Archbishop raises voice to fund TV spot
Perth's "singing archbishop" Barry Hickey is taking centre stage to raise money for a fledgling media career.
The Australian reports today that for the first, and possibly last time, Archbishop Hickey will perform as the featured soloist at a Christmas concert, with part of the proceeds paying for his weekly television spots.
The 69 year old turned to television after young parishioners asked him to preach his messages on a public platform.
With the religious perspective on topical issues "in danger of being suppressed", Archbishop Hickey said religion is more important than ever.
"I think that society is in a terrible state; the institution of marriage has been harmed in recent years," he said. "It's very important for children to grow up in a family where love is expressed. I think the religious message is good for society."
His weekly paid "sermons", which began in August, appear on Channel 9 Perth during prime time on Sundays and are repeated throughout the week.
The fundraising concert is being organised by the Fulton J. Sheen Society, which honours the work of one of the US's most successful TV evangelists.
As a boy, he attended Christian Brothers College in Kalgoorlie. He sang in choirs, often performing solos. He was a baritone by the time he entered the seminary.
He will sing Latin hymns, Gregorian chants and secular songs on front of an expected 400 strong crowd at Perth's Trinity College on Monday.
Archbishop [Barry Hickey] raises voice for charity (The Australian 9/12/05 - not online)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Archdiocese of Perth | Today's Comment with Archbishop Barry Hickey
Archbishop Barry Hickey: Fulton J. Sheen: prophetic inspiration for today's new evangelisation (AD2000 March 2000)
Archbishop Fulton Sheen: 25th anniversary (AD2000 December 2004)
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