The 9pm Proletarian Apocalypse in Orange NSW with Fr Karl Sinclair

A fully frocked-up Father Karl Sinclair conducting Mass at St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Toongabbie, Sydney, on 1 March 2020. (Photo: Mary Brazell/Diocese of Parramatta)

For this episode of the Spring Series 2021 I caught the train to Orange in the Central Tablelands of NSW to chat once again with Father Karl Sinclair, a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst.

We spoke about many things, including truth in journalism, real estate prices, a certain opinion piece by Pru Goward, golf, dreams, politics, Kerala and the story of Doubting Thomas, the fate of the poor, Nineteen Eighty-Four, apocalypses, Satanic barcodes, and even Christmas. No, it’s not too early.

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Father Karl was previously on Public House Forum 1 back in 2015 when he was still a seminarian, and in October 2020.

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  • Priest of the Diocese of Bathurst. Views expressed are my own!
  • Orange is a city in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. It is 254 km (158 mi) west of the state capital, Sydney [206 km (128 mi) on a great circle], at an altitude of 862 metres (2,828 ft). Orange had an estimated urban population of 40,493 as of June 2018 making the city a significant regional centre.
  • The New South Wales XPT (short for eXpress Passenger Train) is a class of diesel-powered passenger trains built by Comeng and ABB Transportation. Based on the British Rail designed Intercity 125 High Speed Train, each XPT set is made up of two locomotives coupled to between four and seven carriages.
  • The NSW TrainLink Regional Train Project is an initiative of Transport for NSW to procure new bi-mode CAF Civity trains to replace NSW TrainLink's Endeavour, Xplorer and XPT fleets.
  • Ancient Christian tradition says that Christianity reached the shores of Kerala in 52 CE with the arrival of Thomas the Apostle, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. Saint Thomas Christians include Syro-Malabar Catholic, Syro-Malankara Catholic, Jacobite Syrian Christian Church, Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, the Syrian Anglicans of the CSI and several Pentecostal and evangelical denominations. The origin of the Latin Catholic Christians in Kerala is the result of the missionary endeavours of the Portuguese Padroado in the 16th century. As a consequence of centuries of mixing with colonial immigrants, beginning with the Portuguese, Dutch, French, British and other Europeans, there is a community of Anglo-Indians in Kerala of mixed European and Indian parentage or ancestry. Kerala has the highest population of Christians among all the states of India.
  • Thomas the Apostle (Biblical Hebrew: תוֹמָאס הקדוש‎; Ancient Greek: Θωμᾶς; Coptic: ⲑⲱⲙⲁⲥ; Classical Syriac: ܬܐܘܡܐ ܫܠܝܚܐ‎ Tʾōmā šliḥā; Hindi: सेंट थॉमस Seṇṭ thômas; Tamil: புனித தோமையர் Puṉita tōmaiyar Malayalam: മാര്‍ തോമാ ശ്ലീഹ Mār tōmā ślīha), also called Didymus ("twin") was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to the New Testament. Thomas is commonly known as "Doubting Thomas" because he initially doubted the resurrection of Jesus Christ when he was told of it (as is related in the Gospel of John alone); he later confessed his faith ("My Lord and my God") on seeing the wounds leftover from the crucifixion.
  • There was a small satanic panic about barcodes.
  • They are damaged, lacking in trust and discipline, and highly self-interested. But the poor are still a force that Australia needs to properly harness. [This link will jump the Australian Financial Review's paywall for you.]
  • The former Liberal minister’s opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review shows ‘contempt’ for lower socio-economic Australians, advocates say
  • Do I like that the "Christmas" season begins Nov 1st? No. Do I want to see Christmas trees and hear Christmas carols for 2 months? No. Is it going to happen anyway? Yes. Do we need to publicly complain about it every year as if we're the first people to point it out? No.
  • There is no tradition in Judaism of celebrating birthdays, otherwise we would have a list of birthdays from Noah, Abraham to Moses, King David and many others, but no such thing exists. There are of course Sages who have suggested that certain individuals were born on Moedim or important days of Israel's history, however there are no "birthdays" within Judaism, Torah, Judahite Christians or the true Ecclesia of YEHOVAH God down through the ages.
  • I heard my first Christmas Carol tonight, the day after Remembrance Day. As much as I was tempted to say “Bah humbug,” I realized that the name of Jesus was being spoken in a secular space without it being used as a swear word. #grateful
  • They are casting their problems at society. And, you know, there's no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look after themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look after our neighbours.
  • Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles. Address delivered by video to Congress of Catholics and Public Life, Madrid, Spain, November 4, 2021.
  • The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, commonly known as the Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, was the 21st ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church. The council met in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome for four periods (called "sessions"), each lasting between 8 and 12 weeks, in the autumn of each of the four years 1962 to 1965.
  • The Council of Trent (Latin: Concilium Tridentinum), held between 1545 and 1563 in Trent (or Trento, in northern Italy), was the 19th ecumenical council of the Catholic Church.[1] Prompted by the Protestant Reformation, it has been described as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation.
  • The pandemic has laid bare the social inequalities that afflict our peoples. Seeking neither permission nor forgiveness, it has exposed the heart-breaking situation of so many brothers and sisters, the situation that so many post-truth mechanisms have been unable to conceal.
  • Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio,[b] 17 December 1936) is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State since 2013. Francis is the first pope to be a member of the Society of Jesus, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since Gregory III, a Syrian who reigned in the 8th century.
  • The Napa Institute, a conservative Catholic organization known for its annual high-end conference featuring wine tastings and cigars, announced plans to expand its work to include programs on "priestly formation" and a lecture series at the University of Notre Dame, with the latter's first scheduled speaker to be U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
  • It... seems not unreasonable to describe the Church as a revolutionary movement within the world. The preaching of the gospel is a danger to the values of the world and to the economic and political structures which embody these values.
  • Cargo is a small town located in Cabonne Shire, New South Wales that is 35 kilometres southwest of Orange, Australia.
  • Nangkita is a rural locality on Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, south of the capital, Adelaide.
  • Hey Kids, I’d nearly forgotten, but it’s an Essential polling Tuesday!
  • Hey Kids, I’d nearly forgotten, but it’s an Essential polling Tuesday!
  • Pays on party which supplies the Prime Minister following the next Federal election. Bets settled at time of swearing in. All bets carry over if the Gov General does not swear in a PM because supply cannot be guaranteed.

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