06 Apr 2010

It wasn't so long ago that the Catholic worldview was conditioned by the belief that 'there was no salvation outside of the Church', and that we were a select community called apart, bearing witness to the Truth that was not of 'this world'. 'This 'world'

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06 Apr 2010

Being an Australian living in Asia as I do has some distinct advantages. It makes it possible to see familiar things in a new light provided by unfamilar contexts. One such is words and their meanings.   A friend of mine who has been a missionary

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06 Apr 2010

Can an elderly pope drag Richard Dawkins and Co into the modern world?  In September this year Pope Benedict will attempt this very thing, by visiting the UK and especially by beatifying Cardinal Newman. He will boldly proclaim that the Church

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06 Apr 2010

When his religious superior in the Society of Jesus encouraged Gerard Manley Hopkins to develop his God-given talent for writing verse, he could scarcely have foreseen that his companion and charge in Christ would become one of the great voices of

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06 Apr 2010

Kiwi-born Columban missiologist Fr Cyril Hally, who died this week aged 90, will be buried today. Having devoted his priestly life to promoting Pope John's Vatican II dream of a New Pentecost for the Church and the world, Cyril could have hardly

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06 Apr 2010

On ABC1's Q&A this week, John Ralston Saul (pictured) made a remark about Sarah Palin, the former republican candidate for vice-presidant of the USA. He talked about her being "not bright", and "uneducated".  He said it in a

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06 Apr 2010

Cardinal Pole's Blog on Church and State corrects the understanding of a quote from St Ignatius of Loyola used today in a Sydney Morning Herald commentary on Tony Abbott. Journalist Jacqueline Maley says 'Abbott will be comforted by St Ignatius's flexible

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06 Apr 2010

When Penny Edman sat down to write the Author's Note for her book An Audacious Aussie Dream: Family Care Sisters' Story in Spring last year, there were five Family Care Sisters – Anne, Carmel, Jill, Michelle and Monica. Since the death of Sr Carmel

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06 Apr 2010

The question of internet censorship has been hitting the headlines lately, with the usual camps lining up on both sides – liberals to the left saying hands off, conservatives to the right saying enough is enough – and trotting out the

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06 Apr 2010

Each year, thousands of women from countries in Asia, Eastern Europe and South America are trafficked to Australia. For the privilege of migrating here, living in this country 'servicing' 6 or 10 men a night, it costs $15,000. So, instead of being paid in

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06 Apr 2010

The death of a ninety year old is no surprise. The peaceful passing last week, caused really by old age, of Australian Jesuit John Drury, is of great significance to those who knew and loved him. But his death last week was not a shock and nor was it, as

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