Frank Brennan (priest) Biography
Frank Brennan(Priest)”Full name: Francis Tenison “Frank” Brennan SJ AO” is an Australian Jesuit priest, human rights lawyer and academic.
He is known for his 1998 involvement in the Wik debate when Paul Keating called him “the meddling priest” and the National Trust classified him as a Living National Treasure. Brennan has a longstanding reputation of advocacy in the areas of law, social justice, refugee protection, Aboriginal reconciliation, and human rights activism.
Brennan’s contact and involvement with Aboriginal Australians began early in his priestly ministry. In 1975 he worked in the inner Sydney parish of Redfern with priest activist Fr Ted Kennedy, where he also met and worked with Mum (Shirl) Smith among others who were founding indigenous Australian legal, health and political initiatives.
In 1997, he was Rapporteur at the Australian Reconciliation Convention and the following year he was appointed an Ambassador for Reconciliation by the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. On 10 December 2008, he was appointed as the chairperson to the Australian Government’s National Human Rights Consultation Committee.
In 2009 this independent committee consulted with the Australian community about the protection and promotion of human rights. On 30 September 2009, it reported its recommendations to the Attorney General, the Honourable Robert McClelland MP.
Brennan is a professor of law in the Public Policy Institute at the Australian Catholic University, a visiting professorial fellow at the University of New South Wales and served as the founding director of the Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre in Sydney from 2001 to 2007. In 2005, he returned to Australia from a fellowship at Boston College.
During 2011, Brennan was critical of the refugee policies of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, saying that she has led the Labor Party into moral decline and that the Malaysia Solution is morally derelict and tantamount to “offshore dumping”.
On 15 August 2017 Brennan stated that if the law was changed to require clergy to report child sexual abuse learned of during confessionals he would consider breaking it. Brennan told ABC Radio National that “I was a Catholic priest would have to make a decision, whether, in conscience, I could apply with such a law”. He also claimed that “I think it would make children more vulnerable and not less”.
During the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, Brennan dissented from traditional Catholic teaching, telling the media he would vote yes and stating that “We’ve got to factor that into the common good argument about what’s necessary.”
He stated that, while in the context of Catholic marriage he would continue to uphold marriage as being between a man and a woman, he considered the issue of civil marriage to be separate. Following the survey, Brennan was appointed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to serve on a Philip Ruddock-led review into religious freedoms.
Frank Brennan (priest) Age
Francis Tenison “Frank” Brennan SJ AO is an Australian Jesuit priest, human rights lawyer and academic. He was born on March 6. 1954. “Frank” is 65 years old as of 2019.
Frank Brennan (priest) Family
Brennan was born as the first son of Sir Gerard Brennan, a former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and Patricia O’Hara, an anesthetist.
He is a fourth-generation Australian. Brennan is of Irish descent on both sides of his family and has German ancestry from his paternal grandmother.
He studied at Downlands College in Toowoomba, and at the University of Queensland where he graduated with honors in arts and law. He then studied at the Melbourne College of Divinity, where he graduated, again with honors, in divinity. He was awarded a Master of Laws in 1981 as a result of further study at the University of Melbourne, where he resided at Newman College.
Frank Brennan (priest) Honor
In 1995 Brennan was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of service to Aboriginal Australians, particularly as an advocate in the areas of law, social justice and reconciliation. In 1996, Brennan was jointly awarded Pat Dodson the inaugural Australian Council For Overseas Aid Human Rights Award.
In 1998 he was named a Living National Treasure during his involvement in the Wik debate. In 2002, Brennan was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for his work as Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in East Timor.
Brennan has been awarded, honoris causa, a Doctor of the University from the the Queensland University of Technology and a Doctor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.
Frank Brennan (priest) Calls
Father Frank Brennan calls on Catholic Church to again consider female priests as he prepares to leave Canberra
Catholic leader Father Frank Brennan, on the cusp of his departure from Canberra, says the Church “remains at a crossroads between life and death”, calling for it to allow women priests and predicting a Religious Discrimination Act will be introduced by the Morrison government.
Father Brennan’s departure means the heart of the Jesuit community in Canberra, Xavier House in Yarralumla, will close and the property put on the market.
Father Brennan, 65, will finish his role as chief executive officer of Catholic Social Services Australia in Canberra to become rector of Newman College at the University of Melbourne.
“The Jesuit order, we’ve had a presence in Canberra for the last 51 years but sadly the time has come. I’m the last one to leave,” he said.
Giving a wide-ranging farewell speech at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture in Barton on Wednesday night, Father Brennan expressed his fears for the future of the Catholic Church unless it engaged in more open dialogue on issues such as women priests.
“I’ve long been a supporter of the idea of women being priests,” he said.
“We live in a society where I look at my own family history, my own mother was one of the first women doctors at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, my four sisters are all competent professionals and my nieces not only imagine but they’ve known a woman prime minister, a woman governor-general, a woman chief justice.
“So the need for the Church to adapt and ensure equality for everyone, I think, is essential.”
At Wednesday’s forum for Concerned Catholics of Canberra Goulburn, Father Brennan referred to Pope Francis’ view that a church that lost its humility and stopped listening to others “loses her youth and turns into a museum”.
Yet that thinking did not extend to speaking about women priests.
“The official position is no longer comprehensible to most people of goodwill, and not even those at the very top of the hierarchy have a willingness or capacity to explain it,” Father Brennan said.
Father Brennan has lived in Canberra permanently for 11 years but been a fixture on the political scene for nearly 20 years, prominent in Aboriginal reconciliation and native title debates.
“Over the last 30 years or so, I’ve had good access to Parliament House, good access to the press gallery. I’ll miss some of that but I’ll be turning 66 next year and the opportunity to [be] living life with 250 students at the University of Melbourne who might be a bit wondering about the world and what the Catholic faith is about, was too good to resist,” he said.
He chaired the National Human Rights Consultation Committee established by the Rudd Government in 2008.
And most recently, he sat on the expert panel for the religious freedom review set up in 2017 by then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Father Brennan said the recommendations to come from the review never went anywhere because some appeased the conservative arm of the Liberal Party and others the more progressive members.
But he believed that would change and the Morrison government would enact a “responsible” Religious Discrimination Act.
Father Brennan maintained the fiasco around sacked rugby player Israel Folau was not a case of religious freedom.
“I have studiously avoided the issue because I don’t think it has anything to do with freedom of religion, I think it’s all to do with freedom of contract and I’ve been somewhat amused by the number of people who have pontificated about the issue,” he said.
“Suffice to say, he and Rugby Australia have the best lawyers in Australia. They were locked in a room for three days behind closed doors and they couldn’t reach a breakthrough, which tells me as a lawyer, it must be a very vague contract. So it’s an issue about what’s in his contract, not about freedom of religion.”
Father Brennan was also awaiting the outcome of Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against his sexual abuse conviction, saying the priest was either “a paedophile or the biggest scapegoat the country has known”.
“Perhaps Cardinal Pell is a paedophile who has effectively groomed the Church as an institution all the way to the top. But then again, perhaps he is not a paedophile and it has reached the stage in Australia that 12 of his fellow citizens were prepared to convict him of offenses beyond reasonable doubt despite all manner of improbabilities because they don’t trust him or our Church, no matter what we say or do,” Father Brennan said.
He added: “I believe in two systems – I believe in the Catholic Church and I believe in the Australian legal system. And let’s hope the legal system gets it right”.
Father Brennan said he would be leaving Canberra later this year and the Jesuits would be selling their property on Empire Circuit, Yarralumla.
“I think it’ll go on the market sooner rather than later and given it’s in the heart of the embassy belt, 200 meters from the US embassy, I would think some of the embassies might be interested in it,” he said.
Frank Brennan (priest) Books
The Fruitcake Special and Other Stories Level 4 Book with Audio CDs (2)
Pack Frank Brennan, 2000
Windows of the Mind Level 5 Frank Brennan, 1999
Circle Games Frank Brennan, 2005
Tales of the Supernatural Level 3 Book with Audio CDs (2) Pack Frank Brennan, 2004
Tasty Tales Level 4 Intermediate American English Frank Brennan, 2009
Tampering with Asylum Frank Brennan, 2003
Tales of the Supernatural Frank Brennan, 2007
Joe Faust Frank Brennan, 2010
No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia Frank Brennan, 2015
Acting on Conscience: How Can We Responsibly Mix Law, Religion And Politics? Frank Brennan, 2007
Sharing the Country Frank Brennan, 1991
The Wik Debate: Its Impact on Aborigines, Pastoralists and Miners Frank Brennan, 1998
Three Tomorrows Level 1 Beginner/Elementary Frank Brennan, 2006
National Human Rights Consultation: Report Frank Brennan, 2009
Land Rights Queensland Style: The Struggle for Aboriginal Self-management Frank Brennan, 1992
Too Much Order with Too Little Law Frank Brennan, 1983
Amplifying that Still, Small Voice: A Collection of Essays Frank Brennan, 2015
Tasty Tales Level 6/B1+ Kindle EBook Frank Brennan Legislating Liberty: A Bill of Rights for Australia? : a Provocative and Timely Proposal to Balance the Public Good
with Individual Freedom Frank Brennan, 1998
One Land, One Nation: Mabo – Towards 2001 Frank Brennan, 1995
51A Frank Brennan, 2002
Windows of the Mind. Buch und CD Frank Brennan, 2001
Finding Common Ground: An Assessment of the Bases of Aboriginal Land Rights Frank Brennan, 1984
The Timor Sea’s Oil and Gas: What’s Fair? 2004
Class Acts Frank Brennan, 1992
Maintaining a Convinced and Pondered Trust: 2015
Gasson Lectures Frank Brennan, 2015
Tasty Tales Level 6/B1+ EBooks.com EBook Frank Brennan Three Tomorrows Asian Edition Frank Brennan, 2007
The Fruitcake Special and Other Stories Level 4 Intermediate EF Russian Edition Frank Brennan, 2008
Circle Games Level 2 Audio Cassette Frank Brennan, 2005
The People’s Quest for Leadership in Church and State Frank Brennan, 2015
The Fruitcake Special Cruilla Edition Frank Brennan, 2004
Corporation Tax 1994
Father and Son, Class Set. Level 5 (B1) Frank Brennan, 2016
Jam. Livello 4 (A2-B1). Con CD-Audio Frank Brennan, 2015
Chalice of Liberty: Protecting Religious Freedom in Australia 2018
Filling Spaces Stan Hey, 1995 Cranbury 1995
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Father Frank Brennan on Cardinal George Pell guilty verdict: ‘I still hope for truth, justice’
The suppression order in relation to Cardinal George Pell has been lifted. In December, a jury of 12 of his fellow citizens found him guilty of five offenses of child sexual abuse. No other charges are to proceed. The verdict was unanimous. Pell has appealed the convictions.
The jury took three days to deliberate after a four-week trial. The trial was a re-run. At the first trial, the jury could not agree. The trial related to two alleged victims, one of whom had died.
Members of the public could attend the proceedings if they knew where to go in the Victorian County Court. The public could hear all the evidence except a recording of the complainant’s evidence from the first trial.
The complainant, who cannot be identified, did not give evidence at the retrial. The recording from the first trial was admitted as the complainant’s evidence. The recording was available to the public only insofar as it was quoted by the barristers in their examination of other witnesses or in their final addresses to the jury and by the judge in his charge to the jury. So, no member of the public has a complete picture of the evidence and no member of the public is able to make an assessment of the complainant’s demeanor.
The complainant’s evidence at the first trial lasted 2½ days. He had been cross-examined for more than a day by Pell’s barrister, Robert Richter QC, who has a reputation for being one of the best and one of the toughest cross-examiners in the legal profession. Pell did not give evidence, but a record of his police interview denying the allegations was in evidence.
The complainant’s evidence related to events that occurred in 1996 or 1997 when he was in his early teens and a choirboy at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne.
Most other witnesses had been choirboys, altar servers or cathedral officials in 1996 when Pell first became archbishop of Melbourne.
The complainant claimed the first event, involving four charges, occurred after a solemn Sunday mass celebrated by Pell in the second half of 1996.
It was common ground between the prosecution and the defense that the dates to which these four charges must be attributed were December 15, 1996, or December 22, 1996.
These were the dates on which the first and second solemn Sunday masses were celebrated by Pell in the cathedral after he had become archbishop in August 1996. The cathedral had been undergoing renovations and was not used for Sunday masses during earlier months of 1996.
The complainant said he and another choirboy left the liturgical procession at the end of one Sunday mass and went fossicking in the off-limits sacristy where they started swilling altar wine.
The archbishop arrived unaccompanied, castigated them, and then, while fully robed in his copious liturgical vestments, proceeded to commit three sexual acts, including oral penetration of the complainant. The complainant said the sacristy door was wide open and altar servers were passing along the corridor. The complainant said he and the other boy then returned to choir practice. The choir was making a Christmas recording at that time.
These two choir boys stayed in the choir another year but, the complainant said, they never spoke about the matter to each other, even though they sometimes had sleepovers at each other’s homes. The second boy was once asked by his mother if he had ever been abused by anybody and he said he had not.
The complainant claimed that a month or so later, after a Sunday mass when the archbishop was presiding (but not celebrating the mass), Pell came along the corridor outside the sacristy where many choristers and others were milling about. He claimed Pell grabbed him briefly, put him against the wall, and firmly grasped his genitalia. This was the subject of the fifth charge. Pell knew neither boy and had no contact with either of them thereafter.
The prosecution case was that Pell at his first or second solemn Sunday mass as archbishop decided for some unknown reason to abandon the procession and his liturgical assistants and hasten from the cathedral entrance to the sacristy unaccompanied by his master of ceremonies, Monsignor Charles Portelli, while the liturgical procession was still concluding.
Portelli and long-time sacristan Max Potter described how the archbishop would invariably be accompanied after a solemn mass with procession until one of them had assisted the archbishop to divest in the sacristy.
There was ample evidence the archbishop was a stickler for liturgical form and that he developed strict protocols in his time as archbishop, stopping at the entrance to the cathedral after mass to greet parishioners, usually for 10 to 20 minutes, before returning to the sacristy to disrobe in company with his master of ceremonies.
The prosecution suggested these procedures might not have been in place when Pell first became archbishop. The suggestion was other liturgical arrangements might have been under consideration.