Posts Tagged ‘Violence’

Hurt people hurt people

Monday, May 15th, 2023
hurt people hurt people

“Hurt” people hurt people. Those who have been hurt or broken in life often respond by striking out and hurting or harming the people who are near them. Many abusers are victims of abuse. Many bullies are victims of bullying. These pain patterns get passed on generation after generation. Elisha is Jeered … Elisha went Read more

Africa’s imperfect storm: food crisis, violence and climate change

Monday, August 15th, 2022

Food insecurity, violence and climate change are forcing Africa into a corner. The continent is facing a looming food crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In better times, between 2018 and 2020, Africa imported 44 percent of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine. “A striking phenomenon is the link between food insecurity, violence and Read more

Questioning the morality of Ukraine’s violent resistance

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

The response of Catholic moral theologians to the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been universally negative. “The war in Ukraine is a spiritual, human and ecological catastrophe,” said Eli S. McCarthy, a peace activist at Georgetown University’s Justice and Peace Studies, in a recent email to me. The view is shared by Catholic pacifists as Read more

Family violence: How to change a system that currently fails victim survivors

Monday, March 7th, 2022
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A fifth birthday is usually something to celebrate with cake. As Backbone Collective reflects on its fifth birthday, we think of our original purpose: to create a safer and more responsive system to increase the safety and wellbeing of all women affected by family violence and abuse in Aotearoa New Zealand. After hearing from hundreds Read more

John Paul College principal disciplines student fighters

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Rotorua’s John Paul College principal says the school is taking action after a video emerged of a fight between some of his students. The fighters included both girls and boys. Principal Patrick Walsh says John Paul College takes fighting seriously and is now in the process of disciplining the students involved. “The students have been Read more

Bishop robbed of cash, episcopal ring after vigil against violence

Monday, May 31st, 2021

A gun-wielding man allegedly robbed Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland of some money and his episcopal ring near the city’s cathedral, the very day the cathedral had held a vigil against gun violence. Read more

Language, love, laïcité and violence

Monday, November 9th, 2020
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I write in support of Imam Gamal Foude’s comments on the need for love and respect in combatting violence. With all due respect to French leaders, I think they could start by reviewing the implications of laïcité. At this time, they have much to say about “Islamic terrorism”.  Worse, some of the language they are Read more

Riot is the language of the unheard

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Last year I was knocked to the ground and pinned down by an assailant who held his hand over my mouth. I cried out, “I can’t breathe!” About 30 long seconds later he finally let me go. As I reflect on the heartbreaking deadly scene of a Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee into George Read more

The end of Hong Kong is being prepared

Thursday, June 4th, 2020
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History is repeating itself in Hong Kong. In 2003, after the SARS epidemic, attempts were made to introduce a national security law. Similarly, it is happening now as the coronavirus recedes. But this time we fear there will be no happy ending. It is difficult to find words that we have not already written to Read more

UN calls for eliminating violence against religion

Monday, August 26th, 2019

The United Nations on Thursday marked the first-ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief, urging for an end to the persecution of religious groups. “On this Day, we reaffirm our unwavering support for the victims of violence based on religion and belief. And we demonstrate that support Read more