June 25, 2018

Author Archive | Monica Doumit

A priest blesses a woman as he hears confession during a 2013 outdoor Mass in Madrid. Pope Francis has issued a letter offering a series of instances in which absolution can be granted during the Year of Mercy. Photo: CNS/Emilio Naranjo, EPA

Monica Doumit: South Australians face an ISIS-style tax

You might remember that four years ago, when Islamic State militants invaded the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Christian inhabitants were given three options: conversion to Islam, paying the jizya tax, or death.  The jizya was an annual fee levied upon non-Muslims living in Islamic countries and, while its rate was not specified in original […]


Criticise redress, fine. Lynch? No

I’m not sure how many of you remember the film, Liar Liar, starring Jim Carrey.  Carrey plays a lawyer whose young son’s birthday wish was that his father would not be able to lie for a whole day.  The wish was granted, and Carrey finds himself in a very difficult – and comedic – situation […]


Monica Doumit: Irish jubilation over referendum outcome is hard to understand

I have a sense that historians will look back on the 35 years between 1983, when the Irish people in a landslide referendum result voted to enshrine a protection for unborn children in its constitution, to 2018 when they voted to repeal that same protection, as an example of the rapid moral decline in the […]


Monica Doumit: Reducing suicide to nitrogenous waste

In his Easter Sunday homily, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP spoke about the ‘secular sacrament of euthanasia.’  His phrasing was profound and poignant, because it highlighted that even those with a militantly secular outlook on life still seek a certain sacramentality around important moments, including death.  How right the Archbishop was became clear just a few […]

Portrait of Eileen O'Connor by Norman Carter, 1920

Monica Doumit: Why Eileen is exactly the saint Australia needs

The day it was announced that a postulator had been appointed for the cause of Eileen O’Connor, I had coffee with a very good friend of mine.  He asked me whether I thought that Eileen was the saint we needed for Australia right now.  It was a good question.  On the one hand, we know […]

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Monica Doumit: Melbourne robocall reveals education priorities

In the days preceding last Saturday’s by-election for the Victorian seat of Batman, voters in the electorate received an automated call that essentially backed the Labor candidate.  The call told them that Malcolm Turnbull had slashed funds from schools, the Greens wanted to strip funds from Catholic schools, but Labor would restore hundreds of millions […]


Threats to freedom voiced by lawyers and academics

A massive 16,500 submissions have been received by the Expert Panel into Religious Freedom, Panel chair Phillip Ruddock told a roundtable gathering held at the University of Notre Dame Australia last week. The consultation held at Notre Dame’s Broadway campus was one in a series of face-to-face listening sessions with a range of stakeholders on […]

The Bishop of Wagga Wagga, Bishop Gerard Hanna, ordained Paul Phu Van Lu to the Order of Deacons on 20 August. Photo: Dominic Byrne

Monica Doumit: Bishop Gerard Hanna, the media, and ‘fake news’

In his message for World Communications Day this year, Pope Francis wrote about ‘fake news,’ defining it as “the spreading of disinformation online or in the traditional media… based on non-existent or distorted data meant to deceive and manipulate the reader.” I don’t really love the phrase; maybe because I associate it more with US […]


Maronites remarkable mission

Only 48 hours into a mission to the Philippines to help the sick, disabled and poor, a group of young Maronites say they have already undergone a life-changing experience. The 14 youngsters from Sydney, who are travelling with Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay to the city of Naga, are on a 2-week trip volunteering in a home […]


Monica Doumit: Expect the ACYF to change lives – WYD did

There’s a photo I have of a group of friends that was taken at the beginning of 2009. A bunch of fresh-faced teens and 20-somethings from different parts of Sydney, we had met because we had all been involved in some way with a week-long youth festival in Sydney called World Youth Day. We didn’t […]