How does sanctioned violence affect you?

Human Rights Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs with Sister Clare Condon Photo: Matthew Syres

Human Rights Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs with Sister Clare Condon
Photo: Matthew Syres

“Sanctioned violence: what does it do to our society and relationships?” That was the title of an address delivered by Sister Clare Condon, Congregational Leader of the Good Samaritan Sisters, at an event hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission on August 13.

Clare’s address was part of “RightsTalk”, a series of public discussions on topical human rights issues hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

In December last year, Clare was awarded the 2013 Human Rights Medal. She is an educator, advocate and administrator with a strong focus on the needs of those most disadvantaged in society and on the Catholic Church’s social justice mission.

Clare has been a member of the Good Samaritan Sisters for over 40 years and its leader since 2005.

From 2008 until 2010 she was the elected President of Catholic Religious Australia, the peak body for more than 180 religious congregations of sisters, brothers and priests in Australia.

Prior to her election as leader of the Good Samaritan Sisters in 2005, Clare was Chancellor for Stewardship of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

You can listen to a podcast or read the transcript of Clare’s address here.

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The Good Oil, August 19, 2014. If you would like to republish this article, please contact the editor.

One Response to “How does sanctioned violence affect you?”

  1. shirley Owen says:

    Congratulations Sr. Claire on a well delivered address. By choosing the four areas you did was so powerful and it begs the question as to whether violence is an innate trait or acquired and given certain situations it erupts with greater ferocity? The old chestnut, “what came first the chicken or the egg”?

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