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Leadership needed (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

The death estimates of the Boxing Day tsunami are now at least 200,000. Without any intention of devaluing the sacrifice and sorrow compounded, I am compelled to reflect upon the equivalent loss of life that has occurred on our Australian doorstep, so to speak, without any interest being shown by the media or indeed, most of our Church fraternity.

Ambon is most appropriate, as the current toll from the tidal surge almost equates the number of Christians who have been slaughtered by Islamic extremists during the previous several years.

The death toll, that has the press and Church spokesmen approaching emotional collapse, equates to the number of potential Australians who are slaughtered each year with a Medicare Bonus provided by a benevolent administration.

During the 20th century, more Christians were murdered for the belief they refused to relinquish than in any previous century in world history.

The time for real leadership is now; but I very much doubt the residual capacity exists among the apologists who pervade so many of our faith and political institutions.

TOM KING
Elanora, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 2 (March 2005), p. 15

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