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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

Reading AD2000 is always a joy, but the February issue was one of the best yet, with so many good articles. The restored seminaries in Australia are indicative that we are on recovery road - well almost.

At the last Synod in Rome, Archbishop Pell made a strong plea for the restoration of preaching on the Last Things.

While most clergy and seminarians are fired by a zeal to save souls, who has heard a sermon (or homily) on repentance these last 30 years? Many other important things are mentioned which make us feel cosy. But is that enough?

Zeal for souls drove many saints - St Alphonsus, St Paul of the Cross (the hunter of souls) and St John Vianney ("You have shown me the way to Ars; I will show you the way to Heaven". And so he did).

In this year of the Rosary we will pray: "Bring all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy". Yet how is this possible unless we are told by our pastors, "unless you repent you will die in your sins"?

An aged nun said recently that she no longer believed in Hell! What does it profit us if we gain community spirit, good educators, material comfort, social welfare, progress, psychology, expert advice, etc, and suffer the loss of our own souls?

Archbishop Pell's plea for a preaching of repentance, death, judgement, Heaven or Hell needs to be taken up in 2003.

How about a major article on the subject? Perhaps one of your learned feature writers could take up this important matter.

Ashfield, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 2 (March 2003), p. 15

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