Analysis and Comment

Our moral duty towards Afghan refugees

Monday, September 6th, 2021
Afghan refugees

I was one of the boat people who escaped from South Vietnam. The escape happened after South Vietnam had fallen to the Vietnamese communist forces in 1975, and my world descended into total chaos with an international embargo, wars against China and Cambodia, forced collectivisation and the insidious spread of what were termed ‘re-education camps’ — but Read more

The Book

Monday, September 6th, 2021
The Bible

The Bible is a Catholic book, so why don’t Catholics read it? That question is still with me, although I understand why the Church has discouraged personal interpretation of Scripture. Some misinterpretations of the Bible have caused strife and division in Christianity. At times, spiritual signposts have been pulled out of the ground of history Read more

Watching Sunday Mass does not fulfill the Sunday obligation

Monday, September 6th, 2021
Joe Green

And Jesus said: “The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28). During this time of lockdown at COVID levels 3 and 4 public liturgies, including Masses are prohibited. At level 3 an exception is made for weddings and civil union Read more

Pope Francis is preparing a radical reform of the church’s power structures

Monday, September 6th, 2021
Francis reform

In 2001, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was a rapporteur for the summit of bishops at the Vatican — and he did not like what he saw. The Catholic Church had adopted a top-to-bottom approach that stripped local churches of any decision-making power, and the synod of bishops was reduced to nothing more than a stamp of Read more

New Zealand needs to go beyond fast-tracking counter-terrorism laws to reduce the risk of future attacks

Monday, September 6th, 2021

New Zealand’s second terrorist attack in two years highlights weaknesses in existing counter-terrorism laws in preventing violent extremism. Beyond fast-tracking changes to terrorism suppression laws, there are still other areas of law and policy in New Zealand we need to urgently review. Legislative change was already underway as part of an omnibus bill on terrorism. Read more

Political left threaten public religious practice

Monday, September 6th, 2021

In the 2010’s, the term ‘woke’ became a popular word, implying political and social awareness, although critics say the term signals a sort of pretentiousness or elitism about one’s understanding of any given issue. In his new book, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, Rod Dreher – author of the New York Read more

Anatomy of a travesty: A case that should never have happened

Monday, September 6th, 2021

By special arrangement and courtesy of Fr Frank Brennan SJ, professor of law, and Sydney’s Catholic Weekly: The Anatomy of a Travesty. It’s time to declare that George Pell is innocent of the preposterous charges he faced in the County Court of Victoria and to move on for the good of everyone, including bona fide Read more

Pasifika community feels ‘battered and bruised’ by communication blunder

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
communication blunder

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate,” is the famous excuse the Captain uses to beat up Paul Newman’s character in the 1967 classic movie Cool Hand Luke. But more recently, it’s the Pasifika community who are feeling battered and bruised over a series of Covid-19-related communications blunders. Our Minister for Pacific Peoples was Read more

Don’t blame the boomers for decline of religion

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
decline of religion

The generation born in the two decades after World War II has long touted itself as the revolutionary religious demographic that grew up dutifully sitting in the pews before rebelling — as they did in music, politics, art and the bedroom — and freeing American culture from its hidebound superstitions. OK, boomer. Examining the data Read more

‘Big Tech’ censorship of religion is real and deserves an effective response, critics say

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
censorship of religion

The power of major internet companies like Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, and Twitter over public life is a particular threat to religious groups that focus on controversial issues like abortion, marriage, and sexuality, several commentators said at a roundtable last week. These groups should prepare for the possibility of censorship and organize effective countermeasures, they said. Read more