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Peter Kennedy : The Man Who Threatened Rome
Author: Martin Flanagan
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1 November 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
As you may know, Father Peter Kennedy, of Saint Mary's Catholic Church in South Brisbane, was sacked by his bishop in February of 2009 - essentially for being too good a parish priest, and stretching the bounds and definitions of community to include non-Catholics, gay and divorced souls, and etc.
Peter, understandably enough after many years of devoting himself to his congregation, refused to be removed, which set off an uproar. But the story is fascinating and revelatory in ways far beyond mere headlines and religiopolitical joust - it cuts to the heart of what being Catholic means, and what congregations and spiritual communities are, and how the genius of Christ's message is both elevated and muddled by organizational structure and seeming authority.
One Day Hill publisher Bernadette Walters is gathering a crew of writers to think aloud about these matters - writers of all sorts and stripes. The book will consist of a biographical article about Peter by Martin Flanagan, parishioners' stories by Michelle Gierck, and a collection of essays from theologians and other cultural commentators th...
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