12 December 2018
The Australian Jesuits


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Oct 2016 Edition

30 October 2016 | Cecily McNeill

So much of the understanding of issues that Catholic social teaching asks of us involves separating rhetoric from fact. Two writers in this month’s Faith Doing Justice newsletter speak of words and how they are often used to confuse or to create a false impression. Ramzy Baroud points out most clearly the way Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has used words to “create an alternate reality” in addressing the crisis in Palestine. To read between the lines, we need to know the facts about the targets of so-called Islamic State (ISIS).

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Sept 2016 Edition

29 September 2016 | Cecily McNeill

So much of the understanding of issues that Catholic social teaching asks of us involves separating rhetoric from fact. Two writers in this month’s Faith Doing Justice newsletter speak of words and how they are often used to confuse or to create a false impression. Ramzy Baroud points out most clearly the way Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has used words to “create an alternate reality” in addressing the crisis in Palestine. To read between the lines, we need to know the facts about the targets of so-called Islamic State (ISIS).

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Aug 2016 Edition

30 August 2016 | Cecily McNeill

The issues of homelessness and the detaining of asylum seekers have taken the country by storm as increasingly people are speaking out and protesting against these phenomena.

Cecily McNeill
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Jul 2016 Edition

30 July 2016 | Cecily McNeill

The issues of homelessness and the detaining of asylum seekers have taken the country by storm as increasingly people are speaking out and protesting against these phenomena.

Cecily McNeill
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Jun 2016 Edition

29 June 2016 | Cecily McNeill

The Australian Catholic bishops are calling on voters across the country on July 2 to use their vote with the “voiceless” in mind. In a four-page document entitled A Vote for the Voiceless they warn against placing the economy at the centre of government thus creating a false god.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


April 2016 Edition

29 April 2016 | Cecily McNeill

There is a story of a Chinese gardener who settled in New Zealand in the late 19th century and worked for 10 years to save enough money to bring his wife from China. But, just as he reached his goal, the government put up the poll tax from £10 ($1640 in 2015 money) to £100 ($18,500). In 1881 anti-Chinese sentiment in New Zealand, which was also rife in Australia and in Canada, was fuelled by this poll tax which levied each Chinese person landing in the country. As well, ships arriving in New Zealand could land just one Chinese person for each 10 tons of cargo. This was reduced 15 years later to one Chinese passenger for every 200 tons of cargo along with the tenfold boost in the poll tax. As work on the goldfields dwindled, calls for further restrictions on Chinese immigration became shrill.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Mar 2016 Edition

30 March 2016 | Cecily McNeill

March 24 is the anniversary of the brutal slaying of a saint – Archbishop Oscar Romero’s name has become synonymous with the option for the poor which is the basis of Catholic social teaching. Kira Dault <writes> for the US Catholic website, “The phrase ‘preferential option for the poor’ was first used in 1968 by the superior general of the Jesuits, Father Pedro Arrupe, in a letter to his order. The term was later picked up by the Catholic bishops of Latin America.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Feb 2016 Edition

28 February 2016 | Cecily McNeill

These are challenging times for anyone striving to honour the rights of all humans to live in dignity when Australia Day has yet again reminded us of the gross injustice accorded the first peoples of the land. Scarcely a week later New Zealanders learned of the lack of dignity accorded the Treaty of Waitangi, whose signing is commemorated on February 6, when the government invited trade ministers of 11 other partners in the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership to Auckland for an official signing, just two days before.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Dec 2015 Edition

30 December 2015 | Cecily McNeill

As world leaders prepared to meet for a summit on climate change in Paris at the beginning of December, tens of thousands of people across Australia and New Zealand and, in reportedly 150 or so other countries marched in support of action against climate change on the last weekend of November. The colourful, celebratory hoopla of many of the marches belied the seriousness of the concerns that our countries are not doing enough to limit warming to less than 2 degrees centigrade.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Nov 2015 Edition

29 November 2015 | Cecily McNeill

Winter is descending on Europe and still an unprecedented flood of refugees mainly from Syria struggles to reach Greek and Italian shores – people who have escaped the escalating brutality of the internecine warfare in their country.

Cecily McNeill
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