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Faith demands action for justice & for the planet: Pope Francis in Panama.

Bruce Duncan. In Panama for World Youth Day, Pope Francis drove home his message that faith in Christ demands engaging in the struggle for justice, peace, ecological sustainability, and social equity. His visit to Panama 23-27 January 2019 was short, but he was determined to help mobilise the social conscience of Latin Americans for a […]

February 5th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Australia Day & our ‘culture wars’.

Peter Whiting. Until recently, for the last 20 years or so, I have celebrated Australia Day at my home with a group of my friends. As part of the entertainment, I would compile a short quiz on a particular Australian theme: bushrangers, prime ministers, Australian poets, prominent Australians, place names, and so on. Intentionally, I […]

February 5th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics | Read More »

Here’s how a 100% renewable energy future can create jobs & even save the gas industry.

Sven Teske University of Technology Sydney. The world can limit global warming to 1.5℃ and move to 100% renewable energy while still preserving a role for the gas industry, and without relying on technological fixes such as carbon capture and storage, according to our new analysis. The One Earth Climate Model – a collaboration between […]

February 4th, 2019 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Australia Day reminds us that we can overcome the fear of foreigners & ‘boats’.

John Menadue. The Australia of today is vastly different from the Australia of my childhood. With its widespread racism and sectarianism, it was socially suffocating. For those changes, I am very grateful. There is a lot of which we can be proud. No country has integrated newcomers as well as we have. But there have […]

February 3rd, 2019 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Francis – a voice crying out: becoming a humble, listening, & learning Church.

A seminar with Dr Austen Ivereigh, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, and local theologians and bishops. Friday 22 March 10am-1pm A contribution to the forthcoming Plenary Council in Australia. 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. Close & concrete: Pope Francis evangelising in a world of flux’. Tuesday 21 March 2019 5-6:30pmThe Oratory Newman College 887 Swanston Street Parkville Response by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez of Honduras, coordinator of Pope Francis’s C9 group for Reform of the Church. Part of Helder Camara lecture series. Further information […]

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 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 »