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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 »

Francis – a voice crying out: becoming a humble, listening, & learning Church.

A seminar with Dr Austen Ivereigh, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, and local theologians and bishops. Friday 22 March 10am-1pm A contribution to the forthcoming Plenary Council in Australia. Information Br Mark O’Connor | mark-o’connor@marists.org.au

December 24th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events | Read More »

Austen Ivereigh on Pope Francis.

Prominent UK author Dr Austen Ivereigh. Close & concrete: Pope Francis evangelising in a world of flux’. Tuesday 21 March 2019 5-6:30pmThe Oratory Newman College 887 Swanston Street Parkville Response by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez of Honduras, coordinator of Pope Francis’s C9 group for Reform of the Church. Part of Helder Camara lecture series. Further information […]

December 24th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,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 »

Why are hundreds of thousands of Australian children struggling in poverty, even with a parent working full-time?

Why are hundreds of thousands of Australian children struggling in poverty, even with a parent working full-time?

Editorial. Australia has made little progress in recent decades to alleviate childhood poverty, according to Brian Lawrence, speaking on 17 October at an Anti-Poverty Week event, sponsored by Catholic Social Services Victoria. He said wages for many people were too low to lift children out of poverty. Mr Lawrence has drafted submissions and appeared at […]

October 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Can religions help avert wars provoked by climate change?

Can religions help avert wars provoked by climate change?

Bruce Duncan. A new arms race is looming as the United States, Russia, and China continue to modernise their weapons systems, including tactical nuclear weapons. President Trump has announced that the US will withdraw from the Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, and has abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran which has carefully […]

October 14th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Disarmament,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

A place to call home: Catholic bishops call for urgent action.

A place to call home: Catholic bishops call for urgent action.

Michael Yore. It’s time for Australia to reassert the value of housing as a basic human right”, proclaims the 2018-2019 Social Justice Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. And quite rightly! A strong human rights perspective correctly guides and colours the entire statement on housing and homelessness in Australia with the statement basing the […]

September 18th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »