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Fin de siècle

Dick Gross It is the end of an era for both the Catholic Church and Godless Gross.

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Modernity turns divine vocation into an ordinary job

Dick Gross Gasp! The Pope has resigned!

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Observing national epiphanies

Dick Gross An epiphany is a sudden and striking realisation. The penny drops. The light bulb goes on.

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The Delhi rape

Dick Gross As I travel the length and breadth of India, the reverberations from the Delhi gang rape are more than manifest. The country's opinion makers, prodded by determined demonstrators and clever pressure .

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A tale of two leaders

Dick Gross The new heads of two of the world's important religions face widely different but equally profound problems.

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Tipping a tipping point in Catholicism

Dick Gross In all of the noise and fury, we may be witnessing a historical moment for faith in Australia.

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My Melbourne Cup runneth over

Dick Gross We are shortly to embark on one of our nation's premier religious festivals – the Melbourne Cup.

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The creation of an icon for all time

Dick Gross Malala Yousafzai’s story is about the power of sacrifice and it may be a key moment for modern secularism in the Muslim world

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Drawing the line at the Q Society

Dick Gross No matter how confronting Geert Wilders is to our multicultural democracy, we cannot make a martyr of him.

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Insults, outrage and the power of the mob

Dick Gross The tension between freedom of speech and freedom from religious insult is impossible to resolve.

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Indigenous spirituality and the need for faith

Dick Gross We all owe the Aboriginal community a duty to try to immerse ourselves in the spirituality that formed their culture and binds their communities to this day.

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Kevin and the Catholics focus on forgiveness

Dick Gross Putting Kevin Rudd and a major Jesuit institution together in one room was an opportunity for the two to say: "We're both thrashing around lost and bedraggled; how can we recover?"

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Olympian rites

Dick Gross Ritual permeates every nook and cranny of the Olympics from the opening and closing ceremonies to the medal presentations.

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Tripping over a pocket watch

Dick Gross The marriage between Mother Nature and Father God is on the rocks. Traditional thought had coupled these two because the beauty of the former is thought by some to be evidence of the existence of the...

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A modern Creation story

Dick Gross Last week the world was agog with Higgs' hysteria. This world hysteria centred on my town of Melbourne hosting a biannual meeting of high energy physicists.

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My grandfather the illegal boat person

Dick Gross Grandpa was an illegal who used identity theft to unlawfully enter this country. I look at the eyes of those boat people whom we have not drowned and I see my family.

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Australian belief in the stats and in the courts

Dick Gross The nature of Australian belief systems figured prominently in a court room hullabaloo, a governmental blue and statistical review in one action packed week.  The hullabaloo, the blue and the ...

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Uniting - the other Christians

Dick Gross It would be easy for Australians to mistake the Catholic Church for Christianity in Oz. All of the headlines, all of the prominent characters and all of the bloodiest and most compelling fights seem .

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The Birthday of a Queen

Dick Gross Today, unless you live in WA or, ironically, in Queensland, we celebrate the birthday of our Queen (WA and Queensland celebrate the Queen's Birthday on 1 October).  Today we can learn things ...

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Finding faith behind bars

Dick Gross The phenomenon of the conversion of the jailed illustrates some of the good attributes of faith.

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