Australia’s Everlasting Shame

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Breaking news in the ongoing drama surrounding the former Australian-run Immigration Processing Centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea – the abandonment of the asylum seekers and refugees by the Commonwealth of Australia is simply appalling and will be to Australia’s everlasting shame. #bringthemhere PNG troops storm Manus Island to ‘force out’ refugees Papua New […]

General Audience Catechesis – 22 November

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Continuing the presentation of the catechesis from Pope Francis from his weekly General Audience, currently speaking on matters liturgical… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Continuing with the catecheses on the Mass, we can ask ourselves: What is the Mass essentially? The Mass is the memorial of Christ’s Paschal Mystery. It makes us participants in His […]

The Perversion of Patriotism

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Slowly catching up on some reading, and came across the article below from the Editors of America. It’s well worthy reading if only for its last paragraph: Patriotism is gratitude for and pride in the gifts of one’s nation, not an assertion of a nation’s indefectibility or destined greatness. That, in fact, is idolatry. The Editors: […]

Challenging the Status Quo of Privilege

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A very powerful contribution in Eureka Street from Kate Galloway asking a question that seems to be ignored the whole citizenship debacle plaguing the Australian parliament: the real intention of the exclusion of ‘foreigners’ envisaged by the framers of Australia’s Constitution was to target who? Galloway argues, cogently I believe, that the whole drama that has […]

A Reminder of the Power of Music

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From time to time I come across a recording of a song, hymn or other piece of music, that reminds me just how powerful good music can be. Good music – and that is a definition that is as much personal appreciation as ‘scientific’ assessment – has the ability, the power, to reach inside one’s […]

The Pacific’s Bully?

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Not being satisfied with bullying asylum seekers and genuine refugees, the Australian government, in the person of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, likes to throw Australia’s weight around with other sovereign nations as well, i.e. Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand, when said sovereign nations simply choose to not follow Australia’s hard line […]