Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal, Custodian of the land Minjerribah, Peace Prosperity and Healing, Sacred Treaty Circles

St. Mary’s treaty discussed on Cath News

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Oodgeroo accuses Brisbane archdiocese over St Mary’s Treaty


Brisbane Catholic Archbishop accused of racial discrimination

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, Church, indigenous, reconciliation, sovereignty, spirituality, treaty by John T. on February 27, 2009

The “Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal, Custodian of the land Minjerribah, Peace Prosperity and Healing, Sacred Treaty Circles” has lodged a complaint with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission againstBrisbane Catholic Archbishop John Bathersby, the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and their lawyers, alleging discrimination against Aboriginal people.

The Oodgeroo Treaty Circles have complained that the Archbishop has discriminated against Aboriginal people by refusing to acknowledge the validity of a treaty between Father Peter Kennedy on behalf of the St. Mary’s South Brisbane parish and Bejam Denis Walker on behalf of the Noonuccal and other Aboriginal people.

The law firm Thynne and Macartney, acting on behalf of the Archbishop and the Corporation of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, have written to Bejam Denis Walker and described the St. Mary’s treaty as having no legal effect or validity and stated that the Archbishop will not enter into any discussions or negotiations as to the implications of the treaty.

A spokesperson for the Oodgeroo Treaty Circles, John Tracey, said…….

The St. Mary’s Treaty was signed during a well-attended mass with the congregation of St. Mary’s and members of the local Aboriginal community witnessing it. The treaty was celebrated in coroborree in accordance with Aboriginal customary law and written on paper in accordance with non-Aboriginal law. It is real.”

“The Archbishop has appointed Ian Callinan to mediate between himself and St. Mary’s. When Ian Callinan was a high court judge he had to be forced off the Hindmarsh Island case because of his bias against Aboriginal claims of rights and interests. The Archbishop’s choice of mediator is an example of the contempt of Aboriginal law, culture and rights that he appears to hold. His blanket refusal to discuss the treaty is another.”

“The Oodgeroo Treaty Circles are asking the Archbishop and the Brisbane Archdiocese to confirm and support the St. Mary’s treaty which involves innovative Aboriginal welfare and social justice programs such as dry camps, a cultural heritage education program and the facilitation of Aboriginal men’s, women’s and elders business. The treaty process provides non-Aboriginal Australians a direct relationship with Aboriginal culture and programs. This path of healing is being obstructed by the Archbishop’s refusal to even acknowledge Aboriginal rights and interests, let alone work pro-actively with them.”

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The Roman Catholic Church – Common Law Notice of want of jurisdiction




Dennis Bruce Walker

Archbishop John Bathersby,
The Archbishop of Brisbane,
Archbishop’s House,
790 Brunswick St.,
(P.O. Box 936)
New Farm Qld 4005

(in the right of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia)
( in the right of Her purported Royal Highness
“Queen Elizabeth II of Australia”
Buckingham Palace

In respect of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia (its archdioceses, dioceses, and parishes) having any jurisdiction, whatsoever, in the Indigenous nations/lands of the continent known as ‘Australia’ , the Complainant states that:
Unless there is an acknowledgement of Indigenous peoples’ Sovereignty, and a real commitment to redress the illegal nature of the occupation of our Indigenous lands, by way of TREATY, the Roman Catholic Church, and indeed the State and Federal governments and all establishments that uphold and sustain the Roman Catholic Church in Australia, are operating in our Indigenous lands, illegally, and have no jurisdiction to make any decisions regarding the use of our lands/law/culture. (more…)

The African-American Religious Experience, Theology & Practice

Posted in bible, Church, history, reconciliation, spirituality by John T. on January 15, 2009

by Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

“To say “I am a Christian” is not enough. Why? Because the Christianity of the slaveholder is not the Christianity of the slave. The God to whom the slaveholders pray as they ride on the decks of the slave ship is not the God to whom the enslaved are praying as they ride beneath the decks on that slave ship.”

The following is a transcript of a lecture that I found here – Swans Comentary. This link also has questions and answers after the lecture.

From the introduction on Swans Commentary…. “The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., the former senior pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, and the pastor of Barack & Michelle Obama for almost 20 years, discussed the role of faith in the public square at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2008.”

Fr. Peter Kennedy, Bejam Denis Walker and Sam Watson on the St. Mary’s treaty

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, Church, history, indigenous, reconciliation, sovereignty, spirituality, treaty by John T. on December 17, 2008

Photo – Nunukul Kunjeil ceremony at the treaty signing service at St. Mary’s 30/11/08. Photo by Tony Robertson who has many more photos of the ceremony here

See also The Roman Catholic Church – Common Law Notice of want of jurisdiction

Fr. Peter Kennedy – But now with this treaty we feel there’s a oneness there now which has been signed and is incumbent upon us as a community to really embrace the Indigenous people.

Bejam Denis Walker – Well the treaty is a recognition of our sovereignty under God in country. Something that the Australian government hasn’t realised or recognised, and it fulfils law. Without it, I maintain, people are behaving unlawfully. Essentially it creates a oneness between the Indigenous peoples and the non-indigenous peoples.

Sam Watson – If the Catholic hierarchy could have been there on Sunday just to see the number of people who were there to share in the energy and the devotion of the moment, to feel the euphoria that swept through the entire congregation during the signing of the treaty, it was just incredible.

Transcript from ABC Radio National’s “Religion Report” 3/12/08

“Making common cause with the poor” – the Liberation Theology of Leonardo Boff and Clodovis Boff

Posted in bible, Church, reconciliation, spirituality, Uncategorized by John T. on December 4, 2008

“There is a failure to see that the poor are oppressed and made poor by others; and what they do possess – strength to resist, capacity to understand their rights, to organize themselves and transform a subhuman situation – tends to be left out of account. Aid increases the dependence of the poor, tying them to help from others, to decisions made by others: again not enabling them to become their own liberators.”

“The historical subjects of this liberation are the oppressed who must develop a consciousness of their oppressed situation, organize themselves, and take steps that will lead to a society that is less dependent and less subject to injustices. Other classes may, and should, join this project of the oppressed, but without trying to control it.”


Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, bible, genocide, indigenous, invasion, reconciliation, sovereignty, spirituality, treaty by John T. on November 27, 2008


St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Merivale St. South Brisbane


See also – Fr. Peter Kennedy, Bejam Denis Walker and Sam Watson on the St. Mary’s treaty

Living on Aboriginal Land – Melbourne workshop

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, genocide, indigenous, invasion, reconciliation, sovereignty, spirituality, treaty by John T. on November 17, 2008

Urban Seed invite you to join us for

“Living on Aboriginal Land”
A workshop with Baganan Kurityityin Theresa Creed and John Tracey

This workshop challenges non-Aboriginal participants to explore the relevance of concepts such as land rights, native title, sovereignty, reconciliation, treaty, self-determination, Aboriginal deaths in custody, customary law, traditional owner etc. to their own life on this country.
It explores ways in which non-Aboriginal people can support Aboriginal Australia.
The workshop offers no easy answers, only difficult questions.

6pm, Tuesday November 25th
@ “The Den” 116 Little Bourke St. Melbourne
(between Russell St. And Exhibition St. on the north side of the street)

Cultural/Linguistic Diversity and Deep Social Ecology (Genesis 11:1-9)

Posted in Aboriginal, bible, indigenous, sovereignty, spirituality by John T. on November 17, 2008

by Ched Myers

reproduced from A Globe of Witnesses

see also Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries

“It is interesting that the symbol of the fall in Genesis 3 is the human being’s expulsion from the Garden, his alienation from the earth, and his condemnation to a life of toil as an agriculturalist. This was indeed the story of the late Neolithic. Moreover, the first act outside the Garden is fratricide, in which the pastoralist Abel, symbolizing the remnants of the older, not-yet-fully-domesticated lifeways of the nomad forager, is murdered by the farmer Cain. This metaphorical vignette represents the opening battle of subsequent history’s longest war between aggressive, expansionist agriculturally based societies and their insatiable appetite for land on one hand, and ever-retreating traditional foragers on the other.”

Colonised Land; Colonised Mind (A Scottish perspective)

Posted in bible, history, reconciliation, sovereignty, spirituality by John T. on November 13, 2008

by Alastair McIntosh

I found this essay on the Rainforest Information Centre Website via the Henry George Institute

website of Alastair McIntosh

“It worries me when I hear of people of Scots descent putting obstacles in the way of native land rights claims in countries like Australia or the States. They should study their own history, mostly untaught in schools, and come to see that this is unbecoming behaviour. It is a betrayal not just of native land rights of the first nation peoples with who they now live, but also of our own people.”