Ethics at Christ Church
Canon Sheehan believes that schools have a duty to raise issues relating to ethics and make a context available for students to discuss them. While he acknowledges the role of traditional religious instruction in the discussion of ethical issues, he believes that conversation should involve more than just giving young people the Ten Commandments.
“There is also the question of ethical sources and where we go to find them,” Canon Sheehan said. “Some are religious sources but there are others, such as sociological, which can give an awareness of how society is structured - a vital part of the information of ethics.”
The Ethics Newsletter, published quarterly, is a medium through which Canon Sheehan discusses current ethical issues. It also provides details on upcoming guest speakers and events.
Canon Frank Sheehan is the School Chaplain and Director of the Centre for Ethics at Christ Church Grammar School. He also lectures at the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Education on World Religions and regularly presents lectures on ethics with UWA Extension.
As a long-time religious and social commentator with ABC Radio National, a former producer with ABC television and a regular host at the Perth Writers Festival, he has many contacts from the literary, philosophical and political world of whom he brings to the Centre.
He has also chaired a number of ethics committees at various hospitals around Perth and was a member of the Genomics, Society and Human Health Committee at The University of Western Australia.
Canon Sheehan, a Senior Canon of St George’s Cathedral Perth, was a Catholic Priest before joining the Anglican Priesthood.