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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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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abuse victims reconciliation a work in progress

    • Michael Mullins
    • 21 July 2008
    20 Comments

    It's hard to think of anybody who would not have welcomed Pope Benedict's apology for sexual abuse. By contrast, nobody could have been pleased to hear an exasperated Bishop Anthony Fisher refer last week to those 'dwelling crankily ... on old wounds'.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Restocking the global pantry

    • James Ingram
    • 04 July 2008

    In his keynote message to the World Food Summit Pope Benedict XVI called for new strategies to promote food production. Feeding the world population in the coming decades is as big a challenge as climate change, and no less important.

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  • RELIGION

    Pope visit holds mirror up to 'grappling' US Catholics

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 28 April 2008
    2 Comments

    Did the Pope's first visit to the US usher in any significant changes for the Church in that country? Benedict acknowledged that child abuse was a problem that had to be confronted, but would not divorce it from the broader assault on community values.

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  • RELIGION

    Fidel's unfinished business with the Church

    • Chris McGillion
    • 21 February 2008
    3 Comments

    Cuba’s post-Castro leadership will need to come to terms with the fact that the revolution cannot answer all of life’s questions and that religion in general — and the Catholic Church in particular — has a legitimate role in supplying its answers without interference from the State.

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  • RELIGION

    Different song, but new Jesuit leader 'on message'

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 29 January 2008

    Recently elected Jesuit Superior General Fr Adolfo Nicolás briefed journalists earlier this week. While a comparison with a recent speech of Pope Benedict points to a difference in method, there is a singleness of purpose.

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  • RELIGION

    How to find God in ordinary human hope

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 December 2007
    2 Comments

    Pope Benedict's encyclical Spe Salvi assumes the fragmentation of hope in today's world will not be addressed simply by the secular world adding God to its limited hopes. Instead it involves the nurturing of a Christian imagination that overcomes the breach between divine and human.

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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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  • RELIGION

    Gentle Benedict concedes papal roadshow must go on

    • Paul Collins
    • 11 July 2007
    14 Comments

    Following earlier scepticism, Pope Benedict XVI last week confirmed that he is coming to Sydney for World Youth Day next July. Unlike his predecessor, he doesn't see himself as ‘bishop of the world’. Instead he has reasserted the traditional pastoral role of the pope as Bishop of Rome.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    "One true Church" lessons for John Howard

    • Michael Mullins
    • 11 July 2007
    2 Comments

    The largely Protestant World Council of Churches reacted favourably to this week's perceived "one true Church" declaration by the Roman Catholic Church, calling it an honest sharing of divergences that helps the cause of unity. There are lessons for the Federal Government, which should declare its alleged Northern Territory "land grab" to be such, and in the national interest.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    A nuclear reactor in my back yard

    • Colin Brown
    • 13 June 2007
    2 Comments

    In 1996, Lucas Heights was renamed Barden Ridge, in order to preserve property values. Few people enjoy living near a nuclear reactor. Many also doubt that building more nuclear reactors will provide an answer to our run away greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aboriginal dignity requires 'subversive' religion

    • Michael Mullins
    • 18 May 2007
    1 Comment

    Indigenous beliefs were - and are - considered subversive, and therefore suppressed in colonised societies on earth. Zimbabwe's Witchcraft Suppression Act of 1899 was repealed last year as part of Robert Mugabe's heightened reaction against colonialism.

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