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SPC News August 2015. Pope Francis calls for a global economy with a conscience. »

SPC News August 2015. Pope Francis calls for a global economy with a conscience.

12:24 pm | Download a .pdf of this newsletter. Follow the links to full versions of these articles on this website. Pope Francis calls for a global economy with a conscience Bruce Duncan reports on the Pope’s…

Aug 6 2015 / No Comment / Read More »
Events

Pax Christi conference: A world without weapons »

Pax Christi conference: A world without weapons

01:49 pm | Pax Christi National Conference & Meeting   Friday 28 (evening) to Sunday 30 August   Keynote Professor Tilman Ruff A world…

Jun 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Ecological aspects of war: religious perspectives from Australia. »

Ecological aspects of war: religious perspectives from Australia.

02:05 pm | Conference. Monday 28 September 2015 8:45am-5:30pm Trinity College Theological School Trinity College Royal Parade Parkville A one-day symposium on…

Jun 29 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Pope Francis & prophetic voices: reshaping the public sphere »

Pope Francis & prophetic voices: reshaping the public sphere

01:49 pm | Conference Thursday 17 & Friday 18 September 2015 St Michael’s Uniting Church 120 Collins Street Melbourne   Youth forum Wednesday…

Jun 29 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

The Story of Place, Home and Social Justice from an Indigenous Viewpoint »

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08:45 pm | Vicki Clark  Well known Aboriginal and a founder and leader of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Melbourne for 25…

May 1 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

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The Yarra Institute

Pope Francis calls for a global economy with a conscience. »

01:51 pm | Bruce Duncan.  During his July trip to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay, some of the poorest countries in Latin America, Pope Francis has voiced the anguish and concerns of millions of people who are struggling to rise out of severe poverty and marginalisation, yet who are “exploited like slaves”. Speaking to a crowd of two million…

Jul 17 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Responses to Pope Francis’s challenge on climate change. »

11:54 am | Responding to the social encyclical by Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, two prominent Melbourne academics spoke at an SPC forum on 9 July on Pope Francis on ‘catastrophic’ climate change, world poverty and social equity. Addressing about 40 people at the Salvation Army Hall in Bourke Street Melbourne, they said the message about the dire threats…

Aug 6 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

A tribute to Hugh Stretton. »

03:04 pm | Lionel Orchard. Hugh Stretton – one of the greatest social scientists and public intellectuals Australia has produced – passed away in late July after a long illness. His legacy is vast as a thinker, writer, activist, advisor, teacher, mentor, and friend. Those of us who had the honour of his advice and support can only…

Aug 31 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Landmines: the state of play. »

11:02 am | By Bill Frilay. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL)  – the NGO leader on this issue – estimates that around 4,000-5,000 people were maimed or killed by landmines last year alone, and that millions more suffer from the agricultural, economic, and psychological impacts of the weapons. They estimate that there are still tens of…

Sep 12 2012 / No Comment / Read More »

SPC News August 2015. Pope Francis calls for a global economy with a conscience. »

12:24 pm | Download a .pdf of this newsletter. Follow the links to full versions of these articles on this website. Pope Francis calls for a global economy with a conscience Bruce Duncan reports on the Pope’s July visit to Latin America, deploring the injustice in the economic world, and calling for major changes to reform “intolerable” conditions for…

Aug 6 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Asylum seekers

Labor’s pragmatism and turning back the boats. »

11:47 am | Brendan E Byrne. The recent decision by the ALP National Conference to back Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s push to adopt the ‘turn back the boats’ policy toward asylum seekers undoubtedly…

Aug 6 2015 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Magna Carta after 800 years: relevance for our legislation on refugees, terrorists, secrecy, and other issues. »

Magna Carta after 800 years: relevance for our legislation on refugees, terrorists, secrecy, and other issues.

12:55 pm | John Hassett.  The most significant legacy of Magna Carta is its symbolism. We respect it today as a cornerstone of our freedom.…

Jun 29 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Close Nauru & Manus Island: Australia’s disintegrating moral standards. »

Close Nauru & Manus Island: Australia’s disintegrating moral standards.

12:11 pm | Bruce Duncan.  Against the advice from Save the Children, which is under contract to provide welfare services on Nauru, a baby girl…

Jun 16 2015 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Treating asylum seekers humanely is a core Gospel demand. »

Treating asylum seekers humanely is a core Gospel demand.

01:34 pm | Speaking at St Patrick’s Cathedral before the Palm Sunday rally in support of asylum seekers in Melbourne on 29 March, Bruce Duncan…

Mar 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Stewardship of our planet

Creatures among creatures: toward an integral ecology. »

Creatures among creatures: toward an integral ecology.

11:25 am | Anne Elvey.  Laudato Si’ has been hailed as a watershed in global religious thinking about the critical ecological issues facing planet Earth…

Aug 6 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Pope Francis: an Evangelical climate scientist reflects on Laudato Si’. »

Pope Francis: an Evangelical climate scientist reflects on Laudato Si’.

06:35 pm | Mick Pope.  As a climate scientist-cum-budding-eco-theologian, it is hard to contain my excitement that the head of the largest Christian denomination has…

Aug 3 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Can mining clean up its act? Insights from the Encyclical Laudato Si’. »

Can mining clean up its act? Insights from the Encyclical Laudato Si’.

03:37 pm | Augustine Doronila PhD.  I have just read and reflected on Pope Francis Encyclical Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore  [Praise be to you, my…

Jul 21 2015 / No Comment / Read More »
Towards an ecological vocation: a reflection on Laudato Si’. » Pope Francis on avoiding environmental catastrophe. » Laudato Si’ & population growth: a cautionary note & my preferred emphasis. » A call to ecological conversion. »

Responses to Pope Francis’s challenge on climate change. »

11:54 am | Responding to the social encyclical by Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, two prominent Melbourne academics spoke at an SPC forum on 9 July on Pope Francis on ‘catastrophic’ climate change, world…

Aug 6 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

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