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Tasmania

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 Contents - Aug 2006AD2000 August 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Falling Mass attendances and liturgical reform - Michael Gilchrist
Liturgy: The new Missal translation: Archbishop Hart's progress report - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Music: Benedict XVI seeks a greater sense of the sacred in church music
Canberra-Goulburn: Archbishop Coleridge: Benedict's first Australian appointment - Anh Nguyen
Priesthood: Promoting vocations in the Melbourne Archdiocese - Fr Anthony Denton
Victoria-Tasmania: Continued growth in vocations at Melbourne's Corpus Christi seminary - Joan Clements
Teen STAR: Sex education for young adults: a pro-life approach - Jacinta Cummins
Does Wollongong's Catholic Education Office endorse dissent? - AD2000 Report
What makes a Catholic university 'Catholic' - Father John Coughlin
Scripture and Tradition: sources of divine revelation - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
DIY Mass: Redemptionis Sacramentum revisited - Fr Martin Durham
Letters: Tasmania - Justin Kearney
Letters: East Timor contraception pressure - Imelda Aslett
Letters: Pregnancy Support - Robert Bom
Letters: What Is The Eucharist? - Rosanna Sherman
Letters: Intelligent design? - Peter Barnes
Letters: Funeral eulogies - Greg O'Regan
Letters: Receive EWTN around Sydney by satellite for $495 - Ernesta Sculli
Melbourne: Caroline Chisholm Catholic library - Barbara Shea
Books: In This Vale of Tears (Winterbine Trilogy), by Gerard Charles Wilson - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Land of Carmel, by Elizabeth Ruth Obbard - Jacinta Cummins (reviewer)
Books: SEEDS OF LIFE: Early Christian Martyrs - Julia Bakowski (reviewer)
Books: SNOW ON THE HEDGES: A Life of Cuthbert Mayne, by Helen Whelan - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Stimulating reading from Freedom Publishing
Reflection: The importance of early baptism - John Young

Attending Mass at our Hobart Cathedral recently, my family and I had the opportunity to listen to a seminarian from Victoria. It was inspiring to hear the faith journey of a man who had committed himself to God and the priesthood in such difficult times for the Church and laity.

This man was one of 35 currently studying at the Corpus Christi seminary in Melbourne, although there are no seminarians for Tasmania. However, it was encouraging to see that our Church leadership was taking active steps to promote the priesthood as a vocation choice for our youth.

Unfortunately, one wonders what the point of this is in light of the menu delivered to our children in some Catholic schools in what could loosely be described as "religion" in their classrooms.

It is clear to me that too many "religion" teachers in Tasmanian Catholic schools simply do not share the faith they are meant to be promulgating. This has become clearer year after year. The following are examples of what is dished out to my children on a regular basis.

My daughter attended a religion class recently where the discussion centred around "gay marriage". She was criticised by a significant proportion of the class for suggesting that children were better off growing up with a mum and dad because of the example this union provided.

Her religion teacher, whilst defending her right to her point of view, told the class he supported "gay marriage".

This is simply unacceptable. Remarkably though, he is better suited to the job than my daughter's previous religion teacher who marginalised Church-attending pupils like her in the class, but, in the same discussion stated that going to the "footy religiously each week" was worthwhile.

Meanwhile, one of my other daughters is receiving part of her education in a Catholic school from a teacher who is living in an openly "gay" relationship having recently left his wife.

I sent my children to Catholic schools in order to have the faith we have shared with them enhanced and supported. It is quite clear to my wife and myself, and many others I talk to, that we have wasted our time and money.

JUSTIN KEARNEY
Blackmans Bay, Tas

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 7 (August 2006), p. 15

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