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  • RELIGION

    Indigenous summiteers put dreams into practice

    • Frank Brennan
    • 30 April 2008
    7 Comments

    The abuse of children in remote communities has been the catalyst for revising romantic notion of land rights and self-determination. 2020 summiteers were allowed to dream and strategise about closing gaps while wondering how best to recognise the enduring rights of indigenous Australians.

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    Pope visit holds mirror up to 'grappling' US Catholics

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 28 April 2008
    2 Comments

    Did the Pope's first visit to the US usher in any significant changes for the Church in that country? Benedict acknowledged that child abuse was a problem that had to be confronted, but would not divorce it from the broader assault on community values.

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  • RELIGION

    Church's future beyond left-right divide

    • James McEvoy
    • 22 April 2008
    13 Comments

    The secular media tends to frame Church politics as a tussle between progressive and conservative. If that perspective is true, both sides of the divide rely upon a shallow analysis of the cultural change that shaped Western society since the 1960s.

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  • RELIGION

    Female bishop sets Church on wider path

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 16 April 2008
    7 Comments

    In May, the Rev. Canon Kay Goldsworthy will become Australia's first female bishop. The role will entail pressures from those opposed to having a woman as bishop, and those who have been waiting for this moment for decades.

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  • RELIGION

    Deflecting the war on sentiment

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 April 2008
    4 Comments

    Symbolic gestures such as the apology to the Stolen Generations are often seen as a substitute for practical action. But sentiment provides important pathways into understanding the human impact of government policy-making.

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  • RELIGION

    Necessary tolerance of religious vilification

    • Peter Hodge
    • 03 April 2008
    2 Comments

    Not all behaviour that offends religious beliefs amounts to vilification. However, when freedom of expression results in incitement to religious hatred, a line has been crossed.

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  • RELIGION

    Amplifying the 'still, small voice' of indigenous rights

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 April 2008
    5 Comments

    The Rudd Government is consulting and working out what to do about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The symbolism of reversing Australia's vote against the Declaration would need to be matched by more work in partnership with indigenous Australians.

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    Top cop confronts underbelly of corruption

    • Kylie Crabbe
    • 20 March 2008
    6 Comments

    It seems Victoria Police's Chief Commissioner, Christine Nixon, was fast-tracked to unpopularity by trying to be a thoughtful, discerning leader. The bitterness displayed by those she's locked horns with is testament to the danger of reforming a powerful institution.

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  • RELIGION

    Nonconformist Aussie anticipates traditional Greek Easter

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 17 March 2008
    3 Comments

    In the Orthodox Church, Lent is a fairly strict period of austerity, which is one reason for Carnival: traditional societies have long understood that sessions of high spirits are needed before and after difficult times. They are also undisturbed by the blurring of the sacred and the secular.

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  • RELIGION

    Owning responsibility with honest answers

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 March 2008
    8 Comments

    It may be tempting to believe that the 4WD we were driving while talking on our mobile phone has bumped over a wombat. Responsibility involves upfront acknowledgement of the negligent behaviour that has caused suffering to others.

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  • RELIGION

    Civil disobedience a democratic safeguard

    • Frank Brennan
    • 07 March 2008
    8 Comments

    Last month, members of the Pine Gap Four 'citizens inspection team' were acquitted in a Darwin court. Parliamentary committees, juries and the citizen's right to civil disobedience are necessary safeguards for liberty when government is tempted to use the legal sledgehammer to crack the nut of political dissent.

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    Towards a church apology for gay prejudice

    • Donal Godfrey
    • 03 March 2008
    21 Comments

    Clergy signatories to the 100Revs Statement of Apology to the gay community took part in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday. Many Christians long for their churches to be places of welcome for all people and commit themselves to pursuing this goal.

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