ark on ABC Radio National.

The Passion: Photography from the movie The Passion of the Christ; photographed by Ken Duncan & Philippe Antonello; Tyndale House Publishers, USA, dist. by W. A. Buchanan; HB $34.95 [0842373624]; 143pp; 295x235mm; 2004

Official tie-in book to the movie The Passion of the Christ (2004), directed by Mel Gibson. Presents around one hundred full-colour stills from the movie, some accompanied by brief excerpts from the screenplay by Benedict Fitzgerald and Gibson. Each section is prefaced by a narrative collated from the Gospel narratives and using the New Living Translation. Also includes a brief selection of behind-the-scenes photos. Foreword by Gibson. Photographer Duncan is an Australian best-known for his panoramic photographs of the Australian landscape. Antonello was the movie’s official still photographer.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation; David M. Coffey; Liturgical Press, USA, dist. by John Garratt Publishing; PB $55.95 [0814625193]; 189pp; 230x150mm; 2001

Volume in the ‘Lex Orandi’ series, which attempts to derive a theology of the seven sacraments primarily from the typical celebrations of the current Roman Rites. This volume discusses the theology of the sacrament of reconciliation that emanated from the reformed rites promulgated after Vatican II. Successive chapters present a theology of sin, the Church’s ministry of reconciliation, the parts of the sacrament of reconciliation, an examination of the rites of reconciliation, and the author’s proposals for the future of the sacrament. Preface by series editor John D. Laurance SJ. Notes; index. Author is a priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney and holds the William J. Kelly SJ Chair of Theology at Marquette University. His previous books include Deus Trinitas: The doctrine of the triune God (1999).

Sex, Power and the Clergy; Muriel Porter; Hardie Grant Books; PB $29.95 [1740660269]; 222pp; 230x150mm; 2003

Account and analysis by a Christian feminist and historian of the current controversies regarding sexual abuse within the churches. A detailed account is given of the crisis, both in Australia and internationally. A further chapter offers background to the controversy in Australia. Subsequent chapters discuss issues such as whether the media has conspired against the churches, the relationship of sexual abuse to issues of power and accountability in the church, whether celibacy is a contributing factor in the cases involving the Catholic Church, the neglect of women and children in the church. The final chapter appeals for reform in the churches. Notes; index. Author lectures in journalism at RMIT University, Melbourne, and is a prominent laywoman in the Anglican Church. Previous books include Women in the Church: The great ordination debate in Australia (1989) and Sex, Marriage, and the Church (1996).

Stem Cells: Science, medicine, law and ethics; Norman M. Ford & Michael Herbert; St Pauls; PB $19.95 [1876295740]; 111pp; 215x140mm; 2003

Second volume in the ‘Windows Into...’ series. Introduction for the general reader to scientific, medical, legal, therapeutical and ethical perspectives on stem cell research. Also offers an overview of relevant Australian and overseas legislation. Presents information to assist the formation of a Catholic ethical perspective on these issues, and also examines the views of secular ethicists. Topics covered include stem cell science; international government policies; potential benefits and future prospects of stem cell technology; and ethical considerations. Produced in collaboration with the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics, Melbourne, of which co-author Ford is the Director. Diagrams; internet resources; select bibliography; notes. Ford is a Salesian priest and lectures in bioethics at the Catholic Theological College, Melbourne. Previous books include When Did I Begin? (1991) and The Prenatal Person (2002). Herbert works in health ethics and has completed studies at Monash University and the Institute for Reproduction and Development, Victoria.

Unfinished Business: Texts and addresses from the Unfinished Business Conference, including the Inaugural Eddie Mabo Memorial Lecture and Dinner; edited by John Rickard & Vince Ross; Desbooks; PB $24.95 [0949824364]; 204pp; 220x220mm; 2002

Collection of texts and addresses presented at the Unfinished Business Conference, held in Melbourne in June 2002 to honour the memory of Eddie Mabo and to discuss persistent issues relating to indigenous Australians ten years after the Mabo decision. The Eddie Mabo Memorial Lecture is by Fred Chaney and Geoff Clark. The additional texts are presented according to the six sessions of the conference: Land and sea justice; Talking treaty; Comments from Federal politicians; Race, identity and power; Journey of healing; and Vision for the future. In each case the texts of the speakers, panel discussion, and small group comments are given. Contributors include Tim Costello, Simon Crean, Rick Farley, Norman Habel, Lilian Holt, Jackie Huggins, Audrey Ngingali Kinnear, Aden Ridgeway, and Vicki Walker. Photos; contributor notes. Rickard is Executive Director of the Commission for Mission within the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. Ross is Victorian State Director of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.

Why I am Still a Catholic: Stories of faith and belief; edited by Kate Englebrecht; David Lovell Publishing; PB $19.95 [1863551018]; 142pp; 205x130mm; 2003

Collection of 14 first-hand accounts by Australians of why they remain in the Catholic Church in spite of the many controversies it faces today. The contributors are Lionel Bowen, Veronica Brady, Frank Brennan SJ, Edmund Campion, Annette Cunliffe RSC, Bishop Hilton Deakin, Marea Doovan, Geraldine Doogue, Kate Englebrecht, John Menadue, Teresa Pirola, David Ranson, Bishop David Walker, and Michael Whelan. The texts were presented as part of a series of talks the editor organised as Coordinator of Spirituality at the Centre for Christian Spirituality in Randwick, Sydney. Englebrecht is a convert to Catholicism and founding member of Catalyst for Renewal, the sponsoring organisation of the Spirituality in the Pub groups.

Kevin Mark is editor of Guide to New Australian Books and a former religious publisher for HarperCollins Publishers.


In the previous edition of Compass, the book listing on the web version of Anthony Kelly’s An Expanding Theology referred to it having an updated biography. The word should have been ‘bibliography’.