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 Contents - Aug 2004AD2000 August 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: New challenges for Catholic education - Peter Westmore
Pope's representative reminds Australian religious leaders on liturgy abuses - Archbishop Francesco Canalini
News: The Church Around the World
Getting serious about orthodoxy: an American bishop shows how - Michael Gilchrist
Catholic politicians and informed conscience - Bishop Michael Sheridan
Bioethics: Embryo stem-cell research: time for a moral benchmark - Christopher Pyne MP
The morning after pill - Bishop Anthony Fisher
History: Catholic education: triumph over adversity - Cardinal George Pell
Carnivale Christi: Whatever happened to beauty in art? - Paul Fitzgerald
The Catholic Church and the Greens: why? - Tony Kearney
Letters: Missal translation - Pastor David Buck
Letters: Hymn parody - Peter Hannigan
Letters: Casual trend - Gina Voskulen
Letters: Parish revitalised - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Threats to family - Gordon Southern
Letters: Abortion - Anne Boyce
Letters: Relearning needed - Anne Lastman
Letters: Gospel dates - Jack R. Nyman
Books: DANIEL MANNIX: Wit and Wisdom, by Michael Gilchrist - Hermann Kelly (reviewer)
Books: A Guide To The Passion Of The Christ : 100 Questions - Fr Scot Armstrong STL (reviewer)
Books: Interview with the author of 'The Da Vinci Hoax' - Carl E. Olsen
Books: More new titles for 2004 from AD Books
Reflection: Why teaching in a Catholic school is far more than a profession - Fr Dennis Byrnes

I think Cathy Cleary (July AD2000) has missed the point of Bruce Dawe's poem on "Come As You Are". He's not so much criticising young people's clothes as making a comment on the casual trend of worship today.

Many of us are saddened by the lack of respect, awe and reverence that is so apparent in our modern churches.

Some modern hymns are theologically quite unsound. In "Come As You Are" the line "love sets no limits" simply isn't true, because all loving parents know that they must set some limits.

Our heavenly Father certainly does, but people think that this is just the Church imposing rules. God always loves us and is ready to forgive us, but He wants our sincere repentance.

As a person who loves those majestic, inspiring and stirring old hymns, I find most of the modern ones extremely shallow and meaningless. They don't bring young people to Mass; nor does insisting on modest clothing keep them away.

For those of you who are concerned about churches where this younger generation is missing, all is not lost. There is a growing number of them seeking out Masses where traditional reverence is not out of fashion, and where the teaching is sound. There is a renewed interest in the Rosary, in Benediction and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

I suspect it is "New Church", where "anything goes", which is the one that is failing to appeal.

Tarlee, SA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 7 (August 2004), p. 15

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