Haif a century on, the Split in the Australian Labor Party and the Catholic Church is still a painful memory. Yet the Santamaria Movement has left a distinctive impression on Australia’s religious and political culture, and can be seen as a remarkable attempt to respond to contemporary social, political and cultural trends, that might be […]
By Bruce Duncan, Micah (December 2006), 6-7. A seismic shift has occurred in the Church’s thinking about its role in the world since the Second Vatican Council, bringing social justice and solidarity with the very poor to the heart of its mission. On rare occasions in history, there have been such seismic shifts deeply altering […]
by Dr Paul Rule Dr Rule discusses the responsibility of religion in relation to the current environmental crisis. A paper presented at the ‘Religion and the Environment’ Consultation, Adelaide, 21-23 November, 1997. Click HERE to read the paper.
Bruce Duncan CSsR Source: Compass: a Review of Topical Theology, 31, 1 (Autumn 1997), 15-19. Church organisations and personnel in Australia and New Zealand face unusual difficulties in speaking publicly about questions of social justice and advocacy for disadvantaged groups. It is often difficult to win a hearing in the media because of the secularism […]
by Dr Paul Rule, Australian Catholic Social Justice Council Occasional Paper 23. Melbourne: Dove Publications, 1995, pp.32. Everyone wants peace. We want peace in our lives, in our homes, within and between nations. It is at the heart of the teachings of all religions, not the least of Christianity. There are, of course, different kinds and […]
by Bruce Duncan, Eureka Street (November 1992), 32-33, 35. In the middle of one of Australia’s most severe economic recessions in 60 years, the Catholic bishops, in their long-awaited 1992 statement on the distribution of wealth denounced the situation as unjust. They pointed to ‘the great and increasing inequality of wealth and income in Australia, […]
by Bruce Duncan CSsR Source: Compass: a Review of Topical Theology, 25, 3 (Spring, 1991), 6-13. One has only to visit much of the third world today to be convinced of the continuing relevanceof Pope LeoXIII’s I89I encyclical, Rerum Novarum,especially in its supportfor improved living conditions for workers, a decent wage, the right to form […]