AUSTRALIA: Sydney Archbishop Laments 2017 As An “Annus Horribilis” Because Of Same-Sex Marriage

The Guardian reports:

The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said people of faith might describe 2017 as “annus horribilis” because of euthanasia laws in Victoria, the exposure of child sexual abuse in the Catholic church, and the legalisation of same-sex marriage were failures that challenged “our Christian conceptions of life”.

“Like any year, this one has had its challenges for our world, our country and each of us individually,” Fisher said in his annual Christmas message.

“For people of faith you might say it’s been an annus horribilis, as our Christian conceptions of life and love have been challenged in the marriage and euthanasia debates; freedom of religion in Australia put in doubt; and shameful crimes and cover-ups in our Church uncovered by the royal commission.

RELATED: Last month Fisher declared that same-sex marriage had not won an actual majority in Australia’s postal plebiscite because 20% of the population had declined to cast a ballot. (Tipped by JMG reader Paul)

  • Boreal

    Anthony Fisher’s hookups refer to him as ‘anus horribilis.’

    • Droz

      Beat me to the punch.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Swipe LEFT!

    • BlackGayVeganAtheist
      • Todd20036

        Nicer than I expected.

    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

      anus horribilis fissures

    • Reality.Bites

      Wow, I’d not have thought they’d teach Latin in elementary schools.

    • Statistics Palin

      Archbishop, you have to wash your ass.

    • Athirson

      I wonder how many little boys in his diocese he has had anus coitus with

    • HandsomeMrToad

      Three cheers for the Fistula Faction!

    • Todd Allis

      And here I was thinking “anus horribilis” sounds pretty “bad ass.”

  • Todd20036

    They’d keep moving the goal posts to “not EVERY freaking Australian voted for SSM so it shouldn’t be legal.”

    There are real problems in Australia and all these religious fucktards worry about it what 2 guys (never 2 women) do in bed.

    Everyone in Australia should realize the folly of the “goodness” of religion based on how the churches reacted to marriage being made accessible to more loving couples.

    • Chucktech

      And everyone in civilization should realize that “euthanasia,” meaning, of course, being allowed to die with dignity when there is no medical hope, is just that: Civilization. If their false dead god has a problem with that, tough shit.

  • safari

    An antibiotic should clear that up in no time.

  • Ninja0980

    Of the many bad things brought to Australia over the years, religion is by far the worst.

    • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

      And sheep, with their hard little hooves that break up the soil in bad ways.

  • KnownDonorDad

    He’s acting like a horrible anus.

  • JT

    Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher

    I’ll bet he’s a fisher of men.

    • Tomcat


  • Michael R
    • licuado de platano

      Filled with Mnure

  • S1AMER

    Ain’t nothin’ like religion to make people hate their fellow men and women. Nothin’.

  • KnownDonorDad

    “the exposure of child sexual abuse in the Catholic church,”

    This is really poorly phrased, as if the bad thing were the exposure, not the crime.

    • Mike__in_Houston

      I suspect he meant exactly what he said. “Why can’t people just leave us alone?”

      • canoebum

        Exactly. Priests have been diddling little boys since Constantine’s time. They consider it their due compensation for a life of “celibacy”. Now if we just let them get on with it in peace, all would be fine.

    • Todd20036

      It’s not poorly phrased. It’s Freudingly accurate.

      • Librarykid

        and frighteningly accurate as well.

    • ChrisMorley

      That’s exactly what he meant:
      ‘For people of faith you might say it’s been an annus horribilis, as our Christian conceptions of life and love have been challenged in the marriage and euthanasia debates; freedom of religion in Australia put in doubt; and shameful crimes and cover-ups in our Church uncovered by the Royal Commission.

  • Tomcat

    What worries him is the EXPOSURE of child sexual abuse in the catholic church,,,
    NOT the fact it happened, but the fact it was exposed. How fucked is that?

    • Todd20036

      Fucked up? Yes. Surprising? No, not really.

    • April

      They need to get their own house in order before they go after lgbt folks.

      • Librarykid

        Does O.P. stand for Old Poop or Old Pervert?

        • Craig Howell

          Order of Preachers, i.e., the Dominicans. You will not be surprised to learn that during the good old days, these guys pretty much ran the Inquisition.

        • OP also stands for Over-Proof, as in booze. Something which the Catholic clergy is notoriously fond of.

      • Mike Knife

        April Tomcat said, “They need to get their own house in order before they go after lgbt folks.”
        Why are you suggesting “they go after lgbt folks”, are you one of them?

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    • mark99k

      Extremely. He’s so clueless he saw nothing problematic with that exact wording?! And now I’m wondering if he delivered the statement with his dick hanging out of his robe.

  • Boreal
  • RobynWatts

    Annus Horribllis? Must be Latin code for “Our cult, I meant, church is suffering from a extremely high case of butthurt.”

    • ChrisMorley

      The phrase annus horribilis was used in 1891 in a Church of England publication to describe 1870, the year in which the Roman Catholic church defined the dogma of papal infallibility – but he’s a fanboy of infallibility.

      He’s totally straight and quoting HM Queen Elizabeth from her speech at London’s Guildhall on 24 November 1992, marking the 40th anniversary of her accession, in which she described the year as an annus horribilis.
      “1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an annus horribilis.

      There were royal divorces, break-ups, affairs, public royal foot fetishism, and large parts of a fav palace, Windsor Castle, burnt down on her wedding anniversary. And we made her pay for most of the repairs.

      • Gustav2

        “And we made her pay for most of the repairs” made even more horrible by the thought of increased hordes of American tourists tromping thru the palaces in their shorts and flip flops to raise money for the repairs.

      • RobynWatts

        Thanks, Chris, for the background and history lesson. Hope that the holidays are going very well for you..🥗

  • Gustav2

    Oh sweetie, you may be a big ole queen, but you are not Her Majesty.

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    “Because of the exposure of child sexual abuse” … the EXPOSURE. What. The. Fuck.

  • Reality.Bites

    I just don’t understand. They’re all upside-down there. Why don’t they just take away his magnetic boots and let him fall off the planet?

  • Treant

    “What’s your proper title? Oh, forget it, like I care. I’m-a just call you Toner the Boner.”

  • Nax

    Fix your cowl.

  • thatotherjean

    The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher can stick his opinion in his ear, except for his comment about the shameful crimes and cover-ups in his church. He’s spot-on there.

    • CB

      But I think he was pissed because he was exposed.

  • joe ho

    lol. Christianity is nothing but a primitive death and fertility cult in fancy dress. A pre-scientific attempt to understand the universe that has outlived any usefulness it might have had.

    Lucky for us, it continues to decline at an accelerating rate throughout the industrialized West.

  • Joseph Miceli

    I am afraid the difference in my social and professional status prevents me from meeting such illuminaries as the good Archbishop, Tony Perkins, Newt Gingrich or other such persons, but I do look on the bright side. Since the only conversational gambit I would be able to resort to would be “Fuck you, I hope you die soon” perhaps it is for the best.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    …because molested children are so least According to Republican voters in Alabama.

  • yes b’y
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Using the term Annus Horribilis in the same paragraph regarding child molestation?
    Careful Archbishop….

    • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

      Like the high-ranking priest who came to a Xmas party last weekend who said, “I want to sit at the kid’s table.” Can’t tell if ironic or so innocent it sounded okay for him to say it, while I was desperately trying to avoid snickering in his presence.

  • zhera

    Fuck you, MOST unreverently! Putting civil rights in the same category as child molestation? Could you possibly be more tone-deaf?

  • BearEyes

    yes, because other people actually living their lives, minding their own business, and in some cases actually being (gasp) happy is such a horrible, horrible thing for the kiddie diddlers and control freaks in “the church”

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Where do they find these these deeply defective men? What sort of monsters breed them?

    • kat

      What sort of monstrosity attracts them? Answer: religion.

  • anne marie in philly

    LOSER! it’s a great year for australia. meanwhile, the catholic church keeps covering up the raping clergymen. PIGS!

  • greenmanTN

    If that translates as “terrible asshole,” he’s one to talk!

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      Anus terribilis, might be that phrase. 🙂

  • Paula Key

    Throw in a few Latin phrases and the ignorant masses at Masses will think you are holy and learned. And when will the bishops and Cardinals stop wearing drag?

    • MaryJOGrady

      Tallulah Bankhead, watching a prelate in full vestments swinging an incense censer: “Love the dress, darling, but your purse is on fire.”

      • Paula Key

        Love it and will quote it – when needed.

  • MBear

    “Hey you people over. Yeah you people. You’re having fun doing something that doesn’t involve me or affect me. STOP IT!!!”

  • Clive Johnson

    In a previous era this would be reviled. Now they brag of Mary’s sexual conquests:

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Now they’re making Jesus sound like he’s banging everyone.

      • Ben in Oakland

        It’s why we say JEsus Fucking Christ.!

    • northern_neighbour

      Ambiguity allowing double entendre such as this is one of the beauties of the English language!

      But the composer of this hilarious “message” was too stupid to realise that it can easily be read another way )which presumably this Church would surely denounce as blasphemous.)
      But yeah, that is their low educational level … not too bright.

      But yes there have been innumerable promiscuous southern ‘christian virgins’ who repeatedly had lustful male cock one way or another in various orifices.

  • Natty Enquirer
  • Karl Dubhe 2

    My first impulse was to disparage his dress, but that would be bad. Guys can wear dresses these days, there’s nothing wrong with that. Just like there’s nothing wrong with women who wear trousers. 🙂

    My stronger impulse is to laugh at his use of the term. The Queen used it when her kids got divorced, her home burnt, and had had a really shitty year.

    For him to claim that people getting married is equivalent to HM’s Annus Horribilus is rather sad. Then again, he still thinks that Jesus is going to return. And that he can ‘cure’ sin by splashing an infant, and frequently masturbating after listening to other people’s confessions.

    • Craig Howell

      “There’s nothing wrong with women who wear trousers.” And there’s certainly nothing wrong with guys who aren’t wearing trousers.

  • Hue-Man

    Here’s the link for the Royal Commission’s website. I’m glad they did their work and prepared their report but I don’t have the stomach to read through the terrorist acts these monsters carried out (and are probably continuing; organizations don’t change that quickly).

  • cleos_mom

    Tony, Tony, Tony. Didn’t you even suspect you were creating a tsunami of asshole jokes?

  • joe ho

    Where are the gay Christers here who tell us that Jesus blesses butt sex?

    • Ben in Oakland

      I, The purest of The Pure Gods, do hereby bless thine buttsex for thee. On thy knees, and pray for my holy rod of chastisement. Here is thy holy pillow to bite.

  • Acronym Jim

    Hey Pops, EVERY year was annus horribilis for those kids being molested while you all looked the other way.

  • 2patricius2

    “people of faith…’might’ say…” Or might not say.

    However people who believe in love and rights and relationships might say it has been a good year for the enactment of marriage equality, and the exposure of crimes against children.

  • JWC

    Archbishop Fisher . The people have spoken accept it and get it line If you wabt to worry about something clean up the church sex scandals

  • No More GOP.

    Most of us don’t belong to your church, so, padre, please let me extend to you this invitation to go pound the sharpest sand you can find.

  • MaryJOGrady

    Yeah, it’s just hell when folks figure out you’re the head of a pedophile racket.

    • Craig Howell

      Go see “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” for a delicious tirade by Frances McDermand’s character against Holy Mother The Church Inc. as nothing more than a bloody street gang of pedophiles and their enablers.

      • MaryJOGrady

        I saw it last week. When Frances McDormand’s character read out that priest, I felt like standing up and cheering.

    • andrew

      Most, but not all, Catholic priest sexual offenders don’t fit the definition of pedophile. Most of their sexual crimes have not been committed against prepubescent children of either gender. Their victims are usually young adolescent males. Most of those priests are probably closeted gay males, with arrested psycho-sexual development, who are using their positions to prey on young adolescent males.

      • McSwagg

        That’s a whole lotta deflection and projection you’re spewing out there. What are you hiding?

        • andrew

          If you disagree with my observations about the Catholic priests sexual abuse scandal that’s fine, but why the need to impugn my motive. The facts are that most of the victims of Catholic priests sexual abuse are young adolescent males and not prepubescent children of either gender and as such it is incorrect to classify them as pedophiles. It is also true that, in the past, many religious and closeted gay males entered Catholic seminaries and their sexual maturity was stunted, as a result some of them later looked to adolescent males for sexual experimentation and companionship.

          • McSwagg

            So, you’re a catholic apologist trying to minimize the fallout around sexual abuse of under aged children. Got it! I don’t really care if the victims were prepubescent or post pubescent or male or female. They were under aged and the abuse was wrong and sick. You can split hairs all you want to assuage your conscience, but you won’t get any agreement from me. Again, what are you hiding?

      • MaryJOGrady

        Okay, ephebophile racket, then.

  • Coprolite

    Hey Archbishop, Uranus is visible and it isn’t pretty.

    • hudson11

      one might even say its ‘horribilus’

  • Sporkfighter
  • Ben in Oakland

    A horrible year, indeed. You,ce lost some more of your authority.

    But one of these things is not like the other two. Two guys who aren’t members of your racket getting married, people deciding without your help thatthey don’t wish to live in pain and suffering, versus fucking altar boys and girls and their coverups.

    Do you know which of the three is different?

  • Sporkfighter

    ““The throng of young people standing up for faith and ideals says to us that whatever the past failures, we can have hope for ourselves, our families, our church, our nation, our world,” he said. “Our young people are not naive about the shames in our past or the trials in our future. But they want to be part of the answer to both.”

    We know how those young people around the world are voting, and it is largely against antiquated traditions of animal husbandry as a model for human family structure.

  • “. . . failures that challenged “our Christian conceptions of life”.”

    Reality challenges your “Christian conception of life.”

  • DumbHairyApe

    It’s getting harder and harder for these self-loathing closet cases to hide behind their homophobia.

  • IDavid

    Regarding Annus Horibillis: obviously he took a mirror to it. At least he’s seeing his real self.

    • northern_neighbour

      Ecce Se Homo Horibilis

      behold the horrible man himself …

  • Andymac3

    The guy from the pedo club is complaining about people getting married? Fuck him.

  • RealityBass

    I disagree with the archbishop’s comments, but I love her dress.

  • I have more bad news for you, your Excellency. Jesus never actually existed. He’s a myth, based on older myths. So all of your bullshit is for nothing.

  • GanymedeRenard

    You know what’s horribilis, arsehole? Your Church, your frock, your hierarchy’s pedophile-enabling habits. Now go fvck yourself with a cactus.

  • Halou

    The only horrible anus here is the Sydney Archbishop.

  • JAKvirginia

    I don’t know Arch-B, but do you think that Peter Pan collar suits you? Fashion faux, me thinks. And the art from Pier One is a nice touch, too.

  • -M-

    Okay so, only the abuse and its cover-up harmed anyone and the way it’s phrased sounds like he’s lamenting that that came to light rather than that the horrible crimes occurred. Some values he has.

  • andrew

    Surely Fisher knows that for the many youngsters abused by Catholic Clergy in Australia there have been far worse years than 2017. His immediate predecessor in Sydney, Cardinal Pell has returned from Rome, met by police at the airport, to defend himself against charges that he not only covered up the sins of other clergy but sexually abused youngsters himself. The Australian hierarchy is all about money, power and hiding it’s sins. The Australian Catholic Church is the largest employer in the nation. It employs 180,000 employees and has assets of over 76 billion dollars and an annual income of over 11 billion dollars.

  • RKitty01

    Go fuck a kangaroo

  • WTHella

    Dear Pope Francis: Given your church's reputation, next time, aim for the forehead, OK?— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) December 25, 2017

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    It sounds like he’s whining because his church got busted AGAIN for diddling the kiddies…

  • Jimmy R

    Maybe he meant “Anus Horribilis” … Is he trying to claim that he doesn’t enjoy it when the altar boys fuck him?

  • Stubenville

    Pay no attention to the bitter man in the white dress.

  • JCF

    An “Annus Horribilis” Because Of Same-Sex Marriage

    Ze comedy, it writes itself…

  • leastyebejudged

    Child-molesting protecting scumbag.

  • Gianni

    That’s terrible that you just couldn’t have it all your own way. I probably should feel bad for you, but I don’t. Wonder why that is? I’m not going to dwell on it. Life goes on so STFU already.

  • Mihangel apYrs

    if this is the worst, he’s so lucky. Think boy-fiddling

  • Paula Key

    Like Trump, their base is dwindling.

  • DaveMiller135

    As for the actual majority in the same sex marriage vote, beyond the fact that history is made by those who show up, the entire “missing” 20% would have needed to vote against for their presence to have made the difference he seeks. Both sides can rightly be proud of the high (79%) voter turnout they had on marriage in Australia. The whole theory of polling suggests that the “missing” votes would have been split along the same lines as those who could be bothered to fill out their forms and mail them in.

    Of course, that theory has been dealt a blow by the polls leading up the the US Presidential election which suggested that Donald Trump would not be our next President, and that Hillary Clinton had a 66% chance of being elected.

    Personal theory: When television was first getting going, the polling bodies asked people to just do self-reporting on their viewing habits. Which showed a surprising (read “unbelievable”) skew towards cultural programming, like PBS. Those people apparently had it on all the f-ing time. Similarly, I believe that US voters, asked who they planned to vote for, were too embarrassed to admit that they planned to vote for Trump. I hope they still are. I hope they’re choking on it.

  • Mike

    Tough titties about the justice for same-sex couples causing him all that anus trouble.

  • NedFlaherty

    It’s only fitting that Archbishop Fisher is the flaming ass to make the announcement that 2017 is the year of the “horrible anus” (his term, not mine).

  • The Archbishop is still smarting from the fact that, even prior to ME, 76% of Australians who get married choose to do so without benefit of clergy.

    As for the “shameful crimes and cover-ups” uncovered by the Royal Commission — who was responsible for those? Not the victims!

  • Mike Knife

    He is an Anus Horribilis. The Catholic pedophile cult has made life Horribilis for us all for a very long time.

  • Archbishop Fisher’s remarks exemplify the teachings of Jesus against false prophets found in Matthew 7 – “you will know them by their fruit.” His theologically unsound heterosexist message denies same sex couples the opportunity to become “one soul” (! Sam. 18:1-3) in the way that opposite-sex couples are recognized as becoming “one flesh.” Perhaps those who hear this message will recognize the evil in it and shake the dust of that Church off their sandals,

    This Aussie archbishop is not much different from his American counterparts who found an opportunity on December 15th to advocate for evilly forcing trans children to conform to societal expectations based on their erroneous original sex assignment.

  • Queequeg

    He is an anus horribilus.

  • Al Prazolam

    My heart is breaking for them.

  • Ogre Magi

    Well, he is an Anus Horribilis!

  • Jim Boyd

    tax the church