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Dr Mannix’s Easy Chair

In 1954, Herbert Vere Evatt, leader of the federal Labor Party, made his sectarian attack on the predominantly Catholic anti-­communist groups in the party, thereby triggering the landslide towards the ensuing Split. At that time the (Jesuit) Institute of Social Order was conducting live-in courses in Catholic social theory, frequented, over time, by many hundreds of activists united against Marxism. I was the director of that institute, editing Social Survey, a monthly providing relevant scripture meditations and ethical material to about 2500 Groupers, and also the more erudite quarterly, Twentieth Century. Our general­issimo was Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne, frequently…

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