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A training manual for new Catholic bishops has advised that they are "not necessarily" required to report suspected clerical child abuse to the police.
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The article didn't say what resulted from magnificent tips. A number were false.
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At least 200 million girls have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting.

FGM involves altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is a violation of the human rights of girls and women and a threat to their health and lives.

Share to spread the word on Saturday's International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. #endFGM

Get more information here: http://j.mp/1RavJKy
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Excerpt: "For those of us who oppose the torture of children (did I just write that? Yes, yes I did) these are dark times. Our public debate has become so debauched that it now seems possible that the government of our nation will deport babies born in this country – who should be Australian citizens – to a foreign hell-hole where sexual abuse is rife, and where we know that indefinite detention is akin to torture."
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"The “drownings” argument has been an effective weapon for politicians seeking to exploit community fear and prejudice for political gain. It has been so effective that it has banished any semblance of sensitivity, nuance or even sanity in the immigration debate."
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And so today, when we read Premier Andrews letter to the PM offering sanctuary which Premier Baird has supported, we see the outcome of this vilification in action. "Bleeding heart leftists" "cheap stunt" "empty  grandstanding" and so on.

Some people will have taken on board the manipulative fear mongering and be genuinely concerned about asylum seekers. Others will be overwhelmed by the proliferation of negative comments from LNP trolls who'll be out in force trying to drown out any rational conversation or support for Andrews. 

The trolls are there to discredit, undermine and spread confusion by mocking and questioning Andrews' motives. They'll belittle with seemingly rational short, punchy, memorable slogans. On closer reflection however, the slogans aren't worth the time they've taken to copy and paste. 

As +Dave Bath noted on another post:
"Calling Dan Andrews' letter a pointless gesture shows ignorance of the power of gestures and disobedience. The open letter is an act of political or civil disobedience. It is not in the league of nailing theses objecting to papist practice to a cathedral door, not in the league of walking many miles to the sea to make salt, not in the league of sitting in the whites only area of a bus, but it is still an act of defiance and moral conviction against the powers that be.

Grandstanding? How else to create the buzz that can make a turning point? It is a rallying cry from someone who cannot be easily dismissed.

Mike Baird, the LNP premier of NSW is now standing with Andrews. Turnbull will never be gifted a better opportunity to stand up to the evil in his party."

and from +Michael Tucker " My guess is that by writing the letter to the PM, Andrews is foxing out his own party to take an empathic stance.
Either someone knows something about these refugees that we don't and won't own up, or bring them into Oz and support them."
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Andrews has, in effect, thrown down the gauntlet to the Turnbull Government, and Labor at the Federal level. Of equal importance, he's made an opportunity for others to follow his lead. He's chosen to show an ethical stance, taking into account our legal and moral obligations for asylum seekers, which too many others have shunned as of no consequence, and irrelevant.  Hopefully he's opened the door for a more rational, nuanced discussion about asylum seekers and indefinite detention, which is well overdue.
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http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/premier-mike-baird-and-victorian-premier-daniel-andrews-tell-malcolm-turnbull-they-will-take-asylum-seekers-20160206-gmnhxt.html

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Ben Eltham weighs in on the latest Australian outrage being perpetrated against some of the world’s most vulnerable people. What can you say about the mess that is asylum seeker policy in Australia? After years of covering the issue for New Matilda, I find myself in a similar position to the Guardian’s cartoonist First DogMore
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On Monday, a nurse will wake Anthony Virgona at 5.30am to travel to the Royal Melbourne hospital for the kidney dialysis that has kept him alive for the past three years. This time he will not be going.
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Read this article. So McCartney TELLS us what the song is about and Lennon directly talks about their being 'no heaven' etc and yet the Catholic Herald posts a piece where the author hasn't the vaguest idea about what he's speaking - because something MUST be religious even when the persons involved say "IT'S NOT". 

I love the stuff about 'the brotherhood of man'. Fantastic.
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Surprise? She actually DID write this. Apparently straight after the attack on the twin towers.

Her defense
https://youtu.be/PJfGmaDrXJQ

is that she didn't say 'force them'. Rather she should admit she was hot headed and it's dumb to say such things. I gather that she's not able to admit how stupid it was or she really believes this; making the photo apt.
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That's one of those 'No, she didn'!'s

Sigh. She obviously doesn't know that saying anything close to that isn't Christian.
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