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Climate change: verging on a slow-burning apocalypse?

Climate change: verging on a slow-burning apocalypse?

Bruce Duncan. Astonishingly, some people are still not convinced about the dangers of climate change, despite frequent reports of extreme weather events, rising sea levels and record global temperatures. Europe in July experienced an extreme heat wave, even reaching into the Arctic Circle. Exceptionally severe forest fires have raged as far north as Sweden. Africa […]

July 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

Chris Mulherin. Until last month, Richard Harris was, to me, a fondly remembered Irish actor. But on the global stage, the new Richard Harris, ‘Harry’, is an Adelaide anaesthetist/medical recovery expert, and, in his spare time, an expert cave diver. He is also a man who avoids publicity and fandom. In a world in which […]

July 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Is it time for a Just Peace framework? SPC Forum with Caesar D’Mello.

Is it time for a Just Peace framework? SPC Forum with Caesar D’Mello.

SPC Forum Address 21 June 2018 A significant life-and-death concern we have had to grapple with over the centuries is that of war and peace, conflict and nonviolence. One doctrine that has evolved to provide moral guidance is the Just War doctrine. It accords with our instinctive belief, our traditional sense of righteousness, that a […]

June 29th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Disarmament,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members,Talks | Read More »

Can we preserve our social values & still have a prosperous economy?

Editorial. One of the key concerns at Social Policy Connections has been how to maintain our social and community values as Australia adjusts to rapid economic change. Everyone wants a prosperous economy, but there is less agreement about the distribution of resources and social equity. As we have reported over the 13 years of Social […]

June 27th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Cardijn & Paul VI: empowering young workers.

Cardijn & Paul VI: empowering young workers.

Stefan Gigacz. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen the pope as relaxed as he was during his audience with Cardinal Cardijn and the JOC (Young Christian Workers or YCW),” wrote Belgian Bishop André-Marie Charue following the ceremony at which the YCW founder received his red hat in February 1965. It was the climax of a […]

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

Where are our statesmen & women?

Where are our statesmen & women?

Peter Whiting. Doubtless, it displays something of my vintage, when I find myself citing words written by that great economist John Maynard Keynes in 1933, reflecting on the road to recovery after the Great Depression. He wrote, “It is not an engineering problem or an agricultural problem. It is not even a business problem … […]

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

What do we know for sure?

What do we know for sure?

Peter Whiting. You would be forgiven for expecting that the heading of this article refers to the emergence of ‘fake news’ into our lives, primarily through the impact of social media. Certainly, a quick look at recent events leaves us wondering what we know for sure. Sophie Mirabella, in her defamation case against a newspaper, […]

April 29th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Pope Francis condemns even possessing nuclear weapons.

Pope Francis condemns even possessing nuclear weapons.

Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis has issued strong backing to calls to ban nuclear weapons entirely, including as a deterrent. On a flight back to Rome from Bangladesh on 2 December 2017, he declared, “Today we are at the limit”, because the dangers from nuclear arsenals were now so severe that they risked destroying “the great […]

April 28th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Disarmament,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview?

Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview?

Peter Whiting. At Social Policy Connections, we take as our main objective “to help bring the social involvements of the churches into contemporary policy debates, and shape a just society”. In Australia at this time of a declining influence of a Christian worldview in favour of an aggressively secular one, such an objective may seem […]

April 4th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Active Non-Violence &the Sustainable Development Goals.

Active Non-Violence &the Sustainable Development Goals.

Caesar D’Mello. Revitalising the tools of Non-Violence Report on a Pax Christi consultation in the Philippines “I call on people of goodwill to recognise what Christians profess as a consequence of faith: that it is only by considering our peers as brothers and sisters that humanity can overcome wars and conflicts… Your thoughts on revitalising […]

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