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Price of Freedom


Summarizes the first key decade of Bartholomew Augustine Santamaria's Australian Catholic Social Movement, otherwise known as 'the Movement'.

The strengths, weaknesses, and challenges faced by 'the Movement' are explored, and also the rocky relationship that existed between the Catholic social-political organizations and sections of the the Catholic hierarchy in Australia.

Robert Milliken wrote in the Independent newspaper's Obituary in 1998 that:
"Santamaria's main crusade was against Communism, especially its spread among trade unions after the Depression of the Thirties. He was a conservative Catholic who enlisted the aid of the Church in his political activities. And, long after Communism had been purged from Labor politics, Santamaria remained a leading polemicist and social commentator, attacking other movements such as economic rationalism, feminism, gay rights and anything that threatened the sanctity of family life. His primary pulpit was a column in the Australian, a national newspaper, which he wrote for 33 years until he became ill from a brain tumour".

Hardback. 258 pp.

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