1st November 2016

“Half a century ago, Australian Catholics lived in a parallel universe with their own schools and hospitals. In the years ahead, however, the absolute hold by men like Mannix over their flocks was weakened by the liberalising Vatican II, the Vietnam War, birth control, pedophile priests, the assertion of women for the priesthood, prosperity, the flight into the middle class, government funding of Catholic schools and hospitals, and the ongoing wrestle between church liberals and conservatives. Somehow, most of the young just stopped caring.”

Damien Murphy