12 December 2018
The Australian Jesuits


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Dec 2011 Edition

30 December 2011 | Cecily McNeill

The ‘occupy’ movement which has dominated the centre of cities in the Western world in the past month has served to focus on the greed of those who control global financial systems. One stark contrast it has also thrown up, besides that of rich/poor, has been in the dress and general demeanour of the protesters who are rather less formally attired than the suited corporate employees who must pass the ‘occupy’ sites on their way to work.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Oct 2011 Edition

30 October 2011 | Cecily McNeill

With the presentation of two reports on Aboriginal children to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child this week it is timely to recall the words of Pope John Paul II on his 1986 visit to Australia when he praised Aboriginal reverence for the dignity of the human person.

Also see Pope John Paul II's address to the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Sept 2011 edition

29 September 2011 | Cecily McNeill

As the Australian government tries to push through a measure that would see refugees seeking asylum in this land of plenty shunted off to Malaysia for ‘processing’, the words of the bishops who met nearly 50 years ago at Vatican II ring true more than ever today.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Aug 2011 Edition

30 August 2011 | Cecily McNeill

‘Interdependence must be transformed into solidarity … the stronger and richer nations must have a sense of moral responsibility for the other nations so that a real international system may be established which will rest on the foundation of the equality of all peoples and on the necessary respect for their legitimate differences.’

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Jul 2011 Edition

30 July 2011 | Cecily McNeill

Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or in other words, of the Church's mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation.’
Justice in the World (JM#6)

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Jun 2011 Edition

29 June 2011 | Cecily McNeill

The Australian bishops have marked the 120th anniversary of Rerum Novarum saying that it is still relevant today.

In a statement released to coincide with progress in the Annual Wage Review, the bishops said Rerum Novarum had even influenced Australia’s evolving industrial relations system.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


May 2011 Edition

30 May 2011 | Cecily McNeill

The opening sentence of the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes (the Church in the Modern World) encapsulated the radical about-turn the Catholic Church embraced under the vision of John XXIII who opened the Second Vatican Council nearly 50 years ago. Pope John died after the first session but his vision lives on in such examples as Faith Doing Justice aims to bring to the Internet.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Nov 2010 Edition

29 November 2010 | Madeleine Marson

Margaret Silf in the latest edition of America comments on the nature of miracles. A young girl, hearing Prime Minister David Cameron talk of Britain’s austerity measures, sends her one-pound coin from the tooth fairy to Downing Street. Though Cameron returned the coin, with a letter of thanks and invitation for the young girl to spend the money on herself, the episode shows:

‘Miracles happen when we put the common good before our own personal gratification.’

Madeleine Marson
Acting Editor


Oct 2010 Edition

30 October 2010 | Madeleine Marson

As Australia celebrates the canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop, the founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, we reflect on a uniquely Australian story.

The tireless work of Mother Mary of the Cross and her Josephite sisters embodies the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching. Over a century after her death, the charism and mission that inspired Mary continue to inspire Australian Catholics working for justice.

Madeleine Marson
Acting Editor


Aug 2010 Edition

30 August 2010 | Madeleine Marson

The election campaign has been flooded by rivers of commentary. Our saturation in commentary may actually draw us away from what really matters. Political commentary is useful if it draws us towards election issues that concern the good of all the Australians. But it can distract us with sectional interests.

Madeleine Marson
Acting Editor


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