Articles by: Patty Fawkner

As Christians we called to create a community of radical inclusion

A “preferential option for the other” is at the heart of the Gospel, and what...

Posted on: May 16, 2022

On Anzac Day there is a time for poetry, a time to speak, and a time to keep silent

Disturbing images and stories ascend from the ashes in Ukraine. We are heavy-hearted and disturbed...

Posted on: April 19, 2022

Structural change within the Church is needed in the fight for justice

The Plenary Council is an opportunity to amend structures of governance, language, and preaching, which...

Posted on: March 14, 2022

Resisting the impatient desire to reform other people

Minding my own business does not mean that I don’t care about others. But this...

Posted on: February 15, 2022

It’s not easy being Christian, let alone being Catholic

Being faithful to the Gospel comes at a cost but regaining the respect of others...

Posted on: December 13, 2021

Plenary Council reveals a diversity that is both enriching and challenging

When the Catholic Church in Australia gathered online for the first General Assembly of the...

Posted on: October 19, 2021

Sexual and gender minorities are among those most excluded in our Church

One thing for certain we can say about Jesus, and therefore about God, is that...

Posted on: September 15, 2021

We become the stories we tell ourselves

I cannot control what others think about me or their expectations of me, but I...

Posted on: August 18, 2021

When a picture paints a thousand words that reveal the truth

In the quest for truth and justice, the media holds up a mirror that reveals...

Posted on: July 20, 2021

Advocating for a consistent ethic of life is not limited to abortion

I am proud to name myself as a feminist. Yet, I part ways with the...

Posted on: June 15, 2021

Respect@Work shines a light on male-dominated workplace cultures

This report on women’s safety in the workplace has implications for the Catholic Church in...

Posted on: May 18, 2021

Let the Risen One easter in us

The resurrection wasn’t a once-off event, simply about Jesus. It was and continues to be...

Posted on: April 20, 2021