Monday, April 17, 2017

Notes: Thursday, December 1, 2016-Monday, April 17, 2017 (part 3 of 3)

8. Mr. French on 'the rule of law'

See the transcript of "Rights and Freedoms and the Rule of Law" (Victoria Law Foundation's 2017 Law Oration), by The Hon. Robert French A.C., available at the "Law Oration" webpage of Victoria Law Foundation's website:

or go straight hither:

Labels: Democratism, law, liberalism

9. H.M.A. Government's latest Multicultural Statement is available here:

or go straight hither:

The Statement was released on March 20, 2017, judging by the Media Release "Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful", issued jointly by the Prime Minister (The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull M.P.) and the Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs (The Hon. Sen. Zed Seselja), dated March 20, 2017, available at the Prime Ministerial website:

and Sen. Seselja's Ministerial website:

For information about past Federal multicultural statements, see the editorial "Turnbull evokes Howard on multiculturalism", dated March 21, 2017, downloaded from The Sydney Morning Herald's website:

Labels: Democratism, feminism, liberalism, multiculturalism

10. That Atheist straw-man again, this time from Mr. FitzSimons: "I place no credibility in "faith" – belief without evidence to support it – as a reason to guide actions"

The quotation in that headline comes from the article "Congratulations to golf, a shining example of everything that is right with sport", under the sub-heading "Please explain, Sonny", by Mr. Peter FitzSimons A.M., dated April 14, 2017, downloaded from The Sydney Morning Herald's website:

(That quotation came to my attention via the version of the article in question printed as last Saturday's installment of the same writer's "The Fitz Files" column, headlined "Garcia and Rose set par for fair play", under the same sub-heading, on p. 51 in the "WeekendSport" section of The Sydney Morning Herald, weekend issue, April 15-16, 2017, Issue No. 56008, published by Fairfax Media Publications, Pyrmont, N.S.W.)

Labels: atheism

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Easter Monday, A.D. 2017

Notes: Thursday, December 1, 2016-Monday, April 17, 2017 (part 2 of 3)

4. Some sources concerned with, among other matters, the putative Establishment of the Anglican sect in New South Wales in the Colony's earliest years:
  • the pamphlet Remarks on the Status of the Presbyterian Church in the British Colonies, Addressed to the Scottish Presbyterians of Van Diemen's Land., by Mr. James Thomson, printed by H. Melville, Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land, 1835 or thereafter (but no later than 1840):
  • the book A Reply to Judge Burton, of The Supreme Court of New South Wales, on ‘The State of Religion’ in the Colony., by The-then-Rev.-Dr. William Ullathorne O.S.B., published by W. A. Duncan, Sydney, 1840; of greatest interest here is Ch. VI ("THE ESTABLISHMENT.") pp. 49-58 (57-66 in the digital version's reader):
Labels: Anglicans, colonialism, history, N.S.W.

5. An interesting perspective on the relationship between Amoris lætitiæ and Familiaris consortio

See the comment by alexmarison, 13 January 2017 at 8:23 PM, in the combox of the blog post "Maltese Bishops Go To The ‘Amoris laetitia’ Zoo: Disaster… inexcusable nonsense… green-lighting sacrilege", by The Rev. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, dated January 13, 2017, at Fr. Z's Blog :

Labels: Church law, Francis Bergoglio, John Paul II. Wojtyla, marriage

6. An English translation of the Message of the Fifth European Catholic-Orthodox Forum, held in Paris, January 9-12, 2017, is available at The Council of European Bishops' Conferences' website:

Or go straight hither:

(The original French of that Message is available at the same webpage, or you can go straight hither:

That translation is also available at the official website of the pretender Patriarch of Constantinople's representation to the World Council of Churches, under the headline "Message of the Fifth European Catholic-Orthodox Forum", dated January 16, 2017:

(That Message came to my attention via the report "Europe's Catholic, Orthodox leaders pledge to stand against terrorism", by Jonathan Luxmoore for the Catholic News Service (C.N.S.), on p. 2 in the "NEWS" pages of The Catholic Weekly, January 22, 2017, Vol. 73, No. 4964, published by The Archdiocese of Sydney, available under the headline "Europe's Catholic, Orthodox leaders say they'll stand against terrorism", by the same author, dated January 13, 2017, at C.N.S.'s website:

and, dated January 15, 2017, at the Crux website:

Labels: Church and State, Confessional State, liberalism, morals, religious liberty, secularism, Social Reign of Christ

7. H.M.A. Government will continue its "partnership with the International Planned Parenthood Federation to deliver the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program in Crisis and Post Crisis Settings (SPRINT) in the Indo-Pacific region", providing "$9.5 million over three years", bringing the Government's "total contribution to the program to $26.3 million since 2007", leading to "over 890,000 people access[ing] sexual and reproductive health services" already.

The quotations, excluding my square-bracketed interpolation, in that headline come from the media release "Supporting sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian crises", dated February 15, 2017, downloaded from the official website of the Minister for Foreign Affairs (The Hon. Julie Bishop M.P.):

See also the prepared text of the speech "2017 ANU Australasian Aid Conference", with the same date and downloaded from the same website:

(and also available at Ms Bishop's electorate website, under the headline "2017 ANU Australasian Aid Conference, Australian National University, Canberra", with the same date:

(Those two texts came to my attention via the report "Australia pledges $9.5 million to International Planned Parenthood after Trump defunded it", by Caleb Stephen, dated February 17, 2017:

Note that the funding in question is not in response to the so-called Global Gag Rule; H.M.A. Government supports the She Decides fund—set up in response to the restoration of that rule—morally (see the "Statement by Dr Sharman Stone, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls: ‘She Decides’ International Conference", dated March 2, 2017, downloaded from the Government's official Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website:

but not financially ("Fairfax Media has confirmed the government will not be committing any funding", according to the report "Australia pledges nothing to counter Donald Trump's 'global gag rule' abortion order", by Latika Bourke, dated March 3, 2017, downloaded from The Sydney Morning Herald's website:

Labels: abortion, contraception, feminism, foreign affairs

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Easter Monday, A.D. 2017

Notes: Thursday, December 1, 2016-Monday, April 17, 2017 (part 1 of 3)

1. Some changes to this blog's sidebar

Immediately before posting this part of this issue of "Notes", I added links to the Encyclopædia Britannica's website and to The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online to my "Reference links", to Campbelltown City Council's Libraries webpage and to The Catholic Institute of Sydney's homepage to my "Miscellaneous links", and to Dr. Gerard Henderson's Media Watch Dog webpage at The Sydney Institute's website to my "News and opinion links", and I removed from my "Blog links" the respective links to Magisterial Fundies (because it has not been updated in over two years) and to The Sensible Bond (because it's no longer available).

Labels: blogs

2. Two (translations of) recent utterances by H.H. The Pope

2.1 "Vatican Council II tells us about the autonomy of things, of processes and institutions. There is a healthy secularism, for instance, the secularism of the State. In general, a secular State is a good thing; it is better than a confessional State, because confessional States finish badly."

The quotation in that headline is a translation of one attributed to H.H. The Pope in the transcript of an interview for the Dutch-language Belgian nominally Catholic weekly called Tertio, apparently contained in issue no. 878, December 7, 2016; the translation from which I quote is that which is contained in the Holy See Press Office's Daily Bulletin item "Interview with the Holy Father Francis for the Belgian Catholic weekly, “Tertio”", also dated December 7, 2016, downloaded from the Vatican's website:

Warning: Elsewhere in that interview, His Holiness used obscene language:

According to Inés San Martín's report "Pope Francis: media should avoid indulging popular love of smut" (December 7, 2016) at Crux's website, the interview was conducted in Spanish, The Pope's native language:

The Italian-language webpage for the aforementioned Bulletin item also indicates that the interview was in Spanish, and provides, under the headline "Intervista del Santo Padre Francesco al settimanale cattolico belga “Tertio”", what is presumably the text of the original transcript:

(The Spanish transcript is also available at the Spanish-language webpage for that Bulletin item, headlined "Entrevista del Santo Padre Francisco al semanario católico belga “Tertio" (sic—the headline lacks the second pair of inverted commas):

This is presumably the original Spanish of my quotation:
El Vaticano II nos habla de la autonomía de las cosas o de los procesos o de las instituciones. Hay una sana laicidad, por ejemplo, la laicidad del estado. En general, el estado laico es bueno. Es mejor que un estado confesional, porque los estados confesionales terminan mal.
The transcript does not seem to be freely available at Tertio's website.

Earlier in the translated transcript, His Holiness says that The Pope has "spoken about this with the French". I blogged about the interview to which His Holiness refers there in item 7.1.1 of this issue of "Notes", and since then I have learnt that an English translation of the text of that interview, apparently in full, is available at La Croix international's website under the headline "Interview with Pope Francis by La Croix", sub-heading "Christianity not a colonial enterprise", by Guillaume Goubet and Sébastien Maillard, dated December 26, 2016, here:

Labels: Church and State, Confessional State, Francis Bergoglio, liberalism, morals, religious liberty, secularism, Social Reign of Christ, Vatican II

2.2 "And then, since the ceremony is a bit long, some cry out of hunger. If that is the case, mothers, feel free to nurse your babies, without fear, as usual. Just as Our Lady nursed Jesus"

The quotation in that headline was attributed to H.H. The Pope in the Holy See Press Office's Daily Bulletin item "Francis baptises 28 children in the Sistine Chapel", dated January 8, 2017, downloaded from the Vatican's website:

That English-language Bulletin item was presumably a translation from the original Italian one, headlined "Santa Messa nella Cappella Sistina con il rito del Battesimo dei bambini":

An English translation of the full text of that homily is available here:

and what I presume is the Italian original is available here:

Labels: breastfeeding, Francis Bergoglio, morals

3. "The lost history of the Freemasons"

The quotation in that headline is the headline of a story by Amanda Ruggeri, dated December 13, 2016, in B.B.C. Travel's BBC Britain series, downloaded from the B.B.C.'s website:

Labels: Freemasons

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Easter Monday, A.D. 2017