Vol 20 No 23

22 November 2010


EUREKA STREET TV

Andrew Hamilton's public theology

4 Comments
03 December 2010 | Peter Kirkwood


AUSTRALIA

Levelling the disability hierarchy

15 Comments
03 December 2010 | Moira Byrne Garton

WheelchairIt can be difficult to communicate with a person who does not use speech, to interact with someone who requires high levels of assistance, or engage with someone who lacks control of their sounds or movements. Many such people are simply avoided, ignored and rejected.


EUREKA STREET TV

Andrew Hamilton's public theology

03 December 2010 | Peter Kirkwood

Andrew HamiltonHamilton allows a broad readership to enter the world of Catholic theology and practice and church history, and also draws out the spiritual dimension in secular events and issues.


ECONOMICS

Social inclusion in ailing Ireland

7 Comments
02 December 2010 | Gerry O'Hanlon

Irish BankA hopeful sign has been the emergence of commentators, mainly secular, advocating the transformation of the economy to a model based on values like the common good, solidarity, environmental concern, equality, active and inclusive citizenship.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Drug dealer's life after death

2 Comments
02 December 2010 | Tim Kroenert

Enter the VoidThis theatre of cruelty reflects the preoccupations of a protagonist unrestrained by physical revulsion, and evokes a nightmare world defined by sex and violence, where there is not much difference between the two.


CARTOON

Finding climate common ground in Cancun

01 December 2010 | Fiona Katauskas

'Preparing for Cancun' by Fiona Katauskas


ARTS AND CULTURE

Art by and for the lost

2 Comments
01 December 2010 | George Estreich

Graffiti wall

The word graffiti encloses a vast spectrum from vandalism to art. At one end, a black slosh across a dry-cleaner's window: no message, only a mess. At the other, a Martian-green man on the side of a defunct warehouse, brooding on a thought as immense as himself.


AUSTRALIA

Dangers of Indigenous referendum

5 Comments
01 December 2010 | John Warhurst

Aboriginal flag in the shape of AustraliaThe debate about the Indigenous constitutional referendum proposed by the Gillard Government is heading in a dangerous direction. Naysayers will not defeat it. What may defeat it is division among those who are supporters in principle but not supporters of the particular proposal.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Two nuns and my second confession

2 Comments
30 November 2010 | Brian Doyle

Enjoy PenanceConsider the nun we had for first grade ... Sister Dorita, who had a stevedore's forearms. On the second day of school she hauled a bubbling boy named David into the air by his necktie.


RELIGION

Dorothy Day's gospel with teeth

22 Comments
30 November 2010 | Andrew Hamilton

Dorothy DayIt is 30 years this week since Catholic radical Dorothy Day died. She was a quirky woman who lived on the margins of Church and United States society. Her life was lived in harsh conditions, but the way she put its elements together was sweet and attractive.


AUSTRALIA

Pope's condom truth for World AIDS Day

19 Comments
29 November 2010 | Michael Mullins

World AIDS Day, like the Pope's apparent softening of Church attitudes to condom use, prioritises the care of one human being for another. This may be manifest in condom use, sexual abstinence, or acceptance of the others' HIV status.


Overcoming child protection burnout

16 Comments
29 November 2010 | Moira Rayner

Nobody pretends child maltreatment is easily prevented. Yet we are passionate about the evils of same-sex marriage. Wouldn't it be great if we put that energy into providing what  children need: a family environment of love and understanding where they can achieve their potential.


Politicians stoke the violence myth

26 November 2010 | Ellena Savage

Knife in handI used to carry a knife in my handbag. Like nearly a quarter of Australians, I believe that 80 per cent of all crime is violent crime; I was concerned for my safety. And then I discovered that if my self-defence weapon were used, it would likely be used against me.


INTERNATIONAL

Elegy for Cambodia and New Zealand

4 Comments
26 November 2010 | Catherine Marshall

The living are burdened with responsibility for those who have died. New Zealand can take strength from Cambodia, a country to whom tragedy is no stranger, reaching out in communion as each of them comes to terms with the torment of loss and bereavement.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Agnostic preachers fight the devil

25 November 2010 | Tim Kroenert

Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, The Last ExorcismThe Exorcist upheld an essentially fundamentalist, even romantic vision of religious experience. Its central character was an agnostic Jesuit whose encounters with demonic forces restore his faith. The Last Exorcism substitutes for the jaded Jesuit a troubled Middle American preacher.


INTERNATIONAL

Why we should aid 'bizarre' North Korea

5 Comments
25 November 2010 | Duncan MacLaren

Pangyo kindergarten_food provided 1 meal boiled wheat and boiled goats milkI have two lasting memories of North Korea. The first was the obstetrics unit of a hospital; it looked like a medieval torture chamber. The second was orphanages where malnourished 14-year-olds looked only eight. The latest escalation of tension can only mean such sights will become more frequent.


CARTOON

More crap about refugees

24 November 2010 | Fiona Katauskas

'More crap about refugees' by Fiona Katauskas


ARTS AND CULTURE

Shark encounter

2 Comments
24 November 2010 | Vince Chadwick

Campfire, Flickr image by Melyss33The full moon illuminated the silky water and tepid sand like a disco ball. Rounding one corner suddenly we could see a kilometer of open beach and, in the middle distance, two men standing around a fire. The group mentality did not counsel caution. But what were they doing here?


RELIGION

The perils of redefining marriage

67 Comments
24 November 2010 | Frank Brennan

Gay wedding cake topperMany same sex couples tell us their relationship is identical with marriage. We can ensure non-discrimination against same sex couples while at the same time maintaining a commitment to children's right to be born of and reared by a father and a mother.


ARTS AND CULTURE

What Eve really thought

2 Comments
23 November 2010 | Various

Grief SealEve isn't sorry that she bit .. into the temptation of the fruit ... She had bloomed. Ripened; tasted truth.


RELIGION

Pope models condom conversation

14 Comments
23 November 2010 | Andrew Hamilton

Pope Benedict's remarks on condoms have offered rich pickings. Speculation arose whether his statement heralds the collapse of Catholic condemnation of contraception. But the Pope's words were less significant for their content than for their style.


AUSTRALIA

Gay marriage not a trivial pursuit

24 Comments
22 November 2010 | Michael Mullins

Men holding hands Labor will tear itself apart unless it realises that a 'yes' or 'no' on gay marriage is less important than the process of reaching a position. It can choose to go down the path of political expedience, or it can adopt an approach of moral integrity.


ENVIRONMENT

Rain can't drown climate truth

6 Comments
22 November 2010 | Tony Kevin

Australians can rejoice in the good year our farmers are having. But farming in southern Australia continues to be a high-risk business. Climate change is inevitably going to make it harder to sustain all kinds of agriculture in inland southern Australia.