keywords: Caritas Australia

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Why green Catholics are not communists

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 04 September 2009
    20 Comments

    Many conservative Catholics are sceptical about global warming. For them environmentalism is the new communism. This echoes the paranoia of the '50s and '60s are clear, when anyone with an interest in social justice was suspect.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    East Timor needs justice before reconciliation

    • Michael Mullins
    • 31 August 2009
    6 Comments

    There's good reason for East Timor to opt for a tribunal to deliver justice for past crimes. But Australia cannot expect to receive a special hearing. Our attempts to push for justice for the sake of stability would be perceived as a promotion of our own self-interest.

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  • RELIGION

    Pope's 'new anthropology' shoots for the moon

    • David Holdcroft
    • 17 August 2009
    7 Comments

    Reflections on the 40th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing can help us understand the major themes of Pope Benedicts's social encyclical, and explain why many critics of this radical document have missed the point.

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  • RELIGION

    Who deserves charity

    • Susie Byers
    • 14 July 2009
    10 Comments

    The Pope's social encyclical comes at a time when Australian churches increasingly have to provide charity to those who have been failed by the state. For charity to constitute true giving, social organisations must also be prepared to commit politically.

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  • RELIGION

    Pope's 'seamless garment' bares green credentials

    • Neil Ordmerod
    • 10 July 2009
    2 Comments

    This week's release of the new social encyclical Caritas in Veritate expands moral teaching to promote a concept of 'human ecology' that covers both human life and the environment. It would seem that Benedict is not a climate change sceptic.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Getting a grip on swine flu hysteria

    • Michael Mullins
    • 04 May 2009
    3 Comments

    The Herald Sun's Andrew Bolt has provided a welcome critique of 'pig flu' fear-mongering by the Australian media. But he falls into a similarly myopic trap that misses the global perspective.

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  • RELIGION

    People of hope, not hate

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 February 2009

    In East Timor, I was able to see close up the work of Caritas in war torn conditions. There could be no reconciliation without justice. Caritas worked tirelessly to proclaim the message.

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  • RELIGION

    Reality check for antisocial Church

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 02 October 2008
    15 Comments

    There is tension in the churches between those focused on piety and those engaged with social justice. Benedict's document on globalisation will presumably stress that concern for social justice is essential to the Church's mission.

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  • RELIGION

    WYD hope for Third World pilgrims

    • Margaret Rice
    • 15 July 2008
    3 Comments

    When it comes to international aid, Australians pride themselves on their generosity. There is a similar dimension to events such as World Youth Day, which play a formative role in the lives of young people from developing countries.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Aceh model suggests long-term hope for Burma

    • Margaret Rice
    • 28 May 2008

    Aid agencies are working hard, but some fear that once the emergency phase is over, access will again be denied. This would have unspeakable consequences for the people of Burma, who need long-term help to recover from Cyclone Nargis.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What Kevin Rudd can learn from Gordon Brown

    • Michael Mullins
    • 19 May 2008
    1 Comment

    Last week's Federal Budget showed Kevin Rudd's determination to stare down the prevailing economic wisdom, in order to stay on track as a man of his word committed to building a fairer Australia. The humiliating fate of his UK counterpart Gordon Brown suggests what might happen if he strays.

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  • RELIGION

    Benedict defines good and evil progress

    • Neil Ormerod
    • 03 December 2007

    The second encyclical from Benedict XVI is not what many expected. Benedict is drawing us to a deeper level of reflection, building a solid foundation. What he builds upon this foundation we are yet to see.

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