keywords: My Football Team Is Hopeless

  • RELIGION

    Defining Vatican II's rules of engagement

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 October 2012
    17 Comments

    If four football teams ran out on to the field on Grand Final day, one might expect confusion until the rules of engagement were clarified. We should not be surprised by the debate about the legacy of Vatican II. Catholic discussion of Vatican II is about the legitimacy of different ways of being Catholic. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Stynes a living breach of the rules

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 March 2012
    11 Comments

    He was a notorious transgressor on the football field, and the last years of his life were a sustained transgression. Terminal sickness has its own code. It is normally handled and propitiated by silence. Jim Stynes seemed to do it a different way.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Coastal communion

    • Gregory Day
    • 01 June 2011
    6 Comments

    In the tiny church built of ecumenical brick, with barely any aesthetic pleasure to distract from the humility of the message, Patrick and his cohort in both the earlier football match and in the communion to come, sat quietly, though with the telltale legs of novices swinging restlessly under the front pew.

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  • RELIGION

    Eyeballing injustice

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 May 2011
    1 Comment

    Jesuit Social Services recently set up a project in Alice Springs to resource the local parish and local Aborigines who want to take more control of their own lives. If we are to get our teeth into issues of acute injustice, we need to eyeball both the decision makers and those affected by those decisions.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Brian's story

    • Tony Vinson
    • 25 October 2010
    4 Comments

    My mother never really coped while I was growing up. My dad died when I was seven and she had a nervous breakdown. My sister got murdered when I was about 15. She had just turned 18. That's when my life rolled out of control. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    World Cup bid looks to Australia's self-serving aid program

    • Evan Ellis
    • 05 July 2010
    14 Comments

    We assume aid is 'helping people'. But the 2006 White Paper on Australian Aid specified its purpose to help countries 'reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia’s national interest'. We'd be mortified if a church agency came out with such a self-serving clause.

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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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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sex and bridge

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 29 April 2009

    If you can find a person who can execute a Reverse Squeeze or a Scissors Coup at the bridge table, chances are they will be able to carry out equivalent manoeuvres in a loving relationship.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    On Roos 'Chookgate' and footy's duty of care

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 April 2009
    9 Comments

    North Melbourne's demeaning chicken sex video is just the latest of the 'boys behaving badly' stories that regularly beset footy. In professional sports, young people no longer simply play for clubs. They are entrusted to them.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Conway's maverick way

    • Paul Collins
    • 30 March 2009
    10 Comments

    Ronald Conway (1927–2009) was of a rare breed in Australia. He stood against the prevailing climate of thought which ignores important questions of faith, spirituality and human experience, and focuses on the conventional and politically correct.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Black Saturday

    • Tony London
    • 17 March 2009
    2 Comments

    This searing that killed simply by stealing the light and burning up the air they needed. 'This here is where the windscreen melted.' 'It was like they had been cremated in embrace.'

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What price our sporting soul

    • Edwina Byrne
    • 10 March 2009
    7 Comments

    Members Equity Stadium, ACER Arena, Suncorp Stadium, Etihad Stadium; corporations think they own a lot of our stuff. These buildings, and the events they house, constitute our cultural and urban landscapes. They should be sources of community pride.

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