Subscribe to our weekly and daily Pearls and Irritations newsletter!
Most viewed recently
- PAUL COLLINS. Give me a break!
- ABUL RIZVI: Government reveals details of its net overseas migration (NOM) forecast
- MUNGO MACCALLUM. Morrison climbs aboard Plan A
- EMMA ALBERICI. There’s no case for a corporate tax cut when one in five of Australia’s top companies don’t pay it.
- MUNGO MACCALLUM. Morrison wants Wyatt to shut up on Indigenous Australians
- RICHARD BEASLEY The Murray Darling Basin Plan – Four Corners v Media Watch 19 July 2019
- DOUGLAS NEWTON. ‘Fine phrases … dark thoughts’. Reflections on the Centenary of ‘Peace Day’, 19 July 1 919. 19 July 2019
- RICHARD BROINOWSKI. Can Australia Defend Itself? 19 July 2019
- ANDREW FARRAN. Defence ‘culture’ holding back balanced defence force 19 July 2019
- BRUCE THOM. Climate Change and Relativity—Some Parallels. 19 July 2019
- Arts and Reviews (50)
- Defence/Security (932)
- Drug Reform (30)
- Economy (1,286)
- Education (265)
- Environment and climate (542)
- Health (630)
- Housing (95)
- Human Rights (456)
- Indigenous affairs (86)
- Industrial relations (37)
- Infrastructure (208)
- International Affairs (2,099)
- Asia (408)
- Links (10)
- Media (616)
- NBN (84)
- Politics (3,374)
- Refugees, Immigration (671)
- Religion and Faith (664)
- SERIES: Freedom, opportunity and security (60)
- SERIES: Making housing affordable (15)
- Sport (56)
- Technology, start-ups and new media (6)
- Tributes (56)
- Uncategorized (226)
- JOHN DWYER The crisis in Private Health Insurance arrangements in Australia are a symptom of our public health failures. on
- PERCY ALLAN. How to Avoid a Recession – why QI should replace QE on
- BRUCE HAIGH. International Relations are foreign to Morrison on
- GEOFF RABY. The Problem with China’s Soft Power: It doesn’t have any( AFR 17 July 2017) on
- ERIC HODGENS. Missing the Catholic Bus. on
Category Archives: Religion and Faith
It’s been more than fifty years since Vatican II ended—on December 8, 1965—and some of the conciliar documents are now showing their age. One of these is the declaration on religious liberty, Dignitatis humanae, the conciliar document that benefited most … Continue reading
Prime Minister Scott Morrison began his victory speech on Saturday with the words, “I have always believed in miracles”. This was no mere hyperbole. Morrison appeared to be declaring his belief that God had actively intervened in the political process … Continue reading
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IN AUSTRALIA. May 21, 2019 Media release on Manus and Nauru asylum seekers.
Marking this time of new beginning, we urge the newly elected Federal Government and Prime Minister Scott Morrison to resolve the plight of the 1000+ refugees in Manus and Nauru, some of whom are now in Australia. Let them … Continue reading
The Polish bishops’ administrative council met in emergency session May 22 and later admitted the church failed to act against clerical sexual abuse. The meeting came amid outrage over a two-hour documentary, “Just Don’t Tell Anyone,” that included drastic accounts … Continue reading
Australia could lead the way on reform of Church governance. The scrutiny of the Royal Commission and work arising from the 2020 Plenary Council has equipped the Australian Catholic Church like no other in the world at this time.
A new series written by Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister OSB is exploring the question of institutional breakdown through the Rule of St Benedict.
The skilled and charismatic Rugby player Israel Folau has caused a stir at many levels by posting the unambiguous message that certain categories of sinner will go to Hell. His attitudes to gay people have surfaced before and since, but … Continue reading
The worldwide persecution of Christians is at near “genocide” level, a report for the British government has said. The review, led by the Anglican Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen, said Christianity is set to be “wiped out” from parts of … Continue reading
For all his good points, Pope Francis has a credibility problem over child sexual abuse. Public statements are made, but once the door is closed, the paper that comes out contradicts what has been said. His latest Apostolic Letter, Vos … Continue reading
ROBERT MICKENS. Pope Francis’ race against the clock. The 82-year-old pope looks increasingly like a man rushing to complete a mission
The first rays of dawn had barely begun to rise over a cloudy St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican. But at 6:20 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, Pope Francis was already on his way to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport where, 40 … Continue reading
Perhaps being socially progressive and Christian are not such mutually exclusive value positions after all?
Pope Francis’ visit to Bulgaria and North Macedonia may not be as sensational as his trips to the Arabian Peninsula or the United States. But it reveals much about the similarities in the life stories of Jorge Mario Bergoglio and … Continue reading
Continuing the brutal ideological contest born of fear of difference and at times invincible ignorance only serves to maintain the power of the dominant
Australia’s Catholic bishops appear to have ceded control of the direction of wholesale reform in the church, with the announcement of a sweeping and unprecedented review into the management of dioceses and parishes by a group whose six-members include just … Continue reading
“Spirituality is important to me but I don’t like organised religion.” The social, psychological and historical forces that underlie this juxtaposition cannot be traced here; but it is still possible to suggest that it fails to notice (or at least … Continue reading
If the power structures of the Catholic Church remain unquestioned and unchallenged by the unknowing conformity of the masses, maybe we are complicit in its scandals.
We are regularly polled about who is the best leader as if it a popularity contest. That is not what leadership is about. And leadership and charisma are quite different. Good leadership is about facing the country or group up … Continue reading
The Friday Forum, Sri Lanka The Friday Forum is an informal and self-financed group dedicated to democracy, good governance, human rights and the rule of law. It has for over five years sought to alert the public on issues concerning the rights of the citizen. … Continue reading
The Catholic Church is turning to outside arbiters to reckon with its history of sexual abuse. But skeptics argue that its legacy of evasion continues.
On the evening of April 10, six weeks after the conclusion of the Vatican’s summit on the sex-abuse crisis, the “pope emeritus,” Benedict XVI, made known his thoughts on the genesis of that crisis in a five-thousand-plus-word essay sent to … Continue reading
PATTY FAWKNER SGS. Vague wanting. Our lives, yours and mine, are too precious to fritter away on lukewarm commitments and half-hearted vows.
Do you want God?” The retreat director’s question to me, a young nun preparing to renew her vows as a Good Samaritan Sister, was uncharacteristically blunt. The much-revered Benedictine priest must have picked up something in my attitude during our … Continue reading
In Eric Bogle’s haunting song : “And the band played Waltzing Matilda”, there is the heart-wrenching line sung by the young soldier who has just had both legs blown off by a Turkish bomb. He sings:”And when I saw what … Continue reading
During Lent, Christians are asked to think much more concretely about our short, precarious lives. We swear off chocolate, alcohol, or, in my case, swearing itself.
JOSHUA J. McELWEE. In new letter, Benedict blames clergy abuse on sexual revolution, Vatican II theology.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published a new letter blaming the continuing Catholic clergy abuse crisis on the sexual revolution, developments in theology following the Second Vatican Council, and modern society’s aversion to speaking about God.
A penitential liturgy for the crimes of sex abuse in the industrial city of Łódź on March 28 signaled an about-face for the Polish Church.Two weeks earlier, the leaders of the country’s bishops’ conference held a press conference where they … Continue reading
Opponents of reform of the Catholic Church in Australia risk doing enormous further damage to the church and its own community, a former member of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse , Robert Fitzgerald AM, says.Mr … Continue reading
A monarchical organization, powered by ideology, with promotion by patronage results in bad governance. The Catholic Church has a governance problem.
Inertia or inability? How best to describe the response of the Australian Catholic Bishops to findings of the Royal Commission into the Sexual abuse of Minors? Admittedly the case of Cardinal Pell has dominated the media of recent weeks, but … Continue reading
The killing of 50 Muslims in two Christchurch mosques is the largest massacre of a minority group in the west since at least 1961. On October 17 of that year, Paris police opened fire on thousands of Algerians demonstrating against … Continue reading
The Catholic Church throughout the world is facing its greatest crisis since the Protestant Reformation, and particularly in the Australian Church. Already reeling from the exposure by a Royal Commission of crimes of clerical paedophilia and episcopal cover-ups, it has … Continue reading