SDB in News

Views 100 Votes 0 Comment 0


PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment


PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment
Extra Form
source The Record (Australia)

Moloney lecture.jpg

By Caroline Smith

This paper examines the character of Christ and how He fitted into the Jewish tradition of His time.

One point underlined in the paper was Jesus’ decision to interact with the poor, and with those whom religious leaders deemed to be sinners, rather than the leaders themselves.

In this way, continued Professor Moloney, he broke away from religious tradition, emphasising a more authentic relationship between God and man.

“In His way of imagining the world, what finally mattered in human life was not your virtue, nor your guilt; not your social position, not your achievements; certainly not your merits or possessions,” Professor Moloney said, in the paper.

“It was your faith that mattered, that fundamental openness of heart before God.”

Professor Moloney added that this message could provide a useful point of reflection for the Church – particularly in the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

“The Jesus I describe in the Meditation is very much the Jesus that Pope Francis is looking for,” Professor Moloney said.

“He reflects on the fact that we need to question the status quo – I think this vision of Jesus is very relevant to the time – especially for the marginalised.”

The paper also describes how the parables used by Christ to convey His vision often contradicted the wisdom of the time.

According to Professor Moloney, this included the forgiveness of a father to his prodigal son, the goodness of a Samaritan and a shepherd leaving 99 sheep to look for one that was lost.

“If you came to accept that God was uncalculating in goodness, then you had to be, too: forgiving seventy-times seven, loving your enemies, turning the other cheek, being generous and expecting nothing in return, leaving all judgement to an ultimate mercy,” he said.

Along with his work as an academic, Professor Moloney was the Provincial Superior of the Order of the Salesians of John Bosco from 2006-2011 and, in 1992, received the Order of Australia for his services to religion.

He said it was important that, while historians and theologians continued to examine and interpret Biblical texts, their findings needed to be accessible to the general public.

“Today, there’s a major industry to rediscover the texts that were written in the first century,” he said.

“After working in this area for 30 years, I decided with (fellow theologian) Fr Tony Kelly to write a reflection on these from a less technical perspective, to produce something that was more accessible to a wider audience.”


  1. AUL-Fr. Bill Edwards Life&Letters

    A new book about a high-volume writer of letters has just been publicly released. The book titled, “G’Day Cobber, Dare to be a Saint: The Life and Letters of Fr. Bill Edwards SDB”, was authored by Father Stephen Ardill, a priest of the dioc...
    Date2016.07.21 Views122
    Read More
  2. Photo of Fr Tom Uzhunalil feared captive in Yemen emerges, family relieved he is alive

    The photo shows the once clean-shaven priest, now looking weary and tired, with a long beard. TNM Staff| Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 10:14 Months after he was feared abducted by ISIS or some such terror group in Yemen, a picture of Father T...
    Date2016.07.20 Views166
    Read More
  3. AUL - Jesus impact on society (Moloney)

    By Caroline Smith This paper examines the character of Christ and how He fitted into the Jewish tradition of His time. One point underlined in the paper was Jesus’ decision to interact with the poor, and with those whom religious leade...
    Date2016.07.16 Views100
    Read More
  4. Cebu - Don Bosco Footbal team

    From the Cebu newspaper (July 5, 2016)
    Date2016.07.05 Views91
    Read More
  5. Myanmar-Mercy means Listening - card Bo

    ASIA/MYANMAR - Archbishop Bo: "Communicating mercy means listening to our people"Tuesday, 14 June 2016human rights   religious minorities   jubilee of mercy   justice   peace   Facebook Yangon (Agenzia Fides) - "We need to listen to our pe...
    Date2016.06.15 Views229
    Read More
  6. Salesian serving Pakistan Youth

    (ANS – Lahore) – Salesians in Lahore at present accompany 450 young people in their educational journey, from elementary to high school and to professional formation. The person in charge of this is Fr. Pietro Zago, an Italian Salesia...
    Date2016.06.11 Views305
    Read More
  7. ProTech2 - FIAT and SALESIANS 2016

    FIAT E SALESIANI INSIEME PER CREARE LAVORO E DIGNITÀ 07/06/2016 Presentati a Torino i risultati di "TechPro2", il programma per la creazione di figure professionali d’officina altamente specializzate, nato dalla co...
    Date2016.06.09 Views289
    Read More
  8. Timor Leste - Faith Education is the first priority

    THE FAITH IS A LIFE _ LONG PROCESS of GROWTH A procession celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi is a way of helping the predominantly Catholic population of Timor-Leste preserve their faith in the face of challenges brought on by gl...
    Date2016.06.01 Views93
    Read More
  9. Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai encourages Chinese Catholics to be brave

    Vatican official celebrates prayer day for China churchArchbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai encourages Chinese Catholics to be brave and walk the path of truth and charity Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, center, celebrates Mass at St Jude's Church in ...
    Date2016.05.26 Views670
    Read More
  10. Mothers Day faith story

    Sydney archdiocesan news paper: THE CATHOLIC WEEKLY Mr. Matt is the Youth Minister in the Salesian parish of St John Bosco - Engadine, Sydney AUL-Engadine twins.docx  - for download May 2016 - Matt Humpreys, Engadine St.John Bosco Y...
    Date2016.05.15 Views76
    Read More
  11. Cardinal Zen - petition to Pope Francis

    Hong Kong, 26 April Leading a prayer service in front of China's Hong Kong liaison office, retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong called on Beijing to end the persecution of Christians and allow religious freedom. "Facing ...
    Date2016.04.26 Views56
    Read More
  12. Solomon Islands - extraordinary visit 2016

    Solomon Islands - Solomon Star, Extraordinary visitor in the local news paper April 2016
    Date2016.04.25 Views46
    Read More
  13. Servant of God Fr. Carlo della Torre 2016

    Vatican City, Vatican - 1 April 2016 - The Congregation for the Causes of Saints promulgated the Decree on the legal validity of the Diocesan Investigation on the Servant of God Fr Carlo Della Torre SDB, (1900-1982), a missionary in Thailand...
    Date2016.04.19 Views188
    Read More
  14. Cardinal Zen - Czech Cardinal Duka Zen backs Czech cardinal's support for China's believers Cardinal Duka challenges President Xi on religious rights during state dinner in Prag...
    Date2016.04.15 Views175
    Read More
  15. No Image

    Salesians go where nobody wants to enter: Artime

    Salesians go where nobody wants to enter: Artime Published on: 5:05 pm, March 11, 2016 Story By: Matters India reporter Rector Major in Cebu, southern Philippines. New Delhi: The Salesians, such as the Indian priest abducted in Yemen, take p...
    Date2016.03.13 Views157
    Read More
  16. 4 Teresa nuns killed, 1 Salesian priest missing in Yemen

    4 Mother Teresa nuns killed, 1 Indian Salesian priest missing in Yemen New Delhi: Four Missionaries of Charity nuns, one of them from India, were among 16 people gunned down by suspected Islamic fundamentalists in the southern Y...
    Date2016.03.05 Views805
    Read More
  17. GLOBAL FILIPINOS - Pope Francis

    CEBU City, Feb. 1, 2016 – Pope Francis’ representative to a global Catholic congress here called on Filipino families to re-populate and re-Christianize Europe and North America as well as countries where Christians are a minority, cal...
    Date2016.02.04 Views155
    Read More
  18. Cebu Eucharist-Pasil Don Bosco

    CEBU - 53 International Euchristic Congress 2016 ended Cardinal Charles Bo Cebu city:  Residents of a poor hamlet from the vil...
    Date2016.02.01 Views198
    Read More
  19. Papal envoy calls for 'third world war' on poverty

    Papal envoy calls for 'third world war' on povertyGlobal hunger is genocide, Cardinal Bo tells eucharistic congress in the Philippines Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, papal legate to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, urges Ch...
    Date2016.01.25 Views115
    Read More
  20. Cardinal Zen appeals for prayers for persecuted Christians in China

    Joseph Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong requests prayers for the persecuted Christians of China (photo by Dominic Barrios) CEBU City, Jan. 25, 2016 – Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun SDB, appealed to delegates of the 51st International Eucharistic Co...
    Date2016.01.25 Views183
    Read More
Board Pagination Prev 1 2 3 4 Next
/ 4