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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 »

Did Pope Francis succeed in Myanmar?

Bruce Duncan. Myanmar’s neighbours were watching closely the Pope’s visit, worried that the shocking treatment of the Rohingya Muslims could inflame inter-religious conflicts throughout the region. Francis has intervened personally to promote deeper mutual understanding among the major religions, urging them to draw from their traditions to protect those in distress and promote social inclusion […]

December 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Francis’s World  Day of the Poor. “The poor are our passports to paradise”.

Francis’s World  Day of the Poor. “The poor are our passports to paradise”.

Bruce Duncan. Even atheists, agnostics, and humanists, as well as people of the great religious traditions, would likely welcome Pope Francis in June 2017 instituting a new World Day of the Poor. While a shallow and at times vulgar commercialism trivialises the profound religious meaning of Christmas, the World Day of the Poor highlights our […]

November 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »

Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

Peter Whiting. This must surely seem an odd way to frame a commentary on conscience, but I am having great difficulty reconciling the Australian Government’s position on the refugees on Manus and Nauru and any notion of conscience. On 31 October, the Australian Government closed the Manus Island processing centre, requiring the 600 men detained […]

November 4th, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.

Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.

John Ferguson. As we approach the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Pope Francis has instituted a new ‘World day of the Poor’, which this year will be celebrated on Sunday 19 November. In his message for the day, Pope Francis says he wants the annual event to be a “powerful appeal to our consciences as […]

November 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »