Changing morals: we’re more compassionate than 100 years ago, but more judgmental too

Changing morals: we’re more compassionate than 100 years ago, but more judgmental too

Nick Haslam, Melanie J. McGrath and Melissa A. Wheeler

theconversation.com | 5 March 2019

An analysis of billions of words in the Google Books database shows the way society has valued moral principles such as compassion, respect for authority, community values and fairness over time.

After Pell: what the Catholics are saying

After Pell: what the Catholics are saying

John Sandeman

eternitynews.com.au | 5 March 2019

Catholics are standing at a fork in the road, and with their credibility largely gone, according to David Ranson, Administrator of the Broken Bay diocese (region) North of Sydney. Yet perhaps the most considered response from any Catholic worldwide comes from an Australian.

Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale feels real in 2019, but the solution won’t come from novels

Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale feels real in 2019, but the solution won’t come from novels

Camilla Nelson

theconversation.com | 4 March 2019

Australia Margaret Atwood's classic novel imagined a society where women had almost no power. Hundreds of people gathered in Sydney yesterday to hear Atwood speak about dystopias – fictional and otherwise.

The Catholic Church and the power of the State: What Cardinal Pell's conviction means for the future

The Catholic Church and the power of the State: What Cardinal Pell's conviction means for the future

Massimo Faggioli

abc.net.au/religion | 27 February 2019

The conviction of George Pell is a calamitous event for the Catholic Church ― not just in Australia, but globally. It is the first time a cardinal has been found guilty of sexual abuse against minors by a secular tribunal. This is uncharted territory for Church and State alike.

Truth and justice after the Pell verdict

Truth and justice after the Pell verdict

Frank Brennan

eurekastreet.com.au | 26 February 2016

Was the verdict unreasonable? Can it be supported having regard to the evidence? Those are questions for the appeal court. Should the appeal fail, I hope and pray that Pell is not the unwitting victim of a wounded nation in search of a scapegoat. Should the appeal succeed, the Victoria Police should review the adequacy of the police investigation of these serious criminal charges.

George Pell has fallen, but the cardinal's legacy casts a long shadow

George Pell has fallen, but the cardinal's legacy casts a long shadow

Barney Zwartz

theage.com.au | 26 February 2019

How will the Australian bishops explain the fall of Pell to the faithful? Traditionally, they say the bare minimum – and this time it is hard to blame them. But they must say more.

From refugees to social media to pill testing, church signs are getting political

From refugees to social media to pill testing, church signs are getting political

Louise Moana Kolff

theconversation.com | 19 February 2019

Originally designed to display service times or bible quotations, church signs are becoming a site of political commentary, tackling everything from pill testing to refugee rights.