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Francis – a Voice crying out: Becoming a humble, listening and learning Church

Friday 22 March, 10am to 1.00pm A seminar with Dr Austen Ivereigh, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez and local theologians and bishops. A contribution to the forthcoming Plenary Council in Australia. Further information: Br Mark O’Connor, mark-o’connor@marists.org.au

December 24th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events | Read More »

Austen Ivereigh on Pope Francis

Prominent UK author, Dr Austen Ivereigh, Tuesday 21 March 2019, 5.00-6.30pm ‘Close and Concrete: Pope Francis evangelising in a world of flux’ in The Oratory, Newman College, 887 Swanston St., Parkville VIC. Response by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez of Honduras, coordinator of Pope Francis’s C9 group for Reform of the Church. Part of Helder Camara lecture […]

December 24th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

In the post-APEC scramble to lavish funds on PNG, here’s what the country really needs …

In the post-APEC scramble to lavish funds on PNG, here’s what the country really needs …

Mark Moran The University of Queensland. If you set out by dinghy from the northern-most inhabited part of Australia, you will make landfall fairly soon in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Boigu Island, part of Queensland, is the most northerly island in the Torres Strait. With its own Australia Post outlet, it is less than ten […]

December 6th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Politics | Read More »

Australia needs to triple its social housing by 2036. This is the best way to do it …

Australia needs to triple its social housing by 2036. This is the best way to do it …

Julie Lawson RMIT University, Hal Pawson UNSW, Laurence Troy UNSW, Ryan van den Nouwelant Western Sydney University. Australia needs to triple its small stock of social housing over the next 20 years to cover the existing backlog and newly emerging need. That is the central finding of our new research report on the housing infrastructure needs of low-income […]

December 6th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Climate change: “the most important issue we face”.

Climate change: “the most important issue we face”.

Peter Whiting. At the UN’s COP24 climate talks currently under way in Poland, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres described climate change as “the most important issue we face”. The address by Sir David Attenborough was unequivocal in its alarm, fearing the collapse of our civilisations, and recognising climate change as a “man-made disaster of global […]

December 4th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Light from the laity – the 2020 Plenary Council.

Light from the laity – the 2020 Plenary Council.

Tony French. By now, you would have heard of the Plenary Council 2020. It’s been billed as ‘shaping the future of the Catholic Church in Australia’. Perhaps like me, you dismissed it as just another gathering of bishops and clergy, meeting to make decisions on our collective behalf. But, no, not this time. The laity […]

December 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

IPCC’s 1.5 degrees C report makes Paris Agreement redundant.

IPCC’s 1.5 degrees C report makes Paris Agreement redundant.

Peter Sainsbury. The report ‘Global Warming of 1.5C’ was published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2018. Although the report does not say so, the evidence it presents renders the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change redundant. It asks the wrong question, and its goals and strategies are now revealed to […]

December 1st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

What can Australia do to help build a world at peace with itself?

What can Australia do to help build a world at peace with itself?

Allan Patience. Within this question is an assumption (which is all too plausible) that Australia has done – and still does – very little to contribute to the making of a world that can live at peace with itself. The grim truth is that for most of the history of European intervention on this continent, […]

December 1st, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Revelations about Australia and the Iraq war.

Revelations about Australia and the Iraq war.

James O’Neill. A new ABC report, quoting from a previously classified document, reveals that the Australian government decided in early 2002 to join the American-led Iraq War, but failed to disclose that to Parliament or the public. A newly declassified document, originally compiled by Dr Albert Palazzo of the Australian Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre, […]

December 1st, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »

The science is clear: we have to start creating our low-carbon future today.

The science is clear: we have to start creating our low-carbon future today.

Alan Finkel Office of the Chief Scientist. This week’s release of the special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has put scientific evidence on the front page of the world’s newspapers. As Australia’s Chief Scientist, I hope it will be recognised as a tremendous validation of the work that scientists do. The […]

November 1st, 2018 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »