WHO IS WORTHY?
Ted Kennedy (Preface by Prof Tony Coady), Sydney:
Pluto Press, 2000, pb, 152pp, ISBN: 1864030879.
A radical call for major and profound
change in the Australian Catholic Church, as well as a direct
to the conservatism epitomised by the Archdiocese of Sydney Cardinal
Father Ted Kennedy describes
himself as “a sample of that endangered species – an Australian
Catholic priest”. He is that, but he is more
and even rarer. For what speaks to the reader in this book
is the authentic, singular voice of prophecy, a voice seldom
in the Australian Church. - Professor Tony Coady
An insightful and provocative book that challenges
the new conservatism in
the Australian Catholic Church epitomised by Cardinal George
was released in April 2000
Father Kennedy speaks as a pastor
of 40 years experience including 30 years as the parish
priest of Redfern. He is angry about what he sees as a dangerous
return to the closed mentality which he experienced in his
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 concerned about two groups - each marginalised,
oppressed by the church - gay people and Indigenous Australians.
Kennedy’s plea is for a radical reformation which
would return the Church to the original message of the gospels.
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