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Bob Murray’s reprise on the 1950s’ Labor Split & Santamaria.

Bob Murray’s reprise on the 1950s’ Labor Split & Santamaria.

Reviewed by Bruce Duncan. Robert Murray Labor & Santamaria (Melbourne Australian Scholarly Publishing 2017) ppx+103, with a Foreword by Graham Freudenberg. Veteran political journalist, Bob Murray, has produced a short lively account of the traumatic events of the great Labor Split of the 1950s in a way which makes the story readily accessible to readers […]

July 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Bonded through tragedy, united in hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for independence. A memoir.

Bonded through tragedy, united in hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for independence. A memoir.

Bishop Vincent Long launches Bonded through Tragedy, United in Hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for Independence. A Memoir, by Hilton Deakin with Therese & Jim D’Orsa More than 200 people at the Knox Centre in Melbourne on 1 June heard Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, now of Parramatta Diocese, launch this striking […]

June 6th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Indigenous Issues,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Hilton Deakin’s memoir: faith, justice, & East Timor.

Hilton Deakin’s memoir: faith, justice, & East Timor.

Bonded through tragedy united in hope: The Catholic Church & East Timor’s struggle for independence, a memoir, by Hilton Deakin with Jim and Therese D’Orsa (Melbourne: Garratt Publishing 2017). Reviewed by Rowan Ireland. Australian Catholic bishop, Hilton Deakin, now aged 84, has given us a remarkable memoir. It was produced over several years, with the […]

June 6th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Indigenous Issues,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Building a just society.

Building a just society.

Race Mathews on the significance of Catholic & co-operative social reform movements. Reviewed by Bruce Duncan As one of Australia’s most eminent Labor figures and historians, Race Mathews has offered a fresh interpretation of the Australian labour movement over the last 125 years, examining the development and impact of Catholic social ideas and movements. Other historians have […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Struggling for decent housing: Thirty years of St Kilda community activism & the Port Phillip Housing Association.

Struggling for decent housing: Thirty years of St Kilda community activism & the Port Phillip Housing Association.

Book review. Many books and articles catalogue the often turbulent history of housing activism across Australian cities. The Victorian cases are usually focused on the inner north of Melbourne. A recent example, Trendyville: the battle for Australian cities, documents the slum reclamation battles, the involvement of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Oswald Barnett, and […]

February 5th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Jack’s war.

Jack’s war.

Kevin Peoples. Sometimes, if we are to understand highly complex human tragedies like WWI, we begin by reducing them to the personal. And sometimes, because of our interest in a single person, we are driven to discover a bigger and more abstract context, one that helps us understand what happened, and why. So I start […]

August 30th, 2016 | Posted in Book Reviews,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

‘Submission’ by Michele Houellebecq

‘Submission’ by Michele Houellebecq

Reviewed by Jamie Pearce If, like me, you are interested in what is happening to religious affiliation in the twenty-first century, then consider reading this novel. The author, Michele Houellebecq, has renounced his former atheism, and now describes himself as agnostic. He says that he is showing the disasters produced by the liberalisation of values, […]

August 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Naomi Klein. This changes everything: capitalism vs climate change.

Naomi Klein. This changes everything: capitalism vs climate change.

Reviewed by Kevin Peoples. This politically-charged book reads like a great dramatic novel. The drama is fixed in a clash of values. On one side are the powerful free-market fundamentalists. They are the rich and powerful of the world, committed to wealth, consumerism, and materialism, the articulate voices for profit-driven growth. Their actions rape the […]

April 10th, 2016 | Posted in Book Reviews,Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

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

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

Bruce Duncan. This biography of the energetic, influential, and deeply divisive Catholic activist B A Santamaria has been eagerly awaited. Gerard Henderson joined Santamaria’s National Civic Council in the mid 1960s, and worked for Santamaria himself in 1970–71 before eventually breaking with the organisation in the mid 1970s. He offers a valuable insider’s view of a complex […]

September 30th, 2015 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Politics | Read More »

Realities and surprises: a (very) personal reaction to Brenda Niall’s Mannix.

Realities and surprises: a (very) personal reaction to Brenda Niall’s Mannix.

Len Puglisi.  Len Puglisi is an urban environmental writer. During the Mannix era, Len was in regular contact with Catholic Worker men, most notably Gerard Heffey, and saw at first hand the dismay – hurt, even – they felt at being kept pretty much at a distance from their Archbishop’s support. Before I sat down […]

April 29th, 2015 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »