Keywords: Church Renewal

  • RELIGION

    Best of 2009: St Mary's, Bishop Robinson and the value of dialogue

    • Frank Brennan
    • 07 January 2010
    18 Comments

    Bishop Bathersby and Fr Kennedy are pastoral, down to earth men. If there had been more dialogue between them, and between Cardinal Pell and Bishop Robinson, the Catholic Church would be more the Church Jesus would want it to be. March 2009

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The silent narrative of trees

    • Thor Beowulf
    • 07 December 2009
    5 Comments

    Trees are recognised as powerful cosmological agents in many of the earth's myths, rituals and religious beliefs. A worldwide 'bell ringing for climate justice' on 13 December will signify a vocal, moral and spiritual re-engagement of churches with nature.

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  • RELIGION

    Sympathy for Father Bob

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 September 2009
    30 Comments

    It's doubtful that any Australian priest communicates more intuitively with young Australians than Bob Maguire. Fr Maguire's 'forced' retirement has universal relevance as the story of the predicament of ageing community workers.

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  • RELIGION

    Sex and power in the church

    • Frank Brennan
    • 13 April 2009
    4 Comments

    Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's book is an invitation to put fear behind us. Given the treatment it has received by people who should have known better, it has become an icon; a call to conversation without fear.

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  • RELIGION

    St Mary's, Bishop Robinson and the value of dialogue

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 March 2009
    42 Comments

    Bishop Bathersby and Fr Kennedy are pastoral, down to earth men. If there had been more dialogue between them, and between Cardinal Pell and Bishop Robinson, the Catholic Church would be more the Church Jesus would want it to be.

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  • INFORMATION

    The Pope: first among equals

    • Andrew McAlister
    • 05 February 2009

    During Vatican II, which was first called 30 years ago last month, the pastoral leadership of the church attempted to bring Roman Catholicism into the 20th century. Why did the notion of a supreme Pontiff survive?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Obama vs the 'ethic of greed'

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 30 January 2009
    6 Comments

    Obama embraced Christianity because of his involvement with church groups, sustaining the moral vision of oppressed blacks. He has sketched a vision of social renewal that overlaps closely with Catholic and Christian social thought.

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  • RELIGION

    Confront sexual abuse, don't manage it

    • Geoffrey Robinson
    • 25 October 2007
    59 Comments

    As long as the Church seeks to manage rather than confront, the devastating effect the sexual abuse scandal has had on the Church will continue and will cripple other activities.

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  • RELIGION

    Playful irreverence in the Town Common

    • Richard Treloar
    • 18 May 2007
    2 Comments

    Was Triple J's Jesus impersonation contest in Melbourne's Federation Square on the day before Good Friday merely a revival of the 'carnivalesque' tradition of playful irreverence that is linked with a destruction and uncrowning related to birth and renewal.

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  • RELIGION

    No post-Freudian insights in Bishop Fisher's conscience paper

    • John Ryan
    • 04 April 2007
    12 Comments

    John Ryan comments on Bishop Anthony Fisher's paper on conscience.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Long road back for Ramos Horta

    • Paul Cleary
    • 27 February 2007

    In 2006, the East Timorese government’s inept handling of a dispute in the army involving soldiers from the western region of East Timor put the young nation on the brink of civil war. Now Jose Ramos Horta has been installed as Prime Minister, but will it make a difference?

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  • RELIGION

    Ash Wednesday did not begin in 1983

    • Kylie Crabbe
    • 27 February 2007
    5 Comments

    For many Australians, Ash Wednesday is synonomous with the devastating bushfires of 1983. But a thousand years before the bushfires, Christians were beginning the season of Lent with Ashes, ensuring a gritty start for the road to Easter.

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