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 Contents - Jun 2004AD2000 June 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Pentecost: As it was in the beginning ... - Michael Gilchrist
Abortion: 'Pro-choice' issue emerges in US presidential campaign - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Marriage: Statistics highlight the precarious state of marriage and family - AD2000 REPORT
Theology of the Body: Why the silence on the Church's moral teachings? - Audrey Dillon
Society: Why Chesterton is needed now more than ever - Dale Ahlquist
Education: Chavagnes en Paillers: a Catholic college with a Catholic culture - Paul Russell
The importance of beauty in the Liturgy - Christopher Pearson
Poetry: The power and beauty of religious poetry - Star-Life, Identikit, Ministers - Bruce Dawe
Poetry: The power and beauty of religious poetry - Cast fear behind thee, I am come! - Marion and Delia Craig
Letters: New Liturgy document (letter) - John Schmid
Letters: Disrespect (letter) - John Casamento
Letters: Behaviour at Mass (letter) - Michael Ryan
Letters: Options (letter) - Maryse Usher
Letter: Signs of hope (letter) - Daniel Attard
Letters: Priestly vocations (letter) - Monsignor Robert Egar
Letters: The Passion - Suffering (letter) - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: The Passion - Not overdone (letter) - Monique Onezime
Letters: The Passion - No ordinary man (letter) - Jony Joordens
Letters: Faith and reason (letter) - John Kelly
Letters: Gospel Dating - The Jesus Papyrus (letter) - Paul R. Smith
Letters: Media Standards Australia (letter) - Denise Den-Bakker
Letters: Name changes? (letter) - Frank Mobbs
Letters: US Survey (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Catholic books (letter) - Frank Carleton
Events: Window Shopping for Non-Catholics - Fr Paul Newton
Books: The Free Press, by Hilaire Belloc - John Ballantyne (reviewer)
Books: The Outline Of Sanity, by G.K. Chesterton - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: Catharine With An 'A', by Edna Keir - Joan Graham (reviewer)
Books: Looking Again at the Question of the Liturgy, Reform of the Reform? - Paul Russell (reviewer)
Books: More new titles for 2004 from AD Books
Reflection: The Holy Spirit: like a bed for the weary traveller - Fr Leo Duck

I share Matthew Greene's distress and have been pondering options as to what I can do:

* Decide Jesus is happy with his children chattering away to one another and join in.

* Stick my fingers in my ears, fume and try to pray.

* Stand up and act like the wrath of God, ordering everyone to "be quiet".

* Offer Jesus the pain and distress caused by the tumult, in union with his mother's sorrows beneath the cross, and beg for grace to make the parish priest ask everyone to be silent in church.

* Leave and find another parish where people adore and respect Our Lord in the tabernacle, but abandoning him to the ignominy of this parish church being treated like a market or cafe.

No wonder the young, the faltering, and anguished souls don't come to Mass - the sense of mysticism in the presence of our transcendent God is annihilated by congreg-ations who are too busy re-establishing social contact after Mass.

Are they aware of the stranger, the marginalised, the lonely creeping into the back of the church? If Christ is abandoned in the tabernacle, so are His little ones.

MARYSE USHER
East St Kilda, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 5 (June 2004), p. 13

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