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  • Mural of Maryknolls sisters and Sr. Dorothy Kazel and lay missioner Jean Donovan (Global Opportunity Garden/Flickr)
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    Reflecting on the inalienable humanity of martyrs

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 03 December 2020
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    This week is the fortieth anniversary of the death of Ita Ford and Maura Clarke in El Salvador. An event distant in place and time, but worth remembering and honouring in its distance. And also worth reflecting on for its significance for our own time.

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  • St Francis Xavier (Wikimedia Commons)
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    St Francis Xavier, disability, and examining our limits

    • Justin Glyn
    • 02 December 2020
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    3 December has a couple of interesting resonances for this blind Jesuit. It is the feast day of St Francis Xavier — Jesuit missionary extraordinaire. It is also the International Day of Persons with a Disability. It seems to me that the two anniversaries have more than a little in common — both in what they tell us about the limits and the promise of human life in the image of God.

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  • Lethal injection chamber (supplied)
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    The seamless garment of life

    • Ross Jones
    • 01 December 2020
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    Approaching the walled and caged building where the sentence was carried out, our young fellows have always been struck by something of a paradox proclaimed in two signs at the door: ‘Bureau of Corrections’ alongside ‘Lethal Injection Chamber’. They were quick to seize upon it. ‘How can you correct and rehabilitate a person after you have killed him?’ they would ask.

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  •  Protestors holding placards in support of the Tamil asylum seeking family on September 18, 2019 ( Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

    The lives of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees are still at risk

    • Peter Coghlan
    • 26 November 2020
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    The continued persecution of Tamils has led to many fleeing Sri Lanka over the past ten years, with some landing on Australia’s shores — they have literally fled for their lives. The Australian government’s response to the inhumane treatment of refugees returned to Sri Lanka has been to praise the Sri Lankan government’s efforts to thwart any asylum seeker attempt to leave Sri Lanka.

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  • A Cambodian woman during evacuation following an attack on refugee camps along the Thai-Cambodian border. (Jesuit Refugee International)

    Jesuit Refugee Service: '40 years of accompaniment'

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 26 November 2020
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    Stories of volunteers who went to help in foreign crises used to focus on the impact on the people helped. Today they explore how both parties are changed through the experience. That was also true in Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) whose 40th anniversary occurred last week.

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  •  President-elect Joe Biden addresses the nation from the Chase Center (Getty/Pool)

    Biden's middle class in a divided America

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 19 November 2020
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    The priority given to the middle class was not new — Biden stressed it in speeches through the primaries and again as a candidate. And it is no doubt important. But when seen in the light of the passionate polarisation of the campaign, the closeness of the results, and the continuing mutual antipathy of the supporters of each party, rebuilding the middle class seems an unlikely source of healing.

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  • Senator Patrick Dodson and Senator Malarndirri McCarthy arrive in the Senate (Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

    Cashless cards stymie self determination

    • Michele Madigan
    • 03 December 2020
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    Reading the government controlled Senate Committee recommendations regarding the current Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020 and then the dissenting reports is like reading about two parallel universes.

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  • Close up of priest robe and military uniform

    Parallels between the military and the church

    • John Warhurst
    • 01 December 2020
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    The Australian community and its government are struggling to come to terms with the extremely serious allegations against members of the SAS for their alleged criminal misconduct during the war in Afghanistan. At the same time, we Catholics are experiencing a bad case of déjà as there are many echoes of how we felt when the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (RC) began in 2013.

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  • Main image: Main image: Young woman with her grandmother, discussing the coronavirus. Both with protective masks on their face. (Photo by Daniel Balakov/Getty Images)

    Are we respecting our elders?

    • Cristy Clark
    • 26 November 2020
    5 Comments

    This past weekend, I visited my grandparents in their residential aged care home. As usual, it was both lovely and utterly heartbreaking. Lovely, because I feel so lucky to be able to spend time with them, that they are still alive, their home is accepting visitors, and they still remember who I am. But, also, heartbreaking, because aging is tough, and living in residential aged care is tougher still, and this year, well, this year has made it all so much harder.

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  • Halima Aden attends a premiere (Getty Images/Rich Fury)

    Halima Aden and shaping one's own hijab journey

    • Najma Sambul
    • 26 November 2020
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    Aden was a first and a trailblazer for a group of people who before her were long ignored in the mainstream fashion industry. She has many regrets and admits she made mistakes, but for a fresh-faced teenager who was given this huge responsibility, she says, she did good. I say different, she did bloody brilliant.

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  • President-elect Joe Biden (L) leaves St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church after attending Sunday mass (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Catholics and the future of American politics

    • Robert Christian
    • 12 November 2020
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    Now the question is: will the Republican Party revert back to its pre-Trump days, continue down the path of Trumpian populism, or seek an alternative to both? No matter which path is pursued, American Catholics will likely play a key role in shaping the party’s future direction.

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  • Quilts (Raul Cacho Oses/Unsplash)

    Patchwork quilt church inhibits national action

    • John Warhurst
    • 05 November 2020
    61 Comments

    There is a good reason why the term Australian Catholic Church is frowned upon in official circles. It does not exist. Instead, it is a patchwork quilt of fiefdoms called dioceses. It lacks an energising central authority which, when it needs to, can generate and shape a national church response.

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  • Toni Scott, Sue Woolford, Kellie Hunt - No Radioactive Waste On Agricultural Land in Kimba or SA, Jason Bilney - Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation Chairperson, Dawn Taylor, BDAC Board Member with One Nation Advisor Jennifer Game. Photo courtesy of Kellie Hunt with the permission of Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation.

    A new stage in fight against radioactive waste bill

    • Michele Madigan
    • 17 November 2020
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    So in the long journey of nearly five years since the Australian federal government's renewed search for a national radioactive waste facility, it seems a new stage has been reached.

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  • Illustration Chris Johnston

    We don't have the luxury of dealing with one crisis at a time

    • Marnie Vinall
    • 12 November 2020
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    Since the pandemic started to show its teeth on our shores in March, there’s been a trend to wave away any other matter other than COVID-19 with an examination of, ‘Just one crisis at a time — we’ll get to climate change after we’ve got the economy back on its feet.’ The only problem is we don’t have the luxury as a nation to solely focus on one crisis at a time.

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  • People walking in Carlton Gardens (Getty Images/ Robert Cianflone)

    If life were a walk in the park

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 03 November 2020
    16 Comments

    These last weeks the possible re-election of Donald Trump has been one of the dark birds that visit many of us in the night. As with other such epochal events, of course, how we might react internally to it is of vastly less weight than its effect on the world. Neither early morning wandering nor anything else we can do will change that. But it might shape our response.

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  • Bird flying while sun sets (Sam Bark/Unsplash)

    Or else an eagle

    • John Allison
    • 24 November 2020
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    You are transfixed, steering your car but so captive to the bird’s powerful flight that you could readily follow it as it breaks away and lifts above the forest into the setting sun. Sometimes you do not want it to end. The eagle soars into the light. Away and up into the sky. And here is the corner, down towards the dirt road leading home. You are there.

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  • Illustration of Shakespeare holding a skull and a mask reading '2 B or not to B'

    Tis the times' plague

    • Brian Matthews
    • 24 November 2020
    5 Comments

    In measures now sadly familiar in 2020, theatres were closed once the number of weekly deaths exceeded 30, later 40, but because actors and the theatre world itself were so economically vulnerable, actors, understandably intent on earning a living, soon legally or otherwise cut themselves some slack by taking liberties with the rules governing performances and quarantine — again, a phenomenon that is now, against all previous odds, familiar to people of 2020.

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  • Lisa Alexander at all-stars game (Jaimi Joy/Getty Images)

    Breaking the glass ceiling in Australian elite sport

    • Erin Riley
    • 17 November 2020
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    If the up-and-across path isn’t available, it makes it all the more important that there are sufficient development opportunities within sports in Australia. Unfortunately, as women’s professional sport has grown in Australia, fewer women have been given coaching roles.

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