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Church renovation (letter)

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 Contents - Mar 2003AD2000 March 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: War in Iraq? Questions to be considered - Peter Westmore
Sydney Archdiocese RE test: behind one school's success story - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Ten years on former Anglicans enrich Church - Fr Peter Geldard
Vatican tells politicians: Don't hide your light - Michael Casanova
Good priest, bad priest - my faith remains - Frank Mobbs
Religious faith and modern culture: responding to a secular critic - Bill Muehlenberg
Liturgy: The Mass is the same sacrifice as the Cross - Msgr. Peter J. Elliott
New Age ideas: how Catholics should respond - Fr Peter Joseph
The media and evangelisation - Moira Kirkwood
Letters: Brisbane Synod (letter) - John F. Nolan
Letters: 'Partner' or spouse? (letter) - Peter Hannigan
Letters: Women's Commission (letter) - Leon Voesenek
Letters: Church renovation (letter) - T.E. Geraghty
Letters: Government proposals (letter) - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Last things (letter) - Kevin McManus
Letters: New springtime (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Apostolate (letter) - Barry O'Brien
Letters: Catholic websites (letter) - John Carroll
Letters: Third rite (letter) - Norm Power
Letters: Invalid (letter) - Maria Lossberg
Letters: New Age? (letter) - Dr Lance Eccles
Letters: Accountability (letter) - John Leach
Letters: Infallible teaching (letter) - Peter Howard
Poetry: From Tradition (For my mother) - Andrew Huntley
Books: Life's Worth: The Case against Assisted Suicide, by Arthur Dyck - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: Human Cloning And Human Dignity: Report of the President's Council on Bioethics - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: The Self Evident Proof, by Richard Kouchoo - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: The Latest from AD Books
Reflection: Lenten self-denial - at the very heart of our lives with Christ - Fr F.E. Burns

I enclose a clipping from our local parish magazine in relation to the building of a replacement "worship centre" (or church) at this rural parish's second largest population centre.

The article counters objections to the "outsighting" of the tabernacle by deferring to "liturgical requirements set by the archdiocesan committee headed by Dr Tom Elich." This same gentleman previously had his trendy alterations to the local senior parish church in Beaudesert soundly rebuffed by its parishioners.

It seems incomprehensible that the Magisterium would condone the wholesale devaluation of the tabernacle (and what it contains) from anything less than the focal point of prayer, devotion and adoration within a church building proper.

The reason the church building is (according to the article) "no longer the quiet reflective place it used to be" is that it has over the past number of years not been demanded so by those in clerical authority - another "cart before the horse" rationalisation.

Surely returning the church building to its original intent - "My house is a house of prayer" - and according the tabernacle pride of place therein is both logical and appropriate. Or are we contending with a stealthy attack on belief in the Real Presence, as just about every other tenet of faith has been derided by some progressive theologians?

Parish priests seem to feel obliged to support archdiocesan directives and requirements over any personal feelings. The question is how do these directives/requirements get in place when they do not always reflect, or are, at best, a selective interpretation of guidelines and boundaries set by the highest universal Church authority?

T.E. GERAGHTY
Beaudesert, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 2 (March 2003), p. 14

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