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Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.

In June 1975, the Victorian Society of St Vincent de Paul’s first soup van, a humble old Ford Transit wagon with doors which flew open when they took a corner, started offering friendship and food  to the homeless men, at that time mainly affected by alcohol abuse. It was initiated by a group of young […]

November 6th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

Peter Whiting. This must surely seem an odd way to frame a commentary on conscience, but I am having great difficulty reconciling the Australian Government’s position on the refugees on Manus and Nauru and any notion of conscience. On 31 October, the Australian Government closed the Manus Island processing centre, requiring the 600 men detained […]

November 4th, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.

Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.

John Ferguson. As we approach the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Pope Francis has instituted a new ‘World day of the Poor’, which this year will be celebrated on Sunday 19 November. In his message for the day, Pope Francis says he wants the annual event to be a “powerful appeal to our consciences as […]

November 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Pope Francis under attack.

Pope Francis under attack.

Bruce Duncan Despite his immense popularity among most Catholics and many others, not just Christians, Pope Francis is meeting increasing opposition and outspoken criticism, even from some cardinals and bishops, as well as from some prominent academics and writers. Contention centres on his views on the pastoral implications of moral theology on divorce and remarriage, […]

November 1st, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Why has Australia been almost continuously at war?

Why has Australia been almost continuously at war?

Henry Reynolds Delivered this International Day of Peace Lecture at St John’s Cathedral Brisbane on 21 September 2017. It is republished from John Menadue’s blog 26 October 2017. In a letter written in August 1855 to his colleague John Bright, the great free trade liberal, Richard Cobden, expressed his hostility to Britain’s involvement in the Crimean War. “And […]

October 29th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Michael Yore: Can we adjust our moral compass so economics truly enhances wellbeing for everyone?

Michael Yore: Can we adjust our moral compass so economics truly enhances wellbeing for everyone?

A Response to Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement Everyone’s Business: developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy (2017-18) Kristy was a mother of four small children who ended up in high-rise public housing after fleeing her abusive partner. The micro-finance scheme operated by the welfare organisation near her block of flats assisted her in a dignified […]

October 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward.

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward.

Reviewed by Tony French If, like me, you want to put the current ‘refugee crisis’ into some kind of historical perspective, then I recommend Tony Ward’s recent publication, Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers. This is a well-researched and readable review of Australia’s response to refugees arriving here by boat since the 1990s. This […]

October 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Book Reviews,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Towards an Economy of Communion. Lawrence Chong, Consulus CEO.

Towards an Economy of Communion. Lawrence Chong, Consulus CEO.

Tony French. Leading Singapore-based CEO of Consulus consulting firm, Lawrence Chong spoke at the 23 August SPC forum in Melbourne on business practices promoted by the Economy of Communion, a network of over 800 companies worldwide linking companies with community needs. The event was jointly sponsored by the Focolare Movement in Melbourne. SPC member and Melbourne […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

When will Saudi Arabia be brought to account for its malign influence & promotion of terrorism?

When will Saudi Arabia be brought to account for its malign influence & promotion of terrorism?

John Menadue Through its support of extremist Wahhabism, the Saudi government has been promoting radical Islam around the world. Its influence has included funding schools, universities, and mosques, in over 80 countries. But, like the issue of the burqa, few Australians want to discuss the highly dangerous activities of the Saudi government. In previous posts […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua.

Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua.

Bruce Duncan. Report of a conversation with Anglican priest Peter Woods and human rights advocate Louise Byrne. Human rights abuses in West Papua are causing Melanesian and Polynesian countries throughout the Pacific to voice increasing alarm in international forums, and to call for genuine self-determination for West Papuans. Speaking at the SPC forum on 2 […]

August 7th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »