Eureka Street Extra Archive

10 September 2007


 

  • Christmas Raffle 2015 - Winners

    • Staff
    • 07 December 2015

    The Society of Jesus in Victoria, Jesuit Communications Christmas Raffle 2015 was drawn on Tuesday 8 December 2015 (Permit No 10861/15 issued 18 August 2015). Congratulations to the winners: 1st prize: T. Fogarty, VIC; 2nd prize: C. McHardy, NSW; 3rd prize: C. Walsh, NSW; 4th prize: G. Day, NSW Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas raffle. If you missed the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets but would like to support us financially, please consider making a donation.

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  • Winter Raffle 2015 - Winners

    • Staff
    • 01 July 2015

    The Society of Jesus in Victoria, Jesuit Communications Winter Raffle 2015. Drawn on Thursday 2 July 2015 (Permit No 10187/15 issued 23 February, 2015) Congratulations to the winners:1st prize: A Hannan, VIC2nd prize: J Bowskill, QLD3rd prize: A Twigg, VIC4th prize: K Haines, VIC Thank you to everyone who supported our Winter raffle. If you missed the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets but would like to support us financially, please consider making a donation.

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  • Christmas Raffle 2014 Winners

    • Staff
    • 08 December 2014

    Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas raffle. Congratulations to the winners: 1st prize: B. Varghese, Vic.; 2nd prize: L. Breen, Vic.; 3rd prize: G. Foley, NSW; 4th prize: G Wyer, ACT.

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  • RELIGION

    What’s wrong with Voting for Jesus?

    • Scott Stephens
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    I must confess to growing bored very quickly when I hear that our real problem today is the erosion of spirituality, of belief in a deeper dimension of life, and the consequent rampant materialism. From a properly Christian perspective, the problem today is not materialism, but religion itself.

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  • RELIGION

    The role of religious faith in modern society: a renewed vision

    • Frank Brennan
    • 22 November 2011

    Fr Frank Brennan SJ's address at the 'Ethics in a Multi Faith Society: Muslims and Christians in Dialogue' Conference, Conference under the auspices of the Fethullah Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 23 November 2011.

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  • RELIGION

    A Catholic Social Teaching perspective on the Intervention

    • Frank Brennan
    • 21 November 2011
    1 Comment

    Text from the 4th Annual Gerald Ward Lecture 'How do we design a dignified welfare safety net without becoming a Nanny State? — Lessons from Catholic Social Teaching', presented  by Fr Frank Brennan SJ at the National Library of Australia, 18 November 2011.

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  • RELIGION

    Homily for John Eddy

    • Frank Brennan
    • 10 November 2011
    4 Comments

    Asked 'How are you?', John would caress his scalp, straighten his hat, adjust his cuffs, massage his moustache, purse his lips, and answer, 'I'm headed for Grand Central. But I don't know when this service is due to arrive.' He never did meet Stalin, but thought he had met just about everyone else of significance on the planet.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Reflections on Gillard's atheism

    • John Warhurst
    • 16 October 2011
    10 Comments

    Gillard's atheism puts her in stark contrast to her immediate predecessors Kevin Rudd and John Howard. We consider several implications of Gillard's position, including her relations with church-state issues and community attitudes towards gay marriage and euthanasia. 

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  • RELIGION

    What difference does it make now that Mary MacKillop is a saint?

    • Frank Brennan
    • 13 October 2011

    Mary visited Rome as a young religious woman when she was being persecuted by local bishops for being too independent. She got a good hearing from the Pope and great assistance from Fr Anderledy who became the Superior General of the Jesuits. If only Bishop Bill Morris could have received the same sympathetic hearing.

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  • MEDIA

    'Fundamentalist' Albrechtsen's Malaysia misfire

    • Max Atkinson
    • 12 October 2011
    6 Comments

    In supporting her opposition to gay marriage, the best Janet Albrechtsen could say was that the opinion was her own, and was 'fundamental'. These remarks shed light on Albrechtsen's bizarre attack on the judges of the High Court over their decision on the Malaysia solution.

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  • RELIGION

    Making friends not foes of rights and religion

    • Frank Brennan
    • 12 September 2011
    5 Comments

    The Church of the 21st century should be the exemplar of due process, natural justice and transparency. While there can be little useful critique of the final decision of Pope Benedict to force the early retirement of Bishop Bill Morris, there is plenty of scope to review the processes leading up to it.

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  • RELIGION

    Faith and famine: The new Irish who call Australia home

    • Frank Brennan
    • 29 August 2011
    3 Comments

    The faith of the Irish in politics, economics and religion is at a low ebb, and for the most understandable of reasons.  It is not a famine, but it is mighty grim. There are tens of thousands coming here under the  457 visa and the Irish Working Holiday Visa.

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  • RELIGION

    Health and equality

    • Frank Brennan
    • 23 August 2011
    1 Comment

    'We need to break down the silo mentality between health, welfare and education. This exists in church agencies as much as elsewhere in society. We must be committed to providing first rate health care to our patients, but also to creating a more equal society.' Text from Frank Brennan's MercyCare Oration.

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  • RELIGION

    Religion and Australian law

    • Frank Brennan
    • 01 August 2011
    1 Comment

    I am bemused that whenever I agitate questions of Aboriginal and refugee rights I am well received by liberals, who then question my clerical entitlement to speak when I buy into debates on issues like euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research. On same sex marriage, I am attacked from both sides.

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  • RELIGION

    Religious groups and the Bill of Rights debate

    • Frank Brennan
    • 17 July 2011

    Speech given by Fr Frank Brennan SJ at the 'Law and Religion: Legal Regulation of Religious Groups, Organisations and Communities' Conference Dinner in Melbourne on 15 July 2011.

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  • RELIGION

    Human rights and Christian lawyers

    • Frank Brennan
    • 17 July 2011
    5 Comments

    When I appeared on Q&A with Christopher Hitchens, a young man asked whether we can 'ever hope to live in a truly secular society' while the religious continue to 'affect political discourse and decision making' on euthanasia, same-sex unions and abortion. Hitchens was simpaticao. I was dumbstruck.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Eureka Street writers awards winners

    • Staff
    • 14 July 2011

    The Eureka Street/Reader's Feast Award was announced today in conjunction with Eureka Street's other annual ethical essay-writing award, the Margaret Dooley Award.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Back to basics on asylum seeker policy

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 22 June 2011
    2 Comments

    The Rudd Government promised positive reforms after a decade of 'boat people'-bashing from the previous government. Three years later, we are back where we were. To understand how this happened it is helpful to overview the changes under Labor and the gradual decline in 'key immigration values'.

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  • RELIGION

    No justice for Toowoomba's shepherd

    • Frank Brennan
    • 16 May 2011
    31 Comments

    I have known Bill Morris as priest and bishop for 30 years. He is a good man — no flash academic but the most down to earth pastoral guy you could meet. His forced departure from Toowoomba has been some years in the coming. He is right to claim that he has been denied natural justice.

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  • RELIGION

    Eyeballing injustice

    • Frank Brennan
    • 01 May 2011
    1 Comment

    Jesuit Social Services recently set up a project in Alice Springs to resource the local parish and local Aborigines who want to take more control of their own lives. If we are to get our teeth into issues of acute injustice, we need to eyeball both the decision makers and those affected by those decisions.

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  • RELIGION

    Health and ethics

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 April 2011
    7 Comments

    We need clever strategic and moral thinkers among our health professionals, who can engage with the demands of an aging population, with the gap in life-expectancy between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, and with the increasingly politically correct debate about euthanasia.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Responsibility to Protect is not a license to intervene

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 28 March 2011
    2 Comments

    Many regard the 'Responsibility to Protect' as a doctrine which licences military intervention when civilians' lives are threatened by murderous governments. In fact, R2P emphasises the 'responsibility to prevent' as much as it does the responsibility to intervene.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Riots and refugees

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 21 March 2011
    6 Comments

    The reintroduction of the Complementary Protection Bill to Parliament this week ought be welcomed. Given the protests in Christmas Island, it is clear that the mandatory detention policy is also overdue for reform.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Prophet of women's ordination

    • Janet Scarfe
    • 13 March 2011
    18 Comments

    Patricia Brennan put the ordination of women on the agenda of the Anglican Church and kept it there. Like Germaine Greer, she was tall, with an unmissable presence and rich voice. And, like Germaine, she was often called strident.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Dire Ireland

    • Peter McVerry
    • 28 February 2011
    7 Comments

    Ireland's election was all about how to repay the country's debts. One hundred and fifty predominantly well-educated and skilled young people are expected to emigrate each day over the next two years; not only because they have no jobs, but because they have no hope.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Resist shock jock 'judge bashing'

    • Fran Hogan
    • 20 February 2011
    3 Comments

    I had anguished over a particular sentence which was the subject of days of media comment. One of my fellow judges stuck his head around the door and said, 'Neil Mitchell says you are right.' This I found unsettling. Then he added, 'But don't worry, Derryn Hinch says you are a disgrace.' Phew!

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Keeping an eye on the newest nation

    • 09 February 2011

    There is ample reason to be concerned about what could follow the referendum result that led to the formation of New Sudan. To prevent the potentially devastating repercussions, the international community must prepare to intervene.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The quick and the slow: a post-flood diversion

    • Susan Prior
    • 27 January 2011

    After all the flooding we were doing a little maintenance, the sort that requires a trip to the soulless hardware chain store. I left hubbie to it and ducked into the second-hand book store next door. The elderly gentleman serving asked me, ‘Are you from a big city – like London?’ ‘Why do you ask?’ ‘Well,’ he said, ‘you talk very quickly.’

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why we lost the Ashes: it’s politics, stupid

    • John Honner
    • 06 January 2011
    3 Comments

    The fortunes of the English and Australian cricket teams follow the fortunes of their nations' conservative governments.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Social change based on the 'view from below'

    • John Falzon
    • 22 December 2010
    2 Comments

    Dylan Thomas wrote that 'A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe.' Our 'good poem' is the listening to, and learning from, the people on the margins. But it will only be a 'good poem' if these whispers are translated into collective action.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Christmas gallows

    • Charlotte Clutterbuck
    • 21 December 2010
    1 Comment

    Despair, Damnation, and Capital Punishment are my Christmas fare this year. During my research into literary executions, I was shocked to find so few cases where they were opposed on Christian grounds, and so many examples of Christian acceptance.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A Muslim's view of Jesus the refugee

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 21 December 2010
    17 Comments

    Jesus was born into a family of internal refugees. His mother had to seek refuge, fleeing Herod's nasty dictatorship. It's uncertain whether she used the services of satanic people smugglers.

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  • RELIGION

    Opposing society's Scrooges

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 December 2010
    3 Comments

    Outside of Christmas, Scrooge is back in favour. If a government has big ideas and plans to spend money, all the talk will be about the burden on taxpayers and on the deficit. But to spend money for the benefit of people is a good thing to do.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A child's Christmas in South Africa

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 21 December 2010
    1 Comment

    It started with a trip to Bethlehem, and has come to this: gift-laden, work-weary travellers clogging flight paths and highways like swirling snowflakes. But I stay home, draw my memories around me, and embark on a beautiful journey into the past.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    No apologies for Howard's unjust war

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 20 December 2010
    7 Comments

    With no hint of regret or apology, John Howard has defended his decision to join the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He gives no consideration to the just war criteria. This is not surprising, as on all these principles the case for a just war fails.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Vinnies' revolutionary president

    • John Falzon
    • 17 December 2010
    4 Comments

    Syd Tutton, national president of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia, died on Sunday. He was a fighter for social justice, uninterested in personal recognition, making light, for example, of the Papal Knighthood he received in 2009, threatening to ask the Vatican for a horse to go with the title.

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  • RELIGION

    21st century exorcism

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 14 December 2010
    5 Comments

    I respect the work of exorcists who offer appropriate pastoral care to those acutely troubled. I also believe it is not generally helpful to give prominence in the churches to demonic possession and exorcism.

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  • MEDIA

    Raising Julian Assange

    • Lyn Bender
    • 09 December 2010
    10 Comments

    Who is this Assange? Is he a messianic hero, larrikin, renegade, terrorist, or just a very naughty boy? As a psychologist my interest lies in history, as this is frequently re-enacted in our lives. And Julian Assange had a very unusual childhood.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What we have lost

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 December 2010
    3 Comments

    So Australia has lost its bid to host the World Cup. In a single night the Holy Grail of the World Cup was transmuted to tin, the Light on the Hill of 2022 was snuffed out, the Crystal Sea that would convey worshipful hordes to Australia turned to seaweed.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Andrew Hamilton and Peter Steele: boys with writing in their blood

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 03 December 2010

    As I reflect back now, I can see the difference between Peter's urge to write and my own. My hero was the master of terseness, Tacitus. But Peter wanted to find words, and ways of putting words together, that could unfold the shape of what lay beyond words.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Resurrecting Indigenous language

    • Jonathan Hill
    • 01 December 2010
    5 Comments

    Dhurga is a dead language. At my school however it is taught to every student, Indigenous and non-Indigenous. A subject like this is quite radical in an education system that is heavily focused on churning out workers rather than thinkers.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Condoms only a possible first step to AIDS prevention

    • Paterne Mombe
    • 26 November 2010
    1 Comment

    Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the relative moral value of a prostitute showing concern for protecting others by using condoms. But it is far from being sufficient. For him, it is not really the way to promote HIV prevention. One would say: the finality does not justify the means.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Challenging Frank Brennan on gay marriage

    • Rodney Croome
    • 26 November 2010
    14 Comments

    I'd hoped a reformer and humanist like Frank Brennan would understand that in this world of disposable relationships, valuing love, commitment and inclusion must be our paramount goal. Instead, he has reverted to orthodoxy when confronted with a change that troubles his Catholic conscience. 

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Thirty years of Jesuit Refugee Service

    • Mark Raper
    • 17 November 2010
    3 Comments

    May I tell you about one refugee whom I met during the 20 years I lived and worked JRS? The story has no happy outcome, indeed far from it. But it may help to communicate some of the feelings that inspire many who accompany the refugees.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The religious beliefs of Australia's prime ministers

    • John Warhurst
    • 11 November 2010
    12 Comments

    Nine prime ministers have been observant Christians. Two have been conventional Christians. Ten have been nominal Christians. Five have been articulate atheists or agnostics. One was a nominal atheist or agnostic.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Send in the clowns

    • Fatima Measham
    • 05 November 2010
    3 Comments

    For the most part, last weekend's Rally for Sanity in the USA is a stellar piece of theatre. Featuring  satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, it was staged as a counterpoint to the Tea Party rallies. When people are being massaged by politicians and media personalities to be fearful and angry, humour often flips back the covers concealing truth.

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  • RELIGION

    Reconciling religion, politics and human rights

    • Frank Brennan
    • 04 November 2010
    15 Comments

    Cardinal Pell, with whom I have voiced disagreement, preached superbly at the mass of thanksgiving after the canonisation of Mary MacKillop. 'She does not deter us from struggling to follow her.' As we wrestle with the common good, let's make a place for all our fellow citizens.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Forgetting the culture of cake

    • Scott Steensma
    • 03 November 2010
    4 Comments

    The back label of my taboo-smashing pre-10am cake was covered in an unintelligible language, which I could only presume was Dutch. What I had thought a tasty sounding Breakfast Cake was apparently also known less appetisingly as an 'Ontbijtkoek'. I can neither read nor speak Dutch despite my Dutch migrant heritage.

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  • RELIGION

    Rethinking indigeneity in the age of globalisation

    • Frank Brennan
    • 01 November 2010
    3 Comments

    There is an emerging Aboriginal middle class. The contested questions in those communities relate to the expensive delivery of services including health, housing and education. The contested issue in the urban community is over self-identification as Aboriginal by persons of mixed descent.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Brian's story

    • Tony Vinson
    • 25 October 2010
    4 Comments

    My mother never really coped while I was growing up. My dad died when I was seven and she had a nervous breakdown. My sister got murdered when I was about 15. She had just turned 18. That's when my life rolled out of control. 

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Being humanistic about fish

    • Susie Byers
    • 20 October 2010
    2 Comments

    Harry Wetnose the Bigeye Tuna will probably never adorn any T-shirts. Nevertheless, the endangered Bigeye Tuna is in big trouble and could do with some help. The way we relate to fish raises some important questions about what it is to be a responsible person in the world.

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  • RELIGION

    Mary MacKillop's Australian story

    • Katharine Massam
    • 15 October 2010
    1 Comment

    Mary MacKillop's face is on the Sydney Habour Bridge, at least temporarily. Is she becoming one of the clichés for Australia, alongside bushmen and Hills Hoist mums in our catalogue of national identity?

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  • RELIGION

    The Mary MacKillop reality test

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 14 October 2010
    4 Comments

    It is possible to represent MacKillop as a brave woman, a feisty woman, her own woman, a feminist before her time, a woman who resisted clerical tyranny, a scourge of pedophilia and an activist for the poor. Each of these descriptions misses what was central in her.

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  • RELIGION

    Patron Saint of abuse victims

    • James Martin
    • 13 October 2010
    3 Comments

    MacKillop can be properly seen be as someone drawn into the sexual abuse scandal a century before the rest of the Catholic Church was. As a result, she might be someone that victims and their families feel drawn to in prayer.

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  • RELIGION

    A feminist's view of Mary MacKillop

    • Moira Rayner
    • 11 October 2010
    12 Comments

    Men's control over Christian women's religious lives has grown vastly over the centuries. Perhaps MacKillop might have agreed with Virginia Woolf, 'The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.'

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  • RELIGION

    Game on for Parliament

    • Frank Brennan
    • 28 September 2010
    5 Comments

    The election result shows that we the people are not happy and we are not confident about the way forward. Frank Brennan's Occasional Address at the Ecumenical Service for the Opening of Parliament, Wesley Church, National Circuit, Canberra.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Resisting the duty to die

    • John Kleinsman
    • 21 September 2010
    11 Comments

    The debate about euthanasia arises only in certain societies that see the world as belonging to those who are independent, strong and productive. In a society in which the sick, dying, disabled and elderly are undervalued, the 'right' to die will all too quickly become a 'duty' to die.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Timor Diggers' guerilla war

    • Paul Cleary
    • 24 August 2010
    3 Comments

    Kevin Rudd's failure to embrace the Timor legend with more imagination and substance was a missed opportunity to connect with Labor's Second World War legacy. Wartime Prime Minister John Curtin saw the guerilla war in Timor as a unique and significant part of turning back the Japanese tide.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    A modern approach to refugee resettlement

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 20 August 2010
    5 Comments

    According to the Coalition, 'bad refugees' who come on boats take places that could otherwise go to 'good refugees' who wait patiently in camps. Labelling refugees as 'good' or 'bad' according to how they arrive in Australia reflects an insular opinion that does not reflect what is happening worldwide.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Politics must be more than noise

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 20 August 2010
    2 Comments

    The public sphere is often spoken of as debate, conversation, market place, or theatre. The dominant image this election campaign suggests have been of monologue and static. There is not much point in a public space if you can't hear yourself think there.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Vote for hope

    • John Falzon
    • 20 August 2010
    20 Comments

    Ngunnawal Elder Aunty Janet Phillips says that for Aboriginal Australians there's no 'justice'; 'just us'. How can we turn this election into a building block for a more equal society? The answer involves weighing up the known policies and track-record of both sides to assess their impact on the growth of inequality.

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  • EDUCATION

    A vote for the Greens is a vote against Catholic education

    • Stephen Elder
    • 12 August 2010
    26 Comments

    I differ with Frank Brennan in his belief that there is no harm in voting Green. The Greens' policy on funding for Catholic schools will force closures, increase fees and change the ability of Catholic schools to be genuinely Catholic. Stephen Elder, Director of Catholic Education, Melbourne

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Don't despair of election 'race to the bottom'

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 06 August 2010

    The election has been plagued by trivial spats and personality conflicts, to the neglect of policies based on the values of equity and social justice for everyone. This reinforces the importance of church and community groups being more active in their social advocacy.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    The mingled yarn

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 21 July 2010
    2 Comments

    My granddad was a fourth generation white Australian who worked with sheep. I used to tell the story that he was a small town racist who disliked Blacks, Catholics and Jews. The punch line was that his daughter married a Fijian, his son married a Jew and my dad married a Catholic.

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  • RELIGION

    Christian sect's gay snub

    • Andrew McGowan
    • 16 July 2010
    17 Comments

    Gay and lesbian youths are at greater risk from suicide and mental illness, and from religious and other forms of exclusion than from their own sexuality. Jesus cared less about the risk he might 'promote' Samaritanism than about the need to promote an ethic of unconditional acceptance.

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  • RELIGION

    Pope Benedict's greed-free capitalism

    • Paul Oslington
    • 15 July 2010

    Some commentators have latched on to Benedict's encyclical Caritas in Veritate as a new 'third way' between socialism and capitalism. This is a remarkably bad idea.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    How to survive the next five billion years

    • Jeffrey Nicholls
    • 09 July 2010
    3 Comments

    Every year we mine about a billion tonnes of iron ore. If we keep this up for five billion years, we will have dug up the whole earth to a depth of about 10 km. Here is a guide to how human existence might continue until the sun dies.

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  • RELIGION

    Letting Aboriginal Australians speak for themselves

    • Frank Brennan
    • 07 July 2010
    11 Comments

    Kevin Rudd stood in the forecourt of Parliament House Canberra and recalled with great emotion the morning on which he had welcomed the members of the Stolen Generations. There was no mistaking his sense of solidarity: he knew there and then what it was to be dispossessed, alienated and outcast.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Other unsung Indigenous heroes

    • Myrna Tonkinson
    • 07 July 2010
    1 Comment

    Not yet 40, she must live in Perth, hundreds of kilometres from home, to receive dialysis. She is currently in hospital recovering from spinal surgery, and so is separated even from her city-based loved ones. Yet she appears always with a beaming smile.

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  • RELIGION

    Speaking for country, speaking for self

    • Frank Brennan
    • 07 July 2010

    Fr Frank Brennan's address to the Melbourne College of Divinity Centenary Conference, Trinity College, University of Melbourne, 6 July 2010.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Asylum seeker focus should be protection, not punishment

    • Jesuit Refugee Service
    • 06 July 2010

    Jesuit Refugee Service Australia says Labor's new policy on asylum seekers should be focused on the protection of vulnerable people rather than the elimination of people smugglers.

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  • RELIGION

    The 747 or the leaky boat

    • Frank Brennan
    • 21 June 2010
    14 Comments

    As the election lather on the asylum seeker issue continues, let's ask, 'Why is it right to treat the honest, unvisaed boat person more harshly than the visaed airplane passenger who fails to declare their intention to apply for asylum?'

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  • RELIGION

    Fear and fiction in Australia’s asylum seekers responses

    • Frank Brennan
    • 18 June 2010
    1 Comment

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Shame under Howard and Rudd

    • Tony Kevin
    • 27 May 2010
    29 Comments

    The Howard years made me feel ashamed to be Australian, and I felt about his electoral defeat the way East Germans felt about the Berlin Wall coming down: as a kind of cleansing. Rudd disappoints for a different reason.

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Tenison Brennan on Julian Tenison Woods

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 May 2010

    Fr Frank Brennan SJ's address at the Commemoration of Julian Tenison Woods Park, Penola SA, 23 Mary 2010

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Communities still need the stimulus

    • Julie Edwards
    • 10 May 2010

    There are widespread calls for the stimulus measures to be wound back as the Australian economy emerges from the global economic crisis. It might be better in this year's and subsequent budgets to continue the economic stimulus, but focused on our most disadvantaged communities.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Beating poverty is up to the Government

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 07 May 2010
    1 Comment

    'Poverty alleviation is a national goal that should be financed by the national government,' argues the Henry report. This sentence cuts through years of evasion and obfuscation. Poverty is back on the agenda, and it's the Federal Government's responsibility.

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  • RELIGION

    Two responses to Bishop Pat Power

    • Shane Woods and Peter Hai
    • 04 May 2010
    19 Comments

    What do Hans Kung, Geoffrey Robinson, and Pat Power have in common?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Peter Porter in the capital of the English language

    • Peter Steele
    • 30 April 2010
    1 Comment

    Feed and clothe this Australian poet and lodge him in a library attached to a music venue, and remarkable things would happen. He made of London a country of the mind, its vices, virtues, constant features and mutability there to be inspected and eventually portrayed.

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  • RELIGION

    Storming the atheist ethic

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 27 April 2010
    3 Comments

    The Melbourne Storm salary cap scandal indicates a major ethical breach somewhere within the club. Perhaps their senior executives might benefit from the NSW trial of school ethics classes.

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  • RELIGION

    Catholic Church needs total reform

    • Pat Power
    • 23 April 2010
    81 Comments

    The crisis facing the Church arising out of sexual abuse is arguably the most serious challenge it has faced since the Reformation. Issues such as authoritarianism, compulsory celibacy, the participation of women and the teaching on sexuality cannot be brushed aside.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Immigration control versus human rights

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 30 March 2010
    4 Comments

    Once again the coalition is inflaming passions about what is actually an insignificant number of people arriving in Australian waters and claiming asylum. Unfortunately the Government is getting caught up in this debate because it insists on maintaining the excision and Christmas Island Centre.

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  • RELIGION

    The apology Benedict should have given

    • Garry Eastman
    • 23 March 2010
    12 Comments

    Pope Benedict's letter to the Catholic Church in Ireland released this weekend is a watershed in the way the Church speaks on abuse committed by priests and religious. The Pope's letter would have been better received, not just in Ireland but throughout the world, if he had added a few extra paragraphs.

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  • RELIGION

    Poverty and plenty: where do Christians stand?

    • Frank Brennan
    • 22 March 2010
    2 Comments

    Text from Fr Frank Brennan SJ's presentation Poverty and Plenty: Where Do or Should Christians Stand? at the Centre for an Ethical Society as part of the 2010 Series Forum at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 17 March 2010.

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  • RELIGION

    Schooling for a more cohesive society

    • Frank Brennan
    • 19 March 2010
    4 Comments

    The challenges and opportunities are to fund equitably all networks in education and to ensure that robust morale and community engagement are hallmarks of all parts of the network, including state schools and emerging schools such as Muslim schools.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The Western origins of Hati's 'curse'

    • Adele Webb
    • 04 March 2010
    3 Comments

    The story of Haiti, even from the earliest decades of its independence, is one of a downward spiral into debt and underdevelopment. It has been at the short end of the stick, time and time again, in its relationships with richer and powerful countries. Haiti, it turns out, never stood a chance.

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    Eureka Street/Reader's Feast Award 2010: Australia - a racist country?

    • Staff
    • 22 February 2010

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  • RELIGION

    What is Christianity

    • Peter Vardy
    • 12 February 2010
    6 Comments

    Some Protestants question whether Catholics are Christians. Some Catholics say there is no salvation outside their Church. Identifiying the essentials of Christianity matters in today's post-Christian society, where young Westerners are bored with Christianity and they feel that they have moved beyond it.

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  • RELIGION

    The Church as advocate in the public square

    • Frank Brennan
    • 09 February 2010

    'Tonight I want to reflect in light of the National Human Rights Consultation how we as Church can do better in promoting justice for all in our land. Full text from Frank Brennan's 2010 McCosker Oration, 'The Church as Advocate in the Public Square: Lessons from the National Human Rights Consultation'.

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  • RELIGION

    Toothless, Trojan or true to Trinitarian anthropology

    • Frank Brennan
    • 28 January 2010
    1 Comment

    The full text of Frank Brennan's January 2010 address to the Australian Association of Catholic Bioethicists, 'Toothless, Trojan or True to Trinitarian Anthropology? Reflecting on the 2009 National Human Rights Consultation'. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Prince encounters 'unfinished business' of Indigenous history

    • Brian McCoy
    • 25 January 2010
    1 Comment

    Australia Day remindes us of stories of separation within our country, such as the stories of the Stolen Generations. Separation from a parent is something Prince William understands. 'Did your mummy die?' a six-year old asked him during his visit last week.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abbott blinded by Howard's brutal immigration principle

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 25 January 2010
    17 Comments

    Tony Abbott has declared John Howard's statement, 'We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come', to be 'self-evidently and robustly true'. The Australian people deserve a better basis for policy than an appeal to self-interest.

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  • RELIGION

    Australians aspire to lift their climate game

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 January 2010
    10 Comments

    For a while we were leading the world on climate change. But once Copenhagen collapsed Rudd assured us 'Australia will do no more and no less than the rest of the world'. The lowest common denominator is not usually the solution to the great moral challenges.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Precarious lives: Involuntary displacement of people in Asia Pacific today

    • Mark Raper
    • 18 January 2010

    Significant agreement was achieved in Copenhagen on the present and future forcible displacement of people because of climate change and environmental degradation. Can global cooperation for the protection of vulnerable displaced persons be renewed to meet new circumstances?

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  • RELIGION

    Pope's fighting words for a world in crisis

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 07 January 2010
    8 Comments

    In his World Day of Peace statement for 2010, the Pope again highlights the urgency of responding to climate change. Pope Benedict has had major problems in communicating this message, notably a lack of journalistic expertise to make his documents more readable.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Keeping vigil for slain Indian student

    • Cara Munro
    • 06 January 2010
    13 Comments

    They came to stop the violence. Four, maybe five of them, in hooded jackets and pale, worn jeans. Hovering in the car park. Shadow-like. Haunted. We were gathered outside the place to which he had come, bleeding, begging for help. Wrongly, we assumed they had come to join us.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Irresponsible reporting misleads on welfare quarantining

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 17 December 2009
    3 Comments

    Governments are likely to grasp at feeble evidence in order to support preferred policy positions. When reporting on issues such as welfare quarantining as part of the Intervention, The Australian and the ABC ought to read further than the Minister's press release.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    John Smith Christmas homily: faith and welfare in action

    • John Smith
    • 10 December 2009
    1 Comment

    Much can be achieved in cooperation with friends who don't necessarilyshare the same faith or any faith at all. If you're homeless, who careswhether an atheist, a Christian or a Buddhist provides shelter?

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Climate update from 'Hopenhagen'

    • Sean McDonagh
    • 10 December 2009

    Columban missionary priest and environmental activist Sean McDonagh reports from the climate convention in Copenhagen, where negotiators have been told to 'go very far and very fast' and turn Copenhagen into 'Hopenhagen'.

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  • RELIGION

    Men in dresses and conversations about peace

    • Katherine Marshall
    • 04 December 2009

    There's as much cynicism as hope around such 'Kumbaya' happenings as the Parliament of Religions. And the male domination at official interfaith gatherings turns many off. The goals for interfaith meetings, however, are ambitious and right at the heart of today's global agendas.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Brake failure on the economic freeway

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 26 October 2009

    Even if we understand the intelligiblity of an automobile, we can still drive badly. With the GFC, the argument is not that better theories will ensure everyone behaves properly, but that without a proper economic theory even people of good will cannot work to achieve the good.

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  • RELIGION

    Where to now for Anglicans and Rome

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 22 October 2009
    2 Comments

    If the Apostolic Constitution is phrased in overly-confident 'Romanista' style it will communicate a bureaucratic message and reinforce the suspicion that 'ecumenical endeavour' means 'return to Rome', rather than the vision of every Christian tradition being converted to unity.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Why ignorance, not greed, caused the GFC

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 20 October 2009
    2 Comments

    Sixty years ago, Jesuit Bernard Lonergan developed an analysis of the boom and bust cycles of economy. He often asked, 'Where were the Christian counter-parts of Karl Marx, sitting in the British Museum voraciously reading and relentlessly studying about political economy?'

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  • RELIGION

    Human Rights Consultation and beyond

    • Frank Brennan
    • 14 October 2009
    1 Comment

    Even if all our recommendations were implemented tomorrow, there would still be vulnerable Australians missing out on essential economic and social rights. Responsibility for meeting these needs cannot rest solely with government. We need to take responsibility for each other.

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  • RELIGION

    Problems with Hitchens and Islam

    • Herman Roborgh
    • 09 October 2009
    3 Comments

    Modern atheists in the West and modernist Muslims in Islam are both abusing religion. Their discourse about God has been influenced by the popular demand for scientific empirical verification, and they have lost confidence in the ability of figurative language to open a way to truth.

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  • RELIGION

    Human rights: Australia has spoken

    • Frank Brennan
    • 08 October 2009
    2 Comments

    Text from the speech presented by Father Frank Brennan SJ at the launch of the Report by the Committee of the National Human Rights Consultation at Parliament House, Melbourne on 8 October 2009. 

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  • RELIGION

    Patient autonomy and the doctor's conscience

    • Frank Brennan
    • 18 September 2009
    4 Comments

    In Life and Death: How do we honour the Patient's Autonomy and the Doctor's Conscience? Frank Brennan's Sandra David Oration at St Vincent's Clinic, Darlinghurst, Sydney, 17 September 2009.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Immigration reform review

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 11 September 2009
    1 Comment

    On Wednesday, the Senate made two decisions which take immigration reform forward. The reforms were approved with the support of the Greens and Independents, and one Liberal Senator. Reading the Hansard gives some insight into the current debate.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Renewed acquaintances: Australia and Russia

    • Luke Fraser
    • 09 September 2009

    The relationship between Australia and Russia is over 200 years old. It began with great promise, but relations cooled following the Russian Revolution. The financial crisis presents an opportunity for both countries to look to each other with optimism once again.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Conversations with international students

    • Helen Brake
    • 03 September 2009
    8 Comments

    For international students, the eagerness to accept new faces is intensified by a desire to make Australian friends, improve communication skills, and embrace all the opportunities available to them.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    How Ted Kennedy changed the world

    • Michael Sean Winters
    • 28 August 2009
    1 Comment

    The final gift of Ted Kennedy to the nation was to pass the torch of liberalism to Barack Obama. It was breathtaking to see this Irish Catholic embrace a black man as his political heir.

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  • RELIGION

    Stradbroke Island homily

    • Frank Brennan
    • 18 August 2009
    1 Comment

    Before the mission was established here, the local Aboriginal community of 200 persons was forced to host 1000 convicts from the mainland for eight years. I daresay not all the convicts were easy-going beachcombers.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    'Silly impulses' of religion

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 14 August 2009

    The lecturer's joke about religion is met with laughter. Here, 'faith' is the jester. In dismissing faith, we dismiss people for whom faith is central to the search for truth. We exclude them from that task of imagination and creation.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Freedom of religion important for Catholic social services

    • Denis Fitzgerald
    • 13 August 2009

    A religious purpose is at the heart of Catholic Social Services. Because of this purpose, organisations need to be able to recruit people who support the social mission of the Church, and whose conduct will not compromise or undermine the witness of the Church.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Religious freedom and secular society

    • Moira Rayner
    • 13 August 2009

    What do our major religions have to fear from changes to equal opportunity law? The challenge is a worthy and a practical one: in what way do the activities of religious institutions actually reflect the values of their prophets and visionaries.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Aurin: a parable of inter-faith friendship

    • Cara Munro
    • 24 July 2009
    6 Comments

    Multi-faith dialogue is just a conversation, over time, between dear friends.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The strong mass of pedestrian

    • Aileen Kelly
    • 21 July 2009

    Angling my foreground to move with me along a crowded pavement in one clarified direction, eyes set to recognise one doorway of gravelled glass and a particular curlicued frame.

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Winton's numinous Breath

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 17 July 2009
    2 Comments

    A few weeks ago Tim Winton's Breath was awarded this year's Miles Franklin Literary Award. This video trailer is a poetic combination of strong images, haunting music, quotes, and eloquent interview with the author.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Winners of Eureka Street's writers awards 2009

    • Staff
    • 16 July 2009

    Reader's Feast Bookstore is delighted to once again join with Eureka Street to offer an award in the area of social justice writing. Funded by Reader's Feast Bookstore and organised by Eureka Street, the theme for the essay was 'Climate change and the global financial crisis: can we afford to save the planet?'

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Congratulations to our winners!

    • Staff
    • 11 July 2009

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  • RELIGION

    Pope's 'seamless garment' bares green credentials

    • Neil Ordmerod
    • 10 July 2009
    2 Comments

    This week's release of the new social encyclical Caritas in Veritate expands moral teaching to promote a concept of 'human ecology' that covers both human life and the environment. It would seem that Benedict is not a climate change sceptic.

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  • RELIGION

    Pope confronts economic injustice

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 10 July 2009
    4 Comments

    The Pope's encyclical on social teaching is not a strident critique of capitalism, but it does confront abuses in the global economy. Benedict is critical of the free market ideology which extolled wealth creation but ignored the need for equity and social justice.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The Bill of Rights power struggle

    • Jonathan Campton
    • 03 July 2009
    1 Comment

    While day one of the National Human Rights Consultation hearing ended with a growing hope for the rights of the oppressed, day two, dominated by politicians and lawyers, diluted this hope in legalism, fear and falsehoods.

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    New ethics of new media

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 02 July 2009

    The video featured on this page is a substandard, pirated copy of an artist's work, posted on YouTube. For most of us, it's the only means of seeing some of the most celebrated work of one of Australia's leading emerging artists.

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  • RELIGION

    The context of our sex abuse shame

    • Shane Wood
    • 29 June 2009
    2 Comments

    I am shocked and angered by the actions of fellow religious Brothers detailed in the Ryan Report. There were basic things lacking in our training that could have led to a very warped way of looking at oneself and the world.

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  • RELIGION

    Sharing our paradoxes: steps for a dialogue between Christians and Muslims

    • Herman Roborgh
    • 25 June 2009

    The scriptures of both Islam and Christianity are full of paradoxes. Some readers of paradoxes simply emphasise only one part of the paradox. (Full text of Herman Roborgh's Dialogue Australasia article, May 2009.)

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Curry muncher

    • Roanna Gonsalves
    • 23 June 2009
    36 Comments

    Vincent and I were both international students from Bombay. He had lived here for a year while I had only arrived three months ago. We worked in the same Indian restaurant. The night of his attack, Vincent sounded upbeat on the train.

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Rise of European extremism

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 18 June 2009
    6 Comments

    Fitna is a heavy handed piece of anti-Muslim propaganda. It plays into the kinds of sentiments and fears that are exposed when, for example, plans are put forward to build a Muslim school on Sydney's southwest fringe.

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    The Chaser's war on sick kids

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 12 June 2009
    11 Comments

    Satire needs to be bold. It risks causing offence in order to achieve its purpose. It seems like strange behaviour to want to see how far The Chaser will go, then become upset when they are deemed to have gone 'too far'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The economic cost of race violence

    • Kylie Baxter
    • 12 June 2009
    7 Comments

    The Reserve Bank now places education behind only coal and iron ore as Australia's most important export. It is difficult to understand how the targeting of international students is not viewed with greater urgency.

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    New media makes and breaks Susan Boyle

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 02 June 2009
    2 Comments

    The internet raised Susan Boyle to superstardom, while traditional media heaped her with disparagement and conjecture. Might the more democratic realm of new media might provide a more saintly balance to the traditional tabloid monster? 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bikers, violence and justice

    • John Smith
    • 14 May 2009
    2 Comments

    Going to jail for the right reasons is noble. In effect Jesus called for a kind of civil disobedience. He went to jail for justice. Today, I would be prepared to be jailed for resisting consorting laws. Exclusive preview: The John Smith Quarterly Essay

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  • RELIGION

    Vilification laws fuel disharmony

    • Frank Brennan
    • 11 May 2009
    2 Comments

    While it is inherently racist for a person to claim membership of the best race, it is no bad thing for a religious person to claim membership of the one true religion. That is what religious people do.

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  • RELIGION

    Behind the Pope's condom 'gaffe'

    • Michael Czerny
    • 05 May 2009
    2 Comments

    Abstinence and fidelity win little public support in Western discourse, but are increasingly included, even favoured, in national AIDS strategies in Africa. Culture counts, and a condom is more than a piece of latex.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Refugee crisis requires international effort

    • David Holdcroft
    • 21 April 2009
    3 Comments

    During the Indochinese crisis, the Fraser Government engaged in a policy of cooperation with other countries in the region. More than a million people were moved, and the boat people phenomenon in Australia ceased for nearly ten years.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Asylum seekers are not criminals

    • Sacha Bermudez-Goldman
    • 21 April 2009
    9 Comments

    If we regard asylum seekers as illegals who burn boats to force themselves on us, we might choose to close our doors to them. Rather than criminals, we should regard them as human beings in great need, deserving our respect and compassion.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Eulogy for Francis Xavier Costigan QC

    • Frank Brennan
    • 20 April 2009
    2 Comments

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Forward with fairness for asylum seeker policy

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 17 April 2009
    3 Comments

    The tragic death of several asylum seekers on a boat while being towed to Christmas Island again shows the dangers for people coming to Australia by boat. But it does not justify a return to the harsh policies of the past.

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  • RELIGION

    Sex and power in the church

    • Frank Brennan
    • 13 April 2009
    4 Comments

    Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's book is an invitation to put fear behind us. Given the treatment it has received by people who should have known better, it has become an icon; a call to conversation without fear.

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  • RELIGION

    Bikies have rights too

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 April 2009
    3 Comments

    We need to be on our guard against laws and policies enacted in the name of the public interest but with insufficient consideration for the human rights of the minority.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Eureka Street/Reader's Feast and Margaret Dooley Awards 2009

    • Staff
    • 22 March 2009

    Submission guidelines for the Eureka Street/Reader's Feast and Margaret Dooley Awards 2009 are now online.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Cinema: the secular temple

    • Barbara Creed and Richard Leonard
    • 18 March 2009
    3 Comments

    People have stopped going to church, but they still have an eye for and an expectation of the mystical. At the cinema, spectators, primed by the structures of the cinema itself, enter into a mystical experience with the shadow world being played out before them.

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  • RELIGION

    Euthanasia: doctors' conscience vs patient rights

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 March 2009
    2 Comments

    The medical pledge to do no harm no matter what the cost effective benefits, and the conscience of the doctor are still key elements in any law which promotes good medicine. –Frank Brennan, addressing the Medico Legal Society of Victoria

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  • RELIGION

    Human rights without God

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2009
    3 Comments

    Professor Martha Nussbaum's recent book Liberty of Conscience provides a rich textured treatment of the place of religion in the public square. If God is taken out of the picture, it may be difficult to maintain a human rights commitment to the weakest and most despised in society.

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  • RELIGION

    People of hope, not hate

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 February 2009

    In East Timor, I was able to see close up the work of Caritas in war torn conditions. There could be no reconciliation without justice. Caritas worked tirelessly to proclaim the message.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Letter from Zimbabwe

    • Oskar Wermter
    • 30 January 2009

    A young man, well educated, with several diplomas in his pocket, pestered me about getting funds to do a course in South Africa. Not because he needs that course, but merely to get out of Zimbabwe. The rats are leaving the ship.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Gaza conversations

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 08 January 2009
    1 Comment

    We were invited to share a meal with a Jewish family in Haifa. They welcomed us, and conversation was happy and inviting. Inevitably, the topic of conflict between Israel and Palestine reared its head. The atmosphere was transformed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Thoughts from a Gaza voyeur

    • Peter Matheson
    • 08 January 2009
    4 Comments

    An overweening trust in military muscle has led Israel into this campaign; it is hard to overlook the parallels with the Shock and Awe curtain-raiser to the Iraq debacle. It seems there is an unspoken assumption that Palestinian lives are not so important as Israeli ones.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Rudd's great greenwash

    • Tony Kevin
    • 15 December 2008
    7 Comments

    Kevin Rudd's announcement of a 5 per cent 2020 emissions reduction target is a betrayal. It appears he has put short-term political survival ahead of his responsibilities to the next generation. Where is Bonhoeffer when we need him?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Hello, Newman

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 10 December 2008
    2 Comments

    Golden Years is a wonderful resource for reflecting on Catholic life over the last 60 years. The more than 70 former members who offer their memories of the Newman Society also reflect on the way in which their experience in it affected their subsequent lives.

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  • RELIGION

    Killing people for killing people

    • Frank Brennan
    • 17 October 2008
    9 Comments

    'For me, talk of the death penalty evoked the young, frightened faces of Scott and Emmanuel, as well as the laughing, haughty faces of Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra.' Full text from Frank Brennan's session on 'Killing People for Killing People', Ubud Writers Festival, 17 October 2008.

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  • RELIGION

    Educating leaders for the contemporary Australian Church

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 October 2008

    'Lee and Christine Rush are your average Ozzie couple, except that their teenage son Scott is on death row in Bali having been convicted of being a hapless drug mule. It will not go down well on the streets of Jakarta if Australians are baying for the blood of the Bali bombers one month and then pleading to save our sons and daughters the next month.'

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan rebuts 'authoritarian' abortion allegations

    • Frank Brennan
    • 30 September 2008
    24 Comments

    Frank Brennan responds to Greg Barns' Crikey article which accused him of issuing an authoritarian edict regarding the Victorian abortion bill.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Forgotten veterans' hard-won legacy

    • Clive Mitchell-Taylor
    • 26 August 2008

    Clive Mitchell-Taylor, President, Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, National Council, NSW Branch, gave the following Vietnam Veterans and Long Tan Day address at Martin Place, Sydney, on 18 August 2008. It was submitted to Eureka Street as a response to Tony Smith's article about Vietnam War protesters.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Win: Stop-Loss movie tickets

    • staff
    • 04 August 2008

    In Stop-Loss, A decorated, young soldier returns to his Texas hometown following his tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return back to duty by the Army. Eureka Street has ten double passes to give away

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    Eureka Street/Reader's Feast awards ceremony 2008

    • Staff
    • 28 July 2008

    Photos from the presentation of the inaugural Eureka Street/Reader's Feast Award the Margaret Dooley Award for Young Writers 2008 were presented by Mary Dalmau of Reader's Feast bookstore and Tim Kroenert from Eureka Street at the opening of the Reader's Feast Crime and Justice Festival on 18 July.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Eureka Street Writers Awards winners announced

    • Staff
    • 19 July 2008

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Peter Norman movie/book giveaway and Matt Norman interview

    • Staff
    • 14 July 2008

    Eureka Street has five prize packs to give away, each containing a double pass to see the movie Salute, plus a copy of the Peter Norman biography book A Race to Remember. Plus, listen to Tim Kroenert's interview with Salute director and Peter Norman's nephew, Matt Norman

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan's Cardinal Newman Lecture, March 2008

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 June 2008

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  • RELIGION

    Getting the balance right after the 2020 Summit

    • Frank Brennan
    • 26 May 2008
    1 Comment

    The text is from Professor Frank Brennan's 2008 Institute of Justice Studies Oration from 22 May 2008.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Imagining peace at Christmas

    • Val Yule
    • 18 December 2007
    6 Comments

    On an anniversary of September 11, President Bush attended a church service that included the Beatitudes as one of the readings. If the preacher had continued on a few verses, he would have been telling the President and people to love their enemies and do good to those that hate them.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Crime fiction festival champions justice

    • Mary Dalmau
    • 18 December 2007
    1 Comment

    Crime fiction offers a glimpse into the human mind and soul. Just as in crime fiction, it is often the real police, politicians, lawyers, barristers, judges, and politicians who see the worst of human nature.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The trouble with welfare reform miracles

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 16 December 2007
    1 Comment

    If Australians want their government to move single parents off welfare and reduce child poverty at the same time then it’s going to cost money.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Letter from 'social inclusion' Senator

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 05 December 2007
    1 Comment

    Labor has adopted social inclusion as an organising principle of the nation's social and economic policy. Social inclusion is about recognising that economic prosperity in and of itself is not enough: it is central to the work of government to make sure that this prosperity leaves no-one behind.

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  • RELIGION

    Benedict defines good and evil progress

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 03 December 2007

    The second encyclical from Benedict XVI is not what many expected. Benedict is drawing us to a deeper level of reflection, building a solid foundation. What he builds upon this foundation we are yet to see.

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  • RELIGION

    Lawyers' role in a democracy

    • Frank Brennan
    • 29 November 2007

    The power of the State can be exercised capriciously and unaccountably when the “Don’t ask; don’t tell” approach to government is immune from parliamentary, judicial or public scrutiny. It is the task of lawyers to make it more difficult for politicians to take this approach.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Plastic Rudd is Labor's safe option

    • Paul Mitchell
    • 21 November 2007

    There has been much vilification of Kevin Rudd's approach. But Labor was bound to produce someone prepared to run a colourless campaign, or it would risk watching Howard from the other side of parliament for four more years.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Unions personify collective humanity

    • Chris Perkins
    • 21 November 2007
    2 Comments

    The union movement in Australia has fought hard to protect Australians' rights to equal pay for equal work, without discrimination. However the Howard Government's Work Choices legislation seems to have undermined this.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Dorothy Day and the price of pacifism

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 November 2007
    5 Comments

    There is more behind pacifism than intellectual conviction. For Dorothy Day, pacifism found a central place in a life of intellectual enquiry, hospitality to the poorest of people and protest against injustice. Her emphasis on pacifism remained constant and costly.

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  • RELIGION

    Benenson's Amnesty alternative

    • Chris Middleton
    • 15 November 2007
    4 Comments

    As principal of a Jesuit school — St Aloysius — that has withdrawn from Amnesty due to the organisation's pro-choice stance, Chris Middleton outlines the reasoning for the decision, in response to Father Frank Brennan's article on the subject.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The moral disintegration of Burma's military

    • Carol Ransley and Toe Zaw Latt
    • 15 November 2007
    1 Comment

    Carol Ransley and Toe Zaw Latt provide an update on civil-military relations in Burma.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Making obligation mutual

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 14 November 2007

    For the unemployed, single parents and people with disabilities, mutual obligation is about pushing income support recipients into the labour market. It’s a combination of help and hassle — but with the emphasis increasingly on hassle.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cousins story proves AFL is more than a game

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 November 2007
    2 Comments

    Ben Cousins is likely to be charged with bringing the game of AFL football into disrepute. But even though a broad group of people have an interest in football, how can their interest legitimately demand such a strong responsibility on the part of players and clubs that they can be penalised heavily if they fail to exercise it?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Canberra letter

    • James Massola
    • 07 November 2007
    2 Comments

    With two and a bit weeks to go until the election, there is still plenty of time for a knock-out blow to be landed by either side. Two local issues emerging above all others in the nation's capital. Both will have implications for the rest of the country.

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  • RELIGION

    How economic growth can bust poverty

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007
    2 Comments

    On foreign aid, development assistance and trade justice, Peter Costello says “Economic growth is the real poverty buster”. The bishops say: "True, but economic growth must go hand in hand with eradicating poverty and ensuring trade justice".

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Voting for the common good

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 25 October 2007
    4 Comments

    Voters want their government to ensure that Australia’s economic prosperity benefits those who most need it. A strong economy is not enough — rather, it is the social economy, made up of nonprofit, community and other organisations working primarily for the common good, that plays a major role in making our country fairer and our local communities stronger.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Sudanese refugees: The year the doves got smart (includes Andrew Hamilton's reply to critics)

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 25 October 2007
    11 Comments

    Whether the African component of the immigration quota has been reduced too sharply is a matter of judgment. But it is part of the necessary business of government to evaluate the relative need of different groups, and also to ask which groups of refugees will best be helped by resettlement.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Opinion polls still point to a new Prime Minister

    • Jack Waterford
    • 25 October 2007
    2 Comments

    Jack Waterford writes that Australia is likely to have a new government by December 2007.

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  • RELIGION

    Confront sexual abuse, don't manage it

    • Geoffrey Robinson
    • 25 October 2007
    59 Comments

    As long as the Church seeks to manage rather than confront, the devastating effect the sexual abuse scandal has had on the Church will continue and will cripple other activities.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bishop says Minister Andrews 'has helped fuel racism' against Sudanese

    • Greg O'Kelly
    • 25 October 2007
    6 Comments

    Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews has decided to reduce the proportion of African refugees being admitted into Australia. In making his remarks the Minister has unwittingly but distressingly helped fuel the racism of some in our community.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Christmas Island lesser of two evils, but not good

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Compared to that on Nauru, the Christmas Island detention facility might seem to be surrounded by calm seas. But it is exposed by distance, and if a storm of government hostility to asylum seekers blows again, the processes of determining claims there appear to leave asylum seekers dangerously exposed.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Bob Collins, larger than life Labor minister

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007
    6 Comments

    We come to bid farewell to Robert Lindsay Collins, the proud Territorian, the larger than life Leader of the Opposition and Labor Minister, the loving father of Robbie, Libby and Daniel, the faithful spouse of Rosemary, and raucous friend of many of us gathered here today in St Mary's Cathedral Darwin.

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  • RELIGION

    Loose reasoning on death penalty - Frank Brennan

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007

    We think it is wrong for foreign states to impose the death penalty on Aussie drug traffickers and drug mules. But we apply different reasoning to non-Australians facing death at the hands of the state. The practical, hands on, Aussie approach often plays fast and loose with moral reasoning about what is right and wrong.

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  • RELIGION

    21st century moral education leaves Simpson's donkey behind

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007

    Many Australians have reservations about a government poster espousing such values with a quote from an English novelist, George Eliot, proclaiming "Character is Destiny". Others wonder about Simpson's Donkey as the emblematic carrier of these values. But how do schools train their students to be moral agents in the 21st century.

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  • RELIGION

    Protecting human rights in the next Federal Parliament - Frank Brennan

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007

    There are times when we Australians get the balance between national interest and individual liberty wrong, especially when the individual is a member of a powerless minority. One way of improving the balance is including the judiciary in the calculus, as has now happened in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan replies to Tony Abbott on religion in politics

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Value your vote: values and Election 07

    • Staff
    • 25 October 2007

    Eureka Street's ongoing analysis of the Federal Election race, helping you discern your vote at the ballot in November.

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  • RELIGION

    An eye for those who fall between the cracks

    • Bishop Pat Power
    • 25 October 2007

    There is a danger in today's climate with so many demands of compliance from government and even church that those in church welfare work can become so "professional" that they lose sight of the human persons involved.

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  • RELIGION

    The vulnerability of the person in respect of the State

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 September 2007
    8 Comments

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Chris Johnston cartoon archive

    • Chris Johnston
    • 12 September 2007

    An archive of Chris Johnston's cartoons.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Will John Howard stay the course in Iraq?

    • Jack Waterford
    • 12 September 2007

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Lessons for Australia to learn from Darfur

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 12 September 2007
    1 Comment

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Respect for politicians who represent all of us is crucial

    • Frank Brennan
    • 12 September 2007
    8 Comments

    I agree with the New South Wales bishops that persons with respect for human life should vote against stem cell legislation. However, I will continue to respect the conscience of those politicians who say that they have to legislate for all citizens including those who do not share their religious and philosophical presuppositions.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    From little things, big things grow

    • James Massola
    • 12 September 2007
    1 Comment

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The Church and Public Debate

    • John Warhurst
    • 12 September 2007
    1 Comment

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Man of perspective who saw football was only a game

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 September 2007
    2 Comments

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  • RELIGION

    Church statements could be overrated

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 September 2007
    1 Comment

    Whenever a moral issue swims into public view, people will call for church leaders to make a statement about it. The call should be weighed carefully – such statements have their place but are not normally all that helpful.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bad Character the Second Part

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 12 September 2007
    2 Comments

    In Dr Haneef's case, it appears that no attempt was made to provide this 'natural justice' process as recommended by Commonwealth Ombudsman in February 2007.

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  • RELIGION

    Was Judas just misunderstood?

    • Kylie Crabbe
    • 20 June 2007
    4 Comments

    As the archetypal betrayer, Judas is the one we love to hate, and we don’t go into it too much. He’s the slightly two-dimensional necessary bad-guy who we allow to move the plot along in the story of Jesus’ death.

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  • RELIGION

    Jägerstätter, a man who acted on conscience

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 06 June 2007
    17 Comments

    Franz Jägerstätter has been recognised as a martyr by the Roman Catholic Church because he did what was right, not what was easy. His choices xcan teach us something today.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Election year strategies for bleeding hearts

    • Tony Kevin
    • 05 June 2007
    3 Comments

    It is looking more and more that Labor will win, and that the present unforeseen Coalition government majority in the Senate may be lost too. There are interesting moral questions arising from this analysis for us "bleeding hearts", among whom I am happy to count myself.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Two models for educating our children and ensuring our future

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 05 June 2007
    5 Comments

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  • RELIGION

    Sustaining mission focus – Religious institutions in transition

    • Mark Raper
    • 05 June 2007
    3 Comments

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Building blocks for a compassionate society

    • Barry Jones
    • 05 June 2007
    9 Comments

    Tackling the problem of terrorism by the application of force is unlikely to succeed. Pouring blood on the Iraqi desert produced an upsurge of terrorism where none had been before: cruelty, genocide even, but not terrorism, let alone fundamentalist terrorism.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Asylum seeker swap a puzzling policy decision

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 05 June 2007
    6 Comments

    The fate of those who are found not to be refugees, and of those refugees who are not accepted by the United States, will remain one of torment.

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  • RELIGION

    Book Review: Frank Brennan answers atheist manifestos

    • Frank Brennan
    • 05 June 2007
    6 Comments

    There can be no peace unless believers and atheists share an equal place in the public square of a free and democratic society.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aboriginal dignity rooted in beliefs subverted but subversive

    • Jojo Fung
    • 05 June 2007
    1 Comment

    This paper calls for a retrospective recognition that the Aboriginal dignity does not depend a priori on a referendum of the dominant white society.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A comfortable nation afraid to get off the couch

    • Scott Stephens
    • 05 June 2007
    3 Comments

    John Howard’s "relaxed and comfortable" approach to national life, then, was not simply a rejection of Paul Keating’s aggressive, deliberate reforms. It represented a vile pandering to our cultural inertia, an affirmation of our basest tendencies.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Human Rights Act would have protected Catholics in Ireland

    • Susan Ryan
    • 04 April 2007
    4 Comments

    If you look closely at the laws in Ireland 200 years ago, you will see that they denied to Irish Catholics all the civil and political, economic, social and cultural rights we aim to protect under the proposed Australian Human Rights Act.

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  • RELIGION

    Jon Sobrino and the Vatican judgment

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 April 2007
    16 Comments

    It is too early to explore the reasons for and the justice of the Vatican criticism of Jon Sobrino’s theology. But such judgments also affect human lives. So it may be useful to set this event in the context of the relationship between the Basque born theologian and the El Salvador to which he has committed his working life.

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  • RELIGION

    No post-Freudian insights in Bishop Fisher's conscience paper

    • John Ryan
    • 04 April 2007
    12 Comments

    John Ryan comments on Bishop Anthony Fisher's paper on conscience.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Where to now for the Sri Lankan asylum seekers?

    • Georgina Pike
    • 04 April 2007
    1 Comment

    Georgina Pike on the plight of the Sri Lankan asylum seekers who have been sent to Christmas Island.

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  • RELIGION

    Former Jesuit associate presumed fifth crash victim

    • Staff
    • 04 April 2007
    1 Comment

    Liz O'Neill is the presumed fifth crash victim.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Rushdie of the West: Remembering Jean Baudrillard

    • Scott Stephens
    • 04 April 2007

    Scott Stephens on the passing of Jean Baudrillard.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Universal Signs

    • Bryan Pipins
    • 04 April 2007

    Bryan Pipins on the universal need for food, nourishment, and traffic laws that make sense.

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  • RELIGION

    St Patrick, a man before his time

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 26 March 2007
    2 Comments

    Even though St Patrick's Day has not yet arrived, I have already received several cards and messages. Some came the old-fashioned way, delivered by the postman, but most were like my friend Colleen's, the virtual variety, and arrived with a "ping' in my inbox.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Ethical alternatives to research that destroys embryos

    • Norman Ford
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    There are ethical alternatives to embryo destructive research. There are many possibilities of finding or developing stem cells of wide potentiality without involving embryo destruction. Human stem cells can be derived from umbilical cord blood, bone marrow, fetal tissue, and even from the nose’s olfactory-mucosa.

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  • RELIGION

    Faith and Reason in Limbo

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    10 Comments

    What is missing in this theological use of reason is an imagination grounded in ordinary humanity and, in the case of Christians, in the humanity of Christ, the criterion for our knowledge of God.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Jan Egeland, modern Santa

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    When we think of the rise and rise of Santa Claus, we might ask whether King Haakon was bringing a Trojan horse into the Christian camp when he brought Yuletide into Christmas. But he had good precedents. Outsiders continue to be important in retelling the Christmas story. This Christmas, Jan Egeland steps down as head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A bad hair piece

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Andy Hamilton reflects on umpires he has known, and the challenges they have faced.

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  • RELIGION

    The ten commandments of marketing

    • Greg Soetomo
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    You cannot worship God and Mammon, Jesus says. But when people see themselves as divided by their understanding of God, Mammon can be a bridge on which they can stand together and talk. Hermawan Kartajaya reminded me of this recently.

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  • RELIGION

    Islamic elites’ construction of Islamic martyrdom

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    The full text of "The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it", by Abraham Rushdi.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Catholic Social Services have a role to play in pregnancy counselling

    • Joe Caddy
    • 27 February 2007
    5 Comments

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Climate change - it's the apocalypse, stupid

    • Mark Byrne
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Like many other politicians and scientists, the man who "used to be the next President of the United States" thinks that "the most serious crisis ever confronting human civilisation is this climate crisis". At the same time, in An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary about his travelling climate change slide show, Al Gore laments his failure to have shifted US government policy on the issue.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Remembering a hanging

    • Peter Norden
    • 27 February 2007
    32 Comments

    Forty years ago Ronald Ryan had a noose put around his neck by the prison hangman. With the authority of the Victorian State Government, its then Premier, Henry Bolte, and the Victorian Supreme Court he was killed. Ryan was the last man hanged in Australia, and many believe he will always retain that infamous privilege.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Finding God in the Dark: Spirituality and the Cinema

    • Richard Leonard
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    This is the full text of a speech given by Richard Leonard SJ in Queensland on spirituality and cinema, on the occasion of the opening of a new spirituality centre.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Blink and you miss the QLD state election

    • Paul Osborne
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Paul Osborne analyses the Queensland State election, and the aftermath.

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  • RELIGION

    Pope's speech gives rise to bigger questions about reason

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    Andrew Hamilton reflects further on the furore provoked by Pope Benedict's speech at Regensburg.

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  • RELIGION

    The heresy of separate worlds: from Marcion to Iraq

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    8 Comments

    Recently, I have been musing on three unrelated items. On Marcion, a shadowed but seminal figure in the early Church; on unsatisfactory recantations by prominent supporters of the Iraq war; and on the claim by a local newspaper that light sentences betray babies killed by their parents.

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  • RELIGION

    Chaplains, values and Australia's providential destiny

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    9 Comments

    When Australians have spoken about national providence, they associate it with a sense of mission. Mission and providence belong together. A God who played favourites would be subdivine. So God’s blessing must be given for all.

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  • RELIGION

    Dialogue between individuals the way to inter-faith understanding

    • Greg Soetomo
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Encounters between individuals come before discussion of ideology or religion. By engaging in a dialogue between cultures and civilisations, a clash of religions can be avoided.

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  • RELIGION

    Muslim at the heart of an Indonesian Christian office

    • Greg Soetomo
    • 27 February 2007
    2 Comments

    When I reflect on this conversation, I am also struck by how different what I see in daily life is from what I read and watch in the media about about Muslim militants, the clash between Christians and Muslims, fundamentalism, or terrorism. Every age has its own false ideas. In our time, it is the notion that identifies Islam with hostility and aggression.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Putting soul into climate change debate

    • Kent Rosenthal
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    When multinationals and politicians seem to be looking the other way in the face of an impending climate change crisis, it’s good to know there are people out there pushing for reform and stirring debate at the highest levels. 

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  • RELIGION

    Why church leaders should not shut up

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    30 Comments

    Ultimately, the business of churches is truth, not growth. Of course, a passion for truth might also lead churches to reflect on many of the unnecessary things that alienate people and prevent growth. But the great gift that churches can bring to public life is a care for truth.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Catholic Social Services refuses to police "harsh" Govt policy

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 27 February 2007

    After months of deliberation with Government, other church groups, our board and member organisations, Catholic Social Services Australia has advised its 61 member organisations not to participate in the Financial Case Management measures under the Government’s harsh new Welfare to Work legislation, which came into effect on 1 July this year.

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Conscience Melbourne Launch Speech - Rev Alistair Macrae

    • 27 February 2007

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Zarqawi’s death a turning point in Iraq?

    • James Massola
    • 27 February 2007

    The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last Wednesday has the potential to be a major turning point in Iraq for both the civilian government, and for the coalition forces. What happens next could shape Iraq's future.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Superman Returns

    • Donald Russell
    • 27 February 2007

    The new Superman movie by Brian Singer packs a punch. It retains some of the best elements of the 1970's and 80's films, and also brings the Man of the Steel up to date, or so says Donald Russell...

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Jaffna heading towards "silent death"

    • Eureka Street Staff
    • 27 February 2007

    A group of priests in Sri Lanka has written to let the outside world know about the "isolated, unknown and silent death" of many people on the Jaffna Peninsula

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Long road back for Ramos Horta

    • Paul Cleary
    • 27 February 2007

    In 2006, the East Timorese government’s inept handling of a dispute in the army involving soldiers from the western region of East Timor put the young nation on the brink of civil war. Now Jose Ramos Horta has been installed as Prime Minister, but will it make a difference?

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Conscience Canberra Launch Speech - Kevin Rudd MP

    • 27 February 2007

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Conscience Sydney Launch Speech - Daniel Gilbert

    • Daniel Gilbert
    • 27 February 2007

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  • RELIGION

    Stark contrasts on Aboriginal Rights in Pope's Alice Springs address

    • Laraine Crowe RSJ
    • 27 February 2007

    On 29 November this year, many Australians call to mind the most fondly remembered Address given by Pope John Paul II during his 1986 visit to Australia. Most striking is the depth and decisiveness of the Address, and both Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and women who work to alleviate the disadvantage of Aboriginal people.

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Faith-Based Conscience in a Pluralist Democracy

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2007

    Links to the full text and audio of the speech delivered by Frank Brennan SJ at the Australian Catholic University on 29 July.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sell Medibank Private, it no longer justifies government ownership

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 27 February 2007

    Medibank Private should be sold. It no longer justifies government ownership.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Background to blocked East Timor leadership challenge

    • Paul Cleary
    • 27 February 2007

    As the Prime Minister of East Timor, Mari Alkatiri, prepared a strategy that successfully blocked Friday's leadership vote, hanging on the wall of a conference room in his office is a satellite photo of Dili on fire...

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Jesuit critic says Da Vinci Code reveals Christians' ignorance of faith

    • Michael Mullins
    • 27 February 2007

    Fr Richard Leonard has said that The Da Vinci code's main achivement is to expose the level of ignorance among Christians about their own history and how the New Testament was compiled.

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  • RELIGION

    Acting on Conscience Brisbane Launch Speech - Archbishop Phillip Aspinall

    • 27 February 2007

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  • RELIGION

    Ecumenical progress takes more than a day

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 26 February 2007

    Charles Sherlock on the progress being made towards a reformation of the Catholic and Anglican churches.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Kizitos and Angels

    • Bryan Pipins
    • 12 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Bryan Pipins on Angels, Kizitos, working in Uganda, the LRA, Meningitis and Cholera.

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  • RELIGION

    Vatican II rolled back by the restoration of Latin Mass?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 February 2007
    53 Comments

    Andrew Hamilton SJ reflects on the rights, wrongs and theological difficulties involved in re-instituting the Latin Mass.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Michael Mullins

    • Michael Mullins

    Based in Sydney, Michael Mullins was editor of Eureka Street from 2006 until 2015. He was founding editor of CathNews, worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rome, and taught media and ethics at Sydney University.

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  • INFORMATION

    Christmas Raffle 2016 Winners

    • Staff
    • 08 December 2016

    The Society of Jesus in Victoria, Jesuit Communications Christmas Raffle 2016Drawn on Thursday 8 December 2016 (Permit No 10662/16 issued 23 August, 2016) Congratulations to the winners:1st prize: A. Jones, Vic.2nd prize: J. Molony, ACT3rd prize: M. Duggan, NSW4th prize: K. McCormack, SA  Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas raffle.

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  • INFORMATION

    Walking the Street Newsletter archive

    • Michael Mullins & Tim Kroenert
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Our editors keep in touch. This is the archive of our 'Walking the Street' alternate week newsletter.

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  • INFORMATION

    Eureka Street newsletter edition archive

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 25 October 2007

    This is the archive of our Eureka Street newsletter.

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  • INFORMATION

    Eureka Street wins ARPA and ACPA awards.

    • Eureka Street Staff
    • 25 October 2007

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