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The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt

Dean, St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane

The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt

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The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt is Dean of St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane. Dr Catt holds a Bachelor of Divinity and a PhD in Evolutionary Microbiology. He is Chair of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce and President of A Progressive Christian Voice. He also serves on Anglican and Ecumenical Social Justice Committees at a Diocesan and national level.

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“Religion at its best is an expression of something that is deeply embedded in the human person”

“There seems to be an innate spirituality that has its origins in and expresses our essential humanity, which bubbles up when we get in touch with the source of our being. For me this helps to explain why the use of water is to be found in a wide range of religious practices and why buildings like St Paul’s in London, and St John’s here in Brisbane, draw into a prayerful stillness people who claim to have no faith,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt

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Australia’s Overshoot Day in 2022 is Wednesday 23 March

“And so, it comes back to how well we honour our relationships. The principle of loving one’s neighbour invites us to approach the planet with a different framing. At its heart, loving one’s neighbour involves acknowledging that we are connected to one another. My welfare and yours are interdependent. And we both cannot truly flourish unless the koala does, too,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt

1,500 people turned up to the nation's largest Sanctuary vigil at St John's Cathedral on Monday 8 January 2016 to pray for hundreds of men, women and children whom the Federal Government was threatening to deport back to Nauru and Manus. Cathedral Dean The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt led the vigil, which was planned in haste
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How the churches’ sanctuary offer shone a light on the detention centre regime, turning the tide for people seeking safety

“While preparing for the hastily organised sanctuary liturgy all those years ago, I vividly remember looking for vigil candles. As I picked up a box of 100 candles in the storage room, I looked at them hoping that enough people would turn up to light them all. Later that day, as more and more people arrived at the vigil, I had to keep bringing additional candles out from storage for people to light. In the end, 1,500 people turned up. I have never been happier to be 500 short of anything in my life,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt

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Talking Circle gatherings to dialogue the implications of two 2020 Appellate Tribunal determinations

The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt and The Rev’d Michael Uptin invite the members of Anglican Church Southern Queensland parishes and ministries to forthcoming Talking Circle gatherings to dialogue the implications of two 2020 Appellate Tribunal determinations and opinions regarding the blessing of marriages between two people of the same gender

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Solidarity in the age of me

“To love is to want the best for the loved one, to see them flourish and live life to the full. Love leads to empathy and empathy leads to solidarity and solidarity leads to action on behalf of the other and for the other,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt

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“Talk of our noble sacrifice and losses to the wooden crosses”

“June is PTSD Awareness Month. We still have amongst us veterans of World War II and Vietnam who are living with PTSD, and increasing numbers produced through our involvement in Afghanistan. The human cost is high and long-felt. And yet, here we are aiming to become one of the top 10 producers of armaments in the world and hosting a weapons Expo,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt