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Bishop Pat Power the Canberra Citizen of the Year

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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BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 8:44 am 17 Mar 09

Zilog said :

He’s at least as decent and nice a man as Brother Kostka. Obviously.

Hey Zilog – I can’t say too much for reasons that will (hopefully) become obvious in the near future, however, given my position with Time For Healing ACT I am hoping to speak to Pat Power soon seeking his position on the Churches ongoing poor handling of current case (i.e the sexual abuse of students at Marist and Daramalan).

On Kostka: he was charged again recently in relation to the sexual abuse of a student at a school in his pre-Marist days.

Thumper Thumper 8:21 am 17 Mar 09

If people want religion in their lives then what is the problem? It stems from ancient beliefs in sun god, moon gods, tree gods, water gods, whatever. Really, todays religions are nothing more than this, except organised.

I’m agnostic so I’ll sit on the fence. However I’m certainly not going to bag out moderate believers, as much as i’m not going to bag out athiests.

Each to their own I reckon. After all, we’re supposed to be a tolerant society are we not?

Geez, should I break into Ebony and Ivory now 😉

(Extremist of all ilks should be thrown to lions though, or at least ground up for food for trout farms)

Zilog Zilog 5:39 am 17 Mar 09

He’s at least as decent and nice a man as Brother Kostka. Obviously.

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 5:12 pm 16 Mar 09

Pommy bastard said :

FJ, are you seriously telling me that Bishops and other clerics do not get more attention paid to their views, and a better platform to pontificate from, for being leaders in their sects and/or being better at believing their chosen version of the fairy tales?

For being leaders, yes. It’s hard to actually be a leader if no-one pays you any attention. Darwin meets organised religion. Having said that, I don’t think religious leaders get much press unless the meeja thinks their utterances are controversial enough.

Being better at believing? Probably not. Remember the old Yes Minister line about the number of atheists in the church of england. Better at toeing the party line perhaps.

I think the liberal priests and bishops who are out there arguing for the ordination of women and gays deserve some credit, don’t you? Particularly as the Catholic Church is well-known for kicking out the liberal dissenters, or finding other ways of keeping them quiet. Since the OP is about Pat Power, I’d be interested in whether you can focus your lens a bit on him, to see if you have any evidence that he’s as bad as the rest (e.g. the current pope).

peterh peterh 5:04 pm 16 Mar 09

Pommy bastard said :

FJ, are you seriously telling me that Bishops and other clerics do not get more attention paid to their views, and a better platform to pontificate from, for being leaders in their sects and/or being better at believing their chosen version of the fairy tales?

not from atheists.

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 4:53 pm 16 Mar 09

or daughter.

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 4:52 pm 16 Mar 09

NoAddedMSG said :

Furry Jesus: I have seen some research which suggests that the way you ask the religion question on the census has an affect on the outcome… that is, some people will read down the list and pick out the first answer that vaguely fits them, tick, then move on. So if you put “no religion” first, you get a higher % of the population ticking that box than you do if you put the “no religion” box last on the list. My understanding is that in the Australian census, “no religion” is put last.

Bless you, my son.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 4:52 pm 16 Mar 09

FJ, are you seriously telling me that Bishops and other clerics do not get more attention paid to their views, and a better platform to pontificate from, for being leaders in their sects and/or being better at believing their chosen version of the fairy tales?

NoAddedMSG NoAddedMSG 4:46 pm 16 Mar 09

Furry Jesus: I have seen some research which suggests that the way you ask the religion question on the census has an affect on the outcome… that is, some people will read down the list and pick out the first answer that vaguely fits them, tick, then move on. So if you put “no religion” first, you get a higher % of the population ticking that box than you do if you put the “no religion” box last on the list. My understanding is that in the Australian census, “no religion” is put last.

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 4:45 pm 16 Mar 09

Forget the lions. What about throwing them to WMC and his ‘gang of hard men’?

peterh peterh 4:44 pm 16 Mar 09

Furry Jesus said :

Jim Jones said :

Meh, I’d still like to throw some of ’em to the lions though. Just for kicks.

those Hillsong people or anyone at all from the ‘happy happy joy joy’ brigade perhaps?

hillsong against the happy, happy joy joy brigade, then the winner gets thrown to the lions? twice the entertainment.

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 4:40 pm 16 Mar 09

Jim Jones said :

Meh, I’d still like to throw some of ’em to the lions though. Just for kicks.

those Hillsong people or anyone at all from the ‘happy happy joy joy’ brigade perhaps?

vg vg 4:39 pm 16 Mar 09

justin heywood said :

Ah, what RiotAct debate would be complete without WMC and his faithful cohort of virtual heroes weighing in with a self-serving and sanctimonious lecture about tolerance, compassion and their ability to sniff out ‘bigotry’ no matter where it hides.

Keep it up, tough guys.

Well said, but remember they are internet tough guys. I’d wager there’s a world of difference between their intestinal fortitude and ‘outspoken-ness’ online and in the actual world.

Because someone is a member of the Catholic Church they must all be demons, they could never do any good apparently.

Sort of gives creedence to the ‘takes one to know one’ schoolyard baiting we all learnt as kids when it comes to the identification of bigots by WMC and his ‘gang of hard men’.

I await the pithy and witty hard man retort

Granny Granny 4:32 pm 16 Mar 09

You’re too Aquarian to do something like that.

Granny Granny 4:31 pm 16 Mar 09

I don’t believe you, Jim Jones.

: )

Jim Jones Jim Jones 4:10 pm 16 Mar 09

Meh, I’d still like to throw some of ’em to the lions though. Just for kicks.

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 3:55 pm 16 Mar 09

Jim Jones said :

Religion is crap. Some religious people are good.

It’s not so complex really.

Cricket is a fine sport. Privately, Don Bradman had a dark side. John Howard worshipped the mythological DB, rather than the real one, much like the Bish worships the mythological version of my ancestor, not the real one.

I’m with Granny. Freedom good, discrimination bad.

Granny Granny 3:46 pm 16 Mar 09

I think freedom of religion is a basic human right. I do. I am glad I live in a society that says that discrimination based on religion is wrong.

AngryHenry AngryHenry 3:44 pm 16 Mar 09

peterh said :

AngryHenry said :

So how do they determine a person as being Canberra Citizen of the year?

Is there a vote, if so did anyone who’s commented partake?

Or is it something that the Chief Minister decides?

the chief minister would have a hand in it, wouldn’t he? so that the “wrong” citizen didn’t win…

I did some investigationing, and all I could find out was that you can nominate people, I couldn’t find anything else about voting so I am assuming the CM gets to decide who wins? Unless of course it’s based on the number of nominations they recieve for each person.

Aw hell…

I’m as wise to this as I was when I started.

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 3:41 pm 16 Mar 09

Pommy bastard said :

Actually no I wouldn’t agree FG, most people who are not practicing believers would give a religion in a census.

That’s FJ to you, unbeliever. Don’t know how many people you talk to about religion these days, but many who don’t practice still name their religion by referring to the church their family identified with (e.g. many of my profoundly lapsed Catholic acquaintances still call themselves Catholic). What qualifies as ‘practising/non-practising’ anyway? So, yes, the ABS don’t say anything about margins of error, false positives etc. However, having actually taken a census, I think their figures are a better guide than your personal assertion about ‘most people’

Pommy bastard said :

And even if they are in a majority, and I have no reason to believe that god botherers are in a majority in this country, it doesn’t mean that each head of a sect should have a platform to espouse their own take on the manual, nor to give their views on anything outside of their sect, nor to tell me and others how we should conduct our lives and who we should condemn..

Does the same apply to leaders of other sectors of the community? i.e. no-one’s allowed to abuse their platform by actually using it to be part of a dalogue about things of interest to the rest of us (apart from you). Of course, then we’d be able to flame them for not speaking out. But us plebs just don’t have the brains to work out for ourselves what we think is worth listening to.

You seem to be quite happy using RA as your platform to bestow your views upon us. What sect do you belong to that entitles you to do what you seem to think Pat Power can’t? I notice that you don’t seem to have any particular Pat Power utterences to use as examples of talking outside of the sect, telling us how to live and who to condemn.

The empty vessel…

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