Author: Bruce Duncan

  • RELIGION

    Pope confronts economic injustice

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 10 July 2009
    4 Comments

    The Pope's encyclical on social teaching is not a strident critique of capitalism, but it does confront abuses in the global economy. Benedict is critical of the free market ideology which extolled wealth creation but ignored the need for equity and social justice.

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  • RELIGION

    The popes versus the free market

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 02 April 2009
    7 Comments

    In his forthcoming response to the global financial crisis, Pope Benedict does not have to reinvent the wheel. Catholic social writings have long insisted that economics must be directed to serve the good of everyone, not just the rich.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Obama vs the 'ethic of greed'

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 30 January 2009
    6 Comments

    Obama embraced Christianity because of his involvement with church groups, sustaining the moral vision of oppressed blacks. He has sketched a vision of social renewal that overlaps closely with Catholic and Christian social thought.

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  • RELIGION

    Reality check for antisocial Church

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 02 October 2008
    15 Comments

    There is tension in the churches between those focused on piety and those engaged with social justice. Benedict's document on globalisation will presumably stress that concern for social justice is essential to the Church's mission.

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  • RELIGION

    Just war I

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 07 July 2006

    The history, the current circumstances

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Any excuse

    • Anthony Ham, Kath O’Connor, Bruce Duncan, Clive Shepherd
    • 01 July 2006

    Any excuse, Privatise or perish, Clear and present danger, Keep left unless undertaking

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  • RELIGION

    The war of the willing

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 13 June 2006

    Western intelligence agencies fell down  badly over Iraq. So did our consciences, argues Bruce Duncan.

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  • RELIGION

    Rome and the bush

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 11 May 2006

    Bruce Duncan looks at the role of the church following the war in Iraq

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  • RELIGION

    Future justice

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 25 April 2006

    The challenge for Pope Benedict

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    An activist for the faithful

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 25 April 2006

    Tom Butler (1915–2005): lawyer, editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper

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  • RELIGION

    The voice of the Vatican

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 23 April 2006

    Bruce Duncan summarises the major statements of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.

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