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'Creating Our Future' (letter)

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 Contents - Dec 2000AD2000 December 2000 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: At the end of the Year of Jubilee: an audit - Michael Gilchrist
ACU - when will the 'Statement of Conclusions' be implemented? - Michael Gilchrist
Jubilee Congress of Families: Rome report - Anthony Cappello
News: The Church Around the World
C.S. Lewis: Christian apologist - Sarah Macdonald
G.K. Chesterton: fresh and accessible today - Dale Ahlquist
The 'new breed' of orthodox seminarians - Carter H. Griffin
Australian Foundation to back new Pontifical University
New Australian women's religious order - Sr Carmel Doherty
Letters: Clarification (letter) - Bishop James Foley
Letters: Priest shortage (letter) - Bernard O'Connor
Letters: Spiritual Poverty (letter) - Joe Garreffa
Letters: 'Creating Our Future' (letter) - Patricia Byrnes
Letters: Toowoomba Diocese (letter) - Maria Lossberg
Letters: Serious duties (letter) - Myles M. Kehoe
Letters: Rainbow Serpent (letter) - Hans Klaver
Letters: Positive response (letter) - Geoff Taylor
Letters: The Church in China (letter) - Francis Vrijmoed
Letters: Corrected translation (letter) - Hugh Henry
Letters: Remembrance services (letter) - Richard Grant
Letters: Women's ordination (letter) - Dr Frank Mobbs
Letters: Misguided (letter) - Joyce Pearson and Marie Kennedy
Letters: Wordiness (letter) - Kathleen Murnane
Letters: Hell? (letter) - P.J. Jones
Letters: Sermons (letter) - Gordon R. Coomber
Letters: EWTN programs (letter) - John Lovegrove
Books: 200 Years of Faith: A Multimedia Tour of the Holy Land - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: 'Biblical Holy Places: An Illustrated Guide' by Rivka Gonen - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: 'John Paul II's Book of Mary', compiled by Margaret R. Bunson - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: 'Anti-Catholicism in American Culture', edited by Robert Lockwood - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Summer School of Evangelisation 2001
Reflection: The coming of Christ on earth - Pope John Paul II

Thank you for your report on Toowoomba's Creating Our Future. It sums up my own views on the subject, having attended several meetings connected with this document.

What I find most disturbing is that Creating Our Future purports to present the wisdom and concerns of all Catholics in the Toowoomba Diocese. Certainly, many meetings were held, but the feedback was filtered.

The most blatant example of this was at the large, well-planned and expensive Diocesan Gathering held in Toowoomba in October 1998. Five representatives from every parish were invited, plus people from various groups within Catholic education.

The three main concerns of my parish, as tabulated from a questionnaire and discussed at an earlier meeting, were the shortage of priests, the need for loyalty by bishops, priests and people to Church teachings, and the need for orthodox religious education. However, the first two were translated into "leadership" and the last into "spirituality", with no clarifying sub-headings included.

At another group session I attended, there was a real battle to get the appointed chairman to write down what was said. The excuse given was that there was "no consensus."

This experience was not limited to my group. All "orthodox" Catholics I spoke to were belittled as ignorant, right wing or unrealistic, and their concerns either not reported at all, misreported, or hidden under some vague heading. I felt betrayed, not by enemies, but by friends, and people in well paid Catholic education positions.

Toowoomba, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 13 No 11 (December 2000 - January 2001), p. 14

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