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 Contents - Mar 2006AD2000 March 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The challenge facing Pope Benedict - Peter Westmore
Documents: Benedict's first encyclical 'Deus Caritas Est' speaks to the heart of the Faith - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Archbishop Hickey: how to address the crisis of faith - Archbishop Barry Hickey
Mass: How can differences over the Liturgy be resolved? - Fr John O'Neill
Liturgy: Eucharistic faith: why the Mass needs re-enchanting - Alvin F. Kimel Jr
Modernism: 'New Church' not true Church: what modernists believe - Pastor Remotus
Vocations: Dominican Sisters: religious vocations continue to rise in Nashville - Tracey Rowland
The distribution of Holy Communion past and present: an historical survey - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM
Media: Archbishop Hickey presents the Christian message on TV - Daniel Tobin
Letters: The Fortified School - Chris Hilder
Letters: The Eucharist - Jim Howe
Letters: Adore 2006 in Brisbane - Tim Wallace
Letters: New Age - Richard Congram
Letters: Intelligent Design - Peter Barnes
Letters: Canadian Lectionary - Matt Walton
Letters: St John Vianney - Maureen Wright
Letters: Guitars - John Daly
Letters: Elitism - Jeff Harvie
Letters: Relic of the '70s - Don Gaffney
Letters: Vaccines and abortion - Judy Law
Letters: Gender neutral - P.F. Gill
Books: 'The Case For Marriage' by Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher - Kerrie Allen (reviewer)
Books: Edith Stein Discovered: A Personal Portrait, by Pat Lyne OCDS - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Black Robe And Tomahawk: Fr Pierre-Jean De Smet SJ (1801-1873) - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Golden Priest, Wooden Chalice, by Fr Tim Norris - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Stimulating reading from AD Books
Reflection: Bringing Christ's love to the bereaved: a ministry for Catholic parishes - Fr Dennis Byrnes

Wanda Skowronska's article on the danger of New Age paganism (February AD2000) prompted me to visit the Womenspace website. There I learned that the 2006 spirituality program will focus on Wild Women, Gathering Women and Earth Women. The current Newsletter (January-April 2006) also refers to Whistling Woman, Star Woman, Women Celebrating Wome, Women who Run with the Wolves and The Wild Mother.

Healing rituals are scheduled, as are Goddess Rituals and also ancient Celtic Guidance in spirituality. There will be rituals in celebration of the Autumn and Spring Equinoxes, and the Winter and Summer Solstices. A video entitled "Burning Times" will be screened, depicting "the Inquisition and women's holocaust known as the witch hunts". It includes interviews with one Starhawk, described as a prominent writer, teacher and activist. And the three aspects of the Triple Goddess - Virgin, Mother, Crone - will be contemplated, as will the untamed Dark Goddess.

To anyone with a spare half hour I do recommend a visit to the Womenspace website. It displays the most consummate drivel imaginable. Four years ago Brisbane's Archbishop Bathersby rather gently admonished a number of Catholic nuns for their participation in Womenspace's then alleged New Age, pagan or witches "happenings".

At the time I was disappointed at his mild response, but having now read for myself the outlandish, infantile absurdities still indulged in at Womenspace, I can understand his attitude to some extent. I don't believe these people really are a danger to Catholic women, who, I am sure, have far too much perception and commonsense (let alone faith) to take such silliness seriously.

The poor souls caught up in the charade deserve our pity and prayers rather than castigation for their folly; particularly those nuns still involved.

Carindale, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 2 (March 2006), p. 14

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