Tag Archives: Brian Johnstone

Brian Johnstone. Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ and Cardinal Pell.

Cardinal George Pell has criticized Pope Francis’ ground-breaking environmental encyclical. As Pell told the Financial Times on Thursday, July 14, “It’s got many, many interesting elements. There are parts of it which are beautiful,” he said. “But the Church has … Continue reading

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Brian Johnstone. The execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The deaths of these two men now appear to be inevitable.  The key argument of President Joko Widodo is that this lethal means (death by firing squad) is justified for the purpose of saving his people from the addiction and … Continue reading

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Brian Johnstone. The forgotten children. The ethical dimension.

Professor Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, has found that by reason of its policy of the continued retention of children of asylum seekers, Australia has been and remains in breach of its international obligations. This applies … Continue reading

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Brian Johnstone. The Right to Freedom of Speech

During his flights to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, Pope Francis spoke of the massacre of the staff of a French magazine Charlie Hebdo and others at a kosher supermarket, which killed 17 persons. The attack was in reprisal for … Continue reading

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Brian Johnstone. The right to freedom of speech.

  The recent murders perpetrated in France have been rightly condemned by all people who take seriously morality and human rights. However, the accompanying discussion of the right to freedom of speech has reflected different points of view. For some … Continue reading

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Brian Johnstone. Terrorism and torture – the Catholic tradition.

In Australia today, we accept that a person who has expressed ideas that justify terrorism may be restrained from acting out those ideas.  But we would not justify torturing a person suspected of harbouring such notions to force him to … Continue reading

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Brian Johnstone. How to Respond to Terrorism? 

How can we make sense of the contemporary situation of increasing violence?   Some groups engage in terrorism against other groups and these engage in torture as a means of defeating the terrorism of the others?  In liberal states torture is … Continue reading

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