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SPC News November 2017. Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance. »

SPC News November 2017. Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

07:26 am | Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance Peter Whiting The spokesman for the…

Nov 5 2017 / No Comment / Read More »
Events

Book launch. Ecological aspects of war: religious & theological perspectives. »

11:17 am | Invitation : Book launch. Two books edited by Anne Elvey, Deborah Guess, & Keith Dyer Thursday 7 December 5:30pm Whitley…

Nov 14 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Wiring social justice into the economy: towards inclusive and sustainable development »

10:03 am | Professor Paul Smyth Tuesday 5 December, 7.30-9.00pm, following SPC’s AGM at 7.00pm New Directions for social policy after the…

Nov 13 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Will the Korea crisis spark nuclear war, or a just peace? Pax Christi AGM. »

03:48 pm | Professor Joseph Camilleri on Korea crisis. Sunday 19 November 2pm Kildara Centre Rear 39 Stanhope Street Malvern (through car…

Nov 4 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Frank Brennan SJ : 110th anniversary of Harvester Decision. »

11:04 am | Rerum Novarum Oration 2017 Wednesday 8 November 7:30pm Cardinal Knox Centre 383 Albert Street East Melbourne Light refreshments served…

Nov 2 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

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  1. Book launch. Ecological aspects of war: religious & theological perspectives.
  2. Wiring social justice into the economy: towards inclusive and sustainable development
  3. How will the North Korean Crisis be resolved?
  4. Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.
  5. SPC News November 2017. Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.
  6. Will the Korea crisis spark nuclear war, or a just peace? Pax Christi AGM.
  7. Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.
  8. Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.
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  2. Kevin Vaughan: The Seaford Housing Action Coalition, SHAC, of which I am a member has for the past 12 months hosted a...
  3. Audra Kunciunas: Hi John, The pressure on reducing wages as the solution only points out the need for businesses to...
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  5. Kevin Vaughan: I belong to a small group in Seaford named Seaford Housing Action Coalition, SHAC. Our group recently...

Church and Social Justice

  • Book launch. Ecological aspects of war: religious & theological perspectives.

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  • Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

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  • Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.

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  • Frank Brennan SJ : 110th anniversary of Harvester Decision.

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  • Pope Francis under attack.

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  • Cool the rhetoric on North Korea.

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  • Bishops challenge growing inequality & exclusion in Australia.

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  • Michael Yore: Can we adjust our moral compass so economics truly enhances wellbeing for everyone?

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  • Towards an Economy of Communion. Lawrence Chong, Consulus CEO.

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  • Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua.

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  • Charting a way forward in SPC.

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  • Curious Vatican article challenges right-wing US Catholics.

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  • We can make our society fair.

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  • A scorecard on Pope Francis.

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The Yarra Institute

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story. »

07:27 am | In June 1975, the Victorian Society of St Vincent de Paul’s first soup van, a humble old Ford Transit wagon with doors which flew open when they took a corner, started offering friendship and food  to the homeless men, at that time mainly affected by alcohol abuse. It was initiated by a group of young…

Nov 6 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Pope Francis under attack. »

03:07 pm | Bruce Duncan Despite his immense popularity among most Catholics and many others, not just Christians, Pope Francis is meeting increasing opposition and outspoken criticism, even from some cardinals and bishops, as well as from some prominent academics and writers. Contention centres on his views on the pastoral implications of moral theology on divorce and remarriage,…

Nov 1 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Why has Australia been almost continuously at war? »

12:13 pm | Henry Reynolds Delivered this International Day of Peace Lecture at St John’s Cathedral Brisbane on 21 September 2017. It is republished from John Menadue’s blog 26 October 2017. In a letter written in August 1855 to his colleague John Bright, the great free trade liberal, Richard Cobden, expressed his hostility to Britain’s involvement in the Crimean War. “And…

Oct 29 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

How will the North Korean Crisis be resolved? »

09:26 pm | Bill Frilay. I use that heading, because I do not know the answer, and wish world leaders did. All I know is that the likelihood of using nuclear weapons is greater than at any time since the 1962 Cuban crisis. We have Kim Jong Un, belligerent, young, but not to be underestimated. Seemingly prepared to…

Nov 10 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

SPC News November 2017. Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance. »

07:26 am | Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance Peter Whiting The spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the government to end the “unfolding humanitarian emergency”, and allow the previously detained…

Nov 5 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Asylum seekers

Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance. »

02:08 pm | Peter Whiting. This must surely seem an odd way to frame a commentary on conscience, but I am having great difficulty reconciling the Australian Government’s position on the refugees on…

Nov 4 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Russell Broadbent launches critique of Australian refugee policies. »

Russell Broadbent launches critique of Australian refugee policies.

11:32 am | Australia faces a T-intersection: time to resolve our refugee crisis. Bruce Duncan Liberal member for McMillan in Gippsland, Russell Broadbent, challenged his…

Oct 9 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward. »

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward.

01:46 pm | Reviewed by Tony French If, like me, you want to put the current ‘refugee crisis’ into some kind of historical perspective, then…

Oct 3 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Unpacking Minister’s ‘lodge or leave’ policy. »

Unpacking Minister’s ‘lodge or leave’ policy.

12:26 pm | Sarah Puls SGS. “Fake refugees” who have “refused to apply” for a visa? Sister Sarah Puls answers some common questions arising from…

Aug 6 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Stewardship of our planet

Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently. »

Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently.

09:40 am | Bruce Duncan. Foreign aid is not just a matter of offering charity to people in need overseas. It is very important for…

Sep 7 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Small-scale farmers vital in the struggle for social equity & environment sustainability. »

Small-scale farmers vital in the struggle for social equity & environment sustainability.

12:14 pm | Rowan Ireland. Rowan Ireland reflects on the seminar Towards a clean & sustainable world: three perspectives on agriculture in developing countries, Victoria…

Mar 2 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Hugh Lacey on Ecology & Social Justice. »

10:43 am | Hugh Lacey: Laudato Si’, GM crops, & agroecology in Brazil. Sunday 5 March 1:30pm St Ambrose Hall, 3 Dawson Street, Brunswick Special attention…

Feb 8 2017 / No Comment / Read More »
We can still keep global warming below 2℃, but the hard work is about to start. » Putting carbon back in the land is just a smokescreen for real climate action: Climate Council report. » What has happened to the Sustainable Development Goals? » How Scared or Hopeful Should We Be in a Warming World? »

Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees: really hard, but not impossible. »

10:24 am | Dave Frame Victoria University of Wellington & H Damon Matthews Concordia University. The Paris climate agreement has two aims: “holding the increase in global average temperature to well below 2℃…

Oct 6 2017 / No Comment / Read More »