When they launch
and the Australian
Father Ted Kennedy's
Who is worthy? is an
insightful and provocative book mat challenges the new conservatism in the
Australian Catholic Church epitomised by Melbourne's Archbishop George Pell.
Father Kennedy examines how the Church in Australia has corrupted the basic teachings of Christ and has become a church of exclusion rather than inclusion. He is angry about what he sees as a dangerous return to the closed mentality which he experienced in his youth. He is concerned about two groups -each marginalised, each oppressed by the church -gay people and Indigenous Australians.
Father Kennedy's plea is for a radical
reformation which would return the Church to the original message of the gospels.
" Father Kennedy is the authentic voice of prophecy, a voice seldom heard In the Australian Church. Like all prophets, he is discomforting. The tone is biblical, scholarly, scathing, confrontational, and at times unaffectedly Australian".
ISBN 1 86403 087 9
By David McKenna (Past Rainbow Sash Movement president)
Ted Kennedy is a remarkable priest who has carried on a ministry to urban aboriginals in Sydney for more than 25 years. There has been nothing like his parish community in Redfern anywhere else in Australia.
Ted has now written this book as a criticism of the
response of the Church to the Rainbow Sash and the issues of homosexuality. He
bases his analysis and his criticism on the proposition of freedom of
conscience, especially as
Ted has also examined the response of the Church to the
injustices inflicted on indigenous people, and found it wanting. The statements
of Dr. Pell on this subject are researched and examined. They evoke a very
Tony Coady has described Ted as one of the few authentic prophetic voices in the Church in Australia. He is also very courageous. This is a book that should be read by all engaged Catholics especially by gay and lesbian Catholics. At last a notable figure in the Church has taken on Dr. Pell and is that not long overdue?
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