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[18 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 2,523 views ]

Shortly after my wife and I moved from Brisbane to Redfern in May 2005, Edmund Campion, author of ‘Rockchoppers: Growing Up Catholic in Australia’, penned a fine obituary for that feisty priest of St Vincent’s church in Redfern, Ted Kennedy.
Redfern’s Father Ted had a lot in common with the people he helped.
Stressing Kennedy’s love for the broken and beaten, the dissolute and dispossessed, the ostracized and the lonely, Campion’s essay reminded me of Father Peter Kennedy, the renegade priest from South Brisbane, who – although now …

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[28 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 1,625 views ]

Father Peter Kennedy had hundreds of followers and his church, St Mary’s at South Brisbane, was a beacon of enlightened thinking. What business would close down such a successful franchise?
Yet Fr Kennedy’s licence to exercise the rights of priestly office has been revoked and his followers face the possibility of excommunication. Kennedy has been banned from conducting services as a Roman Catholic priest anywhere in the world, while his sidekick, Terry Fitzpatrick, has been banned from being active as a priest in the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Despite this, almost all …