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Prophetic words (letter)

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 Contents - Sep 2003AD2000 September 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The future of the Anglican Church - Peter Westmore
New auxiliary bishops appointed to the Sydney Archdiocese - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Dissident US group establishing a foothold in Australian parishes - Mary-Ruth Monsour
Catholic summer conferences in the United States: signs of hope - Richard Egan
Culture: Second 'Carnivale Christi' Catholic arts festival scheduled for Melbourne - Michael Gilchrist
Events: Hearts On Fire Vocations Congress for Melbourne Archdiocese - Joanne Grainger
Understanding the Catholic Liturgy since Vatican II - Dom Alcuin Reid OSB
Pope John Paul II calls for greater use of Latin - Denis Murphy
Homosexual conduct: how Gospel teaching can be distorted - Bill Muehlenberg
Letters: Not closing ranks (letter) - Alan Gill
Letters: Hidden agenda (letter) - Dr Arthur Hartwig
Letters: Liturgical choices (letter) - Marguerite Fennell
Letters: New Mass (letter) - Philip Robinson
Letters: Converts (letter) - Kevin Tighe
Letters: Selfhood (letter) - Robert Prinzen-Wood
Letters: Prophetic words (letter) - Errol Duke
Letters: Freedom to be born (letter) - George F. Simpson
Abridged Papal encyclicals available - Fr M. Durham
Letters: Correction - Chris Hilder
Books: OLD THUNDER: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, by Joseph Pearce - Scott J. Bloch (reviewer)
Books: Some Fell On Rock, by Fr John O'Neill - Fr Peter Joseph (reviewer)
Books: The Practical Preacher: Handy Hints for hesitant homilists, by Paul Edwards SJ - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: Great books at the best prices!
Reflection: A Christian response to bereavement: Jesus' ministry to the sick and dying - Fr Dennis Byrnes

Devout orthodox Catholics continue to be deeply disturbed by many situations occurring in our Church today.

Our Lady's apparitions in Akita, Japan, in 1973, which were officially sanctioned by the Holy See on 24 April 1984 as worthy of belief, certainly relate and help to explain these difficult times we are currently experiencing.

Among the words of Our Lady recorded during these apparitions, the following seem particularly relevant - indeed prophetic - in light of what has occurred over the past 30 years:

"The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church ... One will see cardinals oppose cardinals, bishops against other bishops ... the priests who venerate me [i.e., Mary] will be scorned and opposed by their confreres [and] churches and altars sacked [e.g., tabernacles removed from sanctuaries to out-of-the way places] ... The Church will be full of those who accept compromise and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of God."

On the positive side, though, Our Lady has requested the faithful to be steadfast in their prayer lives - particularly through the sacraments and the Rosary.

We are called especially to pray for all our clergy who are under enormous pressure to work through these well-documented evil times in which we live.

To conclude, we must resist strongly - but in love. God will take care of the rest. AD2000 is one of these avenues in Australia that have taken up the cause. Let us continue to be on board.

Elizabeth East, SA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 8 (September 2003), p. 16

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