The Sydney Morning Herald this morning reports on the situation at St Vincent’s Parish, Redfern in inner-suburban Sydney which has been without a resident parish priest for a month.
State MP, Linda Burney, the first indigenous member of the NSW Parliament, told the congregation of the historical significance of their church, St Vincent’s: "We celebrate the truth of Australia here, warts and all. This is the history we share. This is an honest place."
He had been at St Vincent’s for eight months, following the retirement of Father Ted Kennedy, who had often criticised Catholic leaders and spoken out for indigenous Australians during his 30-year tenure.
The paper reports: "The congregation said the dispute with Father Carroll began when he demanded the removal of Aborigines on the footpath outside the church before Sunday Mass."
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SMH – Church without a priest, but no loss of spirit