Analysis and Comment

‘Children cannot wait’: Government slammed for ‘unjustifiably slow’ welfare reform Comments 0

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
child poverty

Child advocates are slamming the Government for its “unjustifiably slow” action on welfare reform, with a new report finding just four of 126 recommendations have been fully implemented. And it found none the 42 key recommendations made by the Welfare Expert Advisory Group early last year have been achieved almost two years later. The Child Read more

What Pope Francis’ friendship with the Grand Imam of al-Azhar means for Muslim-Christian relations Comments 0

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

“I see the encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’ as a testament of Pope Francis. He’s bringing together all the things he wanted to say over the last seven years, and there’s an obvious connection with the Human Fraternity document that he signed with the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Al Sharif on February 4, 2019, in Abu Dhabi,” Read more

We’re losing our religion…but where do we go from here? Comments 0

Monday, November 30th, 2020
religion

Since around about 1970 in Australia, the trend of people stating they have “No Religion” on the census has been constantly, significantly, increasing – from 1966 when the sliver started to first appear in any noteworthy fashion, to the 2016 census where it had reached 29.6% of the total population. In fact, the “not stated or unclear” is a Read more

Pope Francis: A crisis reveals what is in our hearts Comments 0

Monday, November 30th, 2020
COVID-19 crisis

To come out of this pandemic better than we went in, we must let ourselves be touched by others’ pain. Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and the bishop of Rome. In this past year of change, my mind and heart have overflowed with people. People I think of and pray for, Read more

Young boy asks if God “loves me for being gay?” Comments 0

Monday, November 30th, 2020
santa

Every year hundreds of thousands of children send letters to Santa through the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Operation Santa, a program that seeks to put those letters in the hands of organizations and individuals who can respond and send a thoughtful gift on Santa’s behalf. And each year, the USPS shares some of the Read more

As safe as houses? Comments 0

Monday, November 30th, 2020
housing

Stein’s law says that if something cannot go on forever, it wont. But does a speculative bubble matter? The cryptocurrency bubble can be left to itself (tax evasion and criminal transactions aside). Why shouldn’t we do the same for housing? There are two general reasons why we should be concerned with a house price bubble. Read more

Should Catholics vaccinate using an ethically compromised vaccine? Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
Vaccine

Edward Jenner is considered the father of vaccinology. He pioneered the world’s first vaccine, which was for smallpox. Caused by a virus, smallpox was a serious disease which killed about three in ten of the people who contracted it and left many others with severe scars. Smallpox was mainly spread by direct, lengthy face-to-face contact Read more

Pope Francis Catholicism is bigger than ethos of western self preoccupation Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
self preoccupation

“An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth…,” is a useful starting place for discussion of the influence of Pope Francis, who is proving to be a remarkably active and activist leader of the Roman Catholic Church. To modern readers, the Biblical quote (Exodus 21:24) may seem brutal, but the Old Testament Read more

The searing report linking popular NZ brands to sexual abuse and slavery Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
slavery

Some of New Zealand’s most popular cosmetic products are linked to severe abuse, sexual assault, and endemic health problems among Malaysian and Indonesian palm oil workers, according to a new investigation by the Associated Press. It’s the follow-up to another investigation in September which revealed that many of the same palm oil plantations made use Read more

We should stop filming the Liturgy of the Eucharist Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
filming eucharist

Over the past four summers, I have gotten a break from doctoral studies in sacramental theology at the Atheneum of Sant’Anselmo in Rome by ministering at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Rapid City, S.D. It is a world away from the Eternal City’s snarled traffic and the equally snarled theological texts of my day job, Read more