ACU goes for a public policy institute.

johnboy 18 May 2009 32

The Canberra Times brings news that the Australian Catholic University is going to set up a public policy institute.

The sort of public policy they’ll be promulgating no doubt to be of a Catholic bent. Something confirmed by dean Patrick McArdle’s promise to provide “an explicitly religious voice”.

One supposes they have the right to articulate their opinions.


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peterh peterh 11:47 am 19 May 09

Jim Jones said :

I’d have to agree with VY – it’s just as bad to call the Catholic Church ‘the church of pedophilia’ as it is to call Islam ‘the church of terrorism’. Implying that *all* adherents of each church are pedophiles or terrorists respectively does little more than perpetuate false stereotypes.

That said, I think it’s eminently reasonable to characterize both religions as anachronistic superstitions that promulgate a medieval belief-system which perpetuates a staggering amount of stupidity in all fields of endeavour. Because, they are.

The belief in a higher deity of choice is a personal one. the behaviour of the church / temple / place of worship should follow the tenets of the teachings that they are trying to instill into the congregation. If they are engaging in wrongful acts, be it terrorism, paedophilia, etc, then they are not a true representative of that faith. I enjoy a joke as much as the next person, but it is starting to wear thin that all catholic priests are kiddy fiddlers, and all moslems are terrorists.

Good luck to the ACU with setting up the institute. it doesn’t effect me, and probably never will.

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 11:23 am 19 May 09

I have to say that as an atheist I’ve had about 15 years experience working in Catholic welfare institutions, and apart from once being told that I couldn’t support clients who wanted to have abortions, I found the Catholics’ social justice tradition alive and kicking, in both the religious orders and in the laity, noitable in comparison to the other mainstream churches. But the dark side is there too, weaving its pernicious influence and damaging the vulnerable.

Just saying, don’t typecast them all.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 11:19 am 19 May 09

I’d have to agree with VY – it’s just as bad to call the Catholic Church ‘the church of pedophilia’ as it is to call Islam ‘the church of terrorism’. Implying that *all* adherents of each church are pedophiles or terrorists respectively does little more than perpetuate false stereotypes.

That said, I think it’s eminently reasonable to characterize both religions as anachronistic superstitions that promulgate a medieval belief-system which perpetuates a staggering amount of stupidity in all fields of endeavour. Because, they are.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 10:54 am 19 May 09

Why not? It seems perfectly acceptable to call the Catholics whatever we like.

I reckon we could come up with some really good ones, if we try…

peterh peterh 10:49 am 19 May 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Gee, the Church of Pedophilia giving its perspective on public policy.

Interesting generalisation. In the same vein, perhaps we should call Islam the Church of Terrorism?

let’s not, hey?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 10:26 am 19 May 09

Gee, the Church of Pedophilia giving its perspective on public policy.

Interesting generalisation. In the same vein, perhaps we should call Islam the Church of Terrorism?

peterh peterh 9:59 am 19 May 09

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

Gee, the Church of Pedophilia giving its perspective on public policy. Hopefully they can drag themselves away from the altar boys long enough to send out the press releases.

the altar boys will be sending them out – why should the adults have to work?

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster 9:27 am 19 May 09

Gee, the Church of Pedophilia giving its perspective on public policy. Hopefully they can drag themselves away from the altar boys long enough to send out the press releases.

The cat did it The cat did it 7:20 pm 18 May 09

Yes, yes, but will the Institute have ‘Comfy Chairs’ ?????

Sleaz274 Sleaz274 7:01 pm 18 May 09

The Catholic Church is quite simply the most evil institution ever created by man and it should simply be stamped out of existence by reason and common sense.

Like many institutions its survival as an entity is far more important to it than any benefit it may have bestowed on people centuries ago.

They continue to cause mass human suffering for no logical reason other than some misguided and mistranslated manuscripts. In a more enlightened time they will be charged with crimes against humanity.

I-filed I-filed 6:29 pm 18 May 09

It’ll be a joke. How can an organisation that works by decree possibly call itself a thinking institution? I look forward to discussions on condom bans in Africa.

astrojax astrojax 6:04 pm 18 May 09

he obviously has friends in high places, this mcardle…

nyssa76 nyssa76 5:20 pm 18 May 09

I just can’t believe that McArdle was named dean.

He was useless as a lecturer and discussed student work with non-academic or ACU staff and then openly admitted so in a lecture.

Then again, this is the same university that rewarded him with ‘Lecturer of the Year’ in the same year the event above took place.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 3:49 pm 18 May 09

This is all so the Australasian Institute of Applied and Cultivated Enlightenment (or whatever they want to call it) can be equivalent to Nine out of Ten Experts Pty Ltd, but in political circles.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:42 pm 18 May 09

caf said :

A “Don’t Think Tank” would be snappier.

Or at least a “Blinkered-Thinking Tank”.

Anyway, was the 15th Century really so bad?

Thumper Thumper 3:27 pm 18 May 09

Research released today by the Institute of Warm Fuzzies shows that implementing universal such-and-such will cause a 15% increase in sunshine and rainbows over the next three years.”

Wow! really!

caf caf 3:14 pm 18 May 09

There’s a difference between lobbying behind closed doors and putting out media releases along the lines of “Research released today by the Institute of Warm Fuzzies shows that implementing universal such-and-such will cause a 15% increase in sunshine and rainbows over the next three years.”

peterh peterh 3:07 pm 18 May 09

johnboy said :

Well now they’ll have shiny letterhead to put on their media releases and a veneer of academic integrity.

Journalists will feel obligated to seek out their views to provide balance, and they’ll be able to host nice functions for their fellow travellers.

what scares me sometimes, john, is that even when you are being sarcastic, you are also probably right.

johnboy johnboy 2:58 pm 18 May 09

Well now they’ll have shiny letterhead to put on their media releases and a veneer of academic integrity.

Journalists will feel obligated to seek out their views to provide balance, and they’ll be able to host nice functions for their fellow travellers.

peterh peterh 2:55 pm 18 May 09

johnboy said :

Peter if you know nothing about government relations, as suggested by your comment, best not to speculate on it.

Influencing both parliament and parliamentary press gallery with cunning arguments in support of Catholic social objectives would appear to be the major objective of this institute.

how is that different to the existing environments that have lesser profile in the current media focus? It seems to be an attempt by the ACU to increase awareness of the ACU, not further the catholic social objectives. The catholic education office and other groups within the catholic church have been engaging with ministers and lobbyists for years.

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