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Imagine being Christian in a rational world

05 June 2013 | Andrew Hamilton

Image of the world from spaceThe Christian imagination is marked by internal tension and by tension with prevailing forms of rationality. These tensions are often dealt with by harmonising. The challenge facing those who arrive at these harmonising versions of their faith is to find sufficient sustenance for the imagination to allow them to happily stake their life on it.

Corpus Christi homily

02 June 2013 | Frank Brennan

Church and ordained ministry in the 21st century

23 May 2013 | Frank Brennan

Fr Frank Brennan's keynote address at the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Clergy Assembly, St Clement's, Gaylong, on 22 May 2013

Unlocking Australia's incarceration culture

22 May 2013 | Andrew Hamilton

Man slumped against prison barsThe Commonwealth and the Victorian state budgets this year were marked by a contradiction. Both committed more money to incarceration — detention centres and prisons; and both limited programs to help the people confined there. Such contradictions are usually signs of a bad policy that flows from shallow cultural values.

Clobbering religious gay prejudice

21 May 2013 | Michael Kirby

Detail from book cover, Pieces of Ease and GraceThe 2011 book Five Uneasy Pieces offered an alternative reading of the so-called 'clobber passages' that are at the core of religious unease about homosexuality. A follow-up volume pushes the envelope further by examining the biblical recognition of the variety of human love beyond traditional marriage.

Pope Francis the smiling revolutionary

16 May 2013 | Neil Ormerod

Pope Francis smilingIt is difficult to get into the mind of a person who might have been pope eight years earlier. Would the intervening years have been filled with 'what ifs'? Would he have watched Benedict and wondered how he might have led differently? Whether they knew it or not the cardinals initiated a quiet revolution in electing this man. 

Time to draw the line between Australia and Timor Leste

13 May 2013 | Frank Brennan

East Timor flagAustralian governments of both political persuasions have reassured the Australian public that they are decent and special when it comes to dealing with the Timorese over disagreements in the Timor Sea. Time for such special pleading is over. For the good of ongoing relations between these two unequal neighbours, it is time for Australia to commit to negotiating final maritime boundaries.

Aged care and the business of gift

08 May 2013 | Andrew Hamilton

Carer and elderly woman smile at each otherIn our care of the aged, not only their health and security are at stake but also their self-respect and dignity. It is impossible not to sympathise with the argument that the high skills this requires from carers should be better remunerated. But in the business of business and remuneration, love is the skill that dares not speak its name.

Catholicism beyond slogans

01 May 2013 | Andrew Hamilton

Crossed street signs, one says Liberal the other says ConservativeThe future of the Catholic tradition will not rest with Liberal, Conservative or Evangelical Catholicism. Not because those who would define themselves as members of such groupings are liberal or conservative, but because they are essentially reactive. They derive their energy from opposition to the perceived weakness or wickedness of other groups. 

Malaysia Solution is dead in the water

18 April 2013 | Frank Brennan

Little girl in pink T-shirt crouches near blue UNHCR backbacks

It is time for each side of politics to stop blaming the other for the increasing wave of boats and for Gillard to cease invoking the unreal prospect of a revised Malaysia Solution. A revised arrangement consistent with the recommendations of the Expert Panel is an impossibility before the election.

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