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A Mosaic called Ruben.

Anne Doyle . Making mosaics is the art of crafting broken pieces into a work of beauty. In her book, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, Terry Tempest Williams writes: ‘Mosaic celebrates brokenness and the beauty of being brought together’. In late February, I flew into Nairobi with a group of people associated with the […]

May 16th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The ethical imperative for a just world.

Peter Whiting. Wedged appropriately into the two days between the Easter celebration of the Resurrection, with its promise of a new order, and the Anzac Day commemorations acknowledging the sacrifice of many for the basic values of life and freedom, the two-day Earth@Peace conference in Melbourne in April addressed action for a Just & Ecologically […]

April 30th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Uniting against terrorism: Pope Francis & Muslim leaders in Abu Dhabi.

Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis has made dialogue with Islam a high priority, as he is acutely aware that the scourge of war and displacement of peoples will not stop until these great religious traditions can consolidate effective norms of peace, justice, toleration, and cooperation. As the leader of the Catholic Church and a spokesman for […]

April 29th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Editorial. A budget for an election.

Peter Whiting. With a Federal election being tipped for mid-May 2019, and an April budget to accommodate it, it is hardly surprising that the budget handed down on 2 April had a number of initiatives clearly focused on specific community groups and marginal electorates in the hope of influencing electors’ voting decisions. It just would […]

April 3rd, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Climate change: we all care!

Tony French. Record greenhouse gas emissions are driving global temperatures to dangerous levels. This is the dire conclusion in the latest World Meteorological Organisation report, WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate In 2018. The WMO is part of the United Nations. The WMO report highlights record sea level rises, as well as […]

April 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

These are my Commandments I give unto you – my Sinai desert delusions.

Tony French. In January, I climbed Mt Sinai. Readers of the Hebrew Scriptures know Mt Sinai is where God gave Moses the stone-engraved set of Ten Commandments. At the time, you may recall, Moses was escaping Egypt with his Israelites en route to the ‘promised land’. Mt Sinai is geographically roughly halfway there, being in […]

February 24th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

How to sustain prosperity with justice. 

Paul Smyth. Paul Smyth examines the recent UK report, outlining a ‘Plan for the New Economy’. One of the UK’s leading non-party think tanks, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), established a Commission on Economic Justice in 2016, after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, to examine the challenges facing the UK economy […]

February 24th, 2019 | Posted in Book Reviews,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | 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 »

Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

Editorial Peter Whiting. Regrettably, many of us have by now become inured to those frequent advertisements asking us to sponsor an animal under threat of extinction. Even more sadly, we do not respond with quite the same generosity as of old to similar requests to support children in distress in countries torn apart by war, […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »