Section Archive: Opinion

Viewing the coronavirus crisis through a Benedictine lens

The building of community is one of our major callings as Benedictine Oblates. During this pandemic, we must remove ourselves from the community to ensure its survival, writes Judith Valente....

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 witness to the need to care for the planet and its people, writes Jim Mulroney....

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 more sinister shade of the blues, writes Alice Priest. It’s been raining without stopping for...

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 longer holds, asks Alice Priest.

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 changing nature of how our youth are exercising their faith.

Posted on: December 11, 2019

We need to weep

By weeping and naming their grief, women in the Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn have begun forging out new ways to hope for a better future.

Posted on: October 16, 2019

Mirrors and flags

A great deal is being written about the violence and deaths in Papua and West Papua, but what is being done about it?

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 Creation, writes Sister Veronica McDougall.

Posted on: September 18, 2019

Photo: Liturgy News, Winter 2019

A ritual of lament

“When we hurt physically, we cry out in pain; when we hurt religiously, we cry out in lament.”

Posted on: August 20, 2019

Lay church leadership is realised one slippery rock at a time

Pauline Connelly reflects on the challenges of lay leadership at a time when the church’s hierarchy and structures are being destabilised.

Posted on: May 14, 2019

Panel of Women

#BalanceforBetter – Women and the Church

International Women’s Day shone a light on the need for a better gender balance across all areas of society. Women are also calling for a greater role in the leadership...

Posted on: March 19, 2019

I don't want slaves working for me

With Lent almost upon us, Sarah’s 2015 opinion piece encourages us to consider our relationship with people down the supply chain of the goods we buy.

Posted on: February 20, 2019