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Moral relativism

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 Contents - Sep 2004AD2000 September 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: 2004 Fighting Fund launched - Michael Gilchrist
Morwell: Vatican decision backs parish priests who uphold Church teachings - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Pulp Fiction: Religious illiteracy and 'The Da Vinci Code' - Fr Martin Tierney
Books: Exposing 'The Da Vinci Code' fraud - James Hitchcock
Iraqi bishop: positive developments despite the violence and bloodshed - Bishop Rabban Al-Qas
Terrorist attacks on Iraqi Christians - Catholic World News
Mass Attendance: Where have all the worshippers gone? - Fr Martin Durham
Sydney Catholic Adult Education Centre courses prove popular - Peter Holmes
Mission: Sydney seminary's evangelisation program revitalises parish - Bishop Julian Porteous
Events: Carnivale Christi Melbourne to celebrate Graham Greene's centenary - Liam Houlihan
Why not a little Latin in the liturgy? - Angus Sibley
Adult education: Latin language course in Melbourne
Letters: Thank you from East Timor (letter) - Fr Marcos de Oliviera SDB
Letters: Mass translation? - Philip Holberton
Letters: NRSV Bible - Mrs M.A. Ross
Letters: Liturgy abuses - Peter Lynch
Letters: 'King Arthur' an anti-Catholic movie - Fr Brian Harrison
Letters: Permissiveness - Ena Makaus
Letters: State Aid - George Caruana JP
Letters: Maronite Church - L.L. Booth
Letters: Support given - Barry O'Brien
Letters: The Power of One - Carola Morgan
Letters: AIDS in the Philippines - Christopher Rule
Letters: Freedom to be Born pro-life march - George F. Simpson
Letters: Moral relativism - Tim Coyle
Books: The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, by Philip Jenkins - John Barich (reviewer)
Books: The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America, by David Carlin - Fr James Schall SJ (reviewer)
Books: Interrupted Journeys: Young Refugees from Hitler's Reich, by Alan Gill - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Catholic Family Catechism: 2004 Disciples Edition with 50 Questions and Answers - Fr Peter Murphy
Books: More new titles from AD Books
Reflection: Why the priesthood is absolutely necessary - Fr John O'Neill

Following Bishop Fisher's inspiring article, one lives in hope that as arsenic was prescribed for psoriasis years ago, so will exogenous hormones, at least at an early age, be seen to future practitioners to be as toxic, and that most married (hopefully) couples will be open to life.

Don't forget that radium liquid was sold over the counter by chemists as a cure-all at about the same time; and later Bex powders, etc. Moral relativism has led to the ridiculous situation in Queensland where legal brothels are seen by hierarchical and leading Catholic legal figures to be an improvement or a "good", and therefore to be supported. (Certainly not to be openly condemned!)

Similarly, many Catholic doctors and chemists see themselves as contributing to social order, indeed even providing a benefit, by making available artificial contraception, condoms, etc. Worse still, many chemists are providing abortion services by leasing associated medical centre premises to abortion-referring GPs.

President Bush complained to the Pope recently that American Catholic bishops were not supporting him in his stand against abortion and his attempts to support normal marriage. Reform requires an increased discernment, a judgemental attitude certainly, a trial of good over evil. It also calls for a greater preparedness to be objective, to put God first, to accept less materially, and to lessen our self-indulgent focus on wealth and property. Masculine generosity, and the nobility of spirit that lurks in everyone needs to be more visible.

TIM COYLE (DR)
St Joseph's Family Clinic
Cairns, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 8 (September 2004), p. 16

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