The Southern Cross : June 2011
Page 22 June 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | feature Crossword No. 121 Solution on page 22. Funeral Directors Frank J Siebert Phone (08) 8223 5879 All the time ... ... Every day 49 Wakefield Street, Adelaide 5000. Signature Service ... since 1867 Proprietor and Manager B Siebert Dedicated to Faith- centred Funerals Public Address (PA) Visual Presentation Systems Performance Lighting Systems Church -- School -- Board Room Retail Display -- Hospitality Projection -- Plasma/LCD -- Screens PA Systems -- Hearing Loops Sales -- Installation -- Service -- Hire Keith Ellison 0411 556 075 Greg Hallam 0411 550 417 Campbelltown: 8365 0377 -- Fax: 8365 0677 www.tecsa.com.au Father Murphy arrived in Sydney on July 15, 1838 with seven other priests. Earlier that year, at a public meeting, Mr Justice Willis accused Catholics of 'idolatrous worship' and that they 'had departed from the pure Apostolic Faith'. On July 29, Bishop Polding presided at a meeting of Catholics with the aim of having Justice Willis removed from office. Fr Murphy moved that the resolutions passed that day should be presented to the Governor with a request that they be sent on to the Secretary of State. Willis was then sent to Melbourne but after disgracing himself in a similar manner there, he was removed from the Bench in 1843. Fr Murphy was active in other public meetings dealing with the rights of Catholics. Catholics did not like Dr Broughton, the Anglican bishop, being called the only bishop in Australia. One third of the colony did not acknowledge his jurisdiction over them yet he had a seat on the 'Secret Council', which made decisions on matters affecting Catholics. No Catholics were on that council. At the meeting Fr Murphy moved a resolution requiring that no Board of Education should be formed in which the Catholics were not represented and no principle should be established as the basis for an educational system that excluded them from participating in its benefits. To give the Catholics some voice the Catholic newspaper Australasian Chronicle was published in Sydney between 1839 and 1843. The very first issue reported on the outrageous claim that, "according to the doctrines taught at Maynooth, a Roman Catholic may rob his neighbours, and expend the proceeds in building Roman Catholic Chapels, without committing sin". Fr Murphy considered that it was time that the Catholics had some sort of self-defence. He moved that they establish a local branch of the Catholic Institute of Great Britain, simply as a means of self-defence. This Catholic Association was formed in September 1840 after the Catholics had been called idolatrous imposters and clerical scoundrels. Fr Murphy had intended returning to Europe in July 1841 but Bishop Polding retained Murphy by appointing him Vicar General and subsequently appointed him the first bishop of the Adelaide Archdiocese. During his time as Vicar- General Fr Murphy wrote with delight to his London agent, Fr Heptonstall, telling him of the installation of the organ and the plans to open it with a grand oratorio. On New Year's Day 1844 St Mary's Cathedral bells were rung in a peal for the first time. Fr Murphy reported that Archbishop Polding claimed that with the exception of those at Norwich Cathedral he had never heard sweeter ones anywhere. Proudly he announced that "Protestants take as much if not more interest in them than Catholics. Wearenowatthetopofthe wheel with our grand Organ and ring of Bells." A second church was needed in Sydney to cater for the Catholics there. William Davis, a great benefactor of the Church, gave land adjacent to his house. Fr Murphy celebrated the High Mass coram Pontifice in St Mary's Cathedral, then led a crowd of 20,000 to the site of St Patrick's for the laying of the foundation stone. As president of the Society of St Patrick he was involved in the annual St Patrick's Day processions. The Committee of St Patrick's gave Fr Murphy a small slab cut from the foundation stone of the Davis house. Fr Murphy also acquired a cedar beam from that house. He planned to incorporate it into a piece of furniture for his new Adelaide cathedral. It was later used as part of the bishop's throne. Fr Murphy was appointed bishop in 1842 and his ordination, the first ordination of a bishop to take place in Australia, occurred at St Mary's Cathedral on September 8, 1844. A month later on October 9, 1844, 5000 people farewelled Bishop Murphy from Sydney. The procession moved from the Cathedral to Circular Quay. Preceding Bishop Murphy were various groups with their banners, including members of St Patrick's Total Abstinence Society, 500 Catholic school children, students of St Mary's Seminary, the Brothers of the Christian schools, the Benedictine community and the clergy. An eyewitness account tells: "we never witnessed a scene of the kind so truly affecting. The women and children and many men were moved to tears at parting from him, whom they regarded with filial reverence and love". In farewelling the priests Fr Murphy told them that his departure was one of the most painful sacrifices he was required to make. Then he reminded them that the apostles sincerely loved one another but separated without complaint when sent out by their Divine Master. 1234 5 678 91 0 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Murphy leaves his mark on Sydney In our continuing series on Bishop Francis Murphy, Helen Harrison writes of his time as a priest and then bishop in Sydney where he continued to defend the rights of Catholics and strengthen the Church's presence. St Patrick's Church, Sydney, as it stands today. ACROSS 1. Martyr of Diocletian's persecution, commemorated in the Roman Canon. 9. Old spelling of northern Israeli centre, once Ptolemais and Acre. 10. Time past. 11. Long for. 13. Dog sound or Pacific Island. 14. Running knot. 17. Christian denomination (ini.) 19. Annoy, anger. 20. Winter solstice (8,3) 23. Stray. 24. Greek letter. 25. Same again. 27. Choose; pick. 29. Sporting ground. 32. Service charge. 33. King of Israel. 34. 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