"When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice. I call this attitude of openness and availability without prejudice, social humility, and it is this that favours dialogue. Only in this way can understanding grow between cultures and religions, mutual esteem without needless preconceptions, respectful of the rights of everyone. Today, either we stand together with the culture of dialogue and encounter, or we all lose, we all lose; from here we can take the right road that makes the journey fruitful and secure." (Pope Francis, Address to leading members of Brazilian society, Saturday July 27 2013, reported online by Official Vatican Network.)

Courses

Course: The Catholic Church and Democratic Society II

Emeritus Professor Robert Gascoigne

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Starts 12 July 2017  
This module will consider the relationships between Church and society from Biblical times to the present.
Using both a historical and theological approach, it will reflect on the ways in which the Church has responded to, and influenced, political and social movements from Biblical times to the present day, and how socio-political developments have affected the Church’s own life. It will have four main foci:

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Relationship Seminar II

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Starts 13 July 2017 (note revised date)
Participants must have completed Seminar I

“Relationship is written into the very nature of human beings. As the Bible sees human beings, you cannot think about them, without recognizing that they are, as it were, made for relationship.” [Aelred Squire, Asking the Fathers, SPCK, 1972, 20]

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Days of Solitude and Silence 2017

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Next Day 5 August (Open to All)

Aquinas Academy has a place of solitude and silence called "Nazareth". It is situated 75 minutes from the Sydney CBD at Colo.

We organize special days on which we take small groups there for a few hours of solitude and silence.

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