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Reporting abuses is not spying (letter)

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 Contents - Mar 2005AD2000 March 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Pray for John Paul II ... - Peter Westmore
Vocations: Australian diocesan seminary numbers continue to increase - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Cinema: Hollywood's Kinsey whitewash - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Moral divisions among the Christian Churches threaten ecumenism - Archbishop Barry Hickey
Dissent: Notes from a theology unit at Australian Catholic University
Church's future lies with orthodoxy, not dissent - Fr Paul Stuart
Culture: Secularism, not religion, is threatened with extinction - David Quinn
Events: Holy Week Celebrations - Classical Roman Rite
A young Catholic's encounter with Latin at Chavagnes International College - Alexander Morrison
Adult Education: Sydney Centre for Thomistic Studies continues a great teacher's legacy - Audrey English
Letters: Priestly celibacy (letter) - Barbara Chigwidden
Letters: Overseas priests and racism - Fr Peter Joseph
Letters: Reporting abuses is not spying (letter) - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Mangled hymns (letter) - Michael Apthorp
Letters: Orthodox young priest (letter) - John David
Letters: Abortion (letter) - Fr Austin Kenny CP
Letters: Leadership needed (letter) - Tom King
Letters: AIDS prevention (letter) - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Bible and Church (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Layman saint Bob Santamaria (letter) - J.W. McMahon
Letters: Convert (letter) - Jeff Harvie
Letters: Information sought on Kathleen Cecilia Butler (letter) - John G. Brown
Letters: Latin Mass (letter) - Alan Freckelton
Obituary: The passing of a holy, many-talented Jesuit - Fr Victor Ian Falconer SJ - Michael O'Callaghan
Books: DOLLFUSS: An Austrian Patriot, by Fr Johannes Messner - Alice von Hildebrand
Books: THE CASTLE OF HEAVENLY BLISS - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Books to read in 2005
Reflection: The Holy Trinity and the Church: the truth will set you free - Fr John O'Neill

Regarding Archbishop Bathersby's comments on "spying" in churches (February AD2000), it is interesting to note that the Concise Oxford Dictionary defines a spy as a person who goes, especially in disguise, into the enemy's camp or territory to inspect works, watch movements, etc, and report the result.

When Catholics go into their own churches with little notebooks and take notes on a "great deal of unorthodoxy" taking place in the liturgy in some churches of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, they are doing so openly, and not in enemy territory; therefore they are not spies.

It is their right to report abuses to their Archbishop and expect him to rebuke the guilty priests and to ask them to celebrate Mass at least correctly, if not devoutly.

Instead, we find the Archbishop covering up for his priests and rebuking the Courier Mail for the actions of his orthodox Catholics!

In this year of the Eucharist, we priests should celebrate Mass as if it were our first, or our last, or our only Holy Mass.

FR EDWARD P. EVANS
Ethnic Chaplain-Canberra
Braddon, ACT

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 2 (March 2005), p. 14

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