Vol 41 No 1
WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL?
THE VOCATIONS PROJECT IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
THE FAMILY IN AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY: Christianity's contribution to understanding the family and its role
Francine and Byron Pirola
MARRIAGE IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH: He sent them out two by two ... Luke 10:1
FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE
Marie Farrell RSM
ECUMENICAL CONSENSUS ON MARY
Desmond O'Donnell OMI
A LENTEN MEDITATION
Frank OLoughlin, The Future of the
Sacrament of Penance. Strathfield: St Pauls Publications, 2007. ISBN 9781921032080
(pbk) and ISBN 1 921032 08 1 (pbk).
Frank OLoughlin is parish priest of Sandringham, Melbourne. He was
Director of the Diocesan Liturgy Centre in Melbourne for fifteen years,
and he writes and lectures widely on Sacramental Theology and Liturgy.
He wrote this book because fellow priests at a Convention of the Australian
Council of Priests urged him to.
The Sacrament of Penance has fallen on hard times. The use of the Sacrament
is in serious decline and many report dissatisfaction with the experience
of the Sacrament, both penitents and confessors. Even high quality liturgical
celebrations of the Second Rite draw disappointing numbers of parishioners.
The Sacrament is generally considered a spiritual discipline or moral
practice rather than a Sacrament. Something has to be donebut what?
The author looks back in history to discover the richness of the tradition
of the Sacrament. It has always been a Sacrament that has developed or
changed according to circumstances and the culture of the times. He then
explores the foundations of the Sacrament in Scripture, especially the
death and resurrection of Jesus, and the concept of memorial. He focusses
on what is important for the proper understanding of the Sacrament and
for finding suitable ways to celebrate it.
What is most needed, he concludes, is a change of mentality. Only if that
occurs will we have a Sacrament of Penance worthy of the name.
Barry M Coldrey, Sacred Places, Pilgrim
Paths: A Guide to Catholic Pilgrimages in France and Belgium. Tamanaraik
Press, 2006. P.O. Box 12792, aBecket Street Post Office, Melbourne, 8006.
Tel: (03) 9480-2119 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org. $24.95 (postage and
Australia hs been Christianised for only two hundred years; there are
few pilgrimage centres. The shrine to Blessed Mary McKillop in North Sydney
is an exception. However, in the British Isles and Ireland, spring and
summer pilgrimages are popular, while among Christians and spiritual seekers
in Western Europe, pilgrimages are huge, especially among backpackers,
the middle aged and the recently retired.
The book commences with an exploration of the idea and purposes of pilgrimage
and an historical overview of Christian pilgrimage since the fourth century.
The Holy Land, Rome and Santiago de Compostella are the focus at this
However, modern European pilgrimage is predominantly Marian. Mary has
made certain places holy by her presence. The author focuses on Marys
appearances at La Salette, Lourdes, Pontmain, Pellevoisin and LIle
Bouchard in France; and at Beauraing and Banneux in Belgium.
There are also sections on the appearances of Jesus to St Margaret-Mary
Alacoque at Paray-Le-Monial, the shrines of St Bernadette Soubirous at
Nevers, St Joan of Arc at Rouen, and St Therese at Lisieux, together with
small pieces on Rocamadour, Mont St Michel amd Chartres. Taize is also
The book is intended to assist Australian and New Zealand Catholics to
make pilgrimages when they are abroad. Australia has a population of more
than twenty million people and at any one time over one million of them
are living and travelling overseas. The British Isles are their most popular
travel destination, and from London many major centres are easy to access
by car, coach or Eurostar. There is much practical information to assist
pilgrims to reach their destinations hassle-free and make the most of
the pilgrimage experience.