The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161


News and Announcements

25th June, 2017

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From the Parish Priest's Desk


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As many of you may be aware, there has been an important development in recent days concerning the Dubia posed last September by four eminent Cardinals to Pope Francis, regarding key aspects of Amoris Laetitia. A letter to the Pope from Cardinal Caffarra, on behalf of the four, dated 25th April 2017, and delivered by hand on 6th May, requesting an audience with His Holiness, has been made public after having gone - thus far - unanswered. It is a grave matter when the Pope refuses to receive those who have respectfully requested to see him, most especially when those seeking audience are bound by their sacred office to offer His Holiness their counsel. The details may be found here:

.http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/full-text-of-dubia-cardinals-letter-asking-pope-for-an-audience

As we approach the Solemnity of Sts Peter & Paul, I urge you to redouble your prayers for the Church, the Pope, and those Cardinals who are seeking to defend the doctrine and discipline of the Church in relation to marriage, the Holy Eucharist, and the moral law. I am conscious that on the day I write this (22nd June), we mark the anniversary of St John Fisher’s martyrdom in 1535.

In these circumstances, the talk given by Cardinal Caffarra to the Rome Life Forum on 19th May, 2017, assumes an even greater significance. We continue the text of His Eminence’s recent talk below (with thanks to LifeSite news).

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr Glen Tattersall

Parish Priest

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Yet, not being pure spirit, the human person is not solely interiority. Human interiority is expressed and manifested in construction of the society in which he or she lives. Human interiority is expressed and manifested in culture, as an essential dimension of human life as such. Culture is the mode of living which is specifically human.

Given that man is positioned between two opposing forces, the condition in which he finds himself must necessarily give rise to two cultures: the culture of the truth and the culture of the lie. There is a book in Holy Scripture, the last, the Apocalypse, which describes the final confrontation between the two kingdoms. In this book, the attraction of Christ takes the form of triumph over enemy powers commanded by Satan. It is a triumph which comes after lengthy combat. The first fruits of the victory are the martyrs. “The great Dragon, serpent of the primal age, he whom we call the devil, or Satan, seducer of the whole world, was flung down to earth… But they [= the martyrs] overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of the testimony of their martyrdom” [cfr. Ap. 12, 9.11].

2. In this second section, I would like to respond to the following question: in our Western culture, are there developments which reveal with particular clarity the confrontation between the attraction exerted over man by the Crucified-Risen One, and the culture of the lie constructed by Satan? My response is affirmative, and there are two developments in particular.

The first development is the transformation of a crime [termed by Vatican Council II nefandum crimen], abortion, into a right. Note well: I am not speaking of abortion as an act perpetrated by one person. I am speaking of the broader legitimation which can be perpetrated by a judicial system in a single act: to subsume it into the category of the subjective right, which is an ethical category. This signifies calling what is good, evil, what is light, shadow. “When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies”. This is an attempt to produce an “anti-Revelation”.

What in fact is the logic which presides over the ennoblement of abortion?

Firstly, it is the profoundest negation of the truth of man. As soon as Noah left the floodwaters, God said: “Whoever sheds the blood of a man, by a man shall that person’s blood be shed, for in his own image God made man” [Gen. 9, 6].

The reason why man should not shed the blood of man is that man is the image of God. Through man, God dwells in His creation. This creation is the temple of the Lord, because man inhabits it. To violate the intangibility of the human person is a sacrilegious act against the Sanctity of God. It is the Satanic attempt to generate an “anti-creation”.

By ennobling the killing of humans, Satan has laid the foundations for his “creation”: to remove from creation the image of God, to obscure his presence therein.


St Ambrose writes: “The creation of the world was completed with formation of the masterpiece which is man, which… is in fact the culmination of creation, the supreme beauty of every created being” [Exam., Sixth day, Disc 9, 10.75; BA I, page 417]. At the moment at which the right of man to order the life and the death of another man is affirmed, God is expelled from his creation, because his original presence is denied, and his original dwelling-place within creation – the human person – is desecrated.

The second development is the ennoblement of homosexuality. This in fact denies entirely the truth of marriage, the mind of God the Creator with regard to marriage.

The Divine Revelation has told us how God thinks of marriage: the lawful union of a man and woman, the source of life. In the mind of God, marriage has a permanent structure, based on the duality of the human mode of being: femininity and masculinity. Not two opposite poles, but the one with and for the other. Only thus does man escape his original solitude.

……to be continued next week

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Solemnity of Sts Peter & Paul – Thursday, 29th June: parishioners are especially encouraged to attend the Solemn Mass at 7.30 pm on Thursday, to pray for the Church and for the Supreme Pontiff in these difficult and critical times. Please note there will be no evening Mass on Friday 30th June.

Proposed school – information night, Thursday 20th July: our education committee has been continuing its work on the feasibility of a school to be associated with the Newman Parish. We are at the point where we would like to share our research with interested parents, and seek their feedback. What is under consideration is a co-educational school commencing in Year 5, growing via stages through to Year 12, based on a classical curriculum (the Trivium). An information night will be held at St Aloysius’ school library on Thursday, 20th July, commencing at 7.30 pm. Those wishing to attend are asked to register by contacting our Parish secretary, John Mardling, by email: secretary@newmanparish.org.

Latin classes will continue to run for a third term this year, and are open to beginners interested in joining. Students discover Latin through reading a narrative and understanding the language in context. The provided texts focus on the language of the Vulgate and the Missal. No prior knowledge is required. Term Three will begin on Sunday, 23rd of July and will run for 10 weeks. The classes, taught by Dr David Garland, are held in Maryvale, commencing approximately 15 minutes after Solemn Mass on Sundays and running for an hour. The cost is $50 for the term, with profits going to Notre Dame Priory in Tasmania. Anyone interested in joining in Term Three is invited to attend on Sunday, 2nd of July directly after Solemn Mass in Maryvale for further information.

Newman Parish reading and study group: a meeting will be held after the Solemn Mass today to discuss the establishment of a Parish reading and discussion group. The group will seek to study and learn from some of the great Catholic writers and historians of our great patrimony, including Belloc, Tolkien, Chesterton, Dawson and others. Those interested are encouraged to attend this meeting. Suggestions regarding authors and works for study are welcome. For Further information, please contact David De Leon on 0431 891 811, or Stephen Jury on 0433 575 087.

Legion of Mary: the Newman Parish Praesidium has now commenced, and meets at Maryvale every Wednesday at 7.30 pm (for approximately one hour). Those interested in becoming active members, are invited to attend this Wednesday. Those unable to attend the weekly meeting may become Auxiliary members, lending support to the Legion by their prayers. Inquiries: Lili Morgan, : elizabeth.hungerfordmorgan@gmail.com.

Investiture in the scapular of Our Lady of Mt Carmel: investiture in the scapular will be provided after the 10.30 am and 5 pm Masses on Sunday, 16th July (feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel). Scapulars will be available for purchase, or one may provide one’s own. If one has already been invested, this is not repeated, even if one had laid the scapular aside for a time. Children, even infants, may be enrolled.

Right to Life Australia – Tuesday, 27th June: “A Doctor-Assisted Disaster for Medicine”, lecture by Prof. Toffler. Professor Toffler MD from Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon. He has seen the dire effect of assisted-suicide laws on patients and his profession. Venue : St. John Vianney’s Parish Hall, 23 Police Road, Mulgrave, Vic. Time : 7.30pm - 9pm. Info : Linda - rtl@rtlaust.com or phone (03) 93850100 e-booking : www.righttolife.com.au. Free Entry.

Life Dinner – Saturday, 29th July: special guest speaker Dr Robert Kaplan, forensic psychiatrist speaking on – “Euthanasia as Medical Murder : a study of historical cases.” Vote of thanks – Mr Paul Russell, founder of HOPE, Anti-Euthanasia Group. Date: Saturday 29th July at 6.30pm : Pre-Dinner drinks with nibbles. 7pm : Dinner – Two course meal. Auction / Silent Auction / Raffle Venue : Aurora Receptions, 149 Donald St. Brunswick East, Vic. Time: 6.30pm – 11pm. Tickets : Adult $80 Student : $65. RSVP: Wed. 26th July 2017. Ann-Maree Ph : 98160800 Mobile : 0447 352 252 Email : amkiely@family.org.au, OR register online at www.family.org.au/life2017.

For your diary: the Parish dinner dance will be on Saturday evening, 26th August. Tickets will go on sale early in July.

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