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Bishop Pat Power the Canberra Citizen of the Year

By johnboy - 14 March 2009 66

It’s a bit late, but one to record for posterity.

Jon Stanhope has announced that Bishop Pat Power is the 2009 Canberra Citizen of the Year.

    “Bishop Power’s commitment extends far beyond the Catholic community. He can always be found providing comfort, companionship and spiritual guidance to those in need, attending to the sick and bereaved, speaking out against prejudice and inequality, or advocating publicly for Aboriginal reconciliation, refugee welfare, peacekeeping, racial respect, the unemployed and the rights of the old and the dying.” Mr Stanhope said.

    “Bishop Power is not only an exceptional example of a priest, but is an extraordinary human being who has spent his life advocating for the betterment of our society.” Mr Stanhope said.

    Mr Stanhope congratulated Bishop Power on the award and said “he is a fitting individual to receive the highest recognition that can be bestowed by the Territory upon one of its own for his sustained contribution to the citizens of Canberra.”

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Bishop Pat Power the Canberra Citizen of the Year
Pommy bastard 9:35 am 15 Mar 09

My apologies, I should not have kicked off this thread with that question.

I’ll happily admit that I am anti-religion, and find the catholic church more reprehensible than most.

But I’m sure the bishop deserves his award, and should be respected for his good works.

Again, my apologies to him, and to the RiotAct.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 7:29 am 15 Mar 09

I think it’s good that someone with strong beliefs get recognition. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a strong moral framework, as opposed to the ‘everything is ok’ void that many people exist within.

Pat is a gentleman, let him have his recognition without some ass launching into stereotypes

+1

memberforbelconnen 3:45 am 15 Mar 09

Sorry, Woody Mann-Caruso. I hadn’t realised you DID go around defending the right of the old and daying to take their own life. Somehow, I missed all that good work you did.

While I’m more than a little skeptical about religion, I don’t see why this guy needs to be flamed. Bigotry is the enemy though, as noted above.

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:15 am 15 Mar 09

And by the way, religious vilification is not legal in this country.

“I believe in, and talk to, invisible beings who control the world!”
“Well, it’s hospital for you, my mentally ill friend.”
“No, it’s my religion! Police, arrest that man! I’m being oppressed!”
“Right away, Your Holiness!”

I’m guessing he doesn’t go around defending the rights of the old and dying to take their own life.

bigfeet 11:34 pm 14 Mar 09

vg said :

God forbid a member of the Catholic ministry gets an award. I mean shouldn’t they all be lumped in with the ped priests.

I mean all Muslims are terrorists and all Brazilian women are stunning………aren’t they

Pat is a gentleman, let him have his recognition without some ass launching into stereotypes

I don’t personally know him, but from what I hear, he is a genuine guy who does a lot of good. And I would never, ever, play the “all catholic priests are peadophiles” card.

I do have a problem with all religions. I think that, on the whole, they do more harm than good, but this thread is not the place to discuss it. I probably shouldn’t have made my earlier comment here about that.

Oh and vg, in my experience…all Brazilian women are stunning!!

vg 11:18 pm 14 Mar 09

God forbid a member of the Catholic ministry gets an award. I mean shouldn’t they all be lumped in with the ped priests.

I mean all Muslims are terrorists and all Brazilian women are stunning………aren’t they

Pat is a gentleman, let him have his recognition without some ass launching into stereotypes

Granny 10:48 pm 14 Mar 09

nanzan said :

It is okay to be Catholic, it really is. Catholicism is not the enemy. I think bigotry might be, however.

I agree, nanzan. It really wouldn’t occur to me to worry about what religion or political persuasion a person is. It’s none of my business. I care more about who they are than what they believe.

bigfeet 10:42 pm 14 Mar 09

nanzan said :

It is okay to be Catholic, it really is. Catholicism is not the enemy. I think bigotry might be, however.

Why is it that if one person believes in some sort of invisible superbeing that controls everything and sets rules and laws that if you don’t comply with you will be harshly punished they are considered to be mentally ill?

But if a million or more people believe in a similar concept, that is considered a religion?

nanzan 10:03 pm 14 Mar 09

Anyone who speaks their mind on controversial and difficult subjects – even when this is done with great empathy, love and tact, as is Bishop Pat’s way – is bound to attract great opposition and even animosity, from both within and without the Church.

Bishop Power is a deeply decent, committed, ecumenical, compassionate and humble man. If you have never spoken to him, may I suggest that you take the time to say g’day to him one day and have a chat. He is a great listener…especially for a bishop!!

And by the way, religious vilification is not legal in this country.

It is okay to be Catholic, it really is. Catholicism is not the enemy. I think bigotry might be, however.

Yes, Canberra, Patrick Power is a great person who is trying to represent and emulate a person, whom he knows and loves, who was even greater. A very worthwhile vocation I would have thought.

old canberran 6:11 pm 14 Mar 09

Interesting comments. The guy gets an award for services rendered and immediately gets shot down in flames. I get the feeling it was not a popular choice for some reason or another. Perhaps it’s because he’s a St Eddies boy.

A Noisy Noise Annoys 5:15 pm 14 Mar 09

imhotep said :

Pommy bastard said :

(BP) “What are the Bishop’s stances on contraception, abortion, and paedophile priests?”

Well, given that he’s a Catholic bishop, I imagine he’s against all three. I’m with him on only one of those stances, but he, like anyone, is entitled to his view.

In any event, I think he is being recognised for his actions, not for his beliefs.

I don’t think he’d be opposed to pedophile priests. After all, the Hitler Youth himself is on record as saying that he (the Hitler Youth) – and the church – regard abortion as a far worse crime than child molestation by priests (and everybody else in the Church of Pedophilia).

el 5:02 pm 14 Mar 09

In any event, I think he is being recognised for his actions, not for his beliefs.

Let’s hope so.

imhotep 4:56 pm 14 Mar 09

Pommy bastard said :

(BP) “What are the Bishop’s stances on contraception, abortion, and paedophile priests?”

Well, given that he’s a Catholic bishop, I imagine he’s against all three. I’m with him on only one of those stances, but he, like anyone, is entitled to his view.

In any event, I think he is being recognised for his actions, not for his beliefs.

Granny 4:29 pm 14 Mar 09

I think that any Canberran nominated will have stances on these issues, but nobody else would get asked that question. If it was Jane Doe from The ACT Society for Sweetness and Light nobody would even think to ask.

I have no idea what his stances are, but is that some sort of mini-checklist that should go on the form? And, if so, should it only apply under, ‘If Catholic’ or ‘If Christian or Muslim’?

And if we make the consequences for holding various ethical and moral beliefs too socially punitory is that really a good thing for free speech in a free society?

Pommy bastard 3:54 pm 14 Mar 09

What are the Bishop’s stances on contraception, abortion, and paedophile priests?

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