Ten years ago I wrote a book with Sir Michael Quinlan, who was a noted scholar, a staunch Catholic who had been a colleague of mine in the Ministry of Defence. We didn’t write the book just because at the time the Iraq War was raging but because we felt the tradition needed revisiting. Had it stood the test of time? And was the world now so different that it was no longer relevant? Modern military leaders ignore the insights of Augustine and Aquinas at their peril, writes Charles Guthrie.
Cardinal Turkson addresses the World Food Prize, Cardinal Dolan urges Amercian bishops to defend religious liberty and the new Vatican Secretary of State is expected to start in his office tomorrow.
America asked three professional women about the role of faith in their busy lives.
I pass along one of the insights of the renowned anthropologist Rene Girard who studied how we try to handle resentment in our lives, writes Ron Rolheiser.
Luke 21:5-19 When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework, Jesus said, ‘All these things you are staring at now – the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another.'
The Rev Fr Emmet Patrick Costello SJ died peacefully in Sydney last month. After 71 years of religious life, Fr Costello finally decided he didn’t want to speak any more – and passed quietly away. Others, though, spoke about a remarkable priest.
Melville Fernandez, Caritas Australia's Group Leader of Humanitarian Emergencies has spent the past two weeks in the crowded refugee camps of Turkey and Lebanon where millions of Syrians are struggling to survive.
Brisbane's Filipino community clings to hope, Vinnies' long history of helping refugees and migrants, and the Catholic Prison Minsitry co-ordinator is concerned about overcrowding.
Challenging the cliche that possession signals physical or mental illness, Brian Levack argues that demoniacs are following their various religious cultures, and their performances can only be understood in those contexts.
Luke 20:27-38 Some Sadducees – those who say that there is no resurrection – approached Jesus with a question:
In his Apostolic Letter Orientale Lumen, Pope John Paul II wrote that the Catholic Church breathes with both lungs, Roman and Eastern.
Philip Chevron, guitarist with the Pogues and great Irish songwriter who found worldwide recognition, described himself in August as ‘gay, Irish, Catholic, alcoholic Pogue… about to die from cancer.’ Adam Sweeting remembered his life for The Guardian.
A history of the Huguenots offers sobering parallels with our own time, writes Hywel Williams in The Spectator.
A social justice expo focuses on the young, Sydney students fight poverty with socks (pictured) and the Archbishop of Brisbane reflects on his first meeting with Pope Francis.
It's hard to say something consoling in the face of death, even when the person who died lived a full life and died in the best of circumstances. It's especially hard when the one who's died is a young person, writes Ron Rolheiser.
The Catholic Church does not forbid body art. In fact, at the Catholic Council of Northumberland in 786, a Christian bearing a tattoo “for the sake of God” was deemed worthy of praise. The tradition of Christian tattoos goes back hundreds of years in the Egyptian Coptic church but is relatively new in the West. Yet a generation of young Catholics has found that the symbols of Catholicism —crosses, icons, rosaries, paintings and medals — easily translate into tattoo art.
The previous head of one of the internet’s leading online search engines has travelled to Rome in order to be received into the universal Church, expressing his joy at joining the family of faith.
The Vatican is to study human trafficking issues, the former head of the Chinese underground bishops dies and Pope Francis calls for children to be baptised as early as possible.
Pope Francis frequently denounces two aspects of modern culture: the way it encourages people to throw away whatever or whoever they no longer find useful and the belief that nothing lasts forever, not even love.
Many Catholic families have a special priest in their lives and for the large, extended family of former Queensland Senator Dr John Herron this has been Fr Jim Spence, reports The Catholic Leader.