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SPC News February 2016. GST increase: a surrogate debate. »

SPC News February 2016. GST increase: a surrogate debate.

12:30 pm | Download a .pdf of this newsletter. Follow the links to full versions of these articles. GST increase: a surrogate debate Peter Whiting Taxation reform has become urgent for Australia, but, as Peter Whiting…

Feb 8 2016 / No Comment / Read More »
Events

In search of a sustainable future: the Paris climate conference & the impact of Pope Francis. »

In search of a sustainable future: the Paris climate conference & the impact of Pope Francis.

04:18 pm | Dr Augustine Doronila. Wednesday 2 December 2015 7:30pm. 34 Bedford Street Box Hill.  This address follows the SPC 2015…

Nov 12 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

People’s climate march »

People's climate march

12:45 pm | Friday 5.30pm, from the State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St. The March will go down Swanston St and…

Nov 10 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Cardinal Rodriguez speaks on Romero »

romero

02:24 pm | Sunday 29 November, 3.00 – 4.30 pm. “From Romero to Francis: the joys and tensions of becoming a ‘poor…

Nov 2 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Pax Christi: next stages in our journey? »

Pax Christi: next stages in our journey?

01:33 pm | AGM Pax Christi meeting of 15 November at 2 pm will help set its agenda for 2016 plus guest…

Nov 2 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Church and Social Justice

  • Francis takes his message personally to Africa.

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  • Pope Benedict on the environment.

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  • Towards an ecological conversion.

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  • Mr Abbott unveiled.

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  • Pope Francis: prioritising social justice.

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  • Review of Gerard Henderson’s ‘Santamaria: A Most Unusual Man’.

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  • Pope Francis in the USA: reshaping the global agenda.

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  • Pope works to reconcile Catholic teaching, population pressures, & sustainable development.

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  • Did Pope Francis fudge the population issue?

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

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  • Creatures among creatures: toward an integral ecology.

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

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  • ‘The Australian’ gangs up on Pope Francis.

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

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The Yarra Institute

Time for inspired leadership. »

10:52 am | Peter Whiting.  Millions of people have been mesmerised by Pope Francis speaking to the joint sitting of US Congress and the United Nations General Assembly. What is it about him that attracts such attention, even from many people who are not believers in any religion? I would suggest he speaks with great respect for his…

Sep 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

The economic foundations of family life are being undermined: rumblings beneath. »

12:11 pm | Brian Lawrence. Chairman of the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations from 2007 to 2015. The Catholic Press of 14 November 1896 reported that the St James’ Glebe Point Debating Society had accepted a challenge from the St Francis’ Literary & Debating Society for a debate at St Francis’ Hall in Paddington on the question…

Feb 8 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Mr Abbott unveiled. »

09:54 am | Bruce Duncan.  No-one likes to see their prime minister humiliated and removed from office, or the resulting trauma for families and close colleagues. Tony Abbott is only the latest PM to be unhorsed, but his demise demands scrutiny, especially as he was a strong Catholic, indeed a seminarian, for some years, and claimed the Catholic stalwart…

Nov 5 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 February 2016. GST increase: a surrogate debate. »

12:30 pm | Download a .pdf of this newsletter. Follow the links to full versions of these articles. GST increase: a surrogate debate Peter Whiting Taxation reform has become urgent for Australia, but, as Peter Whiting writes in our editorial, arguments to increase the GST must be seen in the broad perspective of fairness, equity, and providing opportunities, especially…

Feb 8 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Asylum seekers

What has happened to the 11,990 Syrian refugees? »

11:25 am | John Menadue.  Republished from his blog, Pearls and Irritations. After telling us for months that Australia would not take additional Syrian refugees, Tony Abbott announced on 9 September last year…

Feb 8 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Australia’s moral crisis: shipping babies & families off to Nauru. »

Australia’s moral crisis: shipping babies & families off to Nauru.

10:47 am | Bruce Duncan. How has it come to this, that the Australian government is poised to send back 37 babies, 54 children, and…

Feb 8 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Resettling Syrian & Iraqi refugees: a program for government-community action.  »

Resettling Syrian & Iraqi refugees: a program for government-community action. 

01:13 pm | Arja Keski-Nummi & Libby Lloyd. Reprinted from John Menadue’s blog, Pearls and Irritations. Australia has one of the best refugee resettlement systems in…

Sep 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Time for inspired leadership. »

Time for inspired leadership.

10:52 am | Peter Whiting.  Millions of people have been mesmerised by Pope Francis speaking to the joint sitting of US Congress and the United…

Sep 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Stewardship of our planet

Breakthrough in Paris climate talks. »

Breakthrough in Paris climate talks.

10:38 am | Peter Whiting.  What a Christmas present! The UN Climate Change conference in Paris concluded with a 31-page global agreement on dealing with…

Dec 14 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

The Paris climate agreement at a glance. »

The Paris climate agreement at a glance.

02:25 pm | Emil Jeyaratnam, The Conversation; James Whitmore, The Conversation; Michael Hopkin, The Conversation, and Wes Mountain, The Conversation   On December 12, 2015…

Dec 13 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Pope Benedict on the environment. »

Pope Benedict on the environment.

02:07 pm | Dr Augustine Doronila.  Review of Pope Benedict XVI. The Garden of God: toward a Human Ecology (edited by Maria Morciano), Washington, DC: The Catholic…

Dec 13 2015 / No Comment / Read More »
Towards an ecological conversion. » In search of a sustainable future: the Paris climate conference & the impact of Pope Francis. » Cleaning up the mess on climate policy. » Australians can be sustainable without sacrificing lifestyle or economy. »

Turning up the heat: how the diplomatic push for 1.5℃ unfolded in Paris.  »

11:34 am | Bill Hare Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research The inclusion of a 1.5℃ temperature limit in the new Paris climate agreement was a major victory for the poorest countries and…

Feb 8 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Indigenous Issues