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Graeca sunt, non leguntur…

Two ‘historically significant” languages, Latin and Greek, will become the new litmus in education with news this week of their inclusion in the national curriculum. From July 1, the Abbott Government will fund the expansion of the curriculum to include classical Latin and classical Greek, Hindi, Turkish and Auslan (Australian Sign Language). A sensible and balanced addition…

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Conclave Papers

A priest in the US has paid £5000 for some of the voting papers and tally-sheets from the 1903 Papal Conclave, sold at auction in the UK. Interesting but here in the Cloister we think voting papers and tally-sheets from the 2013 Papal Conclave would be more fun. If we followed the thinking of ex-President of Ireland Mary McAleese,…

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Brisbane News

Remember St Mary’s at South Brisbane and how its pastor Peter Kennedy  turned it into a strange cult before he was removed by Archbishop Bathersby? That was a number of years ago. Recently a Capuchin friar from India has gone there as Parish Priest. The work of normalising the parish begun by Fr Ken Howell has…

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Bill’s Magical Mystery Bus Tour

The Cloister has long insisted that “retired” bishop, Bill Morris, should stop wearing that bloody ridiculous polyester tie with his coat of arms embroidered on it, as it makes him look like a tourist coach driver! Now in what seems a bizarre twist on life imitating art Morris is on national tour to promote his “tell-all book”…