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

Monday, March 28, 2016

Notes: Friday, January 1-Monday, March 28, 2016

1. Some changes to this blog's sidebar

Just before posting this issue of "Notes", I added
  • a "Search services" section, containing links to Google and to Trove, between my "Discussion links" and "Reference links" sections
Labels: blogs

2. Mr. Alexander on two theories of how political authority is transferred from God to the sovereign:
… Ever since Suarez and Bellarmine, this theory[, that is, "the theory of the social contract and the transfer of power by the people as a whole",] had been the subject of violent dispute between the partisans of the formal and conservative interpretation of the doctrine of Thomas Aquinas which found the origin and the bearer of state power to be in the state community, and the partisans of a realistic interpretation and its further development in the tradition of Suarez and the others. According to the first concept, the people in a state are only indirectly the bearers of political power and all they can do is to designate (designatio) or elect the immediate bearer of political power to whom this power is then transferred “by the grace of God.” According to the second concept the people in a state are themselves the bearers of state power which they transfer directly (delegatio) to the organs of the state in the name of the natural rights of the people, whereby they do not by any means dispose of these rights permanently by the contractual act of delegation, but on the contrary remain the perpetual and original possessors of political power. This difference between the so-called “designation theory” and the “translation theory” has significant consequences for the doctrine of the social contract and the active, i.e., revolutionary, right of resistance. Those who hold fast to the designation theory necessarily reject the democratic theory of the social contract and people’s sovereignty and, by the same token, deny the existence of a direct right to resist and to make revolutionary constitutional changes. Those who believe in the translation theory, on the contrary, not only defend the Suarist concept of people’s sovereignty but also deduce from it the right of active resistance. …
[my ellipsis symbols and square-bracketed interpolation,
pp. 506 f., sub-section 2. "The Doctrine of the State", section 2. "The Political Doctrines", Chapter VI "Political Doctrines and Social Theories", in "Church and Society in Germany. Social and Political Movements and Ideas in German and Austrian Catholicism 1789-1950" by Edgar Alexander, translated by Dr. Toni Stolper; "Church and Society in Germany" is Part IV of Church and Society: Catholic Social and Political Thought and Movements 1789-1950, edited by Prof. Joseph N. Moody in collaboration with twelve others, published by Arts, Inc., New York, 1953]
Labels: morals, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Thomas Aquinas

3. Mr. Smith on Mr. Nile's involvement in the New South Wales Parliament's extension, to all shops, of permission to trade on Boxing Day 2015 and ’16:
… You[, that is, Shop, Distributive, and Allied Employees' Association, New South Wales Branch (S.D.A.N.S.W.) "members, Delegates and supporters",] sent in thousands of emails and made hundreds of phone calls to the Rev Nile. Every major Christian religious group wrote letters of support calling on Parliament to leave the day for families. Despite all of this, the Rev Nile broke his election promise to you and he voted with the Baird Government to allow all shops to trade on Boxing Day.
[my ellipsis symbol and bracketed interpolation,
"A Challenging Year Draws to an End", by Mr. Bernie Smith (S.D.A.N.S.W. Secretary), p. 3, SDA NEWS (the "OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE SHOP, DISTRIBUTIVE AND ALLIED EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION, NEW SOUTH WALES BRANCH"), Summer 2015, available at the S.D.A.N.S.W.'s website here:

https://www.sdansw.org.au/news/sda-news-summer-2015-edition

Or go straight hither:

http://issuu.com/sdansw/docs/sda_news_summer_2015_so?e=9746493/31899528]
But see also the Media Release "Boxing Day Trading – Let’s Keep with the Facts", dated November 12, 2015, downloaded from the Christian Democratic Party's website here:

http://www.christiandemocraticparty.com.au/media-releases/boxing-day-trading-lets-keep-with-the-facts/

In particular, in connection with Mr. Smith's statement that "[e]very major Christian religious group wrote letters of support calling on Parliament to leave the day for families", see the message from the leader of the Sydney branch of the Anglican sect, available for download at that Media Release's webpage, or go straight hither:

http://www.christiandemocraticparty.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/151110-Archbishops-letter-to-FN-and-PG.pdf

Labels: Fred Nile, work

4. In the conclusion to H.H. The Pope's brief homily during a New-Order Mass (the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord, January 10, 2016), His Holiness "invited mothers to feel free to feed their babies in the Sistine Chapel if necessary."

The quotation in that headline comes from the item "Baptisms in the Sistine Chapel: offer your children the legacy of faith", dated January 10, 2016, in the Holy See Press Office's Vatican Information Service daily e-mail bulletin of January 11, 2016, Year XXVI, No. 5; that item is available online under the same headline and with the same date at News.va:

http://www.news.va/en/news/baptisms-in-the-sistine-chapel-offer-your-children

An English version of the text of the homily in question is available here:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2016/documents/papa-francesco_20160110_omelia-battesimo-signore.html

and in what was presumably its original Italian here:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/homilies/2016/documents/papa-francesco_20160110_omelia-battesimo-signore.html

Labels: breastfeeding, Francis Bergoglio, morals

5. Five points of interest in connection with the Safe Schools Coalition's All of Us "teaching resource"

The text immediately after each of the following bullet points is a quotation from the article "Sexual politics in the classroom", by Natasha Bita, on p. 17 in the "INQUIRER" section of The Weekend Australian, February 13-14, 2016, First Edition, No. 15961, ISSN 1038-8761, published by Nationwide News Pty. Limited. I transcribed the quotations myself (though the article is also available online (behind a paywall, which you might be able to circumvent if you Google part of one of the following quotations and click the resulting link), at The Australian's website, under the headline "Safe Schools Coalition: sexual politics in the classroom", with the same author, dated February 13, 2016, here); each dash is the result of a word spanning two lines, and any bracketed interpolations are mine.
  • Victoria has ordered all govern-ment schools to sign on[ to the "Safe Schools Coalition program"] by 2019[ sic—twenty nineteen].
  • Taxpayers are funding the pro-gram, which the Safe Schools Co-alition devised based on advice from a “curriculum consultant” and a group of Melbourne teach-ers
  • Safe Schools Coalition national pro-gram director Sally Richardson tells Inquirer the Federal Edu-cation Department approved the All of Us teaching manual
  • The de-cision to target the teaching to the youngest high school students, she[, namely Sally Richardson,] says, was made by education con-sultant Janice Atkin, a former Aus-tralian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority project officer who managed the develop-ment of the national health and physical education curriculum.
  • “We worked closely with the federal Department of Education and Training to ensure all the les-son plans and videos were appro-priate for years 7 and 8,” Richardson says. “All of our re-sources are being fully funded by the Australian government.”
You can download the All of Us unit guide from the Safe Schools Coalition's website here:

http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au/all-of-us

or go straight hither:

http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au/app/theme/default/design/assets/all-of-us/documents/unit-guide.pdf

On seeing Mr. Marco Fink credited (under his assumed named "Margot Fink") on p. 2 under "DIRECTOR", "EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS", "SPECIAL THANKS", "PHOTOGRAPHY", and "CAST MEMBERS", I couldn't help but think of Little Britain's parody of Dennis Waterman refusing to accept work on a T.V. show unless he could "star in it, write the feem toon, sing the feem toon".

Regarding H.M. Victorian Government's putative plan to make all State-run Victorian schools take part in the Safe Schools programme: Two possible sources for that piece of information are the Media Release "All Victorian Government Schools to Be Prouder, Safer", dated February 2, 2015, downloaded from the Premier of Victoria's official website here:

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/all-victorian-government-schools-to-be-prouder-safer/

and "Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan", authorised and published by H.M. Victorian Government, Melbourne, November 2015, available here:

http://mentalhealthplan.vic.gov.au/

According to the "SNAPSHOT OF ACTION" on p. 4 (p. 3 in your reader) of the latter,
We have increased support for the resilience and wellbeing of young people through:
• expanding the Safe Schools program to all secondary schools across the state
and according to the former,
a successful program that creates safe and supportive classrooms for same-sex attracted and gender diverse students will be implemented at every Victorian Government secondary school.
(and the "successful program" is "The Safe Schools Coalition Victoria program".) It was also interesting to see, under the sub-heading "Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino", 'respectful relationships' popping up again:
this program is about working with teachers to provide a respectful and safe environment where every young person can belong.
Labels: A.C.A.R.A., education, G.L.B.T., sex ed, Victoria

6. Pius XII. on world federal government

See the text of the French-language Allocution of April 6, 1951 to the delegates to the fourth annual congress of the World Movement for World Federal Government in Acta Apostolicæ Sedis 43 (A.D. 1951), pp. 278-280 (to which the index refers on p. 891):

http://www.vatican.va/archive/aas/documents/AAS-43-1951-ocr.pdf

The text of that Allocution is also available in HTML format here:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/pius-xii/fr/speeches/1951/documents/hf_p-xii_spe_19510406_confederaz-mondiale.html

Apparently, an English translation, though with no translator credited, was printed in the "THIS CHANGING WORLD" column (no byline) on p. 4 of the Sydney Catholic Weekly, Vol. X, No. 480, Thursday, May 10, 1951:

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/17409103

Labels: morals, Pius XII. Pacelli, U.N.O.

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Easter Monday, A.D. 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Notes: Tuesday, December 1-Thursday, December 31, 2015

1. Some changes to this blog's sidebar

Just before posting this issue of "Notes", I added a link to What's Up With Francis-Church? to my "Blog links" section, added a link to Catholica to my "Discussion links" section, moved the "News and opinion links" section to between the "Miscellaneous links" and "Magisterium" sections, and deleted the "Posts" and "Comments" sections.

Labels: blogs

2. "The bottom line is we want families to be able to access more affordable child care so they can get to work."

The quotation in that headline comes from the transcript of a radio (2GB) interview by Mr. Ray Hadley of The Hon. Scott Morrison M.P. (Federal Treasurer) on November 30, 2015, downloaded from Mr. Morrison's Ministerial website:

http://sjm.ministers.treasury.gov.au/transcript/059-2015/

Similarly, the Federal Minister for Social Services, The Hon. Christian Porter M.P., said shortly before Mr. Morrison that
a better allocation of some[ "welfare"], and a modest amount in terms of the total of Family Tax Benefits is to reprioritise that to, generally speaking, to the same families but through another mechanism that is better, more efficiently subsidised childcare so that you engender workforce participation.
[my square-bracketed interpolation,
"Sky News To the Point" interview transcript, November 26, 2015, downloaded from Mr. Porter's Ministerial website:
http://christianporter.dss.gov.au/transcripts/sky-news-to-the-point]
See also
  • the Joint Transcript "Joint press conference - Child Care Reforms", dated Wednesday, December 2, 2015, downloaded from the Ministerial website of The Hon. Sen. Simon Birmingham (Federal Minister for Education and Training):

    http://ministers.education.gov.au/birmingham/joint-press-conference-child-care-reforms

    (That transcript is also available at Mr. Porter's Ministerial website under the apparently mistaken heading "ABC 720 Perth with Simon Birmingham", and also at Sen. Birmingham's personal website, under the heading "Joint Press Conference - Christian Porter", dated Thursday, December 3, 2015 (perhaps the date of its uploading to that website rather than the date of the press conference in question).) In the introduction he gave at that press conference, Sen. Birmingham said that
    Ultimately, we believe it[ (that is, "the Jobs for Families child care reforms")] will deliver better outcomes, lift workforce participation, help encourage more people into the work force, help encourage greater volunteering, help encourage people to study, get greater results from the $40 billion that the Government expects to invest in child care over the next few years, more than $3.2 billion of additional expenditure.

    Our number one focus is overwhelmingly on families and children – supporting families and parents in their working ambitions, supporting children accessing child care to have support for the early learning opportunities it provides. …
    In answer to a question from a journalist about why the reformed child care subsidy still goes to high income—even millionaire—households, Sen. Birmingham said that
    the greatest analysis into Australia's child care and early learning system undertaken in recent years occurred via the Productivity Commission inquiry into child care and early learning. And that inquiry recommended that there should be a floor in relation to child care subsidy that applied to all family circumstances to make sure that there was an appropriate incentive for workforce participation. You have to remember that when you are talking about family income levels it's not necessarily the family income level that matters most to a workforce participation decision in relation to child care; it's the secondary income earner that is often the decision point. And so by putting a floor in relation to the child care subsidy, there is always still an incentive there and some assistance there to help the secondary income earner step in.
    and he expressed similar reasoning in answer to similar questions a couple of days before that press conference; see his answers to the first two questions in the transcript "Interview - RN Breakfast - Alison Carabine", Monday, November 30, 2015:

    http://www.senatorbirmingham.com.au/Media-Centre/Interview-Transcripts/ID/2884/Interview--RN-Breakfast--Alison-Carabine

    and his answers to the first, second, and second-last questions in the transcript "Interview - Doorstop", Monday, November 30, 2015:

    http://www.senatorbirmingham.com.au/Media-Centre/Interview-Transcripts/ID/2882/Interview--Doorstop

    (In fairness, however, see the antepenultimate paragraph of the interview transcript "Interview - Sky News - PM Agenda - David Speers", dated Friday, November 27, 2015, downloaded from Sen. Birmingham' s personal website:

    http://www.senatorbirmingham.com.au/Media-Centre/Interview-Transcripts/ID/2880/Interview--Sky-News--PM-Agenda--David-Speers)
  • the Joint Media Release "Family Tax reform to better support Australian children", dated December 2, 2015, downloaded from Mr. Porter's Ministerial website:

    http://christianporter.dss.gov.au/media-releases/family-tax-reform-to-better-support-australian-children

    and also available at Sen. Birmingham's Ministerial website:

    http://ministers.education.gov.au/birmingham/family-tax-reform-better-support-australian-children

    (and at his personal website.)

    This is the first paragraph of that media release:
    The Turnbull Government today introduced the Jobs for Families Child Care package and Family Tax Benefit bills to Parliament to encourage workforce participation and provide a more flexible, accessible child care system.
    [italics in the original]
    and later on, Mr. Porter is quoted as saying that
    It makes sense to redirect the money from the [end-of-year FTB-B ]supplements back into families but in a way that allows parents to re-enter the workforce.
    which is clearly reminiscent of my earlier quotation—that begininning with "a better allocation of"—from him.

    Also of interest in that media release is Sen. Birmingham's mention of H.M.A. Government's proposal "to refer the legislation to the relevant Senate Committee". That committee is presumably the Community Affairs Legislation Committee, and the relevant inquiry is presumably that into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2015:

    http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Family_Payments_No_2

    though I didn't see any mention there of childcare.
  • the opinion piece "Government payment cuts threaten single-income families", by Marcelle Mogg (she "is the chief executive officer of Catholic Social Services Australia"), dated December 27, 2015, downloaded from the Sydney Catholic Weekly's website:

    https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/government-payment-cuts-threaten-single-income-families/

    (That article came to my attention via the version printed under the headline "Payment cuts threaten single-income families", with the same author, on p. 6 in the "NEWS" pages (though the article in question was a "Comment" piece) of the Sydney Catholic Weekly, December 27, 2015, Vol. 73, No. 4807, published by The Catholic Press Newspaper Company Pty. Ltd., and another version is available under the headline "Cuts leave two-parent families in the cold", dated December 16, 2015, at Eureka Street (Vol. 25, No. 24):

    http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=45821#.VoISXv_4Nes)

    In that article, Ms Mogg writes that
    The Government has provided little justification for moving away from the longstanding policy that family payments are made in recognition of the extra costs that families face compared to others with similar income.

    The disparity means two-parent families will be better off financially if they separated. Is that the kind of incentive we want built into government programs?
Labels: childcare, economic rationalism, economics, family, tax, work

3. More information on the imminent changes to Victoria's Special Religious Instruction programme is available at the webpage "Special Religious Instruction 2016" in the "Curriculum" pages of the "School Policy & Advisory Guide" section of H.M.V. Government's Education and Training website:

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/spag/curriculum/Pages/sri.aspx

See especially the "Overview of Changes" and "Information for Parents" Word documents, both dated November 2015, available for download at the bottom of that webpage.

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

4. Two points of interest from the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development inaugural Progress Report:
  • "Stamping out STIs in the Cook Islands", p. 45
  • "Catholic Church supports sexual health program", p. 54
The Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development First Progress Report 2012-2015 is available here:

http://pacificwomenreport.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/PW_AR_Dec7_Approved_Final_E-Copy.pdf

See also the media release "Progress Report of Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development", dated December 7, 2015, available at the Ministerial website of The Hon. Steven Ciobo M.P. (Federal Minister for International Development and the Pacific):

http://ministers.dfat.gov.au/stevenciobo/releases/Pages/2015/sc_mr_151207.aspx?w=%2FF8ZUhcj%2B3O78bKr86LCHA%3D%3D

and the prepared text, under the headline "Launch of the Pacific Women Inaugural Progress Report", of a speech by Mr. Ciobo, dated December 7, 2015, available at the same website:

http://ministers.dfat.gov.au/stevenciobo/speeches/Pages/2015/sc_sp_151207.aspx?w=%2FF8ZUhcj%2B3O78bKr86LCHA%3D%3D

Labels: abortion, contraception, feminism, foreign affairs

5. "“’Nostra Aetate had eliminated any language referring to hope for a conversion,” he[, viz. "Joseph Sievers, a professor at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and a member of the[ Vatican] commission[ for Religious Relations with the Jews] that produced" "THE GIFTS AND THE CALLING OF GOD ARE IRREVOCABLE",] said, “but it did not explicitly say ‘we do not want to convert Jews.’ This document wants to make that clear.”"

The quotation, excluding my bracketed interpolations, in that headline comes from the report "New Vatican Document Says Church Doesn't Seek Conversion of the Jews", by Mr. Francis X. Rocca, dated (or at least last updated) December 10, 2015, downloaded from The Wall Street Journal's website:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-vatican-document-says-church-doesn-t-seek-conversion-of-the-jews-1449784616

A similar interpretation of that document, or at least of one of its logical consequences, seems to have been expressed by a well-known Jewish participant in Jewish-Catholic dialogue—see the article "Catholics should not seek to convert Jews: Vatican", no byline (though the stated source was "CATHOLICCULTURE.ORG"), p. 27, the Sydney Catholic Weekly, December 20, 2015, Vol. 73, No. 4806, published by The Catholic Press Newspaper Company Pty. Ltd.—but one apparently well-informed reporter disputes that interpretation, writing that the
claim that the document explicitly says that the church does not want to convert Jews is not accurate.
["The Vatican has said Catholics don't need to convert Jews: What does this mean?", by Florence Taylor, dated December 11, 2015, downloaded from Christian Today's website:
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/the.vatican.has.said.catholics.dont.need.to.convert.jews.what.does.this.mean/73296.htm?print=1]
The document in question is available in English here (though I don't know what the original language is):

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/relations-jews-docs/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_20151210_ebraismo-nostra-aetate_en.html

Labels: Jews, Roman Curia

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Thursday within the Octave of Christmas, and the feast of St. Sylvester I., Pope, Confessor, A.D. 2015