Search Results: Pope Benedict XVI

  • 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 Zimbabwe's Witchcraft Suppression Act of 1899 was repealed last year as part of Robert Mugabe's heightened reaction against colonialism.

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  • RELIGION

    Australians quietly spiritual, not Godless

    • Paul Collins
    • 15 May 2007
    17 Comments

    In 2005, Pope Benedict targeted Australians as world leaders in Godlessness. However a recent book argues that Australian spirituality is understated, wary of enthusiasm, authority, and characterised by "a serious quiet reverence".

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sri Lanka's seesaw of war and cricket

    • Hector Welgampola
    • 15 May 2007
    11 Comments

    Last week, Sri Lanka's media reported Mahela Jayawardena’s Buddhist parents praying at a Hindu temple for his team’s success in the World Cup cricket. The continuing war is a legacy of the divide and rule strategy of the colonial elites.

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  • RELIGION

    Do freedom and spontaneity undermine liturgy?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 March 2007
    4 Comments

    According to Cardinal Ratzinger, we do not shape the liturgy, but liturgy shapes us. But it is less helpful to ask whether spontaneity and creativity are appropriate, than to ask what kinds of spontaneity and creativity are appropriate.

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  • RELIGION

    Pope's Islamic stumble baffles the experts

    • Daniel Madigan
    • 24 December 2006

    Pope Benedict is learning the hard way that interreligious dialogue these days is a complex and delicate business. Though he has now affirmed his respect for Muslims, his decision to quote a polemical medieval text against Muhammad and the Qur’an during a lecture last week remains puzzling. From 19 September 2006.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gen Y free for anything except belonging

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 11 December 2006

    A new Generation Y study says that today's young people have grown up in a very skeptical and cynical society. Therefore they're isolated, and don’t feel too good about believing in, or belonging to, anything.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iconoclasts' challenge to turn the other cheek

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 18 September 2006
    7 Comments

    When the Jesuits' founder St Ignatius Loyola was on the road riding with a Moor in 1522, the Moor argued that the Virgin Mary was no longer a virgin after Christ was born. The recent former soldier Ignatius wanted to kill the Moor on the spot.

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  • RELIGION

    Pope's Islamic stumble baffles the experts

    • Daniel Madigan
    • 18 September 2006
    45 Comments

    Pope Benedict is learning the hard way that interreligious dialogue these days is a complex and delicate business. Though he has now affirmed his respect for Muslims, his decision to quote a polemical medieval text against Muhammad and the Qur’an during a lecture last week remains puzzling.

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  • RELIGION

    The emerging patterns of Benedict's papacy

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 June 2006

    John Paul II’s world was the post-Reformation Church, seen from a Polish perspective. Benedict XVI is rooted in the Catholic Church before the Reformation, reflecting the subjects of his academic dissertations - Bonaventure and Augustine - who were masters in the exploration of symbols.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Healing a fractured culture

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 29 May 2006

    Xenophobia lives on in Australian society. In this edition of Eureka Street we focus on the representation of indigenous Australians, Muslims, and Chinese immigrants.

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  • RELIGION

    Condoms discussion returns to traditional moral norms

    • Bill Uren
    • 18 May 2006
    6 Comments

    Benedict XVI will need all his theological sophistication as he negotiates the different moral arguments offered for the use of condoms in AIDS.  

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  • RELIGION

    Flock and key

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 25 April 2006

    To understand theology, you need to attend not only to the tune, but to the key it is played in.

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