Susan Connelly is a Sister of St Joseph who spent the first part of her religious life teaching in Catholic and State schools. She has been involved in Timorese issues for over 20 years, initiating programs of cultural and religious education support, and was particularly involved in advocacy for justice. Susan is interested in the theories of René Girard on violence and scapegoating, and on his insights into the importance of forgiveness and non-retaliation. Her PhD thesis using Girard's theories to interpret the relationship between Australia and East Timor will be published in 2021.
Straining gnats and swallowing camels is not reserved for biblical Pharisees. Australians in the 21st-century witness pious adherence to matters that have certain importance, but which are secondary to, and meant to serve, the great human principles of ‘justice, mercy, good faith’ (Matt. 23:23-24)…. Continue reading »
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Compromised politicians, muted religions, a distracted and increasingly partisan media and a malleable crowd combine in another tragedy. Scapegoating it is, but thanks to the Gospel it is not destined for seamless success…. Continue reading »