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Director of the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy, University of Divinity

Bruce Duncan is a Catholic priest of the Redemptorist order who has studied economics and politics at Sydney University. Since 1986 he has lectured in history and social ethics at Yarra Theological Union in Melbourne, part of the University of Divinity. He has written widely on social issues, including The Church's Social Teaching (1991), Crusade or Conspiracy: Catholics and the Anti-communist Struggle in Australia (UNSW Press, 2001), and in 2012, Social Justice: fuller life in a fairer world. He is one of the founders of the advocacy network, Social Policy Connections.


  • –present
    Director of the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy, Yarra Theological Union
  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, History and Social Ethics, Yarra Theological Union


  • 1987 
    University of Sydney, PhD, Department of Government
  • 1979 
    University of Sydney, B,Ec (hons1)


  • 2015
    Islam, Peacemaking and Terrorism, Australian Catholic Record
  • 2014
    Pope Francis’s call for social justice in the global economy, Australasian Catholic Record
  • 2013
    Human Rights imperilled by the Global Financial Crisis, Compass
  • 2013
    Tackling Capitalism: What Vatican II achieved and what still needs to be done, Pacifica
  • 2013
    Globalisation and the Morality of Economics, Interface
  • 2013
    Daniel Mannix: Beyond the Myths, Australasian Catholic Record
  • 2012
    Social Justice: Fuller Life in a Fairer World, Garratt Publications
  • 2012
    The Council’s Call to renewed Social Engagement, Ormerod / St Pauls
  • 2011
    The context of Caritas in Veritate in Catholic Social Teaching, Ormerod/ St Pauls
  • 2010
    The puzzle of Caritas in Veritate, Aust. Journal of Mission Studies
  • 2008
    Just War in Oxford Companion to Aust. Politics, Oxford University Press
  • 2007
    Santamaria, B. A. in Oxford Companion to Aust. Politics, Oxford Univ. Press
  • 2007
    Assessing the social thought of John Paul II , Gascoigne / St Pauls
  • 2006
    Population and the Church in the context of global warming, Japan Mission Journal
  • 2005
    Ending Hunger: how far can we go: the UN Millennium Development Goals, Aust.Catholic Social Justice Council
  • 2005
    Puzzle of Santamaria's politicisation of Catholic Movements, Costar/ Scribe
  • 2005
    A new Catholic social manifesto? The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Compass Theology
  • 2005
    Did the 2005 Synod duck issues of hunger and poverty?, Japan Misison Journal
  • 2003
    War on Iraq: Is It Just? , Aust.Catholic Social Justice Council
  • 2003
    Pope John Paul’s Jubilee Call for a More Robust Social Engagement, Howe / ATF Press
  • 2003
    What the Just War Tradition has to offer today, Compass Theology
  • 2003
    Pre-emptive Strike and its Implications, Interface Theology
  • 2003
    A Schizophrenic Process in the Church? The conservative retreat from the social dimensions of the Gospel, Compass Theology
  • 2002
    Santamaria and the legacy of the Split, Australasian Catholic Record
  • 2001
    Crusade or Conspiracy: Catholics and the Anti-comunist Struggle in Australia, UNSW Press
  • 2001
    The Role of Catholics in the Cold War: The Conundrum of B. A. Santamaria, Love/ Red Rag Publ.
  • 1999
    The significance of the Pope's proposed apologies for errors by the Church, Australasian Catholic Record
  • 1997
    Church social justice interventions in the public arena', Compass Theological Journal
  • 1995
    World Population: Cause for Alarm? , Catholic Social Justice Council
  • 1992
    The Place of work in human development, Shinnick / Adelaide Archdiocese
  • 1991
    Strengths and Weaknesses of the Tradition Around 'Rerum Novarum, Compass Theological Journal
  • 1991
    The Catholic Church and economic development, Lutheran Theological Journal
  • 1991
    Church Social Teaching: from Rerum Novarum to 1931, CollinsDove
  • 1988
    Needed: a new history of Catholic social activism, Compass Theology