Friday, June 3, 2011

Reporting from Toowoomba

Just arrived in Toowoomba, scene of l'affair Morris!  I will be here till Sunday morning...

So far, the sum total of my encounter with Toowoomba Catholicism has consisted of a visit to a delightful country church, Our Lady Help of Christians in Bell, which has been muralled throughout by a gifted local artist, with scenes retelling the history of salvation: such a change from drab aniconic Australian churches, with but a plaster statue or two.

I did note, however, in the parish bulletin, that the good people of the area were asked to leave a message if they liked to be forwarded to their outgoing bishop, with the significant words "leave only positive or encouraging messages" – wise advise from their priest.

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