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39. Eucharist and Justice Fr Gerard Moore SM39. Eucharist and Justice Fr Gerard Moore SM
Father Gerard Moore, co-ordinator of liturgy at the Catholic Institute of Sydney, Strathfield NSW, is a member of the National Liturgical Commission of Australian Bishops and a Catholic representative on the ecumenical group, Australian Consultation on Liturgy.

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This paper is, in his words, an exploration of the potential of the parts of the Mass for developing our sense of justice. The hope has been that in praying them the innate justice dimensions of the liturgy may emerge and lead us to Eucharistic conversions.

The sections follow the main divisions in the liturgy: the gathering, the Word, the thanksgiving and communion, the rites of dismissal, although he points out that the Mass is a single action and that this unity within the liturgy calls us forth in unity with the suffering and oppressed in our world. This scholarly and compassionate paper stimulates our participation and prayerful reflection and, as well as challenging us to become attuned to God's justice, shows us in fascinating detail how even our bodily gestures such as standing for the Collect and following the ancient custom of the Sign of Peace contain a scriptural and justice context.

38. Rebuilding Community: A Jubilee Response Michael Yore38. Rebuilding Community: A Jubilee Response Michael Yore
The cover photograph of hundreds of thousands of people walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a grand show of support for Reconciliation recalls also the year 2000 as the Christian Year of Jubilee.

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This paper calls to mind its three great Australian issues: Community Building; Aboriginal Reconciliation; and Economic Justice, issues even more relevant to Australian society two years later.

In his lively personal style Michael Yore considers the loss of community infrastructure and social values and the resulting divisions in society. Still, although acknowledging the harsh realties of the task, he believes that answering the call to personal conversion and courageously working to build a fair and just society based on goodness, justice and peace is the way to rebuilding harmonious community in Australia.

Michael Yore uses Aboriginal Reconciliation and Economic Justice as basic starting points for finding our 'national soul'. Reconciliation is fundamental because it involves the quality of our nation's future, whether we discover or sell off our soul. Advocating a new socio-economic agenda - the economy as an agent of the common good - he offers concrete suggestions for a new society based on Gospel precepts.

37. Our Quest for Ecological Integrity - What is the Catholic Role in the Environment? Fr Michael Gormly SSC37. Our Quest for Ecological Integrity - What is the Catholic Role in the Environment? Fr Michael Gormly SSC
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As the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has made a serious commitment to promote care and stewardship of the environment in 2002, this paper is particularly timely.

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Fr Gormly draws together many questions and responses on local and global issues, and presents topics related to the environment, ecology and creation. The paper helps to address the basic question: What has the Catholic Church to say about the environment? The message is about conversion. It involves a change in consciousness about how we relate to ourselves, our world and our God.

The greatest resources we bring to our quest for ecological integrity are strong faith, passion for the earth and a lively imagination. Being believers means that we live in a certain way – walking with the Lord, doing justice, gently loving and living peaceably on the earth.

Fr Gormly's examples of papal teaching, international and local insights and wisdom, evidence of collaboration among Christian communities and comprehensive end-notes indicate that ecological crises are being addressed in diverse, creative and energetic ways. An excellent companion to the 2002 Social Justice Sunday Statement.

36. Responding to the Challenge: A Poverty Action Report36. Responding to the Challenge: A Poverty Action Report
Responding to the Challenge is a project of the Australian Bishops' Committee for Justice Development and Peace (BCJDP), designed to demonstrate some of the ways in which Church agencies and individuals are dealing with the problem of poverty and its accompanying injustice.

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This document presents reports, collated by Sr Carmel Leavey OP, from major Catholic organisations under the broad headings: Social Justice; Overseas Aid; Social Welfare; Education; the St Vincent de Paul Society; and Religious Congregations/Christian Communities. The reports indicate a serious commitment by many institutions and people in the Catholic Church to tackling this complex problem which remains both a welfare and a structural issue in Australian society.

35. Sanctuary: An Option for East Timorese? Andrew Hamilton35. Sanctuary: An Option for East Timorese? Andrew Hamilton    
Many Australians have decided to break the law, if necessary, in the name of human rights - the rights of a group of East Timorese people seeking asylum as refugees in Australia.

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The East Timorese at the centre of this difficult problem are struggling against the Australian legal system and what many see as the Federal Government's cynical determination to deport them to Portugal. A group of Australians committed to social justice have declared they will hide and shelter them if the refugees lose their battle to stay here.

Author Andrew Hamilton SJ puts the arguments for and against taking such action. The paper provides a valuable framework for readers to make their own decision and help bring about a just outcome for these unfortunate people.

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34. The Holy Spirit of Social Justice Fr Gerard Moore SM 34. The Holy Spirit of Social Justice Fr Gerard Moore SM    
In The Holy Spirit of Social Justice, author Fr Gerard Moore puts the spotlight on the Gospel to illuminate its relevance to social justice. Selecting key texts from the New Testament and from the Hebrew Scriptures, Fr Moore interprets the ancient stories which tell of the presence of God's Spirit in our world.

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He poses questions relating the Biblical texts to actions and philosophies we can follow today in our pursuit of social justice for all.

 

33. Urban Transport and the Environment Paul Mees  33. Urban Transport and the Environment Paul Mees    
While scientific debate continues about the extent and effect of global warming, there seems to be ample evidence that action needs to be taken now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One area where action can be taken, argues author Paul Mees, is in transport: Australia's second-largest, fastest-growing source of greenhouse pollution.

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Mees calls for a rethink of current policies to encourage people to use public transport more and cars less; and to change the transport policy focus from huge, expanding road networks and car parks.

32. Taxation Reform: A Fair Go? Margaret Cassidy CSB, Angela Ryan CSB, John Phillips, Toby O'Connor, Gemma Burke RSM, Mary Helen Woods, Robert Fitzgerald, Doug Wallace 32. Taxation Reform: A Fair Go? Margaret Cassidy CSB, Angela Ryan CSB, John Phillips, Toby O'Connor, Gemma Burke RSM, Mary Helen Woods, Robert Fitzgerald, Doug Wallace    
This paper is a positive approach to this burning issue in Australian society.

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It emphasises an approach animated by Catholic social teaching, which holds that governments exist to assist, support and coordinate the efforts of individuals, families and groups in society to ensure that each of them is oriented to the good of all.

 

31. Full Employment: towards a just society Dr Tim Battin31. Full Employment: towards a just society Dr Tim Battin    
This paper is a comprehensive, critical yet accessible examination of the economic policies that allow unemployment to exist. Tim Battin introduces readers untrained in economics to the issues underlying the current unemployment crisis.

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Under such headings as 'full employment without inflation', 'the politics of full employment', 'financing a full employment program', the author provides the reasons for the political and economic reluctance to tackle unemployment.

Dr Battin argues that overcoming unemployment requires increased investment by government and business. He provides a program to finance and invest in full employment based on a radical revision of the tax system rather than increasing foreign borrowing.

This paper also lays to rest some of the myths about the reasons for unemployment: women entering the workforce are taking the jobs; new technology takes jobs and more recently the poorly paid through the minimum wage, are blamed for keeping others out of work.

30. Boobera Lagoon: a focus for reconciliation Richard Buchhorn  30. Boobera Lagoon: a focus for reconciliation Richard Buchhorn    
Boobera Lagoon has been in the news over a conflict between the recreational interests of water-skiers and respect for the religious beliefs of the local Aboriginal community.

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Boobera Lagoon is a site sacred to indigenous people. This paper, written in a readable fashion is a fascinating local history using many previously untapped sources. It is a chronicle of the early settlement of Australia and its unacknowledged history of colonisation; of the interactions, good and bad, between indigenous and non-indigenous people.

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29. Assessing the Market Economy Professor John Langan SJ 29. Assessing the Market Economy Professor John Langan SJ    
Assessing the Market Economy is a constructive and penetrating paper that explores how Christians in advanced industrial societies might find new ways to connect social and economic justice with a contemporary understanding of how business needs to operate in the global market and with the related changes in contemporary political life.

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The paper provides a balanced critique and moral assessment of capitalism and the market economy from the perspective of Catholic social teaching. It explores some of the ways of thinking about current issues in public policy and business ethics: the role of government in the economy, the nature of workers' security and welfare, the role of the business executive and the importance of wealth creation.

28. Making Things Right: a vision for criminal justice Fr Peter Norden SJ 28. Making Things Right: a vision for criminal justice Fr Peter Norden SJ    
Private prisons; alternatives to custodial sentences; the effectiveness and accountability of prisons; the rights of victims, are some of the topics treated in Making Things Right: a vision for criminal justice.

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Fr Peter Norden SJ calls for a change in the way we think about crime and punishment. He argues that present policies and public attitudes on imprisonment are too much influenced by our convict past with its punitive philosophy.

He argues for a shift in thinking from retributive justice with its insistence on punishment to restorative justice with an emphasis on rehabilitation. The former often views imprisonment as a simple solution to the complex social solutions that give rise to crime. The latter encourages a community response to crime and its causes which will ultimately lead to a more cohesive and safer society.

27. Politicians and Citizens: Roles and Responsibilities Professor John Warhurst27. Politicians and Citizens: Roles and Responsibilities Professor John Warhurst    
Politicians and Citizens: Roles and Responsibilities is a constructive attempt to understand the complex task of being a politician and the high demands of public office. It is sympathetic to the role of politicians yet critical of some of their shortcomings.

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While opinion polls show disillusionment with and even disdain for politicians, Prof Warhurst maintains that it is not enough for people to criticise them but that all citizens have a responsibility to help build a healthy functioning society.

Under such headings as the 'task of representation', 'the demands of political leadership', 'the Church and politics', 'the demands of citizenship', Prof Warhurst explores the relationship between politicians and citizens. Guidelines for a Code of Conduct for Politicians are presented. Politicians and Citizens reminds us that the goal of the noble art of politics must always be the common good.

26. Bougainville: A Challenge for the Churches Professor Emeritus James Griffin26. Bougainville: A Challenge for the Churches Professor Emeritus James Griffin
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This paper provides a comprehensive picture of the events and political developments leading up to the outbreak of civil war in Bougainville, and the reasons it continues today.

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The paper goes on to describe the difficulties faced by the Bougainville provincial governement after Papua New Guinea's Independence, and the roles of both the Papua New Guinea Defence Force and the Bougainville Revolutionary Army in the conflict which followed failures to resolve the problem of compensation and ownership of the CRA mine.

Professor Griffin offers an in-depth analysis of the ossible outcomes of the conflict, the complex factors influencing the situation, and the challenge it presents Church leaders in Bougainville.

25. World Population, Cause for Alarm? Fr Bruce Duncan CSsR 25. World Population, Cause for Alarm? Fr Bruce Duncan CSsR    
The debate over world population is one of the most important for the future of our planet. This paper examines the debate, particularly in the light of the United Nations Conference in Population and Development at Cairo and the Vatican's response.

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It argues that the more alarmist fears of world over-population are exaggerated, but that the problem is real and needs urgent attention.

Fr Duncan offers a critique of some population programs as coercive, dishonest and highly manipulative, particularly of women, and rejects that argument that the problem is now so urgent that only massive coercive and immediate reduction of birth rates to replacement level can avert global disaster. He reviews Catholic responses to the population question, which support the freedom of parents to decide responsibly on the number of their children, but insists on major initiatives against poverty and hunger, and to empower and educate women.

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24. Consuming Passions: Christianity and the Consumer Society Fr Tony Kelly CSsR24. Consuming Passions: Christianity and the Consumer Society Fr Tony Kelly CSsR    
In Consuming Passions Tony Kelly CSsR speaks of the challenges posed by the consumer society to Christian faith, and of how the Gospel in its turn inspires a radical criticism of the growing materialism of our day.

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He exploits the distinction between 'being more' and 'having more' in his analysis of the way the consumer society is affecting our spiritual well-being.

Under such headings as 'the human self', 'death, time and sexuality', 'Christian imagination', he explores the foundation of a new spirituality; and by frequent references to recent papal teaching, shows how the mission of the Church is vitally relevant to modern culture. He asks the question, how can we begin to act, with new freedom and new hope?

23. The Peace of God Dr Paul Rule  23. The Peace of God Dr Paul Rule    
The Peace of God is an exposition of the Catholic peace tradition. The 'just war theory' is clearly and concisely explained. Pacifism is shown to be not simply a 20th-century phenomenon, but one that can trace its roots to the New Testament and the writings of the Fathers of the Early Church.

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'Working for peace' is not only the concern of governments and large institutions but begins in individual hearts and homes. Violence in its many forms - but especially domestic violence - has no place in the Christian community and destroys the peace that God wants for us.

22. Building the Kingdom: Mary Mackillop and Social Justice Dr Geoffrey Hull22. Building the Kingdom: Mary Mackillop and Social Justice Dr Geoffrey Hull
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Building the Kingdom is a creative exploration of the significance and spirituality of Australia's first saint.

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Beginning with an imaginary letter from an early Josephite sister in the South Australian outback and concluding with a vision of the Josephites at work in East Timor at the end of this century, Geoffrey Hull explores the spiritual roots of Mary MacKillop's life-long commitment to the underprivileged.

What emerges is a sensitive appreciation of Josephite humility and poverty, faith and piety, tolerance and charity, a spirituality that draws strength from a deep sense of involvement in the providential building of the Kingdom of God.

21. The Catholic Human Rights Tradition and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Sandie Cornish21. The Catholic Human Rights Tradition and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Sandie Cornish                 
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The Catholic Church has made a distinct contribution to current debates about human rights.

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This informative paper presents some of the major elements of the Catholic human rights tradition and traces the important developments in the Church's teaching in this regard since the 1960's. The author examines rival approaches to human rights, with their differing emphases on individual or collective rights.

The paper also looks at recent papal teachings on the rights of indigenous peoples, and at the teachings of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference on issues of justice for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In this way we see the living Catholic human rights tradition in action, responding to the issues of contemporary Australian society.

20. Sex Tourism in Asia Fr Desmond de Sousa CSsR20. Sex Tourism in Asia Fr Desmond de Sousa CSsR    
Sex Tourism is a modern scandal that involves the exploitation of children, women and men. It is a multi-billion dollar industry in which people become commodities to be traded and stripped of their dignity.

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Sex Tourism in Asia is a forthright presentation and analysis of this industry in the Asian region and of its human cost. The author shows how sex tourism is driven not just by sexual desire, boredom and greed, but also by a modern form of colonialism and by patriarchal attitudes. Included are case studies from various nations including Korea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Sex tourism is examined as an issue of both justice and religion, and from economic and development perspectives.

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