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2011 – How to be good

18 Sep 2018 | Brian Doyle

How to be goodFirst, pick up your wet towel and at least, for heavenssake, hang it up to dry.


A changing church

21 Aug 2018 | Bob Dixon

Bob Dixon explores what the Australian Catholic Church looks like today, a quarter of a century after the first edition of Australian Catholics was published.


Bringing people together to make a difference

21 Aug 2018 | John Warhurst

photo courtesy jssCatholic Social Services Australia has shown how the Church can make a difference by drawing on the experience and passion of dedicated individuals at all levels of society.


Relationships in the Catholic Church

21 Aug 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

In this Explorations, we look at the relationships between the people in the pews and the leaders in the Catholic Church.


The Seamless Garment

23 May 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

cross on a hillWhile each Catholic is committed to following Christ, communities are often divided about what the priorities of the church should be. In this Explorations, we explore the idea of the ‘seamless garment’ – that there is a consistent ethic of life that unites all of the Church’s priorities. How can this help communities focus their efforts back on Jesus’ mission?


Freedom of religion: What is all the fuss about?

01 Nov 2017 | Fr Justin Glyn SJ

Religious freedom often comes up in public debate, most  recently around the issue of allowing same sex couples to marry. Why is it such a hot topic for religious people? 


Explorations: A journey into freedom

01 Nov 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Freedom is a central theme for Christians – from Jesus’ proclamation that he came to free the oppressed, to current debates around the role of religion in our society. Where does our understanding of the term come from, and how does it shape the way we live and engage with people who are different to us? 


Communities in the Church

09 Aug 2017 | Andrew Hamilton SJ

Human beings have always been in two minds about connecting with one another. We long for connection, but when we do connect we often fight and destroy one another. As a result people have always dreamed of islands where they and their close friends can be safe and have surrounded their castles with moats to shut others out. 


Exploring the question of women deacons

23 May 2017 | Clare Deignan

Is it time for the Catholic Church to welcome women deacons? Pope Francis says let’s talk about it.


Explorations: The place of Mary in the Church

23 May 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

At the time of the Reformation Catholics and Protestants argued about the place of Mary in the Church. The Protestants argued that Catholics treated Mary as another God, and that devotion to Mary was not found in Scripture. Mary continued to have a central place in Catholic devotion.


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