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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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    WYD blooms beneath the aphids

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 July 2008
    9 Comments

    While observers remark on the superficiality of connection and meaning in Australian society, events such as World Youth Day encourage participants to be reflective. This can lead young people to larger human and civic values.

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    Catholic teaching affirms freedom that may annoy pilgrims

    • Frank Brennan
    • 03 July 2008
    50 Comments

    The rights of free speech and assembly should not be curtailed because World Youth Day pilgrims might be annoyed or inconvenienced. The NSW regulation is a dreadful interference with civil liberties, and contrary to the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching on human rights.

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    In bed with the secular spirit

    • James McEvoy
    • 25 June 2008
    4 Comments

    A teacher at a Catholic college joked that students turned to Madonna — the pop icon, not the religious one — for spiritual inspiration. Western society may seem to trivialise religion, but a culture of authenticity has developed in which people seek their own way and deepest fulfilment.

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    The terror that ended World War II

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 June 2008
    9 Comments

    Many Australians still believe US President Harry Truman made the right decision in authorising the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Philosopher Michael Walzer calls it an act of terrorism designed 'to spread fear across a nation and force the surrender of its government'.

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    Frank Brennan's Cardinal Newman Lecture, March 2008

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 June 2008

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  • RELIGION

    Rudd and the sin of overwork

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 June 2008
    15 Comments

    Since public service is often seen as a sheltered workshop for bludgers, Kevin Rudd won sympathy for demanding heroic work practices. Overwork is morally unjustifiable because it makes instrumental goals central, and fails to respect deeper human values.

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  • RELIGION

    Bishop Robinson confrontation leaves unfinished business

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 29 May 2008
    31 Comments

    The Australian Catholic Bishops argue that Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's book on sexual abuse questions the authority of the Church to teach definitively. But Bishop Robinson is right when he calls for reflection on the factors within Catholic culture that foster abuse.

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  • RELIGION

    Fence-sitter seeks balance on same-sex marriage

    • Frank Brennan
    • 26 May 2008
    15 Comments

    Cardinal George Pell opposes a bill of rights in any form, but there are pros and cons. Some judges are tempted to extend their reach, running ahead of the public in forcing a social agenda.

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  • RELIGION

    Getting the balance right after the 2020 Summit

    • Frank Brennan
    • 26 May 2008
    1 Comment

    The text is from Professor Frank Brennan's 2008 Institute of Justice Studies Oration from 22 May 2008.  

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  • RELIGION

    AFL Demons hope last really will be first

    • Kylie Crabbe
    • 22 May 2008
    2 Comments

    The Melbourne Demons might have something to say about Jesus' claim 'the first will be last and the last will be first'. He wasn't talking about some new magic-bullet draft system, but a way of looking past social ladders to human equality.

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    Fresh insights in old books

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 May 2008
    8 Comments

    Literary festivals introduce us to new writing. They rarely celebrate the old, for nothing is older than an old book. The works of St Augustine challenge our instinctive assumption that new wisdom supersedes old wisdom.

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