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The Australian Jesuits


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Nov 2012 Edition

29 November 2012 | motorbikes, and nightclub fights fuelled by alcohol and drugs. Cecily McNeill

The glorious island of Bali is Mecca each year to more Australian tourists than those from any other country. At the same time one Australian on average loses their life on Bali every nine days, according to figures the Herald Sun obtained in August 2012 from the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. And consular officials say hundreds more seek consular help after accidents, especially on motorbikes, and nightclub fights fuelled by alcohol and drugs.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Oct 2012 Edition

30 October 2012 | Cecily McNeill

The Church marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council this month with a review of the seachange the council effected particularly in the way the Church interacted with the rest of the world.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Sept 2012 Edition

29 September 2012 | Cecily McNeill

Next month the world focuses on the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, a watershed in the Church’s life and the most significant event since the counter-reformation Council of Trent, some 400 years earlier. Through the Second Vatican Council Pope John XXIII brought an understanding of social justice as never before.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Aug 2012 Edition

29 August 2012 | Cecily McNeill

‘The glory of God is a person fully alive.’ St Irenaeus of Lyons

The 30th Olympiad is over and once again Australian and New Zealand athletes did us all proud easily capturing a share and more of the trophies on offer. The winnings are easy to celebrate - the culmination of some six hours a day of often pain-filled training over four years balanced with a rigorous dietary, intellectual and spiritual regime aimed at peaking in the ultimate moment. But what are the values that Olympic participation inculcates in athletes?

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Jul 2012 Edition

30 July 2012 | Cecily McNeill

Prime minister Julia Gillard’s unpopular carbon tax and her strong stand at the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit last month are well supported in a growing body of Catholic Social Teaching.
After the Genesis creation accounts, an early appearance of reverence for the earth might be In Exodus chapter 3:5 when God tells Moses from the burning bush to take off his shoes because he is standing on holy ground.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Jun 2012 Edition

29 June 2012 | Cecily McNeill

World leaders meet in Brazil this week to discuss the future of the planet amid questions about whether the 20 years since the last Earth Summit have been wasted. Since 1992 the planet’s surface temperature has risen by 0.38C, according to the website of an alternative earth summit held over the weekend of June 16-17.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


May 2012 Edition

30 May 2012 | Cecily McNeill

Catholics have been shocked by revelations of clergy sex abuse throughout the world in recent years, particularly in Ireland from where many priests and other immigrants came to Australia and New Zealand in the 1940s and ‘50s.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


April 2012 Edition

29 April 2012 | Cecily McNeill

Two long-running industrial disputes on either side of the Tasman recall the beginnings of the Church’s social teaching with Pope Leo XII’s Rerum Novarum in 1891. On Melbourne’s docks, a ‘highly-unionised’ workforce has been negotiating for 18 months for improved pay and conditions while in Auckland, the Maritime Workers’ Union is fighting Ports of Auckland proposals to casualise the workforce.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Mar 2012 Edition

30 March 2012 | Cecily McNeill

The self-determination of Aboriginal people is about to become even more compromised with the possibility of Stronger Futures legislation which leaders say will restrict control over their lives. One of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching is subsidiarity – allowing control to be vested in the lowest level possible - vesting control where it belongs.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Feb 2012 Edition

28 February 2012 | Cecily McNeill

The Greek Parliament has decided on deeper austerity measures which will mean ‘sacrifice or even greater sacrifice’ as the country tries to sidestep economic implosion. But further austerity will see even more people out of work, when Catholic Social Teaching says human dignity is paramount and people must be assured of a minimum level of participation in the economy.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


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