More bans on free speech
The banning of feminist theologian Dr Carol Christ from speaking in the Archdiocese of Sydney is just censorship, Sydney academic Dr Kathleen McPhillips said yesterday. Dr McPhillips is a member of the Australian Feminist Theology Foundation, the group sponsoring the visit. .
Trade versus Aid
Catholic lay agency PALMS has for 30 years provided a unique service to train and place volunteers in overseas countries. Now they have had their entire funding cut by Ausaid.
Kasper and Kolvenbach, Converts to the Neocon Way
The former is a theologian and cardinal, the latter is superior general of the Jesuits; both have the reputation of being progressivist. But their most recent declarations are a cold shower for the Church's left wing. .
and in other news...
With their members ageing and young people reluctant to join, Australia's religious orders are looking at new ways to ensure their survival in the 21st century. - smh
The Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba is calling on the Federal Member for Groom to push for the release of Australia's longest held detainee. Indian asylum seeker Peter Qasim has been in Baxter Detention Centre in South Australia for six-and-half years because he has not provided authorities with appropriate identification. - abc
THE Catholic Church is pressing the Australian Government to widen a ban on embryonic stem-cell research. - Tablet
A wine bar in Broken Hill in western New South Wales has been named after a Roman Catholic priest. Father Pat Murray helped start the now famous St Patrick's race meeting as a way of raising money for local Catholic schools. - abc
John Paul II has lost his voice. But he speaks very clearly in his latest book, "Memory and Identity." In it, he deeply criticizes Western democracies. Two eminent scholars discuss the book's theses. - chiesa
In the 12 months since the Madrid bombings, Spain has become a very different place. What few predicted, however, was that within a year the new government would all but complete a social revolution, forever transforming the social fabric of the country and provoking open warfare with the Catholic Church. - the Age
WHEN the Catholic Church opposes the population management bill in Congress today, it is unwittingly abetting abortions, a group of lawmakers charged yesterday. - news inquirer
Dozens of sex abuse cases against the Roman Catholic Church will go to trial. An Alameda County Superior Court judge ordered a mandatory settlement conference for Monday morning on 54 separate cases against the Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland. - nbc
Manila - About 30 percent of couples in the predominantly Catholic Philippines are not aware that having sex can result in babies, the health secretary said on Tuesday. - iol.co.za