Analysis and Comment

Conversations with refugees in PNG Comments 0

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

In a motel’s car park in the balmy air of two-seasons tropical Port Moresby, I had an invigorating conversation with a man who asked me about snow. ‘Does it snow in Melbourne? I have not seen snow in six years. Where I am from there are seasons, and a foot of snow in the winter.’ Read more

How can men talk about sexual violence? Comments 0

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all desire respectful and respecting relationships. We want our children, our coworkers, our friends, who are women, to find enjoyment and kindness in their relationships – whether its a short term hook up or a long term partnership. In the wake of the trial Read more

Four powers the pope needs to grant the new chief of Vatican finances Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019

If you have to ask a Jesuit to straighten out your finances, you are in big trouble. Yet that is what Pope Francis has done. True, some of us can balance our chequebooks, but that is not our charism. In the late 1980s, I was handed the books by the director of a Jesuit think Read more

Good migration policy is about more than just jobs Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019
Migration policy

Recent political posturing over partnership visas and arranged marriages is a troubling distraction that derails the real, necessary debates we should be having over the many changes to immigration policy. Let’s take the recent changes aimed at limiting the ability of low-income migrant spouses to work here as an example. While these changes are aimed Read more

Chosen to rule? What sort of Christian is Chris Luxon? Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Chris Luxon has some explaining to do. He has been identified as an evangelical Christian, which, if you’ll pardon the religious cliché, covers a multitude of sins. That’s why I believe Chris Luxon owes New Zealanders a working definition of evangelical Christianity – and how he intends to practice it. A private matter? Well, that Read more

Pope ‘seeks to shape’ a church ‘capable of shaping world,’ says priest Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019
bryan hehir

Pope Francis “seeks to shape a practical ecclesiology — a church capable of shaping the world,” Father J. Bryan Hehir told an audience at Georgetown University in Washington Nov. 12. Bryan Hehir, a professor of religion and public life at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, delivered an annual lecture sponsored by the Read more

Sex tourism, suicide, the death penalty, peace: Pope visits Thailand and Japan Comments 0

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

As Pope Francis beging the thirty-second trip of his pontificate Nov. 19 to Thailand and Japan, he will once again be visiting nations where Catholics are a small minority. In both countries, there’s one Catholic for every 200 people, as opposed to roughly one for five in the United States. The Nov. 19-26 trip will Read more

Medieval Catholicism explains the differences between cultures Comments 0

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
medieval Catholicism

A sweeping theory published early November in the journal Science posits a new explanation for the divergent course of Western civilization from the rest of the world: The early Catholic Church, medieval Catholicism, reshaped family structures and, by doing so, changed human psychology forever after. The researchers assert that they can trace all sorts of modern-day Read more

Japan’s ageing ‘Hidden Christians’ fear they may be their religion’s last generation Comments 0

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
hidden christians

His face weathered from years at sea, kimono-clad Japanese fisherman Masaichi Kawasaki kneels before an altar adorned with images of the Virgin Mary, crossing himself as he softly intones chants handed down through centuries. Kawasaki, 69, is one of a dwindling number of Japan’s “Kakure Kirishitan,” or “Hidden Christians,” descendants of those who preserved their Read more

Sr Graciela Colon: Immigration lawyer and nun Comments 0

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

In 2013, while volunteering in India, Graciela Colon first heard the inner stirrings of Jesus calling her to a religious vocation. For three weeks, she helped St. Teresa of Kolkata’s Missionary Sisters of Charity, minister to abandoned children, some of whom were severely disabled. They took the children off the streets and cared for them. Read more