Nuclear safety can’t rely on divine intervention
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by Dr Michael Walker
2h ago
A man wears protective clothing at Maralinga. Photo: Archival/National Museum of Australia A recurring story of modernity is human over-confidence in our own technology, typified by the exchange in Titanic between White Star managing director Bruce Ismay and ship’s architect Thomas Andrews: “But this ship can’t sink!”, “She’s made of iron, sir! I assure you, she can.” As our systems become more complex, the possibility of catastrophic failure grows. In his book Normal Accidents, Charles Perrow writes, “Our ability to organise does not match the inherent hazards of some of our organized activit ..read more
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Ready to row? Sydney Catholic Schools rowing is back for 2024
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by Sydney Catholic Schools
5h ago
In close collaboration with the St George Rowing Club, the program aims to provide students with the best training available, learning both on and off water skills, ranging from safety protocols to working effectively in teams. Photo: SCS Sport By Bethany Alvaro The “oarsome foursome” of Generation Z may be rowing into success quicker than you think. With Sydney Catholic Schools’ (SCS) rowing foundation program, students have an incredible opportunity to develop their skills on the water. The rowing foundation program 2024 commenced with an orientation on Sunday 18 February at the Como Rowing ..read more
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PNG excited for Francis’ visit, but is the pope really coming?
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by Marilyn Rodrigues
22h ago
Papua New Guineans in traditional dress and face paint. Photos: Supplied An apostolic visit from Pope Francis could do much good in Papua New Guinea, the largest island nation in the Pacific Ocean, but despite confirmation coming from Rome, no one on the ground seems to know whether it’s on. Months of speculation hardly ceased with the late-January announcement from Rome, with uncertainty only seeming to grow over whether the 87-year-old pontiff would make the long-haul journey to Oceania this year. The PNG visit penciled in for 25-28 August would be a shot in the arm for the country, which is ..read more
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Indonesians on edge after Prabowo presidential win
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by Marilyn Rodrigues
1d ago
Indry Wyburn is the Secretary of the Indonesia Business Council Australia,. Photo: Supplied Sydney’s Indonesian chaplain Fr Agustinas Handoko msc is praying for his homeland following the election of a new president, Prabowo Subianto. He is dismayed that Indonesia will be governed by a former military commander, who served in Kopassus, a special forces regiment implicated in human rights abuses during the Suharto years. Subianto also has links to radical Islamists, which has Catholics and other minorities worried for their religious freedoms. Fr Handoko said he will respect the election result ..read more
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Two years on, Ukraine is still unbroken
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by George Weigel
1d ago
Church in Ukraine. Photo: OSV News/Vladyslav Musiienko, Reuters Two years ago, Russian forces attempted a Hitlerian blitzkrieg in Ukraine. According to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, its goal was to eradicate Ukraine: both the Ukrainian state and the Ukrainian nation, with its distinctive language and culture. The blitzkrieg failed, thanks to an epic Ukrainian resistance, defined by Homeric acts of valor and sustained by remarkable social solidarity. Thus one irony of Putin’s war: the Ukrainian nation is more united than ever, its steely resilience and will-to-prevail forged in a Russian bla ..read more
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Angel Studios ascends to new heights with moving Mother Cabrini biopic
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by Mathew De Sousa
2d ago
As Mother Francesca Cabrini, Italian actress Cristiana Dell’Anna delivers a standout performance that is authentic, emotive and engaging. Photo: Angel Studios After founding the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1880, Mother Francesca Cabrini felt an overwhelming call to share the love of Christ to the poor and orphaned in China. Her persistence led to a meeting with Pope Leo XIII in 1887, who expressed skepticism due to her ill health and perceived limitations as a woman. “Not to the East, but to the West,” the pope told her. Instead of China, Mother Cabrini was sent to New Y ..read more
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Why won’t the AMA follow the evidence on gender-affirming care?
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by Monica Doumit
2d ago
The Australian Medical Association’s recent position paper trades impartiality for ideology, and ignores the growing body of evidence against gender-affirming care’s purported benefits. Photo: Unsplash.com The Australian Medical Association has done itself a disservice with its recently released position paper on “LGBTQIASB+ Health.”  The AMA lets the cat out of the bag on the very first page of the statement, where it states that public “celebration of people who are LGBTQIASB+” is a vital part of boosting their health and wellbeing, and asserts that “being LGBTQIASB+ is normal, healthy ..read more
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HSC Achievers 2023
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by Staff Writers
2d ago
HSC Achievers 2023 The Catholic Weekly provides a platform and opportunity to congratulate the Students, Teachers and Schools involved in academic achievement through this HSC Achievers feature. CLICK HERE TO VIEW The post HSC Achievers 2023 appeared first on The Catholic Weekly ..read more
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S04 E01 – Catholics in Australia
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by Staff Writers
2d ago
Professor Stephen Bullivant – Professorial Research Fellow in Theology and Sociology at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He is the author and co-author of a number of books including Nonverts: The Making of Ex-Christian America, and Vatican II: A Very Short Introduction. Dr Philippa Martyr – is a regular columnist in Sydney’s Catholic Weekly newspaper, and is a Perth-based university lecturer and academic researcher. She is collaborating with Stephen on the national Catholics in Australia Survey and is currently unpacking its findings. Dr Matthew Tan – Dean of Studies @ Vianney Colleg ..read more
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New assistant priests for Cathedral
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by George Al-Akiki
2d ago
Fr Ben Saliba and Fr Roberto Keryakos, new assistant priests at St Mary’s Cathedral. Photo: Giovanni Portelli St Mary’s Cathedral has welcomed two young clergy from the outer suburbs of Sydney as its new assistant priests. Fr Ben Saliba departed St John the Baptist Church in Bonnyrigg at the end of 2023, where he served as assistant priest for 15 months following his ordination, while Fr Roberto Keryakos, ordained 2020, left Sacred Heart Cabramatta to come to the cathedral. The two young priests have embraced the busy schedule of Mass, confessions, hospital calls, nursing home visits, RCIA and ..read more
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