author: Andrew Hamilton

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  • RELIGION

    A childish view of Melbourne Storm

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 29 April 2010
    15 Comments

    When I first heard of the Melbourne Storm tragedy, I laughed. My attitudes to games had remained stuck in an ill-spent childhood in which a little cheating was part of playing games. Even now, I confess, I enjoy stories of cheating done in style.

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  • MEDIA

    The dignity of Carl Williams

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 April 2010
    43 Comments

    When celebrities who have treated people violently suffer themselves from violence, their suffering is approved because it is an expected part of the plot. The death of Carl Williams has been covered as if it were an episode of Underbelly. Williams deserves better than this.

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  • RELIGION

    Abuse cases teach Church deportment under fire

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 April 2010
    17 Comments

    Every day brings new instructions about deportment to the Pope: he must sack bishops, resign, apologise, submit to independent investigation. Good deportment can be mere spin, but it is a first step to dispelling anxiety. And good deportment often helps to good attitudes.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Refugee backflip misses what matters

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 April 2010
    23 Comments

    The decision to suspend the processing of future asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka does not respect the dignity of asylum seekers. Now that the Government has bent to the populist winds fanned by an opportunistic Opposition, there are grounds for fearing the claims of asylum seekers will be judged in a way that unduly reflects the interests of the Australian Government.

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  • RELIGION

    Easter's image of compassion for abused and abusers

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 01 April 2010
    10 Comments

    It is appropriate to attend to the complex patterns of sin that are involved in abuse and its consequences. This kind of gaze resists the temptations to deny or to minimise the extent of sexual abuse and the harm done by it.

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  • RELIGION

    Romero: faith and power in hard places

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 24 March 2010
    12 Comments

    Thirty years ago today Archbishop Oscar Romero was shot as he celebrated Mass. His blood and the chalice were spilled together on the altar. His anniversary will be remembered around the world, for he provides one of the universal images of what living faithfully as a Christian might look like today.

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  • RELIGION

    Reading Nigeria's Christian-Muslim violence

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 March 2010
    12 Comments

    Recently over 500 Catholics died at the hands of a Muslim mob in Northern Nigeria. It would be easy to understand the killings as an expression of a wider Muslim intolerance of Christians and miss the subtle interplay of religious faith, tribal loyalties, and traditional religion and group identity.

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  • RELIGION

    Conversations with atheists

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 05 March 2010
    35 Comments

    Australia's first Global Atheist Convention will feature such speakers as Richard Dawkins, Philip Adams and Peter Singer. I look forward to it with the same tempered gloom that would descend upon me if a convention of Christian evangelists came to town.

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  • RELIGION

    Tony Abbott, the poor and Jesus

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 19 February 2010
    30 Comments

    Expressing scepticism about the value of politicians committing to healing social problems, Abbott quoted Jesus: 'The poor you have with you always'. This phrase, used here to diffuse the claim the poor make on us, is much richer in meaning when read in context.

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  • RELIGION

    Martyrdom and other revolutionary miracles

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 February 2010
    12 Comments

    Reports regarding Mary MacKillop's miracles have provoked the ire of those who see miracles as evidence of the irrational character of religious faith. Another angle on this debate may be found in an apparent oddity in the processes of saint making.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abbott blinded by Howard's brutal immigration principle

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 25 January 2010
    17 Comments

    Tony Abbott has declared John Howard's statement, 'We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come', to be 'self-evidently and robustly true'. The Australian people deserve a better basis for policy than an appeal to self-interest.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Legacy of a Catholic social thinker

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 January 2010
    8 Comments

    Jesuit Fr Jean-Yves Calvez's 1957 work La pensée de Karl Marx was as much studied in Communist cells as in Catholic circles. Fr Calvez systematically studied Catholic Social Teaching, and his impact on Catholic attitudes was enormous but diffuse.

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