An Update from the Director

1 December, 2017

Dear Friend,

The Christopher Dawson Centre exists entirely on the kindness of individuals.  We badly need your help to keep going.

A few dollars from each of our followers – perhaps the price of a weekly coffee – would do wonders for us. With your help we can continue to attract good speakers and mount a first-rate annual colloquium, as well as develop other vital projects.

Sadly we have not been allowed Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status so cannot offer a tax incentive to our benefactors.

But we have made it easier to give to the CDC!   Please just click here and be generous!

Thank you, and blessings upon you and yours as we approach Christmas.


Green Senator Richard di Natale yesterday greeted the passing of amendments to the Marriage act as a Triumph of Love. He and others like him spoke of their renewed Pride in their Country. I was just an ignorant NO voter, but I can actually understand and sympathise with the feelings of those gay couples who genuinely longed for full recognition of their relationships. Part of me is glad that all this has happened. But I’m also disgusted by the baggage that went with it and drove it, by the pathetically narrow focus of bourgeois hipsters like di Natale.

Is the legalization of SSM really all it takes to make you proud of your country?

I was proud of Australia when we nobly and generously stood up against the ruthless aggression of Indonesia in defence of the independence of Timor Leste. But gutsy little John Howard was the PM then, so I guess it doesn’t count.

I’m proud that we’ve opened our doors, during the last fifty years, to literally millions of people from all the nations on earth and that by and large we’ve done a very good job of assimilating them. But we have our suspicions about a few hundred, and are cruelly holding them for investigation (are they genuine refugees or economic migrants?) before either integrating or deporting them, so I suppose that doesn’t count either.

I would be proud of our country if we were to put an end to the worst imaginable form of child abuse, a form of infanticide so horrible that the media will never speak of it and our precious ignorance remains inviolate. If you don’t know what I’m talking about you should.

I would be proud of our country if corporations and individuals showed a willingness to give seriously valuable land back to surviving First Nation tribes, instead of fobbing them off with remote rocks, wasteland, feel-good apologies and recognition. Facta non verba, eh?

I would be proud of our country if we were to solve the problem of youth unemployment and, in defiance of the protectionist attitudes of existing employees, give absolute priority to finding fulfilling and fruitful tasks and learning opportunities for everyone now on the scrapheap of a wasted generation, in accordance with their individual talents and skills.

But Senator di Natale is thrilled at what we achieved this week. Not only he, but most members of parliament seem to have lived for this moment and put their best into it for months on end. In fact it was almost the only thing they ever agreed on. Too bad they had to bicker about everything else.

All in all I feel more shame than pride, because our scale of values is so skewed, so utterly narrow and, in a sense, so mean-spirited. But I also think that the Australian people are far kinder and more decent than most of their elected representatives have shown themselves to be and that they deserve better leadership – on all sides of politics. But maybe, after all, a country just gets the leaders it deserves?



I am delighted to be able to announce that Pope Francis has appointed Karl Schmude, a member of the Dawson Centre’s International Advisory Board, to be a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great. The citation reads in part ‘a remarkable life and exceptional contributions to the Church and broader community have been marked by a deep commitment to the Catholic Church, his Catholic faith and to his Bishop. He is outstanding in his fidelity’.


‘A WORLD WITHOUT CHRISTIANITY’ – What would a Post-Christian world look like?

The next Dawson Centre Colloquium will take place on 29-30 June 2018

Further information and a Call for Papers is posted on our website. Our 2017 Colloquium was superb, in terms of both quality of content and very good company. Do put the 2018 event in your diary. It’s well worth a trip to the Athens of the South!


Intensive reading course in Medieval and Ecclesiastical Latin. This will be the 25th annual Hobart Latin Summer School! It is now taught under the auspices of the Dawson Centre. Some prior knowledge of Latin is a prerequisite, though a person with some background in another language can readily come up to the starting gate. Readings from some of the great and influential literature, poetry and prose, from antiquity to the dawn of the modern world.

Hobart, Jane Franklin Hall, University of Tasmania, South Hobart

22-26 January 2018

9.00 am to 3.00 pm daily


In association with the Verbum Domini Institute, this is an intensive course in the koine Greek of the New Testament, a continuation of last summer’s course that is also suitable for virtual beginners who are willing to undertake some preliminary work on the Greek alphabet. We shall read passages from the Gospels and from Christian literature of the apostolic age.

Participants should purchase a copy of Gavin Betts, Complete New Testament Greek, from the Book Depository (A$32.65 posted) –


Hobart, 35 Tower Road, New Town

29 January to 2 February 2018

9.00 am to 3.00 pm daily


Pieces you won’t see in the mainstream media

A Vote of Confidence in Western Civilisation – interview with Stephen McInerney, formerly Senior Lecturer in Literature at Campion College, now Executive Officer (Academic) at the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation (link with appreciation to Mercatornet).



Dangerous Ideas, the proceedings of our 2015 and 2016 Colloquia, are now available in a single volume at: http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=426#.WXCMYhV95hE