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    Buddhism's challenge to Christian churches

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    Jenny Stewart |  Christianity is a warm, people-centred faith. Buddhism is cool and cerebral. Christianity offers narrative and prophecy of human failing and human glory. The Buddhist sutras are impenetrable discourses on the absolute. Yet Christianity in Australia seems to be fading.
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    Pope warns punishment is not a way to peace

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    Andrew Hamilton |  Pope Francis warns perceptively that the urge to create peace by punishment leads to the search for more targets. The best way to peace and security is not to wage war on people but to be curious about them – what leads them to criminal acts, and how we can intervene to help them make good connections with society.
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    Australian history through the eyes of a dirt digger

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    Barry Gittins and Jen Vuk |  Satirist David Hunt's best-selling Girt The Unauthorised History of Australia prompted Joe Hockey to offer him a job as speech writer. There’s plenty of dirt.Australia was the place to be, writes Hunt, 'unless you were black. Or a woman. Or gay. Or suspected of being Irish. Or even worse, all of the above'.
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    Toleration must include understanding

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    Benedict Coleridge |  The repeal of the burka ban in parliament followed woeful comments from ignorant senators and an obvious lack of real government consultation with Australia’s Muslim communities, spotlighted an embarrassing level of illiteracy with regard to Islam. We need to move beyond a token religious ‘tolerance’ that is paired with incomprehension of the religious other, towards promoting a more engaged understanding that entails some comprehension of how religious and other cultural traditions fit together.
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    Cash for refugees shames both Australia and Cambodia

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    Andrew Hamilton |  Cambodia's agreement with Australiato receive refugees from Nauru is moving to implementation. The UN and other critics are saying it breaches Australia’s responsibility to provide protection for refugees. Clearly the Australian Government is doing it for the political benefit and Cambodia is in it for the money. It can be compared to surrogacy agreements in which poor Asian women are paid to bear children for wealthy Australian couples.
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    Picking your battles

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    Fiona Katauskas |  View this week's offering from Eureka Street's award winning political cartoonist.

Buddhism's challenge to Christian churches

Jenny Stewart | 27 October 2014

Christianity is a warm, people-centred faith. Buddhism is cool and cerebral. Christianity offers narrative and prophecy of human failing and human glory. The Buddhist sutras are impenetrable discourses on the absolute. Yet Christianity in Australia seems to be fading.

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  • Toleration must include understanding

    6 Comments
    Benedict Coleridge | 24 October 2014

    Religious tolerance graphicThe repeal of the burka ban in parliament followed woeful comments from ignorant senators and an obvious lack of real government consultation with Australia’s Muslim communities, spotlighted an embarrassing level of illiteracy with regard to Islam. We need to move beyond a token religious ‘tolerance’ that is paired with incomprehension of the religious other, towards promoting a more engaged understanding that entails some comprehension of how religious and other cultural traditions fit together. 

  • Cash for refugees shames both Australia and Cambodia

    17 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 23 October 2014

    Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng and Australian Immigration Minister Scott MorrisonCambodia's agreement with Australia to receive refugees from Nauru is moving to implementation. The UN and other critics are saying it breaches Australia’s responsibility to provide protection for refugees. Clearly the Australian Government is doing it for the political benefit and Cambodia is in it for the money. It can be compared to surrogacy agreements in which poor Asian women are paid to bear children for wealthy Australian couples. 

  • Church legally liable for pre-1996 child sexual abuse

    36 Comments
    Frank Brennan | 22 October 2014

    Cardinal George Pell video link to Royal Commission from RomeReviewing Cardinal Pell's evidence to the Royal Commission in August, I have concluded that Catholics need to accept moral responsibility and legal liability for all child sexual abuse committed by clergy prior to 1996, regardless of what might be the moral or legal position after 1996 when improved measures for supervision and dismissal of errant clergy were put in place. 

  • Synod affirms Francis' vision of church governance

    14 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 22 October 2014

    Pope Francis arrives a Synod hallThe Synod was reported in some media as a defeat for Pope Francis at the hands of conservative bishops. Yet for one who had suffered a defeat, the Pope seemed remarkably buoyant at the end of the event. It's likely that he saw it as a victory for his vision of church governance, as it allowed participants to engage in open discussion in which nothing was put off bounds.

  • Why coal is not good for humanity

    19 Comments
    Bronwyn Lay | 21 October 2014

    Anti-coal protesterThe French social scientist Bruno Latour referred to the 'uniquely Australian strategy of voluntary sleepwalking towards catastrophe'. His view conflicts with that of our prime minister, who said last week that coal is good for humanity. Abbott's thinking forgets that humanity lives within the earth's critical zone, a home that's not looking so good for humanity.

  • The legal fiction that sealed Baby Ferouz's fate

    5 Comments
    Kerry Murphy | 21 October 2014

    Baby FerouzSuccessive Australian Governments have created fictions that aim to exclude asylum seekers. The latest example is the case of Baby Ferouz, whose protection visa application was refused in the Federal Circuit Court last week. Normally, a child born in Australia is considered to have the same visa as their parents. But Ferouz’s parents had no visa, so lawyers in Brisbane arranged for her to apply for a protection visa.

  • Catholic Church returns to pluriformity of Vatican II

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    Neil Ormerod | 20 October 2014

    Session at Synod on the FamilyConservative elements were quick to criticise the interim 'relatio' of the Synod that opened the door to gay and other estranged Catholics. Undoubtedly there will be pushback, but the Catholic Church is going through something not experienced since Vatican II – a Church willing to debate topics once felt long settled, without fear or favour.

  • Quality childcare an investment in the future

    4 Comments
    Lin Hatfield Dodds | 17 October 2014

    Father and sonChildren of the 1980s are likely to have been cared for full-time by a parent. But most of them are now combining parenting with paid employment as they become parents today. The Productivity Commission has been asked to make childcare and early learning services affordable and flexible, to ensure children don't get in the way of workforce participation. But the other priority, which is perhaps easier to ignore, has to do with the quality of care and learning offered. 

  • Fix poverty by getting to know a poor person

    19 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 16 October 2014

    Silhouette of poor personsUltimately people will be prepared to accept responsibility for those who are poor only if they know them as persons and not as media fodder. If we do not have some personal acquaintance with the lives of people who are disadvantaged we shall come to see them as an abstraction or a problem to be solved.

  • National Curriculum a step forward

    5 Comments
    Chris Middleton | 16 October 2014

    Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has supported a national curriculum, while some observers have cautioned that it is not the panacea for improving educational standards that many may hope for. The Federal Review report released in the past week addresses many of the concerns, and on the whole their recommendations seem appropriate and constructive.  

  • Iraq intervention meets just war conditions

    11 Comments
    Chris Middleton | 15 October 2014

    Crucifixion victimThe theory of just war has evolved as a way of laying out the conditions under which a war may be justified morally. The case against ISIS in terms of it being an aggressive force inflicting lasting, grave and certain damage is compelling. Millions of Iraqis and Syrians have been displaced and there is widespread hunger.


  • Pope warns punishment is not a way to peace

    1 Comment
    Andrew Hamilton | 27 October 2014

    Pope FrancisPope Francis warns perceptively that the urge to create peace by punishment leads to the search for more targets. The best way to peace and security is not to wage war on people but to be curious about them – what leads them to criminal acts, and how we can intervene to help them make good connections with society.

  • Australian history through the eyes of a dirt digger

    7 Comments
    Barry Gittins and Jen Vuk | 24 October 2014

    Cover of Girt The Unauthorised History of AustraliaSatirist David Hunt's best-selling Girt The Unauthorised History of Australia prompted Joe Hockey to offer him a job as speech writer. There’s plenty of dirt. Australia was the place to be, writes Hunt, 'unless you were black. Or a woman. Or gay. Or suspected of being Irish. Or even worse, all of the above'.

  • Journalist martyr's war on drugs

    1 Comment
    Tim Kroenert | 23 October 2014

    Jeremy Renner as Gary Webb in Kill the MessengerIn 1996, US journalist Gary Webb claimed in the San Jose Mercury News that the CIA and US State Department had supported the smuggling of crack cocaine into the US, as a way to help fund Contra rebels against the revolutionary government of Nicaragua during the Reagan era. This 'dark alliance', Webb claimed, contributed significantly to the crack epidemic in Los Angeles, and fuelled the War on Drugs that Regan himself famously escalated.

  • Memories of Gough

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    Frank Brennan | 22 October 2014

    Gough Whitlam 1975What he did for me, he did for countless other Australians who dreamt of a better world and a nobler Australia. Even his political opponents are forever in his debt for having elevated the national vision and for having given us a more complete and generous image of ourselves. 

  • If Jesus was gay

    5 Comments
    Barry Gittins | 21 October 2014

    Jesus figureHope for unseen vistas Peace for travelled paths. Joy for slaughtered innocence. Love for aftermath. Grace for unsought trials. Faith for visions fouled.


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Picking your battles

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