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The Catholic Social Justice Series Papers offer theological and social thought on various topics. The opinions expressed in the Papers do not necessarily reflect the policies of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. These papers are published to provide information and to stimulate public discussion.

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CSJS 81 Cover81. An Economy that Works for All by Joe Zabar, with introduction by Frank Brennan SJ AO.
This paper examines Australia’s economic policies and their effect on the most vulnerable. It expands on themes in the Australian bishops’ 2017–18 Social Justice Statement, ‘Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy’.

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In particular, ‘An Economy that Works for All’ discusses the serious effects of growing inequality, described by the International Monetary Fund as ‘the defining challenge of our time’. Author Joe Zabar, of Catholic Social Services Australia, also summarises the history behind Australia’s current economic policies and the responses of internationally recognised economists and institutions including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Finally he proposes some ways in which marginalised and excluded Australians can be helped to share in the fruits of our prosperity.

CSJS 80 cover80. The Human Face of Homelessness by Liz de Chastel and Frank Brennan SJ AO.
Liz de Chastel and Fr Frank Brennan are respectively Director of Social Policy and the CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia.

 

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In this paper they examine the realities of life for the more than 100,000 Australians who find themselves without a roof over their heads. Homelessness has particularly severe impacts on children and on older people, especially older women; on people living with mental illness; and on Indigenous Australians.This paper asks why so many people are homelessness in our rich nation. It looks at some of the many ways in which the Catholic Church is working to help Australians who need suitable housing, and it asks what more the Church and secular organisations can do to respond to the call of Jesus regarding those most in need.

CSJS 78 cover79. Human Trafficking and Slavery: A response from Australian Catholics  by Christine Carolan and Noelene Simmons SM.
This paper describes the forms that slavery and related crimes take in the modern world, the Church’s teaching on and response to slavery and other forms of exploitation, and the international and Australian laws that deal with slavery.

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It also describes the work of organisations committed to combating slavery and helping its victims – in particular, the efforts of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) to educate Australians, to advocate on behalf of victims, and to work with similar organisations here and overseas to shut down human trafficking and help its victims. The paper discusses particular problems faced by those who experience trafficking and exploitation, including people who may be subject to forced marriage. It also gives suggestions for people interested in supporting the work of ACRATH and similar organisations.

CSJS 78 cover78. Putting People First: Pastoral letters for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker 2010–2015 Bishop Christopher Saunders, with an introduction by Paul Smyth
This publication brings together a collection of the Pastoral Letters written by Bishop Christopher Saunders, who for many years was the Chairman of the ACSJC. 

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Putting People First: Pastoral Letters for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker 2010-2015 provides an invaluable record of the significant issues relating to work and justice in that five-year period: the global financial crisis; the Northern Territory ‘intervention’ and the future of remote communities; the Insecure Work inquiry of the ACTU; and the public outcry at the inadequacy of allowances for the unemployed and sole parents. The letters include succinct and accurate summaries of the arguments with sufficient, reliable statistics. Professor Paul Smyth provides an extensive introduction to the series paper.

Beauty and Our Biblical Calling to Peace, Justice and Sustainability77. Beauty and Our Biblical Calling to Peace, Justice and Sustainability Patrick McCormick
‘At the heart of the Bible is a divine invitation to build and become just and peaceful communities. Throughout the Bible God repeatedly calls us to transform ourselves into communities practicing hospitality to the needy, friendship to the alien, service to the lowly and care to all creation. And in the Bible beauty is at the heart of our divine vocation to build just, peaceful and sustainable communities.’ (Patrick McCormick)

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In this paper Professor McCormick explores the Biblical account of the Creation and its vision of a rich and bountiful world in which we are called to live as responsible and loving members of a community, caring for and cherishing our world and all that lives in it. He shows how the teaching and actions of Jesus bring this vision to its culmination to become our Christian mission.

I was in prison: A window into prison ministry76. I was in prison: A Window into Prison Ministry Ruth Webber
A dedicated group of prison chaplains and volunteers carry out vital work inside the walls and fences of Australia's prisons, as well as helping inmates after they serve their sentences.

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Their selfless efforts are often unrecognised. This paper goes behind the prison walls to redress this shortfall in understanding, with a comprehensive review of prison ministry based on interviews with chaplains and volunteers, prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families. Catholic Prison Ministry gives prisoners back some of the dignity they lose when they enter prison and offers them hope and an opportunity for personal reflection accompanied by emotional, spiritual and Sacramental support.

75. Justice in the name of God Gerard Moore75. Justice in the name of God Gerard Moore
Author Gerard Moore describes this paper as ‘an attempt to revisit the theology of God as a God of justice’ and asks: ‘Where does justice fit as we contemplate the nature of God?’

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Time and again in the Bible we come across the concepts of ‘name’ and ‘word’. People of our time hear and read these concepts so often in Scripture and in the liturgy that it is very easy not to ask what their deeper meaning is. In part, this is because in today’s society, ‘word’ and ‘name’ do not have the significance they had for the ancient peoples of the Eastern Mediterranean. For them, the name of God went with the idea of justice, and the prophets, in taking up the call to justice, did so in God’s name: the two are inseparable. In the Gospel of John, the Incarnation is described in a profound way: the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. This paper surveys the prophets as messengers of God’s ideal of justice and shows how this mission culminates in the mission of Jesus himself.

74. Time to draw the line - Finding a just settlement between Australia and Timor-Leste Frank Brennan SJ74. Time to draw the line - Finding a just settlement between Australia and Timor-Leste Frank Brennan SJ
Beneath the Timor Sea vast deposits of oil and gas lie between Australia, Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Who has a just claim to those resources? What does international law say about them? What are Australians’ obligations as citizens of the world?

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Fr Frank Brennan tries to outline some answers to these questions in this latest Series paper, a sequel to his 2004 paper ‘The Timor Sea’s Oil and Gas: What’s Fair?’ He writes: ‘This paper attempts to explain the issue so that Australians of good will can reach a conclusion about the best way forward for any Australian government committed to justice, transparency and good neighbourly behaviour.’ What can we learn from the teaching of Christ and his Church as we grapple with these questions? Frank Brennan sets out the facts calmly and clearly and points us towards some ways forward.

73. Where do we stand? With whom do we stand? - People with disability and the call of Jesus Patrick McArdle and Patricia Mowbray73. Where do we stand? With whom do we stand? - People with disability and the call of Jesus Patrick McArdle and Patricia Mowbray
This paper explores the issue of disability and asks what we as Christians are called to do for our brothers and sisters.

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Too often, the authors argue, those who live with a disability are ignored or shunned by our society. In fact, they say, we all live in precarious and vulnerable situations and unless we appreciate and confront our own vulnerabilities and are willing to enter into true relationship with those living with disability, we will struggle to recognise them as fully human in the way Jesus did.

72. Charity and Justice: St Mary MacKillop and Australian Society John Warhurst72. Charity and Justice: St Mary MacKillop and Australian Society John Warhurst
The paper highlights St Mary’s unswerving vision: that a commitment to justice must go hand in hand with a commitment to hard practical work on behalf of people on the margins of society.

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This paper draws on presentations at a conference on the life, work and legacy of Mary MacKillop that was organised by Catholic Social Services Victoria, MacKillop Family Services,the Sisters of St Joseph, the Australian Catholic University and the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. He also draws on the 2011 CSSA McCosker oration by Sr Anne Derwin RSJ.

71. Take Off Your Shoes, Walk on the Ground: The journey towards reconciliation in Australia Lyn Henderson-Yates, Brian McCoy SJ, Melissa Brickell71. Take Off Your Shoes, Walk on the Ground: The journey towards reconciliation in Australia Lyn Henderson-Yates, Brian McCoy SJ, Melissa Brickell
The 2008 National Apology to the Stolen Generations was a great achievement.

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It showed us how much work is still to be done, say three noted writers on issues affecting Indigenous people. The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council has issued this collection of essays to mark the 2012 anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations on 13 February.

70. Reading The Signs of the Times: A basic introduction to Catholic social teaching John Ferguson, Helen Kearins RSM and David Brennan70. Reading The Signs of the Times: A basic introduction to Catholic social teaching John Ferguson, Helen Kearins RSM and David Brennan
It is hoped that this resource will make some basic aspects of Catholic social teaching accessible to ordinary Catholics.

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The year 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Mater et Magistra. To mark this occasion, the ACSJC has issued a collection of short discussion guides on Mater et Magistra and a number of other important social justice encyclicals: Rerum Novarum (Pope Leo XIII, 1891), Quadragesimo Anno (Pope Pius XI, 1931), Octogesima Adveniens (Pope Paul VI, 1971), Laborem Exercens (Pope John Paul II, 1981) and Centesimus Annus (Pope John Paul II, 1991).

In addition to these discussion guides, there is an outline of the well-known see, judge, act method (sometimes known as the ‘pastoral cycle’) that was devised by Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, and a discussion of some of the basic principles of Catholic social teaching.

69. The Love that Surprises: Lessons from Timor-Leste Mark Green69. The Love that Surprises: Lessons from Timor-Leste Mark Green
Mark Green's work for Caritas Australia in Timor-Leste in remote communities prompted him to think deeply about the concrete reality of Catholic social teaching.

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The paper also discusses Timor's society, language and history, including the disastrous years of occupation and the struggle for independence. Its title is inspired by Pope Benedict's encyclical Caritas in Veritate: '… in the love that we receive there is always an element that surprises us'.

68. Mercy and Justice Embrace: Towards an Australian mosaic Marie Farrell RSM68. Mercy and Justice Embrace: Towards an Australian mosaic Marie Farrell RSM
Sr Marie Farrell considers the vast range of people and organisations working for justice in today's Church in Australia. Together, she says, they make up a mosaic of social justice.

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Her survey covers a vast range of works of mercy and justice and leads to the mystery of the Eucharist, the symbol of God's bond with humanity. In that sacrament, she points out, we are brought together as one people, coming as pilgrims to Christ's great gift to us which is embodied in the Eucharistic meal.

67. Women in the Catholic Church in Australia: Reflections on Woman and Man Ten Years On Kimberly Davis, Helen Mary Peters RSM, Sonia Wagner SGS, Therese Vassarotti, Tricia Walsh, Beth Doherty, Kari Hatherell, Geraldine Hawkes, Sandie Cornish67. Women in the Catholic Church in Australia: Reflections on Woman and Man Ten Years On Kimberly Davis, Helen Mary Peters RSM, Sonia Wagner SGS, Therese Vassarotti, Tricia Walsh, Beth Doherty, Kari Hatherell, Geraldine Hawkes, Sandie Cornish
A collection of essays by women in varied areas of Church life.

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It reflects on developments since the release of the 1999 report 'Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus' and the 2000 response of the Catholic Bishops of Australia. This is one of a number of initiatives, 10 years on, supporting continued discussion on the contribution of women to the life of the Church.

66. Work and Dignity: Pastoral Letters for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker 1998-2009 Bishops Manning, Brennan, Morris and Saunders66. Work and Dignity: Pastoral Letters for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker 1998-2009 Bishops Manning, Brennan, Morris and Saunders
This paper provides a series of reflections on Catholic social teaching on work and its place in public and personal life.

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It considers responses to issues that were current at the time – including the 1998 waterfront dispute and the introduction of WorkChoices. Themes in these letters include the nature of a just wage and the vital link between fair pay and family life; the importance of trade unions in the working life of a society; and the wider significance of work in the community.

65. Refugees and Australia's Response: Politics, morality and the way forward David Holdcroft SJ65. Refugees and Australia's Response: Politics, morality and the way forward David Holdcroft SJ
The Rudd Government has dismantled much of the 'Pacific solution'. But what should Australia's response to refugees be now?

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This timely publication by Fr David Holdcroft, former Director of Jesuit Refugee Services Australia, attempts to answer that question and to put it into moral and historical context. He explores the legal definition of a refugee, discusses the moral and theological questions surrounding the issue, traces the history of Australia's response to the challenge and proposes an ethical and practical approach for the future.

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64. A God Merciful and Gracious: Justice and mercy in the Old Testament Mark O'Brien OP64. A God Merciful and Gracious: Justice and mercy in the Old Testament Mark O'Brien OP
The Covenant established with the people of God and a special concern for the widow and the orphan are significant scriptural aspects of justice.

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However, the Old Testament's account of justice is often regarded as full of God's anger and vengeance. Fr O'Brien considers the challenges and obligations faced at the time: the challenge to establish a coherent law and theology, the constant threat of violence from neighbouring superpowers, God's covenant with his people, rivals to the covenant, and the prophetic contribution reintegrating justice and mercy into the life of the community.

CSJS-63-cover63. Towards a More Just World: The social mission of the Church and new Catholic approaches Duncan MacLaren63. Towards a More Just World: The social mission of the Church and new Catholic approaches Duncan MacLaren
Duncan brings more than 25 years' experience with NGOs to his examination of how the Church can confront new problems concerning social justice and human rights.

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He emphasises that the ministry of serving society, human dignity and human rights is intrinsic to the Church's mission and life – not a sideline. He analyses what elements make such organisations 'Catholic', and discusses how those who work for them might live out the example and teachings of Christ. He then goes on to examine the ways in which Catholic social teaching grows and refines as it confronts new developments in the world, and gives some examples of emerging circumstances that could require new directions in our social mission.

62. Palestine and Israel: 60 years of refugees, war and suffering Peter Manning62. Palestine and Israel: 60 years of refugees, war and suffering Peter Manning
In this paper, journalist and author Peter Manning gives a comprehensive account of the issues behind the Middle East conflict that won't go away.

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The year 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the partition of Palestine and the founding of Israel. Peter begins with an analysis of the importance of the region in international affairs, and the central place it holds in the minds and hearts of Christians, Jews and Muslims. He then outlines the circumstances in which Israelis and Palestinians live, and the history of the conflict that has scarred the region for the last 60 years. Finally, the author describes the position of the Church and statements by Christian leaders, and suggests some directions in which we might look for a just settlement and some ways in which Australians can become involved in the peace-building process.

61. Confronting the Death Penalty: People, politics and principle Michael Costigan, Peter Norden SJ, Brian Deegan, Andrew Byrnes61. Confronting the Death Penalty: People, politics and principle Michael Costigan, Peter Norden SJ, Brian Deegan, Andrew Byrnes
Confronting the Death Penalty is a collection of essays by four distinguished authors.

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Dr Michael Costigan examines the moral and historical dimensions of the death penalty relating to Catholic social teaching. Mr Brian Deegan describes his grief over the loss of his son in the Bali bombing and his conviction that the death penalty is inhuman, even for his son's murderers. Fr Peter Norden SJ speaks of his community's support for the family of Van Tuong Nguyen, who was executed in Singapore. Professor Andrew Byrnes examines the legal implications of the death penalty and the attitudes of Australian police, governments and political parties.

60. Trauma and Forgiveness: Lessons from South Africa and East Timor Mark Byrne60. Trauma and Forgiveness: Lessons from South Africa and East Timor Mark Byrne
Lately, we have become more aware of the terrible effects of violence and brutality on individuals and society. Strategies for healing the wounds left by violence include the seeking of 'transitional justice' and setting up truth commissions.

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These strategies are examined in this paper. Dr Byrne looks at the theory and reality of truth commissions in South Africa and East Timor and examines the roles of Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa and Xanana Gusmão in Timor-Leste.

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59. To Each as Any Have Need: Justice and health care Dr Elizabeth Hepburn IBVM59. To Each as Any Have Need: Justice and health care
Dr Elizabeth Hepburn IBVM
A constant theme in Catholic teaching is the sanctity of human life. Underpinning that sanctity is the concept of the seamless web.

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Life that is sacred from conception to grave, for poor or rich, neighbour or foreigner. The idea that we have a duty to care for the sick and frail is one that goes back to the roots of Judaic tradition and to the earliest Christian communities. Dr Elizabeth Hepburn, a prominent Australian ethicist and Loreto sister, addresses these issues in this paper.

58. Choice for Whom: A discussion of the 2005 industrial relations laws Dr Tim Battin58. Choice for Whom: A discussion of the 2005 industrial relations laws Dr Tim Battin
When Australia's industrial relations laws are undergoing radical change, Dr Battin offers an analysis of the theory underpinning the 2005 industrial relations legislation.

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He measures that rationale against the precepts of Catholic social teaching. In addition to considering the legislation's moral implications, Dr Battin discusses some of its likely practical and social effects.

57. Catholics and Nature: Two hundred years of environmental attitudes in Australia Fr Charles Rue SSC57. Catholics and Nature: Two hundred years of environmental attitudes in Australia Fr Charles Rue SSC
This paper traces 200 years of environmental attitudes in Australia.

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It points to the faith elements that have helped believers to care for the earth. Fr Rue shows how Christianity and environmental thought fit together. Christianity reminds us that the Earth is bounteous but not infinite, that nature is a sacred trust, that its bounty is to be shared by all and that it is our duty to defend the rights of those who are deprived of a fair share of its riches.

56. From Money to Meaning: Young People and Work The Australian Young Christian Workers Movement56. From Money to Meaning: Young People and Work The Australian Young Christian Workers Movement
The issues addressed in this valuable paper concern young people and casual work.

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This paper shows that in a number of areas where young people are engaged in casual work, the dignity of the human person is neglected. It looks at young people's experiences and attitudes to work. Some of the concerns raised include the working conditions, wages, study, security and protection of casual employees.

55. A Love that does Justice Fr Neil Brown55. A Love that does Justice Fr Neil Brown
This paper discusses the fundamental issues of charity, morality, love and justice, and considers their interconnections in a Christian life.

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Fr Brown examines the different faces of love and sums it up as “following Christ's way of looking at and responding to the world around us”. Justice he names as “the reality check of love”. This link of justice with Christ's love enables us to discern our path when we are presented with valid, but competing claims of justice. Charity, “the gift of Christ's own Spirit to us, is” our feeble human love, challenged and enabled to become adequate to express God's own love in the world.

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54. Trade Justice Sr Suzette Clark rsc and Dr Patricia Ranald54. Trade Justice
Sr Suzette Clark rsc and Dr Patricia Ranald
This paper has been published as a contribution to the Global Week of Action for Trade Justice 2005.

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The Global Week of Action invites all movements and campaigns which are active on international trade issues to take action within their own areas to produce a global impact. Their message is: No to the rich and powerful imposing unjust trade agreements, indiscriminate trade liberalisation and privatisation on the poor; Yes to everyone's right to food, a livelihood, water, health and education.

In this context we could reflect on the 2003 Lenten Message of Pope John Paul II - faced with the tragic situation of persistent poverty which afflicts so many people in our world, how can we fail to see that the quest for profit at any cost and the lack of effective, responsible concern for the common good have concentrated immense resources in the hands of a few while the rest of humanity suffers in poverty and neglect.

53. Ending Hunger: How far can we go? Fr Bruce Duncan CSsR53. Ending Hunger: How far can we go? Fr Bruce Duncan CSsR
In this stirring paper Fr Bruce Duncan shows us the face of inhuman poverty in a world of contrasts between opulence and starvation.

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A world in which, in the words of Pope John Paul II, “the war of the powerful against the weak has, today more than ever before, created profound divisions between rich and poor”.

This paper shows how extreme poverty is preventable, while it documents the huge challenges facing the wealthy nations if they are truly prepared to work towards the Millennium Development Goals. Generosity of spirit as well as material generosity will be needed.

52. The Beatitudes and Justice Fr Gerard Moore SM52. The Beatitudes and Justice Fr Gerard Moore SM
Gerard Moore enunciates the characteristics of the Beatitudes and then asks the crucial question: What does it mean for us to live out today the beatitudes of Jesus?

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He answers by exploring the kind of “heart” they require of us in thorough, deep and thoughtful consideration of each beatitude in turn, drawing on examples from our daily lives and the sad, at times violent and terrifying, world we live in.

This paper would be particularly valuable as a resource for small group discussion and for personal reflection.

51. The Timor Sea's Oil and Gas: What's Fair? Frank Brennan SJ51. The Timor Sea's Oil and Gas: What's Fair? Frank Brennan SJ
Fr Frank Brennan SJ considers the vexed debate and complex history surrounding current negotiations between Australia and Timor-Leste concerning the resource sharing arrangements and maritime boundaries of the Timor Sea.

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Fr Brennan addresses two central questions underpinning these negotiations: Should the Parliament of Timor-Leste pass legislation approving an agreement between the governments of Timor-Leste and Australia giving the security needed for the joint ventures to proceed with the Greater Sunrise project next year? What is a fair process and a fair outcome for the negotiation of maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea where Timor-Leste has competing interests and conflicting claims with Australia and Indonesia?

50. The Church and Public Debate: Reflections on Speaking Out in an Election Year John Warhurst50. The Church and Public Debate: Reflections on Speaking Out in an Election Year John Warhurst
In this paper, Professor John Warhurst addresses the complex issue and the practical implications of separation of Church and State in contemporary Australian political life.

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He points out that the Church at times effortlessly offends parties across the whole range of the political spectrum as it fulfils its right and duty to speak out from a religious, pastoral or ethical perspective.

John Warhurst presents practical guidelines for ethical and effective Church participation in the public debate, and points out the importance of its independence from government that is sometimes lacking in other organisations.

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49. From Ethics to Spirituality Gerald Gleeson49. From Ethics to Spirituality Gerald Gleeson
The author demonstrates through close analysis of the familiar exhortation of the prophet Micah: we are 'to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with our God'.

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Distilling some of the key philosophical and theological insights of the Catholic moral tradition into clear, simple, observations, he concludes that 'the bigger story is the story of salvation in Christ, of the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity, which alone make ethical life possible, and of the virtue of humility, which is the practical foundation of our Christian lives in which we aspire to the heights to which God is calling us'. This paper shows us the path towards development of an interior disposition that confidently reflects the mind of Christ. Our responses must be embedded in prayer, enriched through Scripture, and nurtured in the Sacraments by means of a life in communion together.

48. The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor: The Magnificat Revisited Sr Marie Farrell rsm48. The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor: The Magnificat Revisited Sr Marie Farrell rsm
Linking the Old Testament tradition of the anawin, the poor of Yahweh who wait for justice in the coming of the Messiah, with fulfilment in the person of Jesus as the Christ.

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Sr Marie Farrell shows how this prayer of Mary gives perfect expression to the cry of the poor. Through reflection on the Magnificat as the “great canticle of discipleship” we are reminded of our own responsibility to hear the cry of justice for the poor, the oppressed, the marginalised and those seeking a safe haven in our land.

47. War on Iraq: It is Just? Fr Bruce Duncan CSsR47. War on Iraq: It is Just? Fr Bruce Duncan CSsR
This document criticises the reasons given by the US and Australian governments for a war on Iraq as 'contrived and misleading'. It argues that the proposed military intervention violates the just war conditions and hence should be rejected as unjust.

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The statement argues that no just cause has been established for war, as there is no convincing proof that Iraq aided the terrorist attacks on the United States and neither does it present an imminent threat. It argues that the claim to a right of pre-emptive strike is specious, lacks due authority and risks undermining the fundamental principles of international relations.

46. A Fair Society? Common Wealth for the Common Good: Ten Years On Veronica Brady IBVM, Michael Costigan, Julian Disney AO, Bruce Duncan CSsR, Robert Fitzgerald AM, Thomas Keneally AO, Lowitja O'Donoghue AC, John Phillips AM, John Warhurst46. A Fair Society? Common Wealth for the Common Good: Ten Years On Veronica Brady IBVM, Michael Costigan, Julian Disney AO, Bruce Duncan CSsR, Robert Fitzgerald AM, Thomas Keneally AO, Lowitja O'Donoghue AC, John Phillips AM, John Warhurst

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Responses to the invitation for tenth anniversary reflections on Common Wealth for the Common Good have come from distinguished Australians. All are respected and well-known observers of the state of the nation, often quoted in the media with wise observations on where Australia stands and where the country is heading.

What they see today is a nation still facing some of the questions raised by Bishops ten years ago, together with a number of new issues. They find that the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” has continued to widen.

Among the more noteworthy developments recorded by our commentators have been the nation's economic growth during this decade, the successful control of inflation, the fall in the official level of unemployment, the introduction of the goods and services tax, the results of financial deregulation, the rise in the average wealth of Australian households, the problems occurring in the rural sector and the obstacles facing the movement for reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people.

45. Christian Conscience and Social Justice Fr Neil Brown45. Christian Conscience and Social Justice Fr Neil Brown
This paper examines the factors involved in the formation of an adult conscience and shows how if it is based on our faith in Christ it does not exist in a vacuum, but challenges us in every area of our lives.

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Care for God's creation, acknowledgement of the life and dignity of the human person, the call to family and community, the protection of human rights, will all be developed and enhanced as we develop our Christian conscience which is founded, as the author points out, on the person, life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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44. The Call to Hospitality: Catholic Teaching on Refugees Sandie Cornish44. The Call to Hospitality: Catholic Teaching on Refugees Sandie Cornish
The paper opens with an overview of the 1992 Vatican document - Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity, which provides a systemic presentation of the Church's teachings in this area.

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Section 2 examines the key documents of Catholic Social Teaching and Section 3 analyses the Papal World Migration Day messages and identifies their recurrent themes, providing us with guidelines for action. Finally, recent interventions of the Holy See at the United Nations are listed, completing a comprehensive study of the Church's position on refugees, asylum seekers, forced displacement and migration. This paper is a very valuable resource for those engaged in work on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers and for the thoughtful Catholic seeking the foundation of Church teaching on this divisive issue.

43. A Spirituality for Justice Fr Gerard Moore SM43. A Spirituality for Justice Fr Gerard Moore SM
This paper examines various perspectives that lead us to justice: in education, a spirituality for justice will not only contain a hunger for knowledge, we need also to be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

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A sense of wonder, of humility, of hope; all these are part of our ongoing conversion. The inspiration of a vision will balance the helplessness that can overwhelm us when we hear only of instances and practices of injustice. Our impetus for this conversion requires understanding and exploring a cluster of attitudes in the light of fundamental questions such as neighbour, creation, symbol, worship, the Word, and sin. Finally, the question of a specific Christian politics is explored, knowing that the naming and renaming of Christ as the centre of our lives leads ineluctably to a politics of the good.

42. Religion and Justice in Australian Short Fiction Michael McGirr42. Religion and Justice in Australian Short Fiction Michael McGirr
This paper is based on Michael McGirr's research for a forthcoming anthology of Australian religious stories. McGirr points out that although the Australian frontier has moved from the bush to the suburbs, religious and spiritual issues still burn.

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Observing that justice has been a yardstick for all sorts of writers to measure the validity of the religious experience of their characters, he comments on Lawson's wry, pragmatic spirituality; the injustices, sometimes in the guise of religion, committed during the convict era; and issues of religion and justice dealt with by Thea Astley, Elizabeth Jolley and Amy Witting whom McGirr acknowledges as important wisdom figures in our culture.

Dealing with experiences of alienation in our literature through stories of war and violence, he gives examples of how the profound sense of most painful injustice in the experience of the holocaust during World War II impacts on a capacity to believe or not.

41. Life: Creation or Commodity? The Case Against Patents on Living Things Sean McDonagh SSM41. Life: Creation or Commodity? The Case Against Patents on Living Things Sean McDonagh SSM
A noted campaigner on justice and ecology matters, McDonagh argues that life, which was once considered sacred and a gift from God in almost all the religions and cultures of the world, is now seen as a human invention – a collection of genes and chemicals that can be engineered and bought and sold by a patent holder.

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The Bible shows that everything was created by a living God and, although humans are stewards of creation, that does not mean that they are inventors or owners of life who can dominate and exploit everything in creation. He advocates promotion of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, set up to protect global biodiversity and to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of any financial benefits derived from biological and genetic resources.

40. The Death Penalty: Why Catholics should oppose it Dr Michael Costigan40. The Death Penalty: Why Catholics should oppose it Dr Michael Costigan
This paper traces the dramatic development of Church teaching and action during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II and shows that the Church now places the death penalty firmly within the context of pro-life advocacy on such issues as abortion and euthanasia.

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Opponents of the death penalty, while fully sympathising with the sufferings of victims of violent crimes, accept the Pope's teaching, that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. In word and deed Pope John Paul II has encouraged us to embrace the Gospel of Life and the Gospel of Forgiveness over the Culture of Death.

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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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19. The End of Apartheid? South Africa Moves to the Vote Maggie Paterson19. The End of Apartheid? South Africa Moves to the Vote Maggie Paterson 
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South Africa will be radically transformed in 1994 by its first democratic elections.

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The End of Apartheid? South Africa Moves to the Vote provides a concise but informative background paper to this momentous event of international importance.

This booklet documents the recent history of the South African government and its self-orchestrated demise, analysing the violence and political power-play that has resulted. It adopts a positive, yet cautious position, as it considers the wider ramifications of the journey to democracy: voter education; the fragmentation of the 'nation states'; and the impact on women, land, and the economy. The author, Maggie Paterson, ponders the post-election redefinition of the South African government — when the real struggle for democracy begins. 

18. The Justice God Wants: Islam and Human Rights Rev Dr Laurence P Fitzgerald OP 18. The Justice God Wants: Islam and Human Rights Rev Dr Laurence P Fitzgerald OP  
Confronted by images of violence and apparent injustice and brutality in Muslim nations, the western world remains largely ignorant of the Islamic faith.

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Many 'westerners' would even presume that Islamic belief is at odds with the concept of human rights.

Fr Fitzgerald, a leading Christian scholar of Islam, provides readers with a simple and eye-opening introduction to the Islamic faith and its teachings on human rights. The Justice God Wants demonstrates that the guiding principles of human rights are entrenched in the fundamental writings of Islam, which are the foundation of contemporary Islamic charters of human rights.

While acknowledging that some Islamic states do flout human rights, The Justice God Wants, seeks to promote understanding of a controversial aspect of the fastest-growing religion in the world.

17. Banks and Social Responsibility David Farmer 17. Banks and Social Responsibility David Farmer    
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Have banks and bankers been fairly treated in recent years? This paper examines social responsibility and the banking industry.

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Banks and Social Responsibility begins with a survey of relevant biblical and church teaching on banking and proposes a framework of social responsibility for the industry. The question of whether freer markets lead to more soically  responsible actions is considered and specific issues of deregulation and banking practice are examined.

16. Working for Change The Australian Young Christian Workers Movement16. Working for Change The Australian Young Christian Workers Movement    
The nature of work and the effects of unemployment are critical issues facing women and men in our society.

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Working for Change has been prepared for the Australian Catholic Social Council by the Australian Young Christian Workers Movement.

The authors argue that the vision we have for our society is tied up with how we value and understand work. They explore the collapse of full-time work and the de-humanising nature of much of the work available to young people. They provide stories about people who have been affected by changing work patterns and by the different values placed on employment in our society.

For Christians, work is connected to spirituality. The Australian Young Christian Workers Movement reflects on how we can connect faith, daily life and work. The writers also offer recommendations about action for the future.

15. The Spiral down to Poverty: Rural Communities in Crisis Noela Lippert15. The Spiral down to Poverty: Rural Communities in Crisis Noela Lippert    
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This paper traces how the deregulation of the banking system in the 1980s, combined with drought, spiralling interest rates, falling commodity prices and rising farming costs combined to send many farmers and rural communities into crisis.

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14. Australia in the Information Age Christina Spurgeon and Paul Chadwick14. Australia in the Information Age Christina Spurgeon and Paul Chadwick    
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As the paper highlights, concentration of ownership in the print media is high; in part two the relationship of information to society is examined as is the role of government in the information society.

13. Conscience and Business Professor John Langan SJ13. Conscience and Business Professor John Langan SJ
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The Council was pleased to co-sponsor with St Mary’s Business Ethics Ministry, North Sydney, a lecture by Professor John Langan, S. J. at the Sydney Town Hall on 18th August 1992.

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The Council believes that the lecture will promote further interest in business ethics in Australia, in the Church and the wider Community.

12. Common Wealth for the Common Good12. Common Wealth for the Common Good
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This is a summary of the full pastoral statement Common Wealth for the Common Good that was published as a paperback.

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It is the outcome of an extensive consultation which was launched early in 1988 by the Bishops' Committee for Justice, Development and Peace, on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference. 

11. East Timor: Just a Political Question? Dr Geoffrey Hull11. East Timor: Just a Political Question? Dr Geoffrey Hull    
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The Santa Cruz massacre of 12th November 1991 brought the enduring question of East Timor to the public notice in Australia.

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Hardly a day goes by without media coverage. It is in this context that Dr Geoffrey Hull's paper is written: the demand for such a paper exists not just in social justice groups, but in the wider Catholic Church and the community at large. 

 

10. Social Teaching: From Proclamation to Promotion Archbishop Denis E Hurley OMI10. Social Teaching: From Proclamation to Promotion Archbishop Denis E Hurley OMI    
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The following talk was given in Melbourne 1991 at Presentation College Windsor by Archbishop Denis Hurley.

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He stressed the crucial role of the laity in promoting the Church's social teaching. He also stated that although sections of the Church among the clergy, laity and religious were dedicated in promoting the social teachings they formed only a small minority.

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9. Whose 100th Birthday?? Australian Democracy and 'Rerum Novarum' 1891-1991 Senator Michael Tate, Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs9. Whose 100th Birthday?? Australian Democracy and 'Rerum Novarum' 1891-1991 Senator Michael Tate, Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs    
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Speech given on the occasion of the National Forum Celebrating 100 years of Catholic Social Teaching.

8. Australian South Sea Islanders The Evatt Foundation8. Australian South Sea Islanders
The Evatt Foundation
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The Evatt Foundation's initiative in this area of Pacific Islands people was to provide funding in 1990 for a South Sea Islander to travel through the Queensland coastal areas and meet with Australian South Sea Islanders to obtain up-to-date information on their conditions and concerns.

7. Christians and their duty towards Nature From text of John Paul II's New Year message 19907. Christians and their duty towards Nature From text of John Paul II's New Year message 1990    
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In issuing this paper the Bishops' Committee for Justice, Development and Peace sees as its purpose: 'To invite all Christians, Catholics in particular, to reflect on the truth that their responsibility within creation and their duty towards nature and the Creator are an essential part of their faith'

 6. Hope Beyond Apartheid ACBC6. Hope Beyond Apartheid
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A report on the visit to South Africa at the invitation of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference by a delegation representing the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference and its agencies.

 

 5. ‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’: Truth and integrity in public life Tom Ryan SM5. ‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’: Truth and integrity in public life Tom Ryan SM
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In 1990 the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s Paper by Father Tom Ryan, S. M. Truth and Integrity in Public Life helped to focus interest in the Church on business ethics.

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4. A Call to Solidarity in the Pacific Cardinal Thomas Williams4. A Call to Solidarity in the Pacific Cardinal Thomas Williams
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The Archdiocese of Melbourne celebrated the first anniversary of the encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis by discussing and reflecting upon it at a seminar. 

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Cardinal Williams, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference, and its Deputy for Justice and Peace, was invited to speak on the encyclical and Pacific solidarity. Cardinal Williams' reflections were at once personal and analytical drawing as they do on years of experience in both New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. This is an edited version of Cardinal Williams' address. 

3. Solidarity Means Action: The Moral Response To Interdependence3. Solidarity Means Action: The Moral Response To Interdependence
Two addresses by Bishop Jorge Mejia, Vice President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 16 and 17 February 1989.
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2. The New Rainbow Serpent of Peace Justice and the Integrity of Creation Sean McDonagh SSM2. The New Rainbow Serpent of Peace Justice and the Integrity of Creation Sean McDonagh SSM
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This paper was given in Melbourne as the 1988 Helder Camara Lecture. It challenges us to move beyond an anthropocentric cosmology towards a more holistic understanding of Creation, and the place of the human person in it. It challenges us to authentic stewardship. 

1. There’s No Place Like Home: The Politics Of Women’s Housing Fr Brian Cosgrove1. There’s No Place Like Home: The Politics Of Women’s Housing Fr Brian Cosgrove    
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Brian Cosgrove is the Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Archdiocese of Sydney. He completed this paper in December 1987 for the International Year of Shelter and as a contribution to the Catholic Bishops’ inquiry into the distribution of wealth in Australia.

 

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