Catholics receive Queen's Birthday honours
Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, is one of seven Australians who received the highest Australian award in yesterday's Queen's birthday honours list. Cardinal Pell received the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for service to Catholic Church in Australia and internationally, raising debate on ethical and spiritual matters; to education and social justice.
The Australian reports that Cardinal Pell responded to the honour by saying, "It is a recognition of the Catholic contribution to Australian life."
On Sunday, in his quarters at Cathedral House, Cardinal Pell revealed that he was "not a black-armband wearing Australian".
"While I'm very aware of the dark side of Australian life - the treatment of Aborigines, the high abortion rate, sectarianism of the past - I believe these are far outweighed by what Australia has achieved in a couple of hundred years," he said.
He thinks his appreciation of life in Australia was highlighted by his eight years of studying abroad - four in Italy and four in England - and nine years as chairman of Caritas, the relief and development agency, when he travelled through the backblocks of Asia, never returning without a sense that life here was good.
"But we have to work to keep it good," he said.
The following members of the Catholic Church have also been deemed deserving of national recognition for their contribution to the life of the Church and service to their communities. We acknowledge there could be others also associated with church activities which are not as obvious and to them we also extend our sincerest congratulations.
OFFICER (AO) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Sister Patricia Ellen FRANKLIN, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
For service in the field of international humanitarian relief and to children in South East Asia, particularly in Vietnam, through the establishment and administration of education and social welfare programs.
Brother Kenneth William (Ambrose) PAYNE AM, Bankstown NSW
For service to education through leadership and representational roles in the secondary and tertiary sectors and with professional organisations, and to school Rugby Union football.
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Mrs Gwenneth Clara DOYLE, Kurrajong NSW
For service to the community, particularly through the Richmond Nursing Home and church organisations.
Mr Paul Joffre FOUNTAIN, Balwyn Vic
For service to education in the Catholic school system as a teacher and choir master.
The Reverend Father Terence Joseph PURCELL, Strathfield NSW
For service to the Catholic Church, particularly through the restoration of St Benedict's Church, Broadway.
Mrs Margot Elizabeth SMART, Launceston Tas 7250
For service to local government through the Launceston City Council, to the thoroughbred horseracing industry, and to the community.
Mr Tom TEHAN, Avenel Vic
For service to the community of Seymour through bushfire, service, church and sporting organisations.
Mrs Lorraine Wendy TIDDY, Mitchell Park SA
For service to the community, particularly through the Peter Nelson Leukaemia Fund, and through pastoral care roles in the Mitchell Park area.
Pell meditates on Rome and rewards (The Australian 13/6/05)
Photo from Herald Sun 13/6/05
List of Catholics honoured in the Queen's Birthday list courtesy of The Religious Media Agency - Ramon A.Williams
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
It's an Honour: Australians Celebrating Australians
Pell blessed with royal honour (Herald Sun 13/6/05)
14 Jun 2005