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Why apologise?

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 Contents - Dec 2006AD2000 December 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The first Christmas - Peter Westmore
Benedict XVI challenges 'de-Christianisation' of society - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Sydney RCIA conference for 2007 on authentic formation of new Catholics - Paula Flynn
'Lost!' controversy: Archbishop Bathersby's reply - AD2000 Report
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: the Montessori method for RE - Anne Delsorte
A 'best practice' guide to priestly vocations
Modest dress: Suitable attire for Mass: the moral dimension - Bishop John W. Yanta
Religious Life: Tyburn Sisters' communities spread around the world - Tess Livingstone
2006 National Church Life Survey: important questions overlooked - Michael Gilchrist
Shrines: Marian Valley: Queensland's centre of pilgrimage - Peter Westmore
Letters: Vatican guidelines on Holy Communion for politicians - Vincent Bemowski
Letters: A must read for faithful Catholics - Frank Bellet
Letters: Liberal Catholicism - Paula Gartland
Letters: News from India - Fr Francis Pinto CSsR
Letters: Church teaching - Mark Moriarty
Letters: Infant Baptism
Letters: Community? - Peter Gilet
Letters: Christian differences - Alan Barron
Letters: True Church - E. Makaus
Letters: Linguistics - Matt Bruekers
Letters: Liturgical language - Ted Hayhoe
Letters: Why apologise? - Concerned Catholic
Books: The Shroud Story, by Brendan Whiting - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: COME, LORD JESUS:Reflections on the Advent and Christmas Seasons, James Tolhurst - Michael Gilchrist
Events: Advent and Christmas Ceremonies - Priestly Fraternity of St Peter
Books: SACRED PLACES, PILGRIM WAYS: Catholic Pilgrimages in France and Belgium - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: New Titles from AD Books
Reflection: Jesus' law of love and the Ten Commandments - Fr Dennis Byrnes

I am disheartened to note that Pope Benedict XVI heeded the advice of his counsellors to make a public apology of sorts for causing upset in quoting a historical text to illustrate a point in a lecture to theological students on 'faith and reason.'

Quite obviously he was not making a public speech but addressing a private group of university students on a specific scholarly topic. Yet he was called upon to apologise. What is the world coming to!

I was astounded to hear on TV one Muslim cleric charging the Pope with 'provoking people to go after and attack Muslims'. Hadn't this individual heard of 9/11 and the numerous other incidents the world over where Islamists have pursued their homicidal terror campaign.

Yet we in the free world are not even allowed to utter the word 'crusade'. The sooner decent people everywhere wake up the better.

By giving in to the Islamic extremists and pandering to their whims and fancies we only encourage them to persist with their violence.

This was underlined by the brutal murder of Sister Leonella Sgorbati who forgave her killers as she lay dying on the pavement in Mogadishu, Somalia, which some said was in retribution for the Pope's 'insult to Islam'.

The sooner these murderous fanatics are rounded up and brought to book the better.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 11 (December 2006 - January 2007), p. 16

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