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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 »

Sr Brigid Arthur, ‘Refugees & their traumatised children: a tale of smoke and mirrors’

Wednesday 5 December, 7.30pm The Study Centre, Yarra Theological Union, 34 Bedford St., Box Hill   Sr Brigid Arthur was one of the founders of the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project in 2001, which has since assisted thousands of refugees and their families through the difficult processes of detention and resettlement. She is deeply concerned about […]

November 19th, 2018 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Church and Social Justice,Events,SPC Events 2018 | Read More »

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

Interviews and panel discussions with leading thinkers, with working groups, including a discussion in ‘hypothetical’ format with 12 leaders and experts on implications of Australia attempting to apply the principles of a just and ecologically sustainable peace. 23-24 April 2019, 9am-5:30pm Evening events 7.30pm Pilgrim Theological College Melbourne 29 College Crescent Parkville 3052 For information, […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Peace,Stewardship of our planet | 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 »

An enabling life: Father Kevin Mogg. A collection of reminiscences by Anne Tuohey.

An enabling life: Father Kevin Mogg. A collection of reminiscences by Anne Tuohey.

Memoir of Fr Kevin Mogg, inspired by the Second Vatican Council In An Enabling Life: Father Kevin Mogg. A Collection of Reminiscences, Anne Tuohey and several contributors have captured key aspects of the history of the Catholic Church as it struggled to cope with the huge migrant flows after the Second World War and then […]

September 18th, 2018 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »

Wilful ignorance about the threat of climate change.

Wilful ignorance about the threat of climate change.

Bruce Duncan.  The events around the removal of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister of Australia have caused dismay and anger right across the country, not just because of the internecine politics involved but because the malcontents have undermined efforts to face the terrible threats posed by global warming and climate change. Our new prime minister, […]

September 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Voices for justice. A program for aid advocates.

1-4 December 2018. Canberra. Micah Australia is hosting a four-day training program in Canberra 1-4 December 2018 for people committed to working for improved justice in the world. The program includes two days of training and workshops with leading speakers, and a final two days lobbying politicians in Parliament House. The program is hosted by […]

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Global poverty | Read More »

What Aboriginal Catholics & other Christians offer the future of this land.

What Aboriginal Catholics &  other Christians offer the future of this land.

Sherry Balcombe. As Aboriginal people, we are spiritual beings by nature. I suppose that was God’s purpose. Our spirituality is so entwined with our culture, customs and lore, they cannot be separated and exist together. We have a deep respect for everything in our world. The land we consider to be alive; she is our […]

July 31st, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Indigenous Issues | Read More »