John Lilburne's journal about disagreements among priests at the parish of Baulkham Hills in the Parramatta diocese.
1058 L Mon 11 Feb 2002
There is an unusal article on page 3 of The Australian today. It has the headline "Father Kevin's sin: going to jail for fun" and is by Sophie Tedmanson:
To briefly outline my understanding of the situation from the article:
The assistant priest, Father Kevin Lee, is "on six months leave and has been banned from performing any of his usual duties including weddings, church services or contacting prisoners."
The parish priest Father Brian Larkey "resigned in protest over the incident".
Bishop Manning "could not be contacted for comment". "According to Father Kevin he would never have entered the competition without the blessing of the local Bishop Kevin Manning, who he said approved of his involvement and even tuned in occasionally."
A report in Hills News on Father Kevin winning the competition in Hills News seems ironical:
I do not know the reason for the six months leave. I do not dispute Bishop Manning's right to post assistant priests wherever he wants to in his diocese. But I have a lot of sympathy for Father Kevin Lee saying: "I felt like I was being punished for doing it rather than being rewarded for a good thing."
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I have been thinking more about what the complaints may have been. In Father Kevin's diary on 2001-11-25 he writes:
I do not think he should have performed this baptism. According to Canon 530:
According to Canon 850:
If there were "danger of death" then an "emergency
baptism" would be justified. But I do not think it was in
Copyright J.R. Lilburne 11 February 2002.
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