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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Catholic Church runs ad to press government for policy reforms

    Posted Sep 21st 2012, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... in which rocketing property prices have exceeded economic growth, [which] has failed to bring improvements to the quality of life for the local citizens," it says. "A society ... The diocese's relationship with the government deteriorated after the latter pushed through plans to reform the way schools were managed, which the church said would weaken its control over its schools. ...

  2. Concrete steps on political reform needed

    Posted Oct 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... given them by state media, were seen as a potential catalyst for a long overdue debate on political reform. Sounding more like a dissident than a senior, serving leader, Wen's comments ... Committee. Unfortunately, these calls for change appear to have gone unheeded. Political reform merited just one vaguely worded sentence in the plenum communique. Not surprisingly, the leadership has ...

  3. Lifestyle - Books - HISTORY

    Book review: Merchant, Soldier, Sage, by David Priestland

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... revolution in Russia, or 1945, when the second world war came to an end. Four years on, the crisis shows no sign of coming to an end, and political systems, economies and societies seem in a state ... in the state; the unconstrained dominance of the merchant caste leads to economic instability and inequality, fuelling social conflict and revolution. Most of Priestland's book is devoted ...

  4. God-awful fears freeze school reform

    Posted Nov 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the government-mandated school board reform until the next chief executive takes office. No doubt, the church is hoping the next government boss might think differently on the issue and take the pressure off. ...

  5. Catholic diocese loses school reform challenge

    Posted Oct 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu and Amy Nip The 357 schools that have not reformed their school managements must do so after the Catholic diocese of Hong Kong lost its final battle against the government in the Court of Final Appeal. The diocese, which had its five-year challenge to the government's reforms of 2004 thrown out by the highest court yesterday, operates 80 aided schools. The church, ...

  6. Catholics told not to stand in way of school reform

    Posted Mar 31st 2009, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau The education minister has urged the Catholic Church not to harbour any fantasies that their judicial review of the school management policy would derail reforms ... schools. He pledged to iron out differences over the school management reforms with the Catholic diocese in the two-year extension. The Education (Amendment) Ordinance 2004 requires schools to set ...

  7. No politics for me, says Bishop Tong

    Posted Apr 17th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... in the past,' Bishop Tong said at his first press conference after taking office. 'Given our limited time and energy, clergy should not be captivated by political ideologies and parties.' ... would not shy away from pointing out injustices. 'I encourage all our Catholics to learn the social teachings of the church, to speak up on issues of justice, and to participate in politics ...

  8. Exposed in the West, the pope looks East

    Posted Apr 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... not talking about the Communist Party of China, but the Vatican. They may be spiritual foes but, as political organisations, sometimes they look like twins. The Holy See is, at the moment, cracking ... group representing most nuns in the US- of harbouring 'radical feminist themes'. The nuns allegedly focus too much on poverty and economic injustice and not enough against abortion ...

  9. Education reforms

    Posted Jun 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A further relaxation on language of instruction policy could let schools teach more subjects in English, regardless of their students' competence in the language. Do you think this is a good idea? Write to us. ...

  10. Politics has no place in religion: Buddhist leader

    Posted May 17th 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... that transcends the world,' Sik Kok Kwong said. 'We inquire about politics, but we do not participate in politics. We need to know because we are a part of society but knowing doesn't mean we should participate.' Traditionally the Buddhist community in Hong Kong is considered conservative and less active in social and political affairs than Christian counterparts. Catholic ...




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