ONE BIG, HAPPY FAMILY FIRM

From THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD:

In his Easter address at St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney, the Head of the Family Firm told the congregation a secular society was a fast track to loneliness.

"I have emphasised human loneliness this Easter because that is what expert observers of our society are saying is a real problem," he said.

"It is what we would expect to occur given the secularist philosophy we have embraced. This philosophy emphasises the individual and individual rights, it invites us to invent our own lives and it undervalues commitment to other human beings. It is a recipe for loneliness and the path to a very lonely old age."

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ONE BIG, HAPPY FAMILY FIRM — 8 Comments

  1. “This philosophy emphasises the individual and individual rights, it invites us to invent our own lives…”

    Sounds pretty good to me. Sounds caring and protective, in a way that wasn’t always the case in past ages.

    “…and it undervalues commitment to other human beings.”

    Ooops! He’s mixed up his rhetoric there! It’s logical but what he meant to say was, “and it overvalues commitment to other human beings, instead of to God.”

  2. I’m sure the beaches of Sydney were crowded with isolated lonely people enjoying the surf and the sunshine in their isolation and loneliness this Easter. They are lonely together with friends, companions, and family, and with whoever shows up.

  3. Um, is he in the pulpit in that picture? (Looks like it, given the stained glass window behind him.) In a business suit? He disapproves of vestments?

    Why doesn’t he go become a Baptist or something?

  4. Oh Ellie, they all wear business suits if they buy his “brand.” But I don’t think that he is in the pulpit in that picture. It’s a total pose.

  5. Hi, Ellie. Yes, he’s in the pulpit. Yes, in a business suit. He usually wears one. (Well, at least there’s something honest about that.) Yes, he disapproves of vestments . Yes, he did go become a Baptist or something. It’s called “the Diocese of Sydney.”

  6. However, if you are gay and live in one of the parishes that toe his line, they would prefer you went somewhere else to find company. And I have been told by elderly and sick who have the misfortune to reside in one of his parishes, that the clergy are not much interested in visiting either. They are too busy seeking to increase numbers in church to worry about those who have worshipped all their lives in the church but are now too frail to make up the numbers.
    And yes, you would not see much difference in many of the parishes from the Baptists down the road. However I think the Baptists may be more caring.