Keywords: Rule Of Benedict

  • RELIGION

    Pope confronts economic injustice

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 10 July 2009
    4 Comments

    The Pope's encyclical on social teaching is not a strident critique of capitalism, but it does confront abuses in the global economy. Benedict is critical of the free market ideology which extolled wealth creation but ignored the need for equity and social justice.

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  • RELIGION

    The 'bad eggs' of Ireland's abuse scandal

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 05 June 2009
    24 Comments

    After a lifetime in schools run by religious orders, I am appalled to think abuse against children in institutions in Ireland was 'endemic'. I try to persuade myself that 'Brendan', the saintliest man I ever knew, cancels out the bad eggs.

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  • RELIGION

    The popes versus the free market

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 02 April 2009
    7 Comments

    In his forthcoming response to the global financial crisis, Pope Benedict does not have to reinvent the wheel. Catholic social writings have long insisted that economics must be directed to serve the good of everyone, not just the rich.

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  • RELIGION

    Human rights without God

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2009
    3 Comments

    Professor Martha Nussbaum's recent book Liberty of Conscience provides a rich textured treatment of the place of religion in the public square. If God is taken out of the picture, it may be difficult to maintain a human rights commitment to the weakest and most despised in society.

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  • RELIGION

    Educating leaders for the contemporary Australian Church

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 October 2008

    'Lee and Christine Rush are your average Ozzie couple, except that their teenage son Scott is on death row in Bali having been convicted of being a hapless drug mule. It will not go down well on the streets of Jakarta if Australians are baying for the blood of the Bali bombers one month and then pleading to save our sons and daughters the next month.'

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  • AUSTRALIA

    "One true Church" lessons for John Howard

    • Michael Mullins
    • 11 July 2007
    2 Comments

    The largely Protestant World Council of Churches reacted favourably to this week's perceived "one true Church" declaration by the Roman Catholic Church, calling it an honest sharing of divergences that helps the cause of unity. There are lessons for the Federal Government, which should declare its alleged Northern Territory "land grab" to be such, and in the national interest.

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  • RELIGION

    Gentle Benedict concedes papal roadshow must go on

    • Paul Collins
    • 11 July 2007
    14 Comments

    Following earlier scepticism, Pope Benedict XVI last week confirmed that he is coming to Sydney for World Youth Day next July. Unlike his predecessor, he doesn't see himself as ‘bishop of the world’. Instead he has reasserted the traditional pastoral role of the pope as Bishop of Rome.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aboriginal dignity requires 'subversive' religion

    • Michael Mullins
    • 18 May 2007
    1 Comment

    Indigenous beliefs were - and are - considered subversive, and therefore suppressed in colonised societies on earth. Zimbabwe's Witchcraft Suppression Act of 1899 was repealed last year as part of Robert Mugabe's heightened reaction against colonialism.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sri Lanka's seesaw of war and cricket

    • Hector Welgampola
    • 15 May 2007
    11 Comments

    Last week, Sri Lanka's media reported Mahela Jayawardena’s Buddhist parents praying at a Hindu temple for his team’s success in the World Cup cricket. The continuing war is a legacy of the divide and rule strategy of the colonial elites.

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  • RELIGION

    The battle of ideas within Islam

    • Julian Madsen
    • 13 November 2006
    6 Comments

    For many, the War on Terror equals a War against Islam. Yet there is a real battle of ideas within Islam that is rarely heard by the West.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iconoclasts' challenge to turn the other cheek

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 18 September 2006
    7 Comments

    When the Jesuits' founder St Ignatius Loyola was on the road riding with a Moor in 1522, the Moor argued that the Virgin Mary was no longer a virgin after Christ was born. The recent former soldier Ignatius wanted to kill the Moor on the spot.

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  • RELIGION

    The voice of the Vatican

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 23 April 2006

    Bruce Duncan summarises the major statements of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.

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