Section Archive: Opinion

Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate

I’m so grateful that there are places out there for women like me, who find themselves in a situation you’d never have believed you’d be in, writes Tamara.

Posted on: July 16, 2013

A call for Vatican III to eradicate sexual abuse

A call for Vatican III to eradicate sexual abuse

There are only two forces in the Church that have the authority to make the changes necessary to banish sexual abuse: the Pope and an Ecumenical Council, writes Bishop Geoffrey...

Posted on: June 18, 2013

Francis and the signs of the times

Pope Francis’ words and actions are signs of some larger vision that will be revealed to us in due course, writes Garry Everett.

Posted on: May 21, 2013

Move over fight and flight

Don’t we all miss out when women’s experience is ignored, asks Good Samaritan Sister Patty Fawkner.

Posted on: April 16, 2013

If only...

Garry Everett offers a fictitious and imaginary account of the new pope’s first speech to the cardinals, in the conclave, immediately after his election.

Posted on: March 19, 2013

The superwoman is a fantasy

The superwoman is a fantasy

Finding balance in life is a challenge for us all, but particularly for women, writes Leeza Baric.

Posted on: February 19, 2013

Listening is crucial

Listening is crucial

These are painful times to be a Catholic, but they can also be an occasion for us all to look to Jesus and to know that “the truth will set...

Posted on: December 11, 2012

On faith, doubt and certainty

What role do certainty and doubt play within a mature, adult faith and in one’s allegiance to the Church, asks Good Samaritan Sister Patty Fawkner.

Posted on: November 20, 2012

Dignitatis Humanae: a prophetic declaration

Dignitatis Humanae: a prophetic declaration

Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Freedom marked a very important and dramatic crossing for the Church into the modern era, writes Bernard Teo CSsR.

Posted on: October 16, 2012

Asylum seekers: no simple solutions

Asylum seekers: no simple solutions

Not everyone is able to experience the world of an asylum seeker as did participants in “Go Back To Where You Came From”, writes Moira Byrne Garton.

Posted on: September 18, 2012

Thanks, Emily

The slogan of the advertising world, the out-of-control cult of celebrity and some Olympic hype seems to be, “I possess, therefore I am. I am famous, therefore I am. I...

Posted on: August 21, 2012

The petty politics must stop

The petty politics must stop

The tragic events in the sea between Indonesia and Christmas Island in June highlight the urgent need to work on short-term and longer-term strategies to protect refugees in the Asia-Pacific...

Posted on: July 17, 2012