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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    At the intersection of faith and culture

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 April 2013
    13 Comments

    Adrian Lyons, founding editor of Eureka Street, died last week. In life he strove to go beneath the surface when reflecting on personal and public issues, and to attend to the unnoticed connections between culture and faith, and the surprising places where they come together in public life.

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  • RELIGION

    The Church is not beyond reproach

    • Frank Brennan
    • 22 November 2012
    1 Comment

    'Might not the chief problem with Church language in the public square be that we tend to come from a position of moral superiority, approaching those dreadfully compromised politicians who will do anything to be elected? The abuse crisis reminds us that the Church is not irreproachable.' Text from Fr Frank Brennan's presentation at the Anglican Church of Australia's Public Affairs Commission Conference, November 2012.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The Church should accept its humiliation

    • Michael Mullins
    • 18 November 2012
    62 Comments

    The Catholic Church’s hope for future credibility depends upon its ability to accept its current humiliation, and give glory instead to the sexual abuse victims it has humiliated. It tells its faithful to be like Christ, who ‘emptied himself, taking the form of a slave’ (Philippians 2). Cardinal Pell has failed, and Eureka Street has failed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Church sexual abuse in the media

    • Michael Mullins
    • 11 November 2012
    39 Comments

    Those paying close attention to media coverage of clergy sexual abuse might find Cardinal George Pell’s defence of the Church hard to swallow. But the weekend’s resignation of the BBC director general over mistakes in investigative reporting should cause us to treat the genre with a degree of scepticism, even though the media helps us to empathise with victims.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Groundhog Day for refugees

    • Lyn Bender
    • 25 September 2012
    8 Comments

    In March 2002 I spent hours with Afghanis, Iranians, Palestinians and Iraqis on hunger strikes; desperate people who felt they had no power except to use their bodies to convey their message of despair. I am not the only health professional to predict that the resurrected Pacific Solution will create the same destructive circumstances.

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  • MEDIA

    How to tame free speech extremists

    • John Wright
    • 04 June 2012
    11 Comments

    'I still believe in global warming. Do you?' These words graced a Chicaco billboard above an image of 'Unabomber' Ted Kaczynski. It was removed, not because it broke any law, but because it was deemed to have 'gone too far'. In a society that supports free speech, who decides how far is too far?' 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sydney and Melbourne archbishops of art

    • Rod Pattenden
    • 28 February 2012
    3 Comments

    Culture in Australia is big business. The role of director of an art gallery involves all the flash of celebrity and the smoky mirrors of politics. Now that the Art Gallery of NSW has announced the appointment of its new director, the pressure is on for Melbourne's NGV.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    In defence of 'adults only' video games

    • Michael Mullins
    • 19 February 2012
    3 Comments

    Opponents of the government's proposed R18+ video game classification argue that playing violent video games leads to violent behaviour. But researchers have found mental health to be a more reliable predictor of negative outcomes.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Bad week for Pell and climate change deniers

    • Tim Stephens
    • 06 November 2011
    76 Comments

    Around 97 per cent of climate scientists actively publishing in peer-reviewed literature support the thesis that human activities are causing climate change. Cardinal George Pell's position is not an informed scientific view, but is driven by politics.

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  • RELIGION

    What difference does it make now that Mary MacKillop is a saint?

    • Frank Brennan
    • 13 October 2011

    Mary visited Rome as a young religious woman when she was being persecuted by local bishops for being too independent. She got a good hearing from the Pope and great assistance from Fr Anderledy who became the Superior General of the Jesuits. If only Bishop Bill Morris could have received the same sympathetic hearing.

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  • RELIGION

    Making friends not foes of rights and religion

    • Frank Brennan
    • 12 September 2011
    5 Comments

    The Church of the 21st century should be the exemplar of due process, natural justice and transparency. While there can be little useful critique of the final decision of Pope Benedict to force the early retirement of Bishop Bill Morris, there is plenty of scope to review the processes leading up to it.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    O'Farrell makes a sham of government guarantees

    • Michael Mullins
    • 29 May 2011
    13 Comments

    Earlier this month, NSW premier Barry O'Farrell announced he would dishonour the guarantee made to those who signed up to the previous Labor Government's Solar Bonus Scheme. Undermining the 'sacred' bond of a guarantee can seriously damage the spirit of public trust.

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