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Leadership needed

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 Contents - Apr 2006AD2000 April 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: New cardinals: Benedict XVI signals his intentions - Michael Gilchrist
Conscience: Dissenters' appeal to Rome 'a real hoot' says Cardinal Pell - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Books: Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
EarthSong: Green Christianity or a new paganism? - Michael Gilchrist
Salesian Missions: Cardinal Pell visits East Timor - Michael Lynch SDB
Creation: Intelligent Design and the war against God - Stephen Hitchings
The Domestic Church: The Christian Family Movement: re-evangelising through families - Leslie Sammut
Has just punishment had its day? - Fr Matthew Kirby
1973 Decree: A Fourth Rite of Reconciliation for Queensland? - AD2000
Music and Culture: Benedict XVI, Mozart and the quest for beauty - Mark Freer
Letters: Religious education - Saskia Ebejer
Letters: Action needed - Kevin McBride
Letters: New Age - Yana Di Pietro and Magenta Ray
Letters: Translations - George Simpson
Letters: National suicide - Greg O'Regan
Letters: Anti-life politicians - Robert Bom
Letters: RU486 - Brian Harris
Letters: Courageous example - Arnold Jago
Letters: Inclusive language - Ottavio Kos
Letters: Overseas priests - Peter Gilet
Letters: Leadership needed - Tom King
Letters: Church of England - Jim Turley
Letters: Religious life - Barbara Chigwidden
Books: Swear To God: The Promise and Powers of the Sacraments, by Scott Hahn - Jacinta Cummins (reviewer)
Books: Mother Angelica, by Raymond Arroyo - Stephen Hitchings (reviewer)
Books: Fr Martin D'Arcy: Philosopher of Christian Love, by H.J.A. Sire - Michael E. Daniel
Events: Holy Week 2006: Classical Roman Rite in Melbourne
Books: Stimulating reading from AD Books
Reflection: The redeeming Cross: at the centre of Christian faith - Cardinal George Pell

Why did the resolute, direct effectiveness of Archbishop Mannix not endure after his passage to eternity? The assaults upon our faith and our so often disguised clergy have become more apparent and less subtle, as we have become more tolerant and less effective as protectors of the Faith.

In recent times we have seen the Brumbys, clever advertisers, misuse clerical look-alikes, and posture a sacramental offering. When I complained to the relevant authority, I was informed "no-one else has taken offence." This was untrue, as I knew of others who had done as I had, declaring Brumbys off-limits.

We should also be declaring those supermarkets off-limits which continue to erode the significance of our holy feast of Easter. The exploitation of Easter in January by the "big two", selling hot cross buns and Easter eggs, is blatant in its exploitation of the gullible public, while effectively devaluing the Easter season.

I no longer expect leadership from most of our hierarchy. But I did expect some of my fellow Christians would decide enough is enough, and boycott these products until the approach of the real Easter period.

Australia's Christians need to wake up.

TOM KING
Elanora, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 3 (April 2006), p. 16

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