Remembering Shared Humanity on ANZAC Day

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A very powerful reflection on the nature and significance of ANZAC Day from Andrew Hamilton is featured in Eureka Street this morning and requires no further commentary from me… Remembering shared humanity on Anzac Day The tension between remembering those who died and celebrating those who fought makes the celebration of Anzac Day inherently controversial. It […]

Monday Musings: ANZAC Day

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For a whole range of reasons, most of which have to do with an increased busyness at the end of a week, the previously entitled Friday Filing has now morphed into Monday Musings and will appear late on a Monday rather than late on a Friday. By the time this post is published on The Doohan Discourse, I will […]

Homilies: Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B

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My homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter(Year B) as preached during the 8am Mass at Mary Immaculate Church, Tighes Hill. The readings for today were Acts 4:8-12; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18. “Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who knows his flock individually, intimately, and completely. We are invited by the Good Shepherd to allow […]

The Dark Side of Banking

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At the risk of stating something unpopular in the contemporary climate, banks and other finanical institutions, like any other business, exist to make money for their owners, which in the case of most banks and other financial institutions means their shareholders. Despite some commentary to the contrary, no bank or financial institutions exists solely as […]

Not Defending The Indefensible

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I like the way Bernard Keane, politics editor for Crikey, writes. He has a style of writing that is immediately engaging and communicates his point with just the right amount of humour. His latest column, appearing today, is no exception, as he takes aim at the way some journalists working for a formerly reputable Australian business newspaper […]

“Patriotic” Correctness

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I want to begin this post by stating categorically that I have the utmost respect for the members Australia’s military that serve our nation so well and so selflessly. I have the same level of respect for members of police forces, ambulance services, fire services, and the whole gamut of our fellow citizens who serve […]

Large and Messy Vs Small and Pure

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Michael J. O’Loughlin, writing for America magazine, reports on the lecture given by Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, at a conference being held at Villanova University in Philadelphia that is exploring the impact of Pope Francis on the Church. In addressing the oft-seen call from some parts of the Church for a smaller and […]

The Gospel Isn’t Single-Issue…

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…and neither should Christians be. Writing for Commonweal magazine, Paul Moses looks at the latest apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and be glad”) and the call to avoid surrendering the Gospel to narrow ideologies over an openness to Christ’s grace and what that calls Christians to care about. Moses, starting with an example […]

Fixing The Budget Without Extortion

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A very good article from Peter Martin, economics editor for The Age, has a powerful article in preparation for the upcoming Federal Budget. I can only hope, despite Martin’s dire predictions, that history does not repeat itself. Extortion is no way to fix the budget According to Porter, Centrelink would cross-match “in a very sophisticated and […]