Author: Neil Ormerod

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Why green Catholics are not communists

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 04 September 2009
    20 Comments

    Many conservative Catholics are sceptical about global warming. For them environmentalism is the new communism. This echoes the paranoia of the '50s and '60s are clear, when anyone with an interest in social justice was suspect.

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  • RELIGION

    St Mary's quite contrary

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 25 March 2009
    44 Comments

    The parish acts as a beacon in social justice and inclusion. It is hard to see why they can't do this without breaking the Church's rules. Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker Movement managed to marry social activism with a conservative religious life.

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  • EDUCATION

    Theological colleges on shaky ground

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 26 November 2008
    6 Comments

    Theological colleges increasingly need to turn to churches for underwriting, yet church congregations are dwindling, which affects them financially as well. Something has to give ... and in Brisbane, it already has.

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  • RELIGION

    Benedict defines good and evil progress

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 03 December 2007

    The second encyclical from Benedict XVI is not what many expected. Benedict is drawing us to a deeper level of reflection, building a solid foundation. What he builds upon this foundation we are yet to see.

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  • RELIGION

    Australia's ageing theological workforce

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 03 October 2007
    9 Comments

    In the past, Australia has produced a number of theologians and biblical scholars of international standing. But the future is bleak, with 37 per cent intending to retire within five years. Structural rationalisation must start now.

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