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Geraldine Doogue and Bishop Vincent Long in the Ozanam Conversation

Thursday 26 April, 6.30 – 7.45pm   ‘What does it mean to be a Catholic welfare organisation in a post Royal Commission world’   Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Pde., East Melbourne. Drinks and Canapes will be served from 6.00pm. The Ozanam Conversation (previously the Ozanam Lecture) is a free annual event in honour of […]

April 5th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Member Events | 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 »

Just War or Just Peace?

Just War or Just Peace?

Paul Rule. A little-noticed revolution has occurred recently in Catholic thinking about war and peace. Effectively, Just War calculus has been abandoned for a new emphasis on non-violence, and a primary pursuit of peace. The theory of the conditions for undertaking and pursuing a just war was developed from St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas, […]

April 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace | 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 »

Was God just a spectator at the Crucifixion?

by Bruce Duncan Is Easter simply a relic from the past and a chance for a holiday break? Why have the dramatic events of Easter been so significant in our cultures, and why is Easter still so central to Christian belief?   Many of us struggle to understand the significance of Easter, the crucifixion of […]

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

Our tax, wage, & social benefit systems need urgent repair.

Our tax, wage, & social benefit systems need urgent repair.

Bruce Duncan. Every other day, new scandals pop up, disturbing the business community, and bringing  forcefully to our attention that our wage, tax, and social security systems are ‘broken’, and in need of urgent attention and re-thinking. Franchisee scandal of widespread underpayment Have you ever wondered why you only seem to see Indian or other […]

March 7th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

In Chile and Peru, Pope Francis sharpens Gospel imperative of justice and fairness for all.

In Chile and Peru, Pope Francis sharpens Gospel imperative of justice and fairness for all.

Rowan Ireland. Pope Francis’s speeches and homilies during his visits to Chile and Peru during 15-22 January 2018 make for stirring reading. As we’ve come to expect, he addressed global issues of social justice and the mission of the Church, with vivid, sometimes startling, reference to local realities. In both countries, his overall theme was […]

March 7th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

Astonishing the scientific world, human remains have been found in Israel, dating back some 200,000 years, far older than any other human remains found outside Africa. It appears our human ancestry is more complex than we believed. But what of our human future? Where will human beings be in 200,000 years? Will we have survived […]

January 29th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

What would Jesus make of our Christmas?

by Bruce Duncan   The Christmas stories were not written for children but as preludes to the adult message of God in Jesus walking in solidarity with the entire human family. If Jesus were to visit us again, how puzzled he would be with our Christmas. He would be wondering who is this Santa who […]

December 19th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »

Editorial: Wiring social justice into the economy.

Editorial: Wiring social justice into the economy.

Peter Whiting. Following SPC’s AGM on 5 December, Professor Paul Smyth addressed members of Social Policy Connections on the topic in the title above. His basic assertion was that the neoliberal framework which has underpinned much of Australia’s economic and social policy for the last thirty years has run its course, and we need to […]

December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature | Read More »