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AS A BOY growing up in Sydney I used to
love an occasional outing to the local
cinema (known in our family as the 'local
fleahouse') on a Saturday afternoon.
After paying sixpence to get in we would
settle down to watch the Cinesound News,
a cartoon or two and the main feature,
usually a western, complete with cowboys
and Indians, heroes (white hats) and
villains (black hats).
I was particularly taken by that moment
when the main hero became a blood-
brother to the Indian brave. They would
draw blood with a knife and press their
blood together with a pledge of loyalty,
based on mutuality and deep respect one
for the other.
This early experience of blood-brotherhood
and covenant stayed with me as I later
encountered the biblical stories of
covenant -- God and the Hebrew people
agreeing to do certain things to honour
I learned of God and Abraham sealing
a covenant in blood, known as the Old
Covenant or Old Testament in the Bible.
Then I learned of the covenant between
God and Moses, again sealed with blood.
With Abraham and Moses (and many
others) fresh in my mind, I came to
appreciate the covenant between God
and us, sealed with the blood of Jesus
and known as the New Covenant or New
Testament in the Bible.
'Covenant' is not a word to be used lightly;
it indicates a sacred pact between two
parties where each agrees to honour
certain commitments. When these
commitments are honoured the two
parties become like blood-brothers. They
show their deep respect and affection
for each other, while at the same time
pledging even closer ties into the future.
And so it is with the covenant between
our Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, the
Diocese of Broken Bay and the Anglican
Diocese of Newcastle. This covenant was
signed originally in 2008 and is renewed
annually, most recently in May this year.
The 2008 signing and its annual renewal
came after many years of patient dialogue
and mutual action. At that time I said
"most ecumenical people would say
that we want to get to a point where we
respect each other's culture and tradition;
we respect the liturgical practice of each
one, with a sense that 'I'm prepared
to learn from you, and I hope you're
prepared to learn from me'. Who knows
where that attitude might lead?"
As Catholics we have come to appreciate
our Anglican colleagues as sisters and
brothers, sharing our Christian tradition
and expressing it in similar forms of
worship and discipleship.
In two weeks time I will retire as Bishop of
Maitland-Newcastle. As I do so, I have no
hesitation in saying that the signing of the
covenant was one of the high points of my
time as bishop. I fervently hope that this
covenant between the Diocese of Broken
Bay, the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
and the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle,
which has enabled greater respect for,
and interaction with, one another, will
remain strong and continue to develop.
But like any relationship this will require
work on the part of everyone.
The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965)
encouraged the Catholic Church to
dialogue and interact with other Christian
churches. It is gratifying that we have
come so far in meeting this challenge. At
the same time, Vatican II challenged us to
be involved in the world, to learn from it
and to offer the richness of our tradition.
However, there is a danger that extreme
views within the Church and the world at
the moment will prevent us from achieving
As you begin a new phase in the life of
the diocese, it is my heartfelt prayer that
you will resist these forces. May you be
strengthened by the spirit of God and
work with one another to bring about
the reign of justice, peace, reconciliation
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