Search Results: Pope John Paul II

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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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  • AUSTRALIA

    The Church and Public Debate

    • John Warhurst
    • 12 September 2007
    1 Comment

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The Church's mission to expose climate change sceptics

    • Charles Rue
    • 18 May 2007
    3 Comments

    It came to light at the Vatican's recent Climate Change Seminar that powerful and vested interests are confusing farmers in developing countries. They are saying that technology will solve their agricultural problems, and that the increase in atmospheric CO2 is good and willed by God.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Emotion trumps facts in clergy sex abuse doco

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 18 May 2007
    6 Comments

    Deliver Us From Evil, which details atrocious acts of abuse committed by former Catholic priest Oliver O'Grady. The eyewitness testimony is compelling, although nasty allegations are levelled against O'Grady and allowed to stand without substantiation. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Notable absence as a political tool

    • Chloe Wilson
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    The Prime Minister attended the funeral of Jake Kovco, the first Australian casualty in Iraq. However, he did not attend that of Mark Bingley, a Blackhawk captain who died whilst on duty in Fiji. Absences are not simple events. They often make political statements.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    World Youth Day's ecological conversion opportunity

    • Stefan Gigacz
    • 08 March 2007
    9 Comments

    More than 100,000 international visitors are also expected at next year's World Youth Day event hosted by the Catholic Church in Sydney. A large number of these will arrive on flights close to 25 hours duration, putting 7-8 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    A day to remember the Holocaust

    • Michael Danby
    • 27 February 2007
    6 Comments

    In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated 27 January as Holocaust Remembrance Day. A resolution rejected Holocaust denial, together with all manifestations of religious intolerance or violence based on ethnicity or belief.

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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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