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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 »

Griffin on Mannix.

Griffin on Mannix.

James Griffin Daniel Mannix: Beyond the Myths (Melbourne: Garratt Publishing 2012) Pp. xix + 396. RRP: $49.95 Reviewed by Bruce Duncan Who would have thought we needed another biography of Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne from 1917 to 1963? Jim Griffin did, because many of the previous eight biographical works on Mannix were uncritical or […]

July 4th, 2013 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Why faith matters for social justice

Why faith matters for social justice

Kath Engebretson launches Joan Daw’s Young People, Faith, & Social Justice   Dr Joan Daw’s book presents the findings of a research project of the Yarra Institute for Religion & Social Policy. Dr Kath Engebretson launched this important publication on 17 May 2013 at the Knox Centre in Melbourne. The project was part-funded with a […]

May 29th, 2013 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,SPC Events 2013 | Read More »

Hope for Justice & Reconciliation: Isaiah’s Voice in an Australian Context

Hope for Justice & Reconciliation: Isaiah’s Voice in an Australian Context

By John  Bottomley The Australian church and the nation both face difficult times. National reconciliation, the place of worship in contemporary mission, injustice at work through work-related death, grief, and bullying, the tension between business and theological understandings of corporate governance, and the suffering brought by post-traumatic stress to victims and perpetrators of violence – […]

March 21st, 2013 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice | Read More »