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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 »

Working with Disaster: Clergy & Bushfires.

Working with Disaster: Clergy & Bushfires.

Launched by Craig Lapsley, Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner, this research aims to support and learn from the local clergy and laity in the Murrindindi Shire who responded to those impacted by the trauma of Black Saturday on 9 February 2009. The fires caused Australia’s highest-ever loss of life from a natural disaster. They claimed 173 […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Book Reviews,Feature,Publications,SPC Events 2015,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Jesus and the Dreaming: Australian Spirituality through Aboriginal-Christian Dialogue.

Jesus and the Dreaming: Australian Spirituality through Aboriginal-Christian Dialogue.

Frank Fletcher MSC, Jesus and the Dreaming: Discovering an Australian Spirituality Through Aboriginal-Christian Dialogue (Strathfield: St Pauls Publications, 2013), 344 pp, edited by Fabian Byers. $24.95. Reviewed by John D’Arcy May As someone who regarded Frank Fletcher as a friend and mentor, I welcome this summa of his decades of engagement with the Koories of […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Indigenous Issues,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Social Justice & the Churches

Social Justice & the Churches

Social Justice & the Churches: Challenges & Responsibilities Edited by John D’Arcy May Chapters written by representatives of seven Australian Churches show that Christian approaches to social justice are startlingly distinctive, in their starting points as well as in their positions on urgent matters of human rights, sexual ethics, and economic justice. Social justice is […]

December 1st, 2014 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,SPC Events 2014 | Read More »

Book review.

Book review.

Scanning the signs of the times: French Dominicans in the 20th Century. Thomas F O’Meara and Paul Philibert. Reviewed by Dr Brian Lewis. The inspiring story of the re-awakening of the Catholic Church in France in the early 20th century through the medium of seven Dominican theologians who profoundly influenced the Second Vatican Council. Read […]

December 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Book Reviews,Publications | Read More »