catholicTalk on Lent, women's ordination and more

In recent weeks, catholicTalk staff and volunteers have been sought out by ABC Radio and online to provide some commentary on Lent, bioethics, women’s Ordination and more.

First up, a group of eight young people from Sydney were invited to contribute to a “Please Explain” about Lent.  In a group interview, they spoke about their own experience of Lent, and discussed its relevance for young people today.

It is a great listen, and it can be found here.

Their discussion was also used as the basis for an ABC article titled Lent for millennials.  With the help of the young people interviewed, the writer likened Lent to ‘secular’ fasts like Dry July and Earth Hour, to demonstrate that young Catholics fasting during Lent aren’t as crazy or out of step with the rest of society as one might think!

In another item, catholicTalk coordinator Monica Doumit was invited to discuss a number of hot-button issues alongside former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally.

The first item – and definitely the most hotly debated – was that of women’s Ordination.  Ms Keneally is a strong advocate of ordaining women to the Priesthood, and spoke about it to the ABC.  You can listen to that portion of the program here.

Next up, Ms Keneally and Ms Doumit found common ground on the discussion of issues of bioethics, defending the Church in its opposition to embryonic stem cell research.  You can listen to that portion of the program here.

Both were also asked to reflect on what the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – which wrapped up its public hearings last month – meant for the Church.  In particular, they were invited to respond to extracts from a speech given by Truth, Justice and Healing Council CEO Francis Sullivan, in which he called for a continuous push for change within the Church.  You can listen to that portion of the program here.

Both panellists also responded to a question from a listener about what might be different if they were not Catholic, and participated in a friendly competition on bizarre Catholic trivia.

If you are interested in how you too might be invited to offer a Catholic perspective in the media, then please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We are always keen to hear from potential new contributors!

Thursday, 13 April 2017 03:28 Written by 
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