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Ineffective system (letter)

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 Contents - Jul 2004AD2000 July 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Separation of Church and State? - Michael Gilchrist
Liturgy: New improved English Mass translation nears completion - Michael Gilchhrist
Feminist 'rituals': no substitute for prayer - Joanna Bogle
News: The Church Around the World
Pastoral Letter: The secular challenges to our faith: how to respond - Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett
Eucharistic Adoration: heart of evangelisation - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM
Croagh Patrick, Ireland's Holy Mountain: 'Sure, it's a bit of a hill' - Paul Russell
Letters: Synod (letter) - Lance Eccles
Letters: Courageous lead (letter) - Tom King
Letters: Ineffective system (letter) - John Mulholland
Letters: Catholic schools (letter) - George Simpson
Letters: Dating the Gospels (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Informative talk (letter) - Frank Bourke
Letters: Gay lobby (letter) - Alan A. Hoysted
Letters: Abusive letters - Maureen Federico
Letters: Christian models (letter) - Brett Powell
Letters: Christians the most vilified group (letter) - Arnold Jago
Letters: Disappointment (letter) - Cathy Cleary
Letters: The Passion of the Christ (letter) - June Forester
Letters: Parish concerns (letter) - Peter Gilet
Letters: No kneelers (letter)
Letters: The power of one (letter) - Brian Harris
Letters: Sacred Heart (letter) - V. Mulligan
Letters: CD response (letter) - Melanie and Christopher Duluk
Books: Flee To the Fields - The Founding Papers of the Catholic Land Movement - Peter Chojnowski (reviewer)
Books: An Essay on the Restoration of Property, by Hilaire Belloc - John Ballantyne (reviewer)
Books: Ethics and the National Economy, by Heinrich Pesch - John Williamson (reviewer)
Redemptionis Sacramentum (Sacrament of Redemption) abridged version - Fr M. Durham
Books: More new titles for 2004 from AD Books
Reflection: No time to pray? Try contemplation - Fr Leo J. Trese

I doubt if Elizabeth Alderton (May AD2000) is a regular reader of your magazine. If she were she would have been aware of a number of supportive articles on religious teaching in Catholic schools that have previously been published by you.

The children of those parents who don't follow the "party line" in sending their children to a Catholic school are unlikely to fare any differently from those who do. At the end of a child's training in the Catholic school system the majority give away the faith.

I am presuming that the "party line" to which Elizabeth Alderton refers is to receive a Catholic education at a Catholic school. If the reason for sending children to a Catholic school is not to follow the "party line" then it begs the question as to why Catholics pour funds into what appears to be an ineffective system.

It does not matter one iota if teachers have "post-graduate qualifications in theology that would swamp those of the local parish priest" if they don't have the Catholic faith. Did not Christ establish his Church based on a fisherman's faith not a learned Rabbi's knowledge or the professionalism of a Doctor of the Law? After all, theology is not the source of religious truth, it is a study of it.

I am at a loss to understand what your correspondent means by "deepening of the Spirit". However, given the few young people who still adhere to the Catholic Faith at the end of their school years, I would suggest that the "Spirit" to which Elizabeth Alderton refers is, more likely, not of the "Holy" variety.

Bonnells Bay, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 6 (July 2004), p. 13

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