About John Lilburne



Enemy of Science?

Andrew Bolt had an interesting article in the Herald Sun newspaper of 22 September 2003. 

He outlined his admiration for Christianity:

"... the Christianity that I admire -- the Christianity that, unlike many other religions, has evolved so that you don't have to surrender your reason or freedom to believe. The religion that is no enemy of science. ..."

The Pope has stressed this in his encyclical "Faith and Reason". More recently Archbishop Pell discussed it  in his talk  "Science, Politics and Religion" of 20 August.

But often I seem to be pointing out where there is pressure to surrender reason to participate in the Church's worship.

Sitting for the Gloria at the 11.00 am Sunday Mass at the Melbourne cathedral has been an example. The official instructions are clear that everyone should stand for it. But usually Archbishop Hart and nearly all the congregation have sat for it.

It was pleasing that everyone stood for it at the Footballer's Mass on 21 September. I hope this continues. Sometimes Archbishop Hart has stood when the choir was not there, but this time he stood when they were there.  

Hopefully it is another indication of progress.

By J.R. Lilburne, 23 September 2003. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain. 

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Archbishop Pell's Address "Science, Politics and Religion"