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Pope Francis challenges economics, poverty, & globalisation.

Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis has been relentless in his critique, indeed denunciation, of abuses in the international economy which are responsible for the Global Financial Crisis and its continuing unresolved consequences, especially growing inequality which he sees in Italy and much of Europe, destabilising governments and encouraging extreme nationalist movements. He blames growing inequality and […]

June 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | 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 »

Vatican blasts inequality & greed for undermining human prospects.

Vatican blasts inequality & greed for undermining human prospects.

Bruce Duncan. The Vatican has launched a stringent critique of widespread abuses in global economies, which are driving astonishing degrees of inequality, threatening ecological sustainability, and unleashing powerful reactionary political forces in response, as seen in parts of Europe and elsewhere. The issues are keenly pertinent in Australia, as we see in the Australian Royal […]

May 28th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | 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 »

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 »