Shadow of the Cross
Catholic Social Teaching & Australian Politics
Does it still have anything to offer?
A Kapunda Press Title
Paperback, 150 pages, $29.95
September 2021 Release
Catholic social teaching had a venerable influence on Australian political history, but does it still have anything to offer?
Greg Craven argues that it remains an important resource for addressing the central challenges of Australian politics.
In doing so, he considers the case put forward by Tim Wilson in The New
Social Contract for liberalism, Adrian Pabst’s analysis of Labor’s
unique approach to social democracy in Story of Our Country, and Damien
Freeman’s account of conservatism in Abbott’s Right.
His critique of liberalism, social democracy, and conservatism from the
perspective of Catholic social teaching offers a vision for how
Australian political debate might be done better.
Five essayists, including Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, offer their own
thoughts on the future of politics and policy, and the utility of
Catholic social teaching as a resource for policy-making in their
responses to Craven’s analysis.