Pope’s quotes: Clericalism (1)

17/2/17; NCR Staff The Francis Chronicles A quote from Pope Francis:“Clericalism leads to a homogenization of the laity; treating it as an ’emissary’ limits the various initiatives and efforts and, I dare say, the boldness necessary to be able to bring the Good News of the Gospel to all areas of social and above all […] read more…

Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlements (3)

8/2/17; NEGEV (Ma‘an) 100-year-old Bedouin woman left homeless as Israel continues Negev demolitions In the latest instance of Israel’s demolition campaign in the Negev region of southern Israel, homes were demolished in two unrecognized Bedouin villages on Wednesday, while Israeli police surrounded the village of Umm al-Hiran. Israeli bulldozers, escorted by Israeli police, demolished a […] read more…

Trump’s dim view of Palestine-Israel (2)

17/2/17 Luke Peterson When President Donald Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday afternoon at the White House it was unclear what, if any, official administration policy might develop in Washington on the back of the highly anticipated conversation. Trump’s administration has been nothing if not hostile toward the Muslim World: his […] read more…

Palestinian, 25, dies after being shot by Israeli troops on his way to his last chemo session (1)

17/2/17; Kate FeaturesIsrael/Palestine Violence / Detentions — West Bank / Jerusalem – Gideon Levy & Alex Levac Palestinian Mohammed Jalad, died of hodgkin’s lymphoma while in an Israeli prison. Israel’s prison service did not immediately inform Jalad’s family. Jalad was detained last year after Israeli police claimed he attempted a stabbing attack, Jalad was on […] read more…

There was a lot of blood: Myanmar sisters scarred by abuse

17/2/17; Agence France-Presse Pair spent years working as domestic helpers in the southern city of Mawlamyine, part of invisible workforce of child servants hidden in wealthy houses Khin Khin Tun’s back is a patchwork of burns, searing memories she says from when her former employer poured two flasks of boiling water over her flesh – […] read more…

The Opcat treaty could revolutionise Australia’s treatment of detainees

14//2/17; Edward Santow is Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner You may never have heard of it, but Australia’s decision to ratify this treaty could be its single most positive step in improving life for prisoners; Opcat will have a positive impact only if Australian governments honestly recognise where detention problems exist and are then open to […] read more…

Three-year-old girl died after 100kg man stood on her, court hears

17/2/17 Australian Associated Press A man placed full weight on child ‘in frustration’ after tripping over her as she played on the floor The man who admitted killing a three-year-old girl by standing on her did not admit what he had done for seven months. It took a day for a three-year-old girl to die […] read more…

Israel wants settlements, not peace

14/2/17; Rami Hamdallah; Rami Hamdallah is the Prime Minister of the State of Palestine. With each new settlement, the prospect of peace and the formation of a Palestinian state become even more unattainable. Israel is above international law, or so it seems. On December 23, the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 2334, re-affirming the […] read more…

Trump vows to introduce overhauled travel ban

18/217; At an extraordinary press conference, the US president said new order will ‘comprehensively protect our country’. US President Donald Trump said he will issue a new executive order to replace his controversial directive suspending travel to the United States by citizens of seven mainly-Muslim countries. At an extraordinary White House news conference on Thursday, […] read more…

Pastor who performed gay marriage keeps ordination

28/10/14; Travis Lolloer AP A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. The Judicial Council of the second-largest Protestant denomination in the US ruled that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he […] read more…

Priest who denounced kissing suspended for nude selfie

1/4/15; AFP A Brazilian priest known for delivering sermons disapproving of kissing and sex outside marriage has been suspended for sending a nude selfie to an apparent mistress. “Father Alfredo Rosa Borges has been suspended from his duties,” and faces ex-communication, a diocesan spokesman at Campos de Goytacazes, a northern town in Rio state told […] read more…

Welcoming the Stranger

13/2/17; RonRolheiser,OMI (& Perhaps a niggle of Donald Trump? – LR, OP; 16/2/17) In the Hebrew Scriptures, that part of the bible we call the Old Testament, we find a strong religious challenge to always welcome the stranger, the foreigner. This was emphasized for two reasons: First, because the Jewish people themselves had once been […] read more…

Opposition growing to SA nuclear plan

16/11/16; Michele Madigan; ‘We are not a dump is SA, we want to keep it beautiful’ — Umoona Community. ‘We’ve got to think about the country’ — Ceduna. Michele Madigan is a Sister of St Joseph who has spent the past 38 years working with Aboriginal people in remote areas of South Australia and in […] read more…

Trump moves against vulnerable women

24/1/17; Catherine Marshall; is a Sydney-based journalist and travel writer No-one doubted that Donald Trump’s ascendancy would deeply fracture the world as we know it. But few of us could have anticipated the swiftness with which his orders would impact some of the world’s most disadvantaged citizens: vulnerable, impoverished women. With just one signature, the […] read more…

Language, power and harm in clerical sexual misconduct

15/2/17; Stephen de Weger; Eureka Street Three years ago, when I began my research Masters into clerical sexual misconduct involving adults (CSMIA), I wrote an article for Eureka Street on this issue. I have now completed that study. It revealed highly relevant and crucial information towards the understanding of CSMIA. One conclusion based on my […] read more…

The other Trump executive order that will hurt refugees

12/2/17; Erika Guevara-Rosas @erikaguevarar – Erika Guevara-Rosas is Americas Director at Amnesty International. A January 25 executive order on immigration enforcement allows for immediate deportations at the border with Mexico. – Judging by the spat between US President Donald Trump and his Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Pena Nieto, over who will pay for the infamous […] read more…
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