In cooperation with Bishop Geoffrey Robinson and
his publisher, John
Garratt Publishing, we have pleasure in presenting the end chapter
meditations from his book which has created so much interest around the
world. Today the reflection comes from Chapter Three: Spiritual Discernment.
- I cannot hand on to others the person and story of Jesus
Christ without at some point telling them about the many truths that
flow from belief in Jesus, the many rules of living that are inherent
in following him and the different forms of worship through which we
might express our respect and love for him.
- On the other hand, it is all too easy for the truths, rules of living
and worship to take the dominant place. It is easier to judge the presence
and authenticity of Christian faith by these clear and measurable goals
than by the unmeasurable criterion of a response of one's whole being
to a person and a story. Particular traditions can dominate the Great
- And yet it is the Great Tradition that contains all the dynamism of
the church and its attractiveness to those outside it. The truths, rules
of living and worship, separated from the Great Tradition or placed
before it, will rarely attract people.
- The need to maintain order and coherence within the Church can be
in conflict with the need to reach out to the whole world through the
person and story of Jesus Christ. Regaining the spirit of Jesus always
involves reminding ourselves daily where the priorities lie.
Credit: These meditations
are taken from the end of chapter reflections in Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's
book, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic
Church — Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus, published
by John Garratt
Publishing. We thank Bishop Robinson and John Garratt Publishing
for permission to reproduce these meditations on Catholica
Geoffrey Robinson who has degrees in Philosophy, Theology and
Church Law, was Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney from
1984 until his retirement in 2004. In 1994 he was elected by the
Australian Bishops to the National Committee for Professional Standards,
coordinating the response of the Catholic Church in Australia to
revelations of sexual abuse, and from 1997 until 2003 he was co-chairman
of this committee..
We welcome your thoughts in response to Bishop Robinson's reflection
in our forum.
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