‘Ethics’ Category Archives

27
Jun

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: uneasy relationship with the government: should it be more uneasy: or non-existent?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Education, Ethics, History, Modern Church, Politics

Which Australian schools should get what funding?
The Catholic school system, arguably not getting e, has threatened to campaign politically against the government coalition parties.
All parties trot out the same words – that funding should be “needs-based”.
So what do students actually need?
For Catholics, education should, above all, teach the need to love God and our neighbours.
Funding isn’t the foremost need.
Government funding is, in fact, hazardous.
Saint Mary MacKillop, pioneer teacher of Australia’s Catholic poor in the 1800s, wrote:
“Australia is…a dangerous place for Catholics. The governments aim at strict secular schools and institutions for the children of the poor…the poor and their children (being) torn away from the true Faith.”
The Rule of her Order insisted that their schools “never receive aid in the way of fixed salaries from any Protestant government….”

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12
Jun

EUTHANASIA: remembering why it is wrong and trying not to be side-tracked.

by Arnold Jago in Death, Ethics, Faith, Health, Modern Church

Some politicians still want euthanasia legalised.
The arguments they put up are based, not on reason, but on emotion.
They avoid defining the words they use.
The term “assisted dying” is especially confusing.
It sounds like being nice to someone who is already passing away.
But, in practice, it means murdering somebody.
Traditional Christian teaching does define its terms.
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….” *
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intended killing?
(* Catholic Catechism, 2277)

3
Jun

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TELLING US ALL ABOUT SEX: probably should stick to their knitting.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Ethics, Family, Health, Lifestyle, Persecution, Politics

Every day more Australian businesses and individuals are pressured into compliance by the same-sex marriage lobby.
Now the Australian Medical Association has caved in – issuing, on May 27, a statement that:
(1) it’s the right of any adult consenting partners (regardless of sex) to have their relationship recognised under the Marriage Act.
(2) laws should prohibit businesses withholding goods or services from clients on the basis of sexual orientation.
(purely political views, not the business of the AMA to make pronouncements about.)
And:
(3) homosexual persons have poorer mental health and higher drug-abuse and suicide rates than others – “due to discrimination”.
(a subjective opinion, very hard to prove)
Ex-AMA head, Prof Kerryn Phelps, commented, “I don’t think the religious, cultural right-wing conservatives now have anywhere to hide….”
Do conservatives want to hide?
They’d probably settle for being able to live by and to express their beliefs free of persecution.

1
Jun

PORNOGRAPHY: does it matter? what to do?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Entertainment, Ethics, Lifestyle, Media, Music

In Britain, internet service providers must automatically block pornography unless the account-holder opts out by turning the filter off.
That doesn’t apply here.
Most people think it should.
Unhappily the percentage of people wanting greater restrictions is less in the under-40 age group (50 percent) compared with over-60s (90 percent).
Pornography causes broken marriages. It’s potentially addictive — altering how your brain behaves — as per the book “The Brain that Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge.
So what?
The Australian Summit Against Sexual Exploitation, held four weeks ago in Brisbane, recommended an expert government panel to investigate the public health hazards and social harms of pornography — and to recommend new laws.
Censorship is an unpopular concept, but garbage disposal isn’t.
Our young people are being demoralised and damaged. Doing nothing isn’t an option.
At present, even the lyrics of most youth-oriented songs are hardly suitable to be videoed.

22
May

IF YOU WANT TO BE FREE TO BELIEVE AND TO EXPRESS BELIEFS, YOU MAY HAVE TO PAY A PRICE: some recent relevant events.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Ethics, Justice, Persecution

In March 2017, Coopers Breweries — threatened with boycotts for associating themselves with the Bible Society – capitulated, declaring themselves Same Sex Marriage fans after all.
And a Mr. Mark Allaby, likewise, quit his affiliation with the Australian Christian Lobby — under threat of losing his job with IBM.
Now, in May, the Australian Medical Association issues a statement that Australian law, which defines marriage in traditional fashion, “has significant psychosocial and psychological health consequences for LGBTIQ-identifying Australians….”
Is that the best the reasoning powers of our medical fraternity can come up with on the subject?
By contrast, consider Bernard Gaynor — father of seven, expelled from the Australian Army despite meritorious service in Afghanistan and Iraq with the rank of Major….
His crime? Saying that the army shouldn’t disobey its own regulations by letting uniformed members participate in a public political activity (Sydney’s homosexual Mardi Gras) – and describing the generals responsible as “cowards”.
What is important about Bernard Gaynor is that he has not knuckled under or compromised as the others have.

11
May

ENSLAVED NEW WORLD: occasional new slogans but inwardly just more of the same?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Ethics, Lifestyle, Media, Politics

Head of state: a deranged, amoral, self-absorbed, survival-obsessed psychopath?
Media: a lying, brain-rotting tool of corporate wealth?
Traditional culture: a hypocritical, enfeebled, decaying carcase?
Youth: promiscuous, social-media-group-think-addicted narcissists?
Name me one nation on earth where the above doesn’t apply.
Fair-go-mouthing Australia? Great-again America?
Hardly.
Do I, perhaps, exaggerate?
Anyway, if any renewal of goodness is to happen anywhere, it will have to start small.
In our own personal decision-making. In our families. In our church(?)
Now and then there are signs of hope.
But don’t wait for somebody else to do something.
Repeat these words regularly:
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as in heaven….”