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Australia was founded on a hypocrisy which haunts us to this day.

Australia was founded on a hypocrisy which haunts us to this day.

Henry Reynolds  University of Tasmania US slave owners wrote and spoke about liberty, equality and the pursuit of happiness. Similar hypocrisy, buried in the foundations of settler Australia, has escaped comparable scrutiny. The nature of the early settlements is so well known that it is frequently taken for granted. But for the first 50 years […]

September 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues | Read More »

Wilful ignorance about the threat of climate change.

Wilful ignorance about the threat of climate change.

Bruce Duncan.  The events around the removal of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister of Australia have caused dismay and anger right across the country, not just because of the internecine politics involved but because the malcontents have undermined efforts to face the terrible threats posed by global warming and climate change. Our new prime minister, […]

September 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Last call on climate – evidence for a demise of the planetary life support system.

Last call on climate – evidence for a demise of the planetary life support system.

Andrew Glikson. In a key paper titled “Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene“, published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Science on 6 August, a group of 17 climate and environment scientists issued a stern warning to humanity about the future of advanced life on Earth. The paper states: We […]

September 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

‘Liveability’ for whom?

‘Liveability’ for whom?

Peter Whiting. With the Victorian elections due in November, the timing of the recent announcement of a “visionary’ $50 billion underground rail loop for Melbourne is not entirely surprising. It follows a similar ‘visionary’ proposal for a city-to-airport link at an envisaged cost of $15 billion. It is a sad reality that infrastructure spending on […]

August 31st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Jeffrey Sachs. We are all climate refugees now.

Jeffrey Sachs. We are all climate refugees now.

This summer’s fires, droughts, and record-high temperatures should serve as a wake-up call. The longer a narrow and ignorant elite condemns Americans and the rest of humanity to wander aimlessly in the political desert, the more likely it is that we will all end up in a wasteland. NEW YORK. Modern humans, born into one […]

August 15th, 2018 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

First Confession: A sort of memoir by Chris Patten.

First Confession: A sort of memoir by Chris Patten.

Reviewed by Bill Frilay. Chris Patten has written a very interesting memoir on his multi-faceted life in politics, coupled with observations on his contemporaries and the issues of the day. Indeed, a full life. Brought up Catholic (of Irish descent on his father’s side) middle class in West London and educated in the Catholic school […]

August 14th, 2018 | Posted in Book Reviews,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Prof Joseph Camilleri OAM on life in “our brave new world”.

Three lectures Tuesdays 11, 18, 25 September 6:15pm St Michael’s Place Hall 120 Collins Street Melbourne $20 per lecture, $45 for all three. Book here, or 9654 5120. 11 September Life in the post-truth world 18 September Is social trust in decline? What will this mean for politics, business, banking, media, religion? 25 September Redeeming truth […]

August 9th, 2018 | Posted in Events,Talks | Read More »

SPC News August 2018. The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

SPC News August 2018. The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

Download a .pdf of SPC News August 2018. The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity. Chris Mulherin. The inspiration and lessons of this story go beyond riveting real-time TV and lives saved. In my view, what we saw during that gripping week in July was human community at its best: individuals finding […]

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

What Aboriginal Catholics & other Christians offer the future of this land.

What Aboriginal Catholics &  other Christians offer the future of this land.

Sherry Balcombe. As Aboriginal people, we are spiritual beings by nature. I suppose that was God’s purpose. Our spirituality is so entwined with our culture, customs and lore, they cannot be separated and exist together. We have a deep respect for everything in our world. The land we consider to be alive; she is our […]

July 31st, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Indigenous Issues | Read More »

Why Francis values the assassinated Archbishop Romero so highly.

Why Francis values the assassinated Archbishop Romero so highly.

Rowan Ireland. The assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador 1977-80, Oscar Arturo Romero, is to be canonised in October. It is time to reflect again on Romero’s life and times in El Salvador, and on the significance of his canonisation now. Romero became known around the world when he was assassinated by a right-wing militiaman in […]

July 30th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »