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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Darkened Irish church

    • Libby Hart
    • 21 July 2009
    6 Comments

    Inside this darkened church there are whispers ... a clutter of saints who cross themselves in stony silence .. Time and time again, Christ's palms do not heal.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Irish and Indigenous gathering places

    • Shane Howard with Regina Lane
    • 02 July 2009
    15 Comments

    Five generations ago, rural Irish migrants built and paid for St Brigid's church at Crossley in south-west Victoria. Today, the people of Crossley and Killarney are fighting to save the gathering place from private ownership.

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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

    Ryan Report: crimes of the 'human' Church

    • Julian Butler
    • 15 June 2009
    18 Comments

    Eventually the Vatican will have to stand in solidarity with the victims of abuse. The Church is capable of acting well and badly. To separate individuals from the Church diminishes the responsibility of the whole body.

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  • RELIGION

    The 'bad eggs' of Ireland's abuse scandal

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 05 June 2009
    24 Comments

    After a lifetime in schools run by religious orders, I am appalled to think abuse against children in institutions in Ireland was 'endemic'. I try to persuade myself that 'Brendan', the saintliest man I ever knew, cancels out the bad eggs.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Surviving institutional abuse

    • Andrena Jamieson
    • 05 June 2009
    4 Comments

    The policy of assimilation made an inhumane idea more important than human beings. Redfern Pastor Bill Simon recovered from his own oppression under Government policies. It's shameful that a miracle was required.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Two poems about women

    • Medbh McGuckian
    • 02 June 2009

    It is as impossible .. To dive into the heart of a woman as to run .. Your head, body and all into her fundament.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Lessons from Ireland's sex abuse shock

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 May 2009
    15 Comments

    News of the Irish child abuse report prompted a call for scrutiny of Irish priests now based in Australia. A more far-reaching implication is the need to look at the state of regulations governing care in our entire not-for-profit sector.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Irish, prisoners of a sacred past

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 17 March 2009
    5 Comments

    St Patrick holds the Irish in a powerful emotional thrall. Parades all over the world honour the man who brought Christianity to Ireland. This week in Northern Ireland, saintly ghosts of the past have been called upon to bless murder.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    East Timor's digger friend

    • Paul Cleary
    • 09 March 2009
    9 Comments

    When East Timor was struggling to get a fair deal in negotiations over Timor Sea oil, Kenneally rallied his mates to fight. Appearing on national television, he told Prime Minister Howard: 'I'd rather you did not come to my ANZAC Day parade.'

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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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  • AUSTRALIA

    Australian republicans' Ireland envy

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 08 December 2008
    16 Comments

    Most Irish would be content with the suggestion that the push for an Australian Republic was an Irish plot. When Ireland declared itself a republic 60 years ago, it did so without the awkwardness of a referendum or political grandstanding.

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