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  • RELIGION

    Bishop's vision for an Israel-Palestine confederation

    • Andrew West
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    The Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Riah H. Abu El-Assal, says Israel and Palestine should work towards the establishment of a confederation, with a common currency, open borders and even a shared head of state.

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    Politics and religion are not warring states

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 30 October 2006
    7 Comments

    It could be argued that that there is no place in public life for people who are not religious. Such an argument might apply if "religious people" work out of considered views of what constitutes a good society and a good human life, and "non-religious people" see public life and politics instrumentally.

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    Emotional and intellectual tensions rising in cloning debate

    • Frank Brennan
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    As senators reflected on the role of religious thinking in discussion of embryonic cloning, Senator Kay Patterson responded testily to Bishop Anthony Fisher: "Dear me, I might be excommunicated!" This week, the Australian Catholic University brings together two Catholic medical scientists, and two Catholic ethicists, with opposing views.

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    'Clash of civilisations' rhetoric distorts cultural differences

    • Daniel Baldino
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    Manipulating narrowly conceived notions of national values simply triggers a storm of prejudice, while undercutting efforts to improve conceptions of the nation’s Muslim community.

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    Culture warriors have no place in Catholic life (full version)

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 October 2006
    4 Comments

    The concept of Catholic Culture Wars is destructive, because it makes truth the slave of power. Its logic can be seen in a recent Quadrant review, which projects onto an art exhibition a preoccupation with the occult and sexually ambiguous.

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    Culture warriors have no place in Catholic life

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 16 October 2006
    1 Comment

    The concept of Catholic Culture Wars is destructive, because it makes truth the slave of power. Its logic can be seen in a recent Quadrant review, which projects onto an art exhibition a preoccupation with the occult and sexually ambiguous.

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    Pope's Islamic stumble baffles the experts

    • Daniel Madigan
    • 18 September 2006
    45 Comments

    Pope Benedict is learning the hard way that interreligious dialogue these days is a complex and delicate business. Though he has now affirmed his respect for Muslims, his decision to quote a polemical medieval text against Muhammad and the Qur’an during a lecture last week remains puzzling.

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    Religious freedom and the inflammatory power of the Cross

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 September 2006

    The unrelated cases of the Melbourne schoolgirl, and the Scottish goalie, both invoke two principles that are normally kept quite separate—the right of individual self-expression, and the right of religious freedom.

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    What makes a site sacred?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 September 2006
    17 Comments

    Recently a group broke into the Redfern Catholic Church, and defied their parish priest by painting a large and splendidly executed mural that enshrined the words of Pope John Paul II in Alice Springs 20 years ago. The priest was left with an unpalatable dilemma—leave the mural there, or whitewash Pope John Paul II.

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    Is asylum seeker dumping usury?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 August 2006
    3 Comments

    The new Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has described IMF and World Bank conditional loans to Third World countries as usury.  

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    Lessons for Church in the new Ireland

    • Piaras Jackson
    • 21 August 2006

    History shows how Irish people have relied on the Church in coping with adversity. The 'official' church may now choose to follow where the people have led, into an Ireland that is more diverse, urban and secular than before.

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    Angels dance before our eyes

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 August 2006
    2 Comments

    Theologians have taken fire for asking how many angels can dance on the point of a needle. The image of angels on needles may take us closer to reality than it appears.

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