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Want a safer world for your children? Teach them about diverse religions and worldviews.

Anna Halafoff Deakin University, Andrew Singleton Deakin UniversityGary D Bouma Monash University, Mary Lou Rasmussen Australian National University. Around 80% of secondary school students who attended classes about diverse religions claim to have positive views of Muslims. This compares to around 70% who had not attended such classes. Our national study of Australian Generation Z […]

April 4th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Peace | 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 »

Pope Francis in Morocco: building bridges, not walls.

Bruce Duncan. The appalling massacre in March of so many Muslim people in New Zealand’s Christchurch has shocked our countries deeply, and illustrated how urgent is the need to deepen understanding and increase solidarity among our faith communities. The Christchurch event was one in a too-long list of religiously motivated terror acts against Muslims, Christians, […]

April 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Urgent need to restore minimum wage levels.


Bruce Duncan. There is a very serious problem with determining wage levels in Australia. The Fair Work Commission continues to base its minimum wage determinations on a single adult without a family to care for. This means that single-income earners with families dependent on the minimum wage are being forced to live in poverty.  The […]

April 1st, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice | Read More »

I don’t want slaves working for me.

Sarah Puls. I have the power to show, through the choices I make, that everybody matters, that I don’t want any slaves working for me, says Good Samaritan Sister Sarah Puls. One of the most courageous people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know is a woman named Mary (not her real name), who was […]

February 27th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Catholic views on the Economy.

Review of Matthew Shadle’s Interrupting Capitalism: Catholic Social Thought & the Economy. Joe McKay Matthew Shadle’s book, Interrupting Capitalism: Catholic Social Thought & the Economy, provides a good review of different strands of Catholic Social Thought (CST), which takes into account not just the magisterium teaching of the Catholic Church, but also the historical response […]

February 24th, 2019 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Global poverty | Read More »

An ecumenical response to Laudato Si’.

Prominent experts discuss the burning issues of climate change & inequality, raised by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’. Friday 8 March 5.30pm to Sunday 10 March 2019 2pm.St Clement’s Retreat Centre, Galong, NSW, 100km from Canberra. For information click HERE. Anglican Bishop Philip Huggins, President of the National Council of Churches Australia, will join leading ecologists, […]

February 11th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,SPC Events 2019,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Earth@Peace. How to secure ‘just & ecologically sustainable peace’.

23-24 April 2019 9am-5:30pm and from 7:30pm. Pilgrim Theological College Melbourne29 College Crescent Parkville Melbourne $100 per day, $70 concession/student, $135 professional development (with certificate). $20 evening sessions, $15 concession. Payment on entry (no online booking for evenings). Earlybird discount 20% for standard and concession tickets before 23 February 2019. Book here. For full information, click here  |  see […]

February 11th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Feature,Peace,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Fabulous launch of ‘An Enabling Life. Fr Kevin Mogg’.

Over 160 people gathered at the book launch of An Enabling Life. Fr Kevin Mogg, A collection of Reminiscences. As one attendee reflected, it was uplifting to be part of a good church story. Kevin Mogg is a much loved and respected Church leader, who has held key leadership positions throughout his sixty years-plus as […]

February 6th, 2019 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Publications | Read More »

Faith demands action for justice & for the planet: Pope Francis in Panama.

Bruce Duncan. In Panama for World Youth Day, Pope Francis drove home his message that faith in Christ demands engaging in the struggle for justice, peace, ecological sustainability, and social equity. His visit to Panama 23-27 January 2019 was short, but he was determined to help mobilise the social conscience of Latin Americans for a […]

February 5th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »