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  • Emboldening lay Catholics

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 29 June 2012
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    Journalist, author and broadcaster Clifford Longley is one of Britain’s leading lay Catholics. He visited Australia to deliver lectures on the issues and challenges in developing a mature Catholic laity in the light of the teachings of the Vatican II.

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    Emboldening lay Catholics

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 29 June 2012
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    Michael Kirby on sexuality and churches

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 15 June 2012
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    Michael Kirby on sexuality and churches

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 15 June 2012

    'My partner Johan gives me a rough time. He says the church has always been horrible to gays; why do you have anything to do with it? But I don't want any old gent in frocks to take my religion from me.' Former High Court Justice Kirby is a practicing Christian and one of Australia's best known openly homosexual citizens. 

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    Tolerance and Islam

    • Peter KIrkwood
    • 01 June 2012

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    Tolerance and Islam

    • Peter KIrkwood
    • 01 June 2012

    The tensions that led to this week's massacre in Syria have their roots in centuries old conflict between Shia and Sunni Muslims. Progressive Shia scholar Reza Shah-Kazemi is esteemed for his vision for tolerance and dialogue with other faiths based on Quranic texts.

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    Multiculturalism's answer to terrorism

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 18 May 2012
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    Multiculturalism's answer to terrorism

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 18 May 2012

    The concept of multiculturalism is under severe strain, with German and English political leaders going as far as declaring it a failure. Melbourne academic Des Cahill sees multiculturalism as an effective means of promoting harmony, and lessening the likelihood of terrorist acts like that of Norway mass murder Anders Breivik.

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    Religious fundamentalism is a two way street

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 04 May 2012
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    Religious fundamentalism is a two way street

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 04 May 2012

    'The Anders Breivik example shows us that extremism is not one way ... We really need to think deeply about some of our prejudices.' Australian Muslim academic Mehmet Ozalp sees the case of Norwegian mass-murderer Breivik as highlighting the urgent need for interreligious and cross-cultural dialogue.

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    When Catholics dropped the Bible

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 20 April 2012
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    When Catholics dropped the Bible

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 20 April 2012

    Leading biblical scholar Frank Moloney reflects that after the 16th century council of Trent, 'which was a reaction to Protestantism', there was a tendency within Catholicism away from the Bible and 'into a more defensive way'. While focus was placed on strengthening the hierarchy, the Bible 'dropped out of the Catholic life'.

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