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So here is the Good News on Papa BXVI’s 5th Anniversary

Celebrate the Holy Father’s 5th Anniversary by reading the good news of his pontificate from this Catholic World Report round table, written by those who know him best – including our “local girl”, Tracey Rowland.

Priest, Prophet, King
Three ways Benedict has exemplified these three roles
By Father Joseph Fessio, S.J.

Reform within Continuity
A proper understanding of Vatican II has been paramount in Benedict’s pontificate.
By Father Matthew Lamb

Why Do the Media Rage?
Pope Benedict’s pontificate has caught the media and dissidents alike by surprise.
By Philip F. Lawler

Pope Benedict’s Patristic Perspective
A student of the past, a prophet of the future
By Father David Vincent Meconi, S.J.

Planting the Seeds of Reform
Future generations will have much for which to thank Benedict.
By George Neumayr

Benedict Contra Mundum
In Pope Benedict, “Peter is still here.”
By Carl E. Olson

A Pope Who Thinks in Centuries
Benedict sees the Church as a divine institution with a historical mission.
By Tracey Rowland

A Fatherly Figure
History will vindicate the paternal care Benedict has shown for the Church.
By Robert Royal

Pope Ratzinger
A scholarly pope who also listens
By Father James V. Schall, S.J.

Retrieval and Reintegration
Benedict’s efforts to let the past inform and guide the Church’s future
By Father Robert Sirico

Update: A couple of other articles reviewing the pontificate worthy of reading:

Sandro Magister: The Passion of Pope Benedict. Six Accusations, One Question

Vincent Twomey: Despite media smears, world and faithful have warmed to Benedict

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The Answer to the Housing Crisis: It’s not Rocket (or even Economic?) Science

I laughed out loud when I read the final paragraph of “The Impossible Dream” by Ruth Williams in the Sunday Age.

Question: “What is the solution to the housing affordability problem?”

Answer: “Cheaper houses”.

The full paragraph reads:

”Ultimately, the solution to the housing affordability problem is cheaper houses,” Eslake says. ”We have a belief in this country that governments must always try to keep house prices going up. It’s time we questioned that.”

It isn’t rocket science. Hell, it’s hardly even economic science.

But that may be the point. Economic science – and political science too it would seem – has worked on the idea that rising property prices are a good thing for the economy. The Age has been running something of a campaign lately to help our economists and politicians see that this is not necessarily so. It is self-evidently a bad thing for first home buyers, and it is even becoming evident that it really doesn’t profit home owners either – since they have to live somewhere it is capital that is never realised.

We are really facing a crisis here in this country in the area of housing. I feel it acutely because I am one of those caught in the rental market with no way out into the home ownership market. The fact is that currently the median house price is eight times the median annual salary in this country, and the estimation is that we are about 202,000 houses short for our population.

So you may not have a degree in economics or be a town planner or a Canberra politician, but you don’t need any of that to know the answer to the problem of housing affordability. The answer is cheaper housing.

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