Section Archive: Opinion

Fly me to the Moon

My journey to the Moon began many moons ago, many, many moons! I remember Frank...

Posted on: August 18, 2021

The Sydney Statement interfaith charter calls us to be neighbour

The Sydney Statement launched on February 9 is particularly relevant to Christians who have for...

Posted on: February 19, 2021

Read, watch, listen: TGO’s top picks to bring in the New Year

In the December edition, The Good Oil has gathered recommendations from some of our readers...

Posted on: December 16, 2020

So this is Easter… a moment in history, a moment like none other

Like the women at the empty tomb we, too, go in faith. We wait to...

Posted on: April 22, 2020

Viewing the coronavirus crisis through a Benedictine lens

The building of community is one of our major callings as Benedictine Oblates. During this...

Posted on: April 21, 2020

In ‘Querida Amazonia’ we are called to listen and to hear

In his apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia Pope Francis sees the theological Amazon as the greatest...

Posted on: April 20, 2020

Cures for the deep eco-blues as we grieve for our Earth

This year, my annual break turned from azure sky and aquamarine sea to a much...

Posted on: March 17, 2020

It’s beginning to look a lot unlike Christmas

How far can the sacred, intangible architecture stretch, be refashioned or reframed, before it no...

Posted on: December 11, 2019

Justice: the oil greasing the Evangelisation of our youth

“Where are our youth… if not in church, then where?” Clare Vernon reflects on the...

Posted on: December 11, 2019

We need to weep

By weeping and naming their grief, women in the Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn have begun...

Posted on: October 16, 2019

Mirrors and flags

A great deal is being written about the violence and deaths in Papua and West...

Posted on: October 16, 2019

Disappearing lands and displacement: where do these people ‘fit’?

At the heart of these global crises is the fate of the whole of God’s...

Posted on: September 18, 2019