20 January 2019
The Australian Jesuits

The Editor

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West Papua's fight for independence

08 November 2018 | Cecily McNeill

For the past almost 60 years, West Papuans have been subject to bashings, torture, murder, economic hardship, social marginalisation and cultural deprivation at the hands of the Indonesian military. The original inhabitants of the western half of the second largest island in the world are fighting for their lives.

Dark moments in Australian agriculture

09 October 2018 | Cecily McNeill

Australia’s drought situation has become extreme and life-threatening in the 230 years since European settlement destroyed Aboriginal pasture lands. Summers on the continent have grown increasingly hot and dry with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology report for the year so far saying the weather has been “exceptionally dry over the mainland southeast, with significant rainfall deficiencies continuing to affect large areas of eastern Australia 

The environment most vulnerable as globe warms

05 June 2018 | Cecily McNeill

The environment is more in jeopardy than first thought - a new report out of China suggests the Paris Agreement's 2°C increase in the earth's temperature on pre-industrial levels will soon be swamped with projections it will rise to double this figure before the end of the 21st century.  

Editorial: recalling Rerum Novarum on work

09 May 2018 | Cecily McNeill

May kicks off with International Workers’ Day on the feast of St Joseph the Worker, an important anniversary in Catholic Social Teaching which started with Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum in 1891 on the condition of the working classes.

Scathing critique of neoliberal capitalism

31 March 2018 | Cecily McNeill

Two stories of indigenous life on either side of the Tasman show how institutional racism works to maintain oppression, something Pope Francis rails against in Laudato Si’. The 2015 encyclical does not use the word “racism” but it is implied, as Sr Karen Donahue suggests, in the Pope’s critique of the neo-liberal economic system which fails to take account of its impact on humanity and the environment. See for example, LS #56.


Caring for our neighbours

30 March 2018 | Cecily McNeill

Timor-Leste The hard-fought agreement between Australia and Timor-Leste over proceeds from the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field is a tribute to the tenacity of our tiny neighbour. Talks over how to share the $50 billion field have been going on since 2004.

November 19 - World Day of the Poor

29 November 2017 | Cecily McNeill

Pope Francis Pope Francis has designated November 19 as World Day of the Poor. This focus echoes throughout Australia and the Pacific for there are few poorer in this region that those refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island, where essential services were switched off at the end of last month.

Quote of the month

29 November 2017 |

In myriad ways poverty challenges us daily, in faces marked by suffering, marginalization, oppression, violence, torture and imprisonment, war, deprivation of freedom and dignity, ignorance and illiteracy, medical emergencies and shortage of work, trafficking and slavery, exile, extreme poverty and forced migration. 

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