Monday, April 23, 2018

Notes: Tuesday, April 18, 2017-Monday, April 23, 2018 (part 3 of 3)

8. In the evening of Saturday, February 17, 2018, The Governor of New South Wales "attended the performance of Trevor Ashley’s Mardi Gala, part of the Sydney Mardi Gras 40th Anniversary celebrations, at the Sydney Opera House."

The quotation in that headline comes from the "Vice Regal Program" notice "Saturday, 17 February 2018", downloaded from the official Governor of New South Wales website:

https://www.governor.nsw.gov.au/governor/vice-regal-program/saturday-17-february-2018/

Labels: G.L.B.T., N.S.W.

9. Federal Labor proposes to give taxpayer funding of "$1 million to Tasmania to build a Reproductive Health Hub" which "will provide surgical terminations as part of the public hospital system, and federal and state Labor will contribute to its ongoing costs under the usual Commonwealth-state arrangements." It would have complemented Tasmanian Labor's pre-State-election "commitment to make terminations available in Tasmania’s public hospitals."

The quotations in that headline come for the media release "LABOR WILL RESTORE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES IN TASMANIA", dated Tuesday, February 20, 2018, issued jointly by The Hon. Bill Shorten M.P. (Leader of H.M.A. Opposition), The Hon. Tanya Plibersek M.P. (Deputy Leader of H.M.A. Opposition and shadow minister for education and training and for women), The Hon. Catherine King M.P. (shadow minister for health and Medicare), and Ms Rebecca White M.P. (Leader of H.M. Tasmanian Opposition and its shadow minister for health and wellbeing and for economic growth and regional development), downloaded from Ms King's website:

http://www.catherineking.com.au/2018/02/20/labor-will-restore-reproductive-health-services-in-tasmania/

See also the "TRANSCRIPT: DOORSTOP HOBART TUESDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 2018", featuring Ms Plibersek, Ms King, and Ms White, downloaded from Ms Plibersek's website:

http://www.tanyaplibersek.com/transcript_doorstop_hobart_tuesday_20_february_2018

Labels: abortion, A.L.

10. "just a century and a half ago, we had Papal States, and a much more politically-oriented Christianity in places. But we developed away from that, getting back to the roots of the faith, before Constantine, and embracing again Christ's words "My kingdom is not of this world.""

The longer quotation, including the shorter one, in that headline comes from the transcript of a speech given by His Grace The Most Rev. The Lord Archbishop of Erbil (a Chaldean archdiocese in Iraq) on February 15, 2018 at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, downloaded from that centre's website:

https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/the-future-of-christianity-and-pluralism-in-iraq

Or go straight hither:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/berkley-center/180215WardaFutureChristianityPluralismIraqSpeechTranscript.pdf

(That speech came to my attention via a Catholic News Service (C.N.S.) report printed in the Sydney Catholic Weekly and available behind a paywall at C.N.S.'s website under the headline "Chaldean archbishop: Time to be 'honest' in dialogue with Muslims", by Mark Pattison, dated February 16, 2018:

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2018/chaldean-archbishop-time-to-be-honest-in-dialogue-with-muslims.cfm)

Labels: Church and State, Constantine the Great, secularism

11. "More than 600 people attended the [St. Patrick's Day 2018 ]Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Terry Brady." Its "congregation … were [sic ]treated to a celebration of Irish dancers and traditional hymns sung by the Sydney Irish Community Choir."

The quotations, excluding my ellipsis symbol (which merely replaces the mention of two high-profile members of that congregation) and bracketed interpolations, in that headline come from the report "A sea of green as Sydney celebrates St Patrick’s day", by Debbie Cramsie, on p. 15 in the "NEWS" pages of the Sydney Catholic Weekly, March 25, 2018, published by The Archdiocese of Sydney, Sydney. (Note that the words "celebrated", "celebration", and "Community" each spanned two lines in the printed article, and so contained the following dashes: "celebrat-ed"; "celebra-tion"; "Com-munity".)

Labels: liturgical dance, N.O.M., Sydney

Reginaldvs Cantvar
St. George's Day, A.D. 2018

Notes: Tuesday, April 18, 2017-Monday, April 23, 2018 (part 2 of 3)

4.3 H.H. The Pope on the death penalty

4.3.1 "Faith is a journey guided by the Holy Spirit, who helps the church grow in understanding the sinful nature of once-accepted practices like slavery and the death penalty, Pope Francis said."

The quotation in that headline comes from the news report "Pope: Spirit helps church see wrongs in slavery, death penalty", by Junno Arocho Esteves, dated May 11, 2017, downloaded from the Catholic News Service's website:

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2017/pope-spirit-helps-church-see-mortal-sin-in-slavery-death-penalty.cfm

See also another news report, "On a journey", no byline, dated May 11, 2017, downloaded from L’Osservatore Romano's website:

http://www.osservatoreromano.va/en/news/journey

The latter report is not available in English at the Vatican's website, but this Italian-language version, perhaps the source for the English version, is:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/cotidie/2017/documents/papa-francesco-cotidie_20170511_in-cammino.html

Labels: death penalty, Francis Bergoglio, morals

4.3.2 "The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel," Pope Francis said."

The longest quotation (including the shortest quotation) in that headline is the first paragraph of the news report "Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' pope says", by Cindy Wooden, dated October 11, 2017, downloaded from the Catholic News Service's website:

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2017/death-penalty-is-contrary-to-the-gospel-pope-says.cfm

A translation (from Italian) of the speech in question, namely, His Holiness's Address, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, to participants in a meeting promoted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation, is available at the Vatican's website:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2017/october/documents/papa-francesco_20171011_convegno-nuova-evangelizzazione.html

and this, also at the Vatican's website, is presumably the original Italian:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/speeches/2017/october/documents/papa-francesco_20171011_convegno-nuova-evangelizzazione.html

Labels: death penalty, Francis Bergoglio, morals

4.4 Msgr. Gallagher (The Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States) on, among other things, the rule of law

4.4.1 Msgr. Gallagher on, among other things, the rule of law, equality before the law, religious plurality in a State, and religion and politics

See The Holy See Press Office Daily Bulletin item "Intervention of the Secretary for Relations with States at the United Nations on the protection of religious minorities in conflicts, 23.09.2017", which contains the text of "the intervention that the Secretary for Relations with States, H.E. Msgr. Paul R. Gallagher, pronounced yesterday at the United Nations Building in New York, during the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, on the protection of religious minorities in conflicts":

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/09/23/170923c.html

Labels: Church and State, Confessional State, Democratism, liberalism, morals, Roman Curia

4.4.2 Msgr. Gallagher on, among other things, the rule of law and a World State

See The Holy See Press Office Daily Bulletin item "Intervention of the Secretary for Relations with States at the Fordham University of New York, 26.09.2017", which contains the text of "the intervention that the H.E. Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for Relations with States, pronounced on 25 September at the Fordham University of New York on The Holy See Perspective on Contemporary International Issues":

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/09/26/170926c.html

Labels: Democratism, liberalism, morals, Roman Curia, U.N.O.

4.5 An apparent Papal endorsement of the delegation theory of the conferral of political authority

See the Vatican Radio report "Pope at Mass: ‘Pray for leaders despite their mistakes’", presumably to be credited to Devin Watkins, dated September 18, 2017, downloaded from Vatican Radio's website but apparently no longer available online; this was its (here hyperlinked) U.R.L.:

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/09/18/pope_at_mass_‘pray_for_leaders_despite_their_mistakes’/1337475

Another account of that homily/daily meditation seems to be available in Italian, but not in English, at the Vatican's website:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/cotidie/2017/documents/papa-francesco-cotidie_20170918_pregare-per-i-governanti.html

and at L’Osservatore Romano's website:

http://www.osservatoreromano.va/it/news/pregare-i-governanti

In that Vatican Radio report, the two paragraphs of interest to me here are this one:
“If leaders do not pray, they close themselves off in a self-referential circle or in that of their party, a circle from which they cannot escape”, said Pope Francis. It is important to be aware that we are all subordinate to someone more powerful. And those who are more powerful than political leaders, he suggested, are both the people who gave those leaders their power, “and God from whom their power comes through the people”. Political leaders pray, said the Pope, when they are aware of being a subordinate.
[my emphasis]
and this one:
“I ask you this favor: every one of you take five minutes, no more. If you are a leader, ask yourself: ‘Do I pray to the One who gave me power through the people?’ If you are not a leader, ‘Do I pray for my leaders? Yes, for this one and that one, yes, because I like them; but for that one, no.’ They need it so much more for this reason! ‘Do I pray for all leaders?’ And if you find in your examination of conscience before Confession that you have not prayed for your leaders, bring it to Confession. Because not to pray for leaders is a sin.”
[my emphasis]
The Italian counterparts of my two emphasised portions of those paragraphs are presumably at least roughly "«il popolo, che gli ha dato il potere, e Dio, dal quale viene il potere tramite il popolo»" and "«… Se è governante, si domandi: “Io prego a quello che mi ha dato il potere tramite il popolo?”. …»" (my ellipses), respectively.

For a summary of the basic differences between the delegation theory, which H.H. The Pope apparently espouses, and the designation theory, see item 2 of this issue of my "Notes":

http://cardinalpole.blogspot.com/2016/03/notes-friday-january-1-monday-march-28.html

Labels: Democratism, Francis Bergoglio, morals, St. Robert Bellarmine

4.6 "Religious differences need not be a source of division and distrust, but rather a force for unity, forgiveness, tolerance and wise nation building."

The quotation in that headline comes from a translation, from Italian, of H.H. The Pope's Address at a meeting with the Burmese "authorities, civil society and members of the diplomatic corps" on November 28, 2017, during His Holiness's Apostolic Journey to Myanmar and Bangladesh (November 26-December 2, 2017); see The Holy See Press Office Daily Bulletin item "Apostolic Trip of the Holy Father Francis to Myanmar and Bangladesh (26 November – 2 December 2017) – Meeting with the Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps, 28.11.2017":

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/11/28/171128c.html

or this other Vatican website page:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2017/november/documents/papa-francesco_20171128_viaggioapostolico-myanmar-autorita.html

The original Italian is available here:

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2017/11/28/0838/01791.html

and here:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/speeches/2017/november/documents/papa-francesco_20171128_viaggioapostolico-myanmar-autorita.html

This seems to be the untranslated version of my quotation:
Le differenze religiose non devono essere fonte di divisione e di diffidenza, ma piuttosto una forza per l’unità, per il perdono, per la tolleranza e la saggia costruzione del Paese.
Labels: Francis Bergoglio

5. "Middle-income families will be subject to an income taper test, losing 30 cents of their family tax benefit for every dollar they earn over $94,316 from July 2018."

The quotation in that headline comes from the news report "Federal budget 2017: Family welcomes lift on medicare rebate freeze and continued childcare support", by Clare Sibthorpe, dated May 10, 2017, downloaded from The Sydney Morning Herald's website:

http://www.smh.com.au/business/federal-budget/federal-budget-2017-family-welcomes-lift-on-medicare-rebate-freeze-and-continued-childcare-support-20170508-gw08fq.html

Note that, according to Australian Labor's Women's Budget Statement 2017 (p. 14), the families in question are those "with three or more children, or two children in high school":

http://www.alp.org.au/labors_womens_budget_statement_2017

Labels: family, tax

6. Some sources of information regarding then-Dom Gerle's April 12, 1790 motion in France's so-called National Constituent Assembly proposing that that body, as such, declare "that the Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman religion is and will for ever remain the religion of the nation, and that its worship is the only one legally authorised"

(The quotation in that headline comes from p. 48 of the third of the following sources and is presumably a translation of the quotation "que la religion catholique, apostolique et romaine est et demeurera pour toujours la religion de la nation, et que son culte sera le seul public et autorisé" on p. 702 of the first of those sources.) See
Labels: Church and State, Confessional State, France, history, religious liberty

7. "Se hanno fame, allattateli, senza paura, date loro da mangiare, perché anche questo è un linguaggio di amore."

The quotation in that headline is the last sentence of H.H. The Pope's extemporaneous Homily given after the Gospel lesson of the combined celebration of a New-Order Mass and administration of the Sacrament of Baptism to newborn babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, January 7, 2018 (the New-Order liturgical calendar's Feast of the Baptism of the Lord); that Homily is available at the Vatican's website here:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/homilies/2018/documents/papa-francesco_20180107_omelia-battesimo.html

and here:

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2018/01/07/0011/00026.html

That website offers two slightly different English translations of that sentence:
If they are hungry, nurse them, without worry; feed them, because this too is a language of love.
[http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2018/documents/papa-francesco_20180107_omelia-battesimo.html]
and
If they are hungry, nurse them, do not be afraid to, feed them, because this too is a language of love.
[http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/01/07/180107a.html]
Labels: breastfeeding, Francis Bergoglio, morals

Reginaldvs Cantvar
St. George's Day, A.D. 2018

Notes: Tuesday, April 18, 2017-Monday, April 23, 2018 (part 1 of 3)

1. Some changes to this blog

In this and future blog posts, I use underlining only for titles of books, blogs, &c., italics only for non-English words, and bold type only for emphasis (except for when I quote someone else, in which case I generally preserve the formatting of the quoted text); immediately before posting this part of this issue of "Notes", I applied that formatting to the text in this blog's sidebar. I also deleted from that sidebar the "News and opinion links" section, since I seldom use its links, except for the one to Dr. Henderson's Media Watch Dog, which I moved to the "Miscellaneous links" section.

Labels: blogs

2. Msgr. Williamson on, among other things, the Congress of Vienna and the consequences of the denial of original sin

See Eleison Comments Issue No. CCCLXXIII, September 6, 2014, "Donoso Cortés – I", by The Right Rev. Msgr. Richard Williamson, available at His Lordship's The St. Marcel Initiative website:

http://stmarcelinitiative.com/donoso-cortes-i/

Labels: Church and State, Democratism, history, liberalism, original sin

3. Some recent publications by H.M.A. Government

3.1 Two recent pieces of Feminist propaganda from H.M.A. Government

THE CONVERSATION GUIDE and HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT RESPECT: A conversation guide for parents and families ("Easy Read" version) are available here:

http://www.respect.gov.au/what-can-i-do/start-a-conversation/

or go straight hither:

https://www.respect.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Conversation-Guide.pdf

and hither, respectively:

https://www.respect.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/easy_read_conversation_guide.pdf

Of most interest here are the fourth points ("Why you are both equally ‘in charge’ of a relationship.") under the headings "GENDER EQUALITY" (in the former, "Gender equality" in the latter) on p. 9 of the former and p. 28 of the latter.

Labels: family, feminism, marriage

3.2 Some official sources of information about the prevailing political opinions in Australia

H.M.A. Government's Department of Home Affairs' discussion paper STRENGTHENING THE TEST FOR AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP, dated April 2017, is available here:

http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/reports-publications/discussion-papers-submissions

or go straight hither:

http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/discussion-papers/citizenship-paper.pdf

That document refers to the citizenship test booklet Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond, which is available (published by the Communication and Engagement Branch of The Department of Home Affairs, Belconnen, A.C.T., 2018) here:

http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Citi/pathways-processes/Citizenship-test/Australian-citizenship-test-resource

(or go straight hither:

http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Citizenship/Documents/our-common-bond.PDF)

and to the Australian Values Statement, available in its long form here:

http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Life/Aust/living-in-australia-values-statement-long

and in its short form here:

http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Life/Aust/Short-statement

See also the Australian citizenship pledge:

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/citi/pathways-processes/citi/australian-citizenship-pledge

with elaboration here:

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Citizenship/Pages/pledge.swf

and see the 2016 booklet Life in Australia – Australian Values and Principles, which is available here:

http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Life/Aust/Life-in-Australia-book

or go straight hither:

http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/LifeinAustralia/Documents/lia_english_full.pdf

Finally, see the prepared text of "The Integration Challenge: Maintaining successful Australian multiculturalism", a speech to have been given by The Hon. Alan Tudge M.P. (Federal Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs) on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Menzies Research Centre, Sydney:

http://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge/Pages/maintaining-successful-australian-multiculturalism.aspx

and Mr. Tudge's transcripts "Interview with Chris Smith, 2GB Sydney" and "Interview with Tom Elliott, 3AW Melbourne" of the same day:

http://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge/Pages/interview-with-chris-smith-180307.aspx

http://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge/Pages/interview-with-tom-elliott-07032018.aspx

Labels: Democratism, feminism, liberalism, multiculturalism, religious liberty, secularism

4. Some recent political pronouncements by H.H. The Pope, whether in person or vicariously

4.1 The text of an English translation from the original Italian of H.H. The Pope's Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Address in the Synod Hall to the participants in the Convention (or Conference, or Congress) organised by The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Encyclical Populorum Progressio is available here:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2017/april/documents/papa-francesco_20170404_convegno-populorum-progressio.html

and in The Holy See Press Office Daily Bulletin item "Audience with the participants in the Convention organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on the fiftieth anniversary of “Populorum Progressio”, 04.04.2017":

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/04/04/170404a.html

I don't know whether it occured to His Holiness, but The Pope's points regarding "integrating in development all those elements that render it truly such" (those elements including "the economy, finance, work, culture, family life, religion") and "integrating among them body and soul" ("them" denoting, apparently, people in general) can be considered points in favour of having a Confessional State and union of Church and State.

Labels: Confessional State, Church and State, Social Reign of Christ

4.2 Three recent Papal mentions of 'healthy/positive secularity/secularism/laicism'

See
Labels: Francis Bergoglio, liberalism, morals, secularism

Reginaldvs Cantvar
St. George's Day, A.D. 2018

Monday, April 17, 2017

Notes: Thursday, December 1, 2016-Monday, April 17, 2017 (part 3 of 3)

8. Mr. French on 'the rule of law'

See the transcript of "Rights and Freedoms and the Rule of Law" (Victoria Law Foundation's 2017 Law Oration), by The Hon. Robert French A.C., available at the "Law Oration" webpage of Victoria Law Foundation's website:

https://www.victorialawfoundation.org.au/law-oration

or go straight hither:

http://www.victorialawfoundation.org.au/sites/default/files/attachments/rights_and_freedoms_and_the_rule_of_law_-_victorian_law_foundation_oration.pdf

Labels: Democratism, law, liberalism

9. H.M.A. Government's latest Multicultural Statement is available here:

https://www.dss.gov.au/settlement-and-multicultural-affairs/australian-governments-multicultural-statement/australian-governments-multicultural-statement

or go straight hither:

https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/03_2017/multicultural_policy_2017.pdf

The Statement was released on March 20, 2017, judging by the Media Release "Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful", issued jointly by the Prime Minister (The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull M.P.) and the Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs (The Hon. Sen. Zed Seselja), dated March 20, 2017, available at the Prime Ministerial website:

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-03-20/multicultural-australia-united-strong-successful

and Sen. Seselja's Ministerial website:

http://zedseselja.dss.gov.au/media-releases/multicultural-australia-united-strong-successful

For information about past Federal multicultural statements, see the editorial "Turnbull evokes Howard on multiculturalism", dated March 21, 2017, downloaded from The Sydney Morning Herald's website:

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/turnbull-evokes-howard-on-multiculturalism-20170319-gv1ofu.html?deviceType=text

Labels: Democratism, feminism, liberalism, multiculturalism

10. That Atheist straw-man again, this time from Mr. FitzSimons: "I place no credibility in "faith" – belief without evidence to support it – as a reason to guide actions"

The quotation in that headline comes from the article "Congratulations to golf, a shining example of everything that is right with sport", under the sub-heading "Please explain, Sonny", by Mr. Peter FitzSimons A.M., dated April 14, 2017, downloaded from The Sydney Morning Herald's website:

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/the-fitz-files/congratulations-to-golf-a-shining-example-of-everything-that-is-right-with-sport-20170413-gvkv1b.html?deviceType=text

(That quotation came to my attention via the version of the article in question printed as last Saturday's installment of the same writer's "The Fitz Files" column, headlined "Garcia and Rose set par for fair play", under the same sub-heading, on p. 51 in the "WeekendSport" section of The Sydney Morning Herald, weekend issue, April 15-16, 2017, Issue No. 56008, published by Fairfax Media Publications, Pyrmont, N.S.W.)

Labels: atheism

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Easter Monday, A.D. 2017

Notes: Thursday, December 1, 2016-Monday, April 17, 2017 (part 2 of 3)

4. Some sources concerned with, among other matters, the putative Establishment of the Anglican sect in New South Wales in the Colony's earliest years:
  • the pamphlet Remarks on the Status of the Presbyterian Church in the British Colonies, Addressed to the Scottish Presbyterians of Van Diemen's Land., by Mr. James Thomson, printed by H. Melville, Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land, 1835 or thereafter (but no later than 1840):

    http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/200672
  • the book A Reply to Judge Burton, of The Supreme Court of New South Wales, on ‘The State of Religion’ in the Colony., by The-then-Rev.-Dr. William Ullathorne O.S.B., published by W. A. Duncan, Sydney, 1840; of greatest interest here is Ch. VI ("THE ESTABLISHMENT.") pp. 49-58 (57-66 in the digital version's reader):

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-52772993
Labels: Anglicans, colonialism, history, N.S.W.

5. An interesting perspective on the relationship between Amoris lætitiæ and Familiaris consortio

See the comment by alexmarison, 13 January 2017 at 8:23 PM, in the combox of the blog post "Maltese Bishops Go To The ‘Amoris laetitia’ Zoo: Disaster… inexcusable nonsense… green-lighting sacrilege", by The Rev. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, dated January 13, 2017, at Fr. Z's Blog :

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2017/01/maltese-bishops-go-to-the-amoris-laetitia-zoo-disaster-inexcusable-nonsense-green-lighting-sacrilege/#comment-549986

Labels: Church law, Francis Bergoglio, John Paul II. Wojtyla, marriage

6. An English translation of the Message of the Fifth European Catholic-Orthodox Forum, held in Paris, January 9-12, 2017, is available at The Council of European Bishops' Conferences' website:

http://www.ccee.eu/news/news-2017/253-13-01-2017-take-heart-i-have-overcome-the-world-john-16-33

Or go straight hither:

http://www.ccee.eu/images/2017/Orthodox/Message_Forum_EN.docx

(The original French of that Message is available at the same webpage, or you can go straight hither:

http://www.ccee.eu/images/2017/Orthodox/Message_Forum_FR.docx)

That translation is also available at the official website of the pretender Patriarch of Constantinople's representation to the World Council of Churches, under the headline "Message of the Fifth European Catholic-Orthodox Forum", dated January 16, 2017:

http://www.ecupatria.org/2017/01/16/message-of-the-fifth-european-catholic-orthodox-forum/

(That Message came to my attention via the report "Europe's Catholic, Orthodox leaders pledge to stand against terrorism", by Jonathan Luxmoore for the Catholic News Service (C.N.S.), on p. 2 in the "NEWS" pages of The Catholic Weekly, January 22, 2017, Vol. 73, No. 4964, published by The Archdiocese of Sydney, available under the headline "Europe's Catholic, Orthodox leaders say they'll stand against terrorism", by the same author, dated January 13, 2017, at C.N.S.'s website:

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2017/europes-catholic-orthodox-leaders-say-theyll-stand-against-terrorism.cfm

and, dated January 15, 2017, at the Crux website:

https://cruxnow.com/cns/2017/01/15/europes-catholic-orthodox-leaders-say-theyll-stand-terrorism/

Labels: Church and State, Confessional State, liberalism, morals, religious liberty, secularism, Social Reign of Christ

7. H.M.A. Government will continue its "partnership with the International Planned Parenthood Federation to deliver the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program in Crisis and Post Crisis Settings (SPRINT) in the Indo-Pacific region", providing "$9.5 million over three years", bringing the Government's "total contribution to the program to $26.3 million since 2007", leading to "over 890,000 people access[ing] sexual and reproductive health services" already.

The quotations, excluding my square-bracketed interpolation, in that headline come from the media release "Supporting sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian crises", dated February 15, 2017, downloaded from the official website of the Minister for Foreign Affairs (The Hon. Julie Bishop M.P.):

http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2017/jb_mr_170215.aspx

See also the prepared text of the speech "2017 ANU Australasian Aid Conference", with the same date and downloaded from the same website:

http://foreignminister.gov.au/speeches/Pages/2017/jb_sp_170215.aspx

(and also available at Ms Bishop's electorate website, under the headline "2017 ANU Australasian Aid Conference, Australian National University, Canberra", with the same date:

http://www.juliebishop.com.au/2017-anu-australasian-aid-conference-australian-national-university-canberra/)

(Those two texts came to my attention via the LifeSiteNews.com report "Australia pledges $9.5 million to International Planned Parenthood after Trump defunded it", by Caleb Stephen, dated February 17, 2017:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/australia-pledges-9.5-million-to-planned-parenthood)

Note that the funding in question is not in response to the so-called Global Gag Rule; H.M.A. Government supports the She Decides fund—set up in response to the restoration of that rule—morally (see the "Statement by Dr Sharman Stone, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls: ‘She Decides’ International Conference", dated March 2, 2017, downloaded from the Government's official Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website:

http://dfat.gov.au/news/speeches/Pages/statement-by-dr-sharman-stone-australian-ambassador-for-women-and-girls-she-decides-ministerial-conference.aspx)

but not financially ("Fairfax Media has confirmed the government will not be committing any funding", according to the report "Australia pledges nothing to counter Donald Trump's 'global gag rule' abortion order", by Latika Bourke, dated March 3, 2017, downloaded from The Sydney Morning Herald's website:

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australia-pledges-nothing-to-counter-donald-trumps-global-gag-rule-abortion-order-20170302-gupl54.html?skin=text-only)

Labels: abortion, contraception, feminism, foreign affairs

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Easter Monday, A.D. 2017

Notes: Thursday, December 1, 2016-Monday, April 17, 2017 (part 1 of 3)

1. Some changes to this blog's sidebar

Immediately before posting this part of this issue of "Notes", I added links to the Encyclopædia Britannica's website and to The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online to my "Reference links", to Campbelltown City Council's Libraries webpage and to The Catholic Institute of Sydney's homepage to my "Miscellaneous links", and to Dr. Gerard Henderson's Media Watch Dog webpage at The Sydney Institute's website to my "News and opinion links", and I removed from my "Blog links" the respective links to Magisterial Fundies (because it has not been updated in over two years) and to The Sensible Bond (because it's no longer available).

Labels: blogs

2. Two (translations of) recent utterances by H.H. The Pope

2.1 "Vatican Council II tells us about the autonomy of things, of processes and institutions. There is a healthy secularism, for instance, the secularism of the State. In general, a secular State is a good thing; it is better than a confessional State, because confessional States finish badly."

The quotation in that headline is a translation of one attributed to H.H. The Pope in the transcript of an interview for the Dutch-language Belgian nominally Catholic weekly called Tertio, apparently contained in issue no. 878, December 7, 2016; the translation from which I quote is that which is contained in the Holy See Press Office's Daily Bulletin item "Interview with the Holy Father Francis for the Belgian Catholic weekly, “Tertio”", also dated December 7, 2016, downloaded from the Vatican's website:

Warning: Elsewhere in that interview, His Holiness used obscene language:

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2016/12/07/161207a.html

According to Inés San Martín's report "Pope Francis: media should avoid indulging popular love of smut" (December 7, 2016) at Crux's website, the interview was conducted in Spanish, The Pope's native language:

https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2016/12/07/pope-francis-media-avoid-indulging-popular-love-smut/

The Italian-language webpage for the aforementioned Bulletin item also indicates that the interview was in Spanish, and provides, under the headline "Intervista del Santo Padre Francesco al settimanale cattolico belga “Tertio”", what is presumably the text of the original transcript:

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2016/12/07/0882/01951.html

(The Spanish transcript is also available at the Spanish-language webpage for that Bulletin item, headlined "Entrevista del Santo Padre Francisco al semanario católico belga “Tertio" (sic—the headline lacks the second pair of inverted commas):

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/es/bollettino/pubblico/2016/12/07/tertio.html)

This is presumably the original Spanish of my quotation:
El Vaticano II nos habla de la autonomía de las cosas o de los procesos o de las instituciones. Hay una sana laicidad, por ejemplo, la laicidad del estado. En general, el estado laico es bueno. Es mejor que un estado confesional, porque los estados confesionales terminan mal.
The transcript does not seem to be freely available at Tertio's website.

Earlier in the translated transcript, His Holiness says that The Pope has "spoken about this with the French". I blogged about the interview to which His Holiness refers there in item 7.1.1 of this issue of "Notes", and since then I have learnt that an English translation of the text of that interview, apparently in full, is available at La Croix international's website under the headline "Interview with Pope Francis by La Croix", sub-heading "Christianity not a colonial enterprise", by Guillaume Goubet and Sébastien Maillard, dated December 26, 2016, here:

https://international.la-croix.com/news/interview-with-pope-francis-by-la-croix/3184

Labels: Church and State, Confessional State, Francis Bergoglio, liberalism, morals, religious liberty, secularism, Social Reign of Christ, Vatican II

2.2 "And then, since the ceremony is a bit long, some cry out of hunger. If that is the case, mothers, feel free to nurse your babies, without fear, as usual. Just as Our Lady nursed Jesus"

The quotation in that headline was attributed to H.H. The Pope in the Holy See Press Office's Daily Bulletin item "Francis baptises 28 children in the Sistine Chapel", dated January 8, 2017, downloaded from the Vatican's website:

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/01/08/170108a.html

That English-language Bulletin item was presumably a translation from the original Italian one, headlined "Santa Messa nella Cappella Sistina con il rito del Battesimo dei bambini":

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2017/01/08/0013/00029.html

An English translation of the full text of that homily is available here:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2017/documents/papa-francesco_20170108_omelia-battesimo.html

and what I presume is the Italian original is available here:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/homilies/2017/documents/papa-francesco_20170108_omelia-battesimo.html

Labels: breastfeeding, Francis Bergoglio, morals

3. "The lost history of the Freemasons"

The quotation in that headline is the headline of a story by Amanda Ruggeri, dated December 13, 2016, in B.B.C. Travel's BBC Britain series, downloaded from the B.B.C.'s website:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161209-secret-history-of-the-freemasons-in-scotland

Labels: Freemasons

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Easter Monday, A.D. 2017

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Notes: Saturday, July 2-Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1. A couple of recent items regarding The High Court of Australia

1.1 Dr. Maley on the High Court's Gay Marriage ruling

See The Centre for Independent Studies' (C.I.S.'s) Occasional Paper 147 The High Court, Democracy and Same Sex Marriage, by Dr. Barry Maley (a Senior Fellow at The C.I.S.), published by The C.I.S., Sydney, July 2016:

https://www.cis.org.au/publications/occasional-papers/the-high-court-democracy-and-same-sex-marriage

or go straight hither:

https://www.cis.org.au/app/uploads/2016/07/op147.pdf

(That Paper came to my attention via Dr. Maley's opinion piece "DEFINITION NOT MADE IN HEAVEN" on p. 12 in the "COMMENTARY" pages of The Australian, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Second Edition, No. 16100, ISSN 1038-8761, published by Nationwide News Pty. Limited, available at The C.I.S.'s website under the headline "Marriage deserves a referendum, not a quickie plebiscite", with the same date:

https://www.cis.org.au/commentary/articles/marriage-deserves-a-referendum-not-a-quickie-plebiscite

Labels: Constitution, G.L.B.T., H.C.A., law, marriage

1.2 The plebiscites in 1898 and ’99 which "were held in each of the Australian colonies to ensure that the people approved of the Constitution before it was enacted in Britain" "are treated by the High Court as part of the basis for popular sovereignty in Australia."

The quotations in that headline come from the opinion piece "Plebiscite a casualty in the debate over marriage laws", by Prof. Anne Twomey (a Professor of Constitutional Law at The University of Sydney), dated October 7, 2016, downloaded from (behind the paywall at) The Australian's website:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/legal-affairs/plebiscite-a-casualty-in-the-debate-over-marriage-laws/news-story/7847b6a78619996ac6435e78c30d59ec

(That article came to my attention via the version printed on p. 28 in the "LEGAL AFFAIRS" pages of The Australian, Friday, October 7, 2016, Second Edition, No. 16163, ISSN 1038-8761, published by Nationwide News Pty. Limited; if I recall correctly, the headline was "Let's not demonise plebiscites in the heat of the debate over our marriage laws".)

Labels: H.C.A., morals

2. "The Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) Scholarship Foundation will award 20 scholarships for disadvantaged students in 2016. The ABCN Scholarship Foundation, at the request of our donors, allocates some scholarships in specific categories including Indigenous, refugee, LGBTI and State-based scholarships. … Early in 2016, the Citi Pride network proposed raising funds to support a student identifying as LGBTI, in recognition of additional challenges faced by LGBTI students in their senior years of schooling. The scholarship is funded by individual donations from Citi and other corporate employees, with Citi matching individual donations."

The quotation, excluding my ellipsis, in that headline comes from the "ABCN Scholarship Foundation Statement August 2016", available for download from the "News and Media Releases" webpage at the A.B.C.N.'s website:

https://www.abcn.com.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases

Or go straight hither:

https://www.abcn.com.au/sites/default/files/ABCN%20Scholarship%20Foundation%20Statement%20August%202016.pdf

See also item 6.3 of this issue of "Notes".

Labels: education, G.L.B.T.

3. "The first stage of the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book is available on the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration's website."

The quotation, including its hyperlink, in that headline comes from the media release "New resource to assist victims of family violence", dated August 18, 2016, downloaded from the official website of the Attorney-General for Australia (The Hon. Sen. George Brandis Q.C.):

https://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2016/ThirdQuarter/New-resource-to-assist-victims-of-family-violence.aspx

Labels: feminism

4. H.M. Victorian Government's Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships 'learning resources' are available here:

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/teaching-and-learning-materials.aspx

Or go straight hither:

http://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/ResourcePackage/ByPin?pin=2JZX4R

See also the Media Release "Victoria Leading The Way On Respectful Relationships", dated October 10, 2016, attributed to the Victorian Minister for Education (The Hon. James Merlino M.P.), downloaded from the official Premier of Victoria website:

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victoria-leading-the-way-on-respectful-relationships/

(and also available under the same headline (though with all the letters capitalised) and with the same date at Mr. Merlino's own website:

http://www.jamesmerlino.com.au/media-releases/victoria-leading-the-way-on-respectful-relationships/)

Labels: education, feminism, G.L.B.T., morals, multiculturalism, relativism, Victoria

5. Dr. Morrall on a supposed change in Christian political philosophy:
… The ‘conventional’ notion of many Christian thinkers about human government as part remedy, part punishment for the Fall of Man, led to a depreciatory view of political institutions and activity.
The position began to change round about the time of the economic, social and cultural revivals of the tenth and subsequent centuries. With the loss of distrust for human reason and its achievements came a gradual strengthening of belief in the natural character of political life as beneficial for man and corresponding to an inherent need of his being. Classical sources familiar to the medieval philosophers of the twelfth century, particularly Cicero and the Timaeus dialogue by Plato, had spoken of Nature as the inspiration of the life of men in society. But the biggest single source of the revival of belief in the naturalness of political activity was the return of knowledge of Roman Law as collected by Justinian in his Corpus of Civil Law. This was beginning to be studied in the Italian legal schools, particularly Bologna, in the eleventh century. Throughout the Middle Ages Bologna was to remain the great centre of legal studies for both Civil and Canon Law.

[italics in the original, my ellipsis (and deleted dashes where a word spanned two lines; for the original format of the text, see the Appendix to this post),
pp. 158 f., Ch. 6 ("EPILOGUE: MEDIEVAL GOVERNMENT AND ITS DILEMMA"), The Medieval Imprint: The Founding of the Western European Tradition, by John B. Morrall, published by Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England, 1970]
Labels: morals

6. Prof. van Onselen, approvingly (or at least sympathetically), on Conservativism as Retarded Progressivism: "Conservatism in its purest form is about slowing down the pace of change to ensure that adjustments in policy settings when they do happen are well thought through."

(Note that by using the word 'retarded' I intend no allusion to what is these days called being developmentally delayed.) The quotation in that headline comes from the opinion piece "Fringe-dwelling reactionaries tarnish true conservatism", by Prof. Peter van Onselen, dated October 22, 2016, downloaded from (behind the paywall at) The Australian's website:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/peter-van-onselen/fringedwelling-reactionaries-tarnish-true-conservatism/news-story/84662346c74564581fd974b3d61873df

(That article came to my attention via the version printed under the same headline (though with all the letters capitalised), with the same author, on p. 22 in the "COMMENTARY" pages of the "INQUIRER" section of The Weekend Australian, October 22-23, 2016, First Edition, No. 16176, ISSN 1038-8761, published by Nationwide News Pty. Limited.)

Labels: liberalism

7. "It’s always been the case that the scheme has been designed, and these changes are also designed, to try and ensure that as many mothers are participating in the workforce and are able to re-participate after the birth of a child, having provided for a fair amount of time to bond with the child after birth." (The scheme in question is H.M.A. Government's paid maternity leave scheme.)

The quotation in that headline is attributed to the Federal Minister for Social Services (The Hon. Christian Porter M.P.) in the interview transcript "ABC Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly", dated October 24, 2016, downloaded from Mr. Porter's Ministerial website:

http://christianporter.dss.gov.au/transcripts/abc-radio-national-breakfast-with-fran-kelly-0

Labels: economic rationalism, economics, family, feminism, P.P.L., tax, work

Reginaldvs Cantvar
St. Andrew's Day, A.D. 2016

Appendix: Item 5's quotation in its original format:

[p. 158]
… The ‘conven-
tional’ notion of many Christian thinkers about human
government as part remedy, part punishment for the
Fall of Man, led to a depreciatory view of political in-
stitutions and activity.
The position began to change round about the time
of the economic, social and cultural revivals of the tenth
and subsequent centuries. With the loss of distrust for
human reason and its achievements came a gradual
strengthening of belief in the natural character of poli-
tical life as beneficial for man and corresponding to an
[p. 159]
inherent need of his being. Classical sources familiar to
the medieval philosophers of the twelfth century, par-
ticularly Cicero and the Timaeus dialogue by Plato, had
spoken of Nature as the inspiration of the life of men
in society. But the biggest single source of the revival of
belief in the naturalness of political activity was the re-
turn of knowledge of Roman Law as collected by Justin-
ian in his Corpus of Civil Law. This was beginning to be
studied in the Italian legal schools, particularly Bolog-
na, in the eleventh century. Throughout the Middle
Ages Bologna was to remain the great centre of legal
studies for both Civil and Canon Law.
[italics in the original, my ellipsis; note that, in the original, the first line of the second paragraph was indented,
pp. 158 f., Ch. 6 ("EPILOGUE: MEDIEVAL GOVERNMENT AND ITS DILEMMA"), The Medieval Imprint: The Founding of the Western European Tradition, by John B. Morrall, published by Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England, 1970]

Friday, July 1, 2016

Notes: Monday, March 28-Friday, July 1, 2016 (part 2 of 2)

7. Some recent utterances by H.H. The Pope

7.1 H.H. The Pope on State religion

7.1.1 "States must be secular. Confessional states end badly. That goes against the grain of history. I believe that a version of laicity accompanied by a solid law guaranteeing religious freedom offers a framework for going forward. We are all equal as sons (and daughters) of God and with our personal dignity."

The quotation in that headline is (a translation of) the beginning of an answer by H.H. The Pope to an interview question; the interview was conducted by Guillaume Goubert and Sébastien Maillard "at the Vatican, at the Santa Marta residence, on Monday, May 9", 2016 for La Croix, and the translation (headlined "Pope Francis Weighs in on Pedophilia, Same-Sex Marriage and the Refugee Crisis", dated, and last updated, May 18, 2016) is available in full at THEWORLDPOST's website:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sebastien-maillard/pope-francis-la-croix-interview_b_10008372.html

The translation (credited to Stefan Gigacz and headlined "INTERVIEW Pope Francis", dated May 17, 2016) is also available at La Croix's website, but you might encounter a paywall:

http://www.la-croix.com/Religion/Pape/INTERVIEW-Pope-Francis-2016-05-17-1200760633

(The only difference between the two translations of the interview part in question is that the one at La Croix's website has an upper-case H in the word "History".) The complete untranslated transcript is apparently available (headlined "Entretien exclusif avec le pape François : l’intégralité" and dated May 17, 2016) behind a paywall at the same website here:

http://www.la-croix.com/Religion/Pape/Entretien-exclusif-avec-le-pape-Francois-Le-devoir-du-christianisme-pour-l-Europe-c-est-le-service-2016-05-17-1200760627

and a sample of that text is available (headlined "Le pape François à «La Croix» : « Un État doit être laïque »", dated May 16, 2016) here:

http://www.la-croix.com/Religion/Pape/Le-pape-Francois-a-La-Croix-Un-Etat-doit-etre-laique-2016-05-16-1200760526

That extract contains the text of the question and answer of most interest to me. The original French of the quotation in my headline seems to have been
Un État doit être laïque. Les États confessionnels finissent mal. Cela va contre l’Histoire. Je crois qu’une laïcité accompagnée d’une solide loi garantissant la liberté religieuse offre un cadre pour aller de l’avant. Nous sommes tous égaux, comme fils de Dieu ou avec notre dignité de personne.
RT.com has an article ("‘State must be secular, single-religion states end badly’ – Pope Francis to French Catholic paper", May 17, 2016) which contains translations of much of the text of His Holiness's answers in that excerpt:

https://www.rt.com/news/343258-pope-french-catholic-paper/

See also the Catholic News Service article "In French interview, pope talks about religious freedom, abuse crisis", by Cindy Wooden, dated May 17, 2016:

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2016/in-french-interview-pope-talks-about-religious-freedom-abuse-crisis.cfm

and item 3 of this issue of "Notes".

Labels: Church and State, Confessional State, Francis Bergoglio, liberalism, morals, religious liberty, secularism, Social Reign of Christ

7.1.2 "I bow before the mercy of the Lord, who willed that Armenia should become, in the year 301, the first nation to accept Christianity as its religion, at a time when persecutions still raged throughout the Roman Empire."

The quotation in that headline comes from (a translation, presumably from Italian, of) H.H. The Pope's Address during His Holiness's visit and prayer at the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral in Etchmiadzin, Armenia, on Friday, June 24, 2016:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2016/june/documents/papa-francesco_20160624_armenia-cattedrale-etchmiadzin.html

The Pope's apparent approval for State religion in that Address doesn't necessarily contradict His Holiness' disapproval cited in the previous item, given that The Pope's reason for that disapproval is that State religion "goes against the grain of history". But it's harder to reconcile that disapproval with the approval seemingly expressed in the following quotation:
The history of your country runs parallel to its Christian identity preserved over the centuries. That Christian identity, far from impeding a healthy secularity of the state, instead requires and nourishes it, favouring the full participation of all in the life of society, freedom of religion and respect for minorities.
[translation, from Italian, of the Address of His Holiness during the meeting with the Civil Authorities and Diplomatic Corps at the Presidential Palace in Armenia on Friday, June 24, 2016:
http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2016/june/documents/papa-francesco_20160624_armenia-autorita-cd.html
or see this Vatican Radio article:
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/06/24/pope_francis_addresses_armenian_civil_authorities/1239768
The original Italian of that quotation was presumably
La storia del vostro Paese va di pari passo con la sua identità cristiana, custodita nel corso dei secoli. Tale identità cristiana, lungi dall’ostacolare la sana laicità dello Stato, piuttosto la richiede e la alimenta, favorendo la partecipe cittadinanza di tutti i membri della società, la libertà religiosa e il rispetto delle minoranze.
(http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/speeches/2016/june/documents/papa-francesco_20160624_armenia-autorita-cd.html)]
Harder, but perhaps not impossible; perhaps when The Pope spoke critically of Confessional States, His Holiness understood 'Confessional' in the sense of, as we in Australia would usually say, 'denominational', and thus the criticism would not necessarily apply to a State which confesses Christianity 'generically'. (Just to be clear: I'm only trying to understand The Pope, not defend His Holiness, and the more likely explanation for The Pope's discordant statements seems to me to be that in the La Croix interview, His Holiness spoke his mind, whereas in those two Armenian addresses, The Pope read texts prepared, at least partly, by someone else.)

Labels: Church and State, Confessional State, Francis Bergoglio, liberalism, morals, religious liberty, secularism, Social Reign of Christ

7.2 More from H.H. The Pope on the death penalty

See the (prepared, or transcribed, or something else?) text of H.H. The Pope's June 21, 2016 English-language video message to the Sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty (Oslo, June 21-23, 2016), available at the Vatican's website here:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/pont-messages/2016/documents/papa-francesco_20160621_videomessaggio-vi-congresso-contro-pena-di-morte.html

or see respectively the following Vatican Radio, Holy See Press Office bulletin, or NEWS.VA webpages:

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/06/21/pope_francis_video_message_to_death_penalty_conference/1238843

http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2016/06/22/160622c.html

http://www.news.va/en/news/francis-video-message-at-a-congress-against-the-de

Labels: death penalty, Francis Bergoglio, morals

8. "Over five years the Coalition will invest $5.4 million to support a Pacific Women Mentoring Programme, connecting female leaders in Australia with emerging leaders in our region across both the public and private sectors."

The quotation in that headline comes from the media release "The Coalition's Policy for a Safe and Prosperous Australia", contributed by The Hon. Julie Bishop M.P. (Minister for Foreign Affairs), dated June 23, 2016, available at the official Liberal Party website here:

https://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2016/06/23/coalitions-policy-safe-and-prosperous-australia

(and also at Ms Bishop's website here:

http://www.juliebishop.com.au/coalitions-policy-safe-prosperous-australia/)

See also the webpage with the same headline at the same website, but with a little more detail, here:

https://www.liberal.org.au/coalitions-policy-safe-and-prosperous-australia

Labels: feminism, foreign affairs

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, A.D. 2016

Notes: Monday, March 28-Friday, July 1, 2016 (part 1 of 2)

1. "ParentsNext will assist parents with young children in planning for future employment by arranging activities and connecting parents to local services to prepare them for work by the time their children are at school."

The quotation, including its italics, in that headline comes from the Media Release "ParentsNext - helping parents with young children prepare for work", dated Wednesday, January 6, 2016, issued by The Hon. Sen. Michaelia Cash (Federal Minister for Employment, Minister for Women, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service), downloaded from the Employment portfolio Minister’s Media Centre website:

https://ministers.employment.gov.au/cash/parentsnext-helping-parents-young-children-prepare-work-0

See also
  • the "Grant Guidelines for ParentsNext Webinar" PowerPoint presentation, available here:

    https://docs.employment.gov.au/node/35611

    The fifth slide, headed "Policy rationale", has a bullet point saying "Added impetus: Australia’s G20 commitment to reduce the gap between male and female labour force participation.", and the text accompanying that slide goes into a little more detail, noting, among other things, that "it is expected that the majority of parents in ParentsNext will be women"
Labels: economic rationalism, economics, family, feminism, work

2. In one respect, The Greens are a better friend (or at least less of an enemy) to large families than Labor and the Liberals are.

I refer in that headline to The Greens' opposition to the abolition of the large-family supplement. See The Australian Greens Dissenting Report in the Senate's Community Affairs Legislation Committee's February 2016 report on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Bill 2015 [Provisions]:

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Family_Measures/Report

See also the respective speeches of Senn. Fifield, Moore, and Siewert recorded in the Hansard for Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (under "Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Bill 2015" under the two "BILLS" tabs at the left of your screen when you go to the following webpage):

http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansards%2Faf5e9bce-9bd9-45dc-bd87-c1d5218a5d66%2F0000%22

Labels: economics, family, tax

3. Mr. Lawrence on Family Tax Benefit B and horizontal equity:
… What we point out in paragraph 27 of our submission is that family tax benefit B is a hybrid kind of payment.

There was an interesting article by Judith Sloan in The Australian about a month ago where she talked about family tax benefit part B. She framed it, at least part of it, in terms of a tax relief measure. What she was saying—and other people have said this but she perhaps crystallised it—is that family tax benefit B is a provision that gives some horizontal equity to the tax system. In Australia, as we well know, we do not have family tax. The family is not a unit and the household is not a unit for tax purposes. Prime Minister Howard was very good in articulating the basis for giving some support to families through the tax system. His point was, and the same with Judith Sloane, that if somebody is prepared to give part of their income to support somebody else then they should get some recognition for it. There should be some tax relief, because it has a social value. If we give a donation to an organisation that looks after homeless children, we get a tax deduction for it, because it is recognised in the system that there is an advantage in that for society. Civil society, or the institution of society, is enhanced by the sharing of income.

So you get this notion of horizontal equity. We have used the tax rebate originally as one means of modifying the implications of just having an individual as a tax unit. What we now have is a hybrid. It makes it a bit difficult sometimes to work out how you should deal with it. Our view is that because there is a value in looking after children in the home and because there is an argument in support of horizontal equity then in principle there should be no cut-off point in the support. But the reality is that if you are going to support the people at the bottom, the most vulnerable, you might not be able to afford that benefit. If you reduce it back, you might lose the obvious horizontal tax equity features. That is an issue that I think has to be taken into account in this debate and it sometimes can be confusing as to how you deal with it.

[my ellipsis symbol,
Hansard transcript of a public hearing, on February 18, 2016, for the Senate's Community Affairs Legislation Committee's inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2015 (the quotation comes from Mr. Brian Lawrence, who represented the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (A.C.C.E.R.)):
http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22committees%2Fcommsen%2F9b2b26ff-6726-4185-935e-06385bc5c0aa%2F0000%22
(A.C.C.E.R.'s submission is available at Parliament's website (but Mr. Lawrence seems to have had in mind section, rather than page, 27, on p. 8):
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Family_Payments_No_2/Submissions)]
Labels: economics, family, tax

4. Some recent items regarding "respectful relationships"

4.1 Mr. Muehlenberg on Early Childhood Australia (E.C.A.) and its Start Early "teaching resource"

See the blog posts "Get Your Hands Off Our Children" by Mr. Bill Muehlenberg, dated March 6, 2016, downloaded from his CultureWatch blog:

http://billmuehlenberg.com/2016/03/06/when-the-wicked-target-our-children/

and "The Sexual Anarchists Targeting Our Children", by the same author, dated March 8, 2016, downloaded from the same website:

http://billmuehlenberg.com/2016/03/08/the-sexual-anarchists-targeting-our-children/

There is a Start Early homepage at E.C.A.'s website:

http://startearly.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/

Labels: childcare, education, feminism, G.L.B.T., morals, multiculturalism, relativism, sex ed

4.2 Stop it at the start (a "$30 million national campaign designed to help break the cycle of violence against women and their children") "will unite families and communities around young people to positively influence attitudes towards respectful relationships and gender equality."

The quotations in that headline come from the media release "Stop it at the start", dated April 20, 2016, downloaded from the Federal Minister for Women's website (the latter quotation was attributed directly to the Minister, The Hon. Sen. Michaelia Cash):

http://ministers.dpmc.gov.au/cash/2016/stop-it-start

(That media release is also available at the official Federal Minister for Social Services website:

http://christianporter.dss.gov.au/media-releases/stop-it-at-the-start)

See also the transcript "Stop it at the Start - Campaign Launch Press Conference", dated April 20, 2016, downloaded from the same website:

http://ministers.dpmc.gov.au/cash/2016/stop-it-start-campaign-launch-press-conference

(and also available at the other website:

http://christianporter.dss.gov.au/transcripts/stop-it-at-the-start-campaign-launch-press-conference)

In that transcript, Sen. Cash also reminds her audience of how
last year the Women’s Safety Ministers, we wrote to the Education Ministers, and we recommended that Respectful Relationships, that programme, be imbedded in the school curriculum. We were very pleased that then the Education Minister’s determined that it would.
As for the respective policies of Federal Labor and The Greens concerning 'respectful relationships', see
Labels: childcare, education, feminism, G.L.B.T., morals, multiculturalism, relativism, sex ed

4.3 Ms Barry on "respectful relationships education"

See the opinion piece "Respectful relationships education: teaching kids respect" by Ms Mary Barry (Chief Executive Officer of Our Watch), dated April 21, 2016, downloaded from Our Watch's website:

http://www.ourwatch.org.au/News-media/Latest-news/Respectful-relationships-education-teaching-kids-r

Labels: childcare, education, feminism, G.L.B.T., morals, multiculturalism, relativism, sex ed

5. Some sources of information about the Martyrs of Carmes

See the Trove scans of the following newspaper articles (none of which had bylines):
  • "HEROIC MARTYR BAND. Death Preferred to Disloyalty. THE POPE’S EULOGY." in The Freeman's Journal, Vol. LXXVI, Sydney, Thursday, December 2, 1926, p. 40:
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/116779424
    (That article also contains information about Bl. Noel Pinot, another martyr during the French Revolution.)

See also pp. 67-72 of Acta Apostolicæ Sedis (A.A.S.) Vol. VIII (A.D. 1916):

http://www.vatican.va/archive/aas/documents/AAS-08-1916-ocr.pdf

and pp. 415-425, 439-447, and 450-452 of A.A.S. Vol. XVIII (A.D. 1926):

http://www.vatican.va/archive/aas/documents/AAS-18-1926-ocr.pdf

(The latter volume also contains information about the aforementioned Bl. Noel Pinot.)

Labels: France, saints

6. Some recent Gay-related items

6.1 "An Australian first Pride Centre is the centrepiece of the Andrews Labor Government’s continued investment in services and facilities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Victorians."

The quotation in that headline is the first paragraph of the Media Release "Victoria Continues To Lead The Nation On Equality", credited to Victoria's Ministers for, respectively, Equality (The Hon. Martin Foley M.P.) and Health (The Hon. Jill Hennessy M.P.), dated April 27, 2016, downloaded from the official Premier of Victoria website:

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victoria-continues-to-lead-the-nation-on-equality/

See also the Media Release "Australia’s First Pride Centre", credited to the Victorian Premier (The Hon. Daniel Andrews M.P.), dated April 20, 2016, downloaded from the same website:

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/australias-first-pride-centre/

and the A.B.C. news report "Victoria to establish Australia's first Pride Centre for LGBTI community", dated Apil 20, 2016:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-20/victoria-to-be-home-to-australias-first-pride-centre/7343932

(While gathering that information, I came across this remarkable document:

Equality back on the agenda: Labor’s LGBTI Policy)

Labels: G.L.B.T., Victoria

6.2 "A Shorten Labor Government will appoint a full-time LGBTI Discrimination Commissioner to the Australian Human Rights Commission."

The quotation in that headline is the first paragraph of the media release "Labor To Appoint A New Champion For LGBTI Australians", issued jointly by The Hon. Sen. Penny Wong (Leader of H.M.A. Opposition in the Senate, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment) and The Hon. Mark Dreyfus Q.C. M.P. (Federal Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Arts Minister), dated Saturday, May 21, 2016, downloaded from Mr. Dreyfus's website:

http://markdreyfus.nationbuilder.com/labor_to_appoint_a_new_champion_for_lgbti_australians

See also
Labels: A.H.R.C., G.L.B.T., human rights

6.3 On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, His Excellency The Governor of New South Wales "met with Mr Geoff Selig, Board Director, and Mr Sean Linkson, Chief Executive Officer of The Pinnacle Foundation, an organisation established to provide scholarships to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer students who are marginalised or disadvantaged."

The quotation in that headline comes from the webpage "Wednesday, 25 May 2016" at the official Governor of New South Wales website:

https://www.governor.nsw.gov.au/governor/vice-regal-program/wednesday/

Labels: G.L.B.T., N.S.W.

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, A.D. 2016