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A trail of human evil - Bishop Peter Comensoli


Catholic Communications MH17 News Story
Bishop Peter Comensoli.

By Catholic Communications,
Sydney Archdiocese

The downing of MH17 was not an innocent accident; it was the outcome of a trail of human evil, Bishop Peter Comensoli, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese told a special Mass of remembrance and a call for peace at St Mary's Cathedral on Sunday 20 July.

Up to two thousand people including the nation's leaders were at the Mass - all still shocked and grieving at the loss of so many innocent men, women and children aboard Malaysian flight MH17brought down by a missile over Eastern Ukraine last week.

At this stage authorities know 36 were Australians, including permanent resident. But there is so much we don't know.

The Governor General Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove joined the Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie, the NSW Governor Marie Bashir, Premier Mike Baird and his wife Kerryn, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his deputy Tanya Plibersek, Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy.

Students arrived from Kincoppal-Rose Bay with flowers as they paid tearful respect to Sister Philomene Teirnan, teacher, mentor and friend, who was on board the ill-fated flight. They were accompanied and comforted by many of the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Sr Philomene's order as well as former students and parents. But there were many, regular parishioners, visitors and even international visitors who came to pray and pay their respects.

By the light of day the true picture will be seen

Catholic Communications MH17 News Story

Bishop Peter Comensoli carried the theme of Gospel through to his homily - while everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off.

"In the targeting and destruction of flight MH17, and the loss of 298 innocent lives, the shocking effects of our fallen humanity have once again confronted the world. But what are we know to do with this latest instance of an age-old knowledge?

"In his parable of the wheat and the darnel, Jesus knows just how well he understands the human condition, and our propensity to mingle that which is good with that which is evil. In particular today, we might note especially what Jesus tells is about how this mingling occurs."

Bishop Peter went on to say; "It is a harrowing image to see fields of crops in Eastern Ukraine strewn with human remains and wreckage, and to think of fields of wheat strewn with darnel.

"The downing of MH17 was not an innocent accident; it was the outcome of a trail of human evil. Consider how blame and buck-passing is the current strategy of those responsible. The subversion of truth is also happening in other places in the world, wherever human dignity lies blanketed under violent hatreds, ancient and new. Evil will try to hide, obfuscate, deny. But by the light of day the true picture will be seen."

While people left the Cathedral, some stayed to pray or place flowers, a small but personal remembrance of all those who needlessly perished in horrific circumstances.

Read full report at the Sydney Archdiocesan site

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