April 25, 2017

Author Archive | Monica Doumit

A still from a YouTube video promoting the ‘acceptance ring’. PHOTO: YouTube

Monica Doumit: Until we all bow the knee on same-sex marriage

Last week, it was announced that Until We All Belong would be launched. The campaign sees AirBNB team up with other players like Qantas, Foxtel, ANZ, Google and eBay to bring you the ‘acceptance ring;’ a black ring which does not close up. The gap is meant to symbolise the ‘gap’ in marriage legislation which […]

Protesters on the Day of the Unborn Child in Sydney on 26 March. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Monica Doumit: A practical lesson in the irony of exclusion zones

There is not much which surprises me these days. Spending as much time as I do following debates on the most critical issues of our time, I have seen people attempt to twist logic and reason to justify all sorts of ideas and behaviours. But this past week, I saw an example of rank hypocrisy […]

US Cardinal Sean O'Malley, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, speaks during a seminar on safeguarding children at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome 23 March 2017. PHOTO: CNS/Paul Haring

Monica Doumit: Don’t wield abuse statistics in ignorance, it doesn’t make kids safer

On Monday of last week, Queensland MP Rob Pyne stood up in Parliament to table a private members’ bill which would require ministers of religion to mandatorily report actual or suspected child sexual abuse, with no exception for the Seal of Confession. Instead of speaking about the merits of the bill, Mr Pyne used his speech […]

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Monica Doumit: Coopers boycott was a violent assault on civility and difference

Just after Harry Potter is told that he is a wizard with great power because he did not die at the hands of Lord Voldemort, he is immediately warned that he must never utter Voldemort’s name. Instead, like all others, he should refer to him as: “He Who Must Not Be Named.” While Voldemort had […]

We've dropped the ball when it comes to giving sound instruction and example to boys and young men.

Monica Doumit: ‘Not my problem’ the mark of a League man?

What did they think was going to happen? You take boys straight out of high school, put them into professional sporting teams where their only real task is to increase their strength and fitness, separate them from family and friends while they travel around the country to compete, and pay them lots of money to simply […]

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Monica Doumit: Sunday isn’t special anymore, so why shouldn’t pay follow?

“Sunday is not special anymore.” This phrase, buried on page 435 of a report of the Productivity Commission released in December 2015, fed into last week’s decision of the Fair Work Commission to recommend a reduction in Sunday penalty rates for hospitality, retail and fast food industries. The decision was part of a review of […]

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Monica Doumit: Dark as the Commission’s hearings have been, we will go forward

Last week, the Royal Commission’s “Catholic wrap up” wrapped up. The three weeks of hearings culminated in two days of testimony from Australia’s five metropolitan Archbishops. There will be another few “wrap up” hearings in the coming weeks (although none as intense as ours was), and then the public case studies will finish. After this, […]

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Day 14 of the Royal Commission’s Catholic wrap up: summary and analysis – 24/2/2017

The final day of the Royal Commission’s Catholic “wrap up” hearing was held today in Sydney with the conclusion of evidence from Australia’s five metropolitan archbishops: Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP of Sydney, Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB from Perth and Archbishop Philip Wilson from Adelaide. You […]

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Day 13 of the Royal Commission’s Catholic wrap up: summary and analysis – 23/2/2017

The thirteenth day of the Royal Commission’s Catholic “wrap up” hearing was held today in Sydney. You can read a summary of yesterday’s hearings here. The Commission began at 8am, with three members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins, Kathleen McCormack AM and Bill Kilgallon OBE, giving […]

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Day 12 of the Royal Commission’s Catholic wrap up: summary and analysis – 22/2/2017

The eleventh day of the Royal Commission’s Catholic “wrap up” hearing was held today in Sydney. You can read a summary of yesterday’s hearings here. Today’s panel featured heads of religious orders. The witnesses were Sister Berneice Loch RSM, from the Institute of Sisters of Mercy Australia and Papua New Guinea, Brother Peter Clinch of […]

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Day 11 of the Royal Commission’s Catholic wrap up: summary and analysis – 21/2/2017

The eleventh day of the Royal Commission’s Catholic “wrap up” hearing was held today in Sydney. Today’s panel featured Bishops from “smaller” dioceses: Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn, Archbishop Julian Porteous, Archbishop of Hobart, Bishop Daniel Hurley, Bishop of Darwin, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Bishop of Parramatta, Bishop Christopher Saunders, Bishop of Broome, […]