I was pleased to be invited by the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocesan Commission for Women to reflect with them on progress in the participation of women in the Catholic Church in Australia. After five years of research, the report Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus was published in 1999. I was a member of the Research Management Group and a co-author of the report.
There has been progress since the research was published, but much more is needed to promote the equal dignity of women and men within the Church and in society. Watch these presentations and let me know what you think… Continue Reading →
Catholic Social Services Australia invited me to reflect on recent developments in civil society from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching. Here’s what I said to their Leadership Forum in Canberra on 21 October 2014.
The Evolving Model of Civil Society – A Perspective from Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Social Teaching has a lot to say about recent developments in the relationship between civil society and the state. I will comment on three matters: the notion of entitlement; what Catholic Social Teaching has to say about the role of civil society and of the state; and Benedict XVI’s thinking on the logic of gift in the market. Continue Reading →
The Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore in Pakistan has designated 19 October as a day of prayer for Asia Bibi.
Asia Bibi loses Appeal
Asia Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 and sentenced to death. In a decision described by Bishop Ruffin Anthony of Islamabad / Rawalpindi as ‘heartbreaking’, the mother of five lost an appeal against the sentence on 16 October. Read more on this case from Vatican Radio.
Human rights organisations believe that the blasphemy laws are often exploited for personal gain or to address grudges. The National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops Conference, has advocated the abolition of the blasphemy laws for years.
Prayer for Asia Bibi
Jesus, you were executed as a criminal,
be with Asia Bibi as she faces the death penalty.
Give her peace of mind
and comfort her children.
Touch the hearts, and enlighten the minds
of lawmakers and legal officers
in Pakistan, and in all countries
that use the death penalty.
Help us all to find life-giving
ways of resolving problems.
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