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The Catholic Priest and Advaita

Yesterday I spoke with rebel Catholic priest Father Peter Kennedy on the phone about why the Catholic church has sacked him from his South Brisbane parish and is trying to forcibly remove him from the premises. I told him I’d like to do a video interview with him about his situation. He replied “I’d rather talk about advaita!” It turns out Fr Kennedy has been to visit Bob a few times.

I’m catching up with him next week. Stay tuned!


  1. Bob Seal says:

    I’d love to hear the interview, Cameron 🙂

    Have been enjoying seeing how he is affecting the power folk above him in the pecking order.

    Love the way he just does the jesus type of thing and everyone is welcome.
    He stands back and lets the people in. It is their church after all, isn’t it? 🙂

    The organized church just can’t cope with the all inclusive quality of what is happening. It affects their authority over the flock.

    I always enjoy the quality of anarchy that comes up in this life to give a kick in the seat of the pants where it’s required. LOL.

    I’d go to his church just to enjoy the feeling of community, even though I don’t have any interest in religion.

  2. Cameron Reilly says:

    Did you catch Kennedy’s appearance on Q & A on the ABC last night? Tony Abbott, rabid Catholic and complete dickhead, was also on. He attacked Peter (and Kate Ellis) a few times and Peter handled himself very well, making the same points you did above. He’s very inclusive.

  3. daniel says:

    I recently went to the funeral of my uncle, who was catholic. The priest said that when you die you go to a place beyond time in the eternal now, he blew my mind, I had never heard a priest say anything like that before.
    What’s the world coming to?

  4. tomvds says:

    Hey daniel, that’s just their age-old bogus religion man . Who is to go where ? If not now and here? There is no here / there, nor now/later just this impersonal THIS. Samsara is Nirvana as the ancients used to say. Only THIS appearing ‘NOW’-‘Always’. Everything is just a Big ‘Mandala’ appearing in impersonal openness. It is already the case! As RAMANA Maharshi said just before he died when someone asked “What will we do when you are gone?”: “Where would I go?”

  5. Bob Seal says:

    Missed him on Q and A.

    You’d think the church would welcome him for reviving the church and allowing everyone to join in. Thought the idea was for the church to save souls! (Whatever they are!) or is it only certain souls, that don’t rock the boat maybe.

    If it isn’t all inclusive then it ain’t worth a bean in my view.
    Whether it’s a church or a brothel. LOL.

  6. daniel says:

    Tom my point was about what catholic priests normally say,are or were you a catholic? I was a catlicker for my entire youth and have been to many such funerals and have never heard a priest say anything like that. When you go to heaven you do, sit,adore, etc. No time “no do”, eternal now,”no do”,get it? And if there’s nobody here, who said that, oh, the appearance I guess,what’s that, something that is but isn’t. Do any of us really know anything but what makes us feel comfortable and hope that’s it? Beyond the veil of death nobody knows except Jesus and we know that’s bullshit, don’t we?

  7. tomvds says:

    Hi Daniel,You’re all over the place …mmh not sure if that is meant by ‘omnipresence’ 😉
    The Catholics here never said anything about the actual experience of ‘Heaven’ because they were more interested in the power they could excert here on earth via their institutions and in managing peoples lives through control of the keymoments in their lifes: birth, sex, death. That was their downfall allthough they’ll never admit to it. But really what they do is creating an apparent dualism by using such concepts as ‘beyond the veil of death’ so we’ll all walk like sheep to the butcher while they’ll enchant us with stories about an ‘eternal now’ somewhere beyond here. It’s all concepts. Yes, that man from Nazareth ‘knew’ if we read the Gospel of Thomas but the priests are like a dog sleeping in the cattle manger: the dog neither eats nor lets the cattle eat!

    “The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge and have hidden them. They have not entered nor have they allowed those who want to enter to do so.”

  8. patrick in tx says:

    can’t wait to hear/see it, cam. keep ’em coming.

  9. daniel says:

    Tom don’t get to cerebral about this. I’m not talking about the catholic church on some global philosophy.This was a very small town priest that said this. You never said did you grow up a catholic? If you didn’t I don’t know where your coming from.I don’t believe the catholic hype if that’s what you think, I gave that up a long time ago.

  10. Bob Seal says:

    Wasn’t it Nisargadatta that said . . .
    “Listen they are arguing about the child of a baren woman”

    Always luv the way Self plays with Self such a delight!

  11. tomvds says:

    Hi Daniel, Don’t mind ‘me’. Me’s just shooting to see if something moves. It’s All Self playing wit Selph, so WHO has a problem? Look for it, does it exist. Nevertheless I wish they’d stop messing with children !

  12. tomvds says:

    There is a joke hidden at the core of Catholicism, a plug that keeps the sewer from draining empty and free. It is placed there for all to see: “Jezus was a child of a barren woman.” Stat rosa pristina nomine, nomina nuda tenemus. That Life-essence that spoke the words of the Gospel of Thomas didn’t came into being some 2000 years ago. It’s just THIS, unborn, undying.

  13. tomvds says:

    For those interested in : the Science of Non Duality

    “Our vision is to bring together some of the best minds in cutting-edge science with nonduality philosophers and experiential practitioners from a variety of fields, including art, film, music, and various spiritual traditions. These areas of human knowledge and experience are rapidly converging, and the conference is meant to be a crucible to accelerate the process.”

    Here’s a link to the conference website (which is still in development):

  14. Gilbert says:

    What happened to Peter is more about ‘control’ and limitations than about freedom and love. Anyone can SEE that. Who is going to tackle the hard heads that instigate these ‘non Christian attitudes’ – no one – they are in control, or imagine that they are and they won’t let go without death and destruction. Isn’t it all just a game of tug and war? Who cares?
    Really, who cares? What does it matter?
    Deal with your ‘stuff’ in your own back yard, before you get involved in the affairs of others.

    No one – no one KNOWS whether JESUS existed. No One.
    Advaita is ONLY about Present Evidence. If you have to retreat into memory or hearsay to find evidence, then you have missed it.
    Advaita is One without a second. There is NO duality in Non Duality.
    As Gurdjieff said: “If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest”.
    The Bible says: “Let no man come between you and your God”. In other words, the sense of separation needs to evaporate. That is the central factor and until that is resolved or dissolved, then mind will play games with endless concepts. Instead of theorizing about whether Jesus existed – see if that ‘me’ exists in present being. It is the simplest kind of investigation of all – yet just about everyone avoids it like the plague.

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