Sydney

The Cardinal Down Under

In the Baltimore of the 1960s, my canny pastor devised a neat scheme for getting “Father Visitor” (as the confessional doors read) to fill in during the summer for his vacationing curates: bring over newly-ordained Australians from their studies in Rome. There were no language issues (save for those of, er, accent); by the standards … Read more

The Faking Hoaxer and the power of images

About two years ago, a young man — name unknown — took on the moniker of The Faking Hoaxer (TFH), and began uploading a series of astonishing short films to YouTube. These aren’t your standard videos of dolled-up teens singing along to Lady GaGa. Rather, TFH’s specialty is producing disturbingly realistic footage of fictional disasters, … Read more

I’ve just returned to my hotel room in Sydney after meeting with Cardinal Pell and his secretary, Michael Casey. I don’t need to tell anyone what an extraordinary man, and bishop, he is.  He’s still recuperating from some heart surgery, so I was very lucky to spend the time with him I did. We discussed … Read more

Just Met With Cardinal Pell As Aussie Journey Comes To An End

I’ve just returned to my hotel room in Sydney after meeting with Cardinal Pell and his secretary, Michael Casey. I don’t need to tell anyone what an extraordinary man, and bishop, he is.  He’s still recuperating from some heart surgery, so I was very lucky to spend the time with him I did. We discussed … Read more

Hudson Down Under

Brenda Steele here: Deal is just now arriving in Melbourne, Australia, after a marathon flight. He seems no worse for wear, though I’m sure he’s excited to feel the earth beneath his feet after 25 hours in the air. Deal’s trip will keep him in Melbourne, visiting old friends of InsideCatholic, Michael and Karen Hall, … Read more

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