Author: Paul Collins

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  • RELIGION

    'Sheila' MacKillop boosts Catholic brand

    • Paul Collins
    • 19 November 2010
    9 Comments

    This week it was reported that the canonisation of Mary MacKillop boosted enquiries at Australia's Catholic Enquiry Centre by 63 per cent in the past year. The saturation media coverage of the event suggests the Church may not be as much 'on the nose' as is popularly thought.

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  • RELIGION

    Geoffrey Robertson's Catholicism for dummies

    • Paul Collins
    • 11 October 2010
    26 Comments

    Robertson may be a celebrity QC, but historian he is certainly not. He touts the notion that the Vatican is not a real state and that as a consequence Benedict XVI should not be granted immunity from prosecution for his alleged responsibility in covering up clerical sexual abuse.

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  • RELIGION

    The rise of Catholicophobia

    • Paul Collins
    • 17 September 2010
    39 Comments

    It's not that Catholicism has nothing to answer for, but the problem is that caricatures quickly become facts. Many Catholics have learned to 'cop it sweet', but there comes a point where you have to say something. The papal visit to the UK might just be it.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abbott and Santamaria's undemocratic Catholicism

    • Paul Collins
    • 17 August 2010
    26 Comments

    Tony Abbott is wrong to suggest that B. A. Santamaria made Australian Catholicism 'more intellectual'. Santamaria embraced a form of doctrinaire conformism that is the death of thoughtful commitment. It would be worrying if this kind of integralist Catholicism infected contemporary public life.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Bushfire blame misses the point

    • Paul Collins
    • 04 August 2010
    16 Comments

    Sadly the Commission played the blame game. This happens after every major fire and originates in the need to find scapegoats. Neither Christine Nixon nor the others who copped the blame could have known they were dealing with a whole new era of firestorm.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The morality of population control

    • Paul Collins
    • 17 December 2009
    22 Comments

    It's hard not to sound misanthropic when discussing population. Conservatives accuse you of favouring abortion, contraception and sterilisation in developing countries. Progressives say you're a cultural imperialist diverting attention from social justice.

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  • MEDIA

    ABC's mainstream religion tested, found wanting

    • Paul Collins
    • 01 October 2009
    27 Comments

    Since the axing of The Religion Report, mainstream ABC news and current affairs programs have missed a range of important religious topics and events. It seems unlikely that General Manager Mark Scott will be able to maintain religion as a viable reality on the ABC.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Strategies for a new era of firestorms

    • Paul Collins
    • 21 August 2009
    5 Comments

    There were many mistakes made on Black Saturday and the Interim Report of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission points them out. For now the commissioners avoid the 'bigger fire questions', but in the end these will have to be faced.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Life of a 'geologian'

    • Paul Collins
    • 11 June 2009
    12 Comments

    Thomas Berry (1914-2009), Catholicism's most significant thinker in ecological theology, argued that religion had failed to provide a way of making sense of the cosmos. Christians oppose homicide, but have no morality to deal with the killing of the planet.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Conway's maverick way

    • Paul Collins
    • 30 March 2009
    10 Comments

    Ronald Conway (1927–2009) was of a rare breed in Australia. He stood against the prevailing climate of thought which ignores important questions of faith, spirituality and human experience, and focuses on the conventional and politically correct.

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  • MEDIA

    The true history of religion on Radio National

    • Paul Collins
    • 25 February 2009
    29 Comments

    The public response to the axing of The Religion Report and other specialist programs late last year by ABC Radio National management was astonishing. But the response of the ABC was abysmal. It is time to tell the whole story.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Politics stymie bushfire response

    • Paul Collins
    • 13 February 2009
    12 Comments

    Though the fires are still burning, the blaming has already begun, with environmentalists and academics pitted against rural people and firefighters. We have entered a new era of fires and will need to take a long, ecologically sensitive look at what has happend.

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