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Rev Dr Richard Leonard SJ

Jesuit Priest, Author, Educator and Critic of Modern Culture

Norma has spoken on two occasions to Rev Dr Richard Leonard SJ, the Director of The Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting. Fr Richard Leonard is a Jesuit priest, an author, educator and critic of our modern culture.

Born in Warwick, Queensland, and growing up in Toowoomba, Fr Richard Leonard SJ directs the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting for the Bishop’s Conference. Richard has undergraduate degrees in arts, education and theology, as well as a master’s degree in systematic theology. After ordination to the priesthood at St Mary’s Church, North Sydney, he was apprenticed to Albert Street Productions where he wrote, produced and directed documentary films for Australian television. In 1996 Richard undertook the graduate course in film production at the London Film School and in 2004 graduated with a PhD in cinema studies from Melbourne University. Fr Richard is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and a film critic for all the major Australian Catholic newspapers. He is also the author of a number of books, including Where The Hell Is God? and lectures internationally on faith and culture.

In the first Podcast, she talks to Father Richard about:

  • his role as the Director of the Office for Film and Broadcasting and the rationale behind the establishment of the Office
  • the influences of media on children (including social media)
  • how might parents respond to those influences
  • how might schools respond to those influences
  • film review from 1999 to 2017 available on the catholic.org.au website

In the second Podcast, she talks to Father Richard about:

  • in times of suffering and of profound grief, some of the questions suffering raises and the conclusions that are made
  • does praying for God’s help solve the problem?
  • some explanations that parents could use to help children understand why suffering occurs and why bad things happen

More information can be sourced from:

  • 2017 Film Reviews – Catholic Church in Australia
  • Interviews featuring Father Richard are available on YouTube
  • The Full Catastrophe by Tracey Leonard. Publisher HiddenSpring 1999 (ISBN-13: 978-1587680618)
  • Where The Hell Is God by Richard Leonard SJ. Publisher HiddenSpring 2010 (ISBN-13: 978-1587680601)

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