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 Contents - Oct 2006AD2000 October 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The way ahead for the education of Catholics - Michael Gilchrist
Generation Y: New survey confirms low belief and practice levels of young Catholics - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around The World
Spanish bishops attack false theologies - AD2000 Report
Benedict XVI interviewed by German journalists
Educating young Catholics: a bold initiative in Wagga Wagga - Michael Gilchrist
University: Campion College: a pioneer in Australian higher education - Stephen McInerny
Modernism's 'second wave' continues to impact on the Church - Fr Martin Durham
Letters: Missal translation - Philip Holberton
Letters: Counter Reformation - Alan Barron
Letters: Early baptism - Frances McEniery
Letters: Pessimistic view - Francis Vrijmoed
Letters: Church teaching on baptism - C.V. Phillips
Letters: Accuracy needed - Tony Sheehan
Letters: Intelligent Design - Michael Griffiths
Letters: Evolution hoax - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Abortion and health insurance discounts - Robert Bom
Letters: Homosexuality - Daphne Preston
Books: ARMS OF LOVE by Carmen Marcoux - Jacinta Cummins (reviewer)
Books: Towards A People's Liturgy: The Importance of Language, by Mark Twinham Elvins - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Book Launch: Lost! Australian Catholics Today, by Michael Gilchrist
Books: Order AD2000 books from
Reflection: Philosophy and theology: avoiding the pitfall of human pride - Fr John O'Neill

I wish to express my concerns about Dr Jago's letter in the September AD2000. I have long enjoyed and admired Dr Jago's letters in several forums, but I am quite alarmed at this one.

A very quick check of his reference to "Scientific Evidence on Condom Effectiveness for STD Protection" showed that the report in question concluded almost the opposite to the claims made by Dr Jago - namely, that the evidence was either inconclusive either way, or in the case of HPV, that condoms were likely to be quite effective.

What the report did conclude should have been quite enough for Dr Jago to make a point. Condom use is not 100 percent effective in stopping anything, not pregnancy (their original use!) nor HIV/AIDS (only 85 percent) or STDs, so "safer sex" is the best claim that could honestly be made.

Careless misuse of this type of information harms us all - how many readers will have quoted Dr Jago in arguments, claiming they "read it in AD2000", and are then made to look like fools by 30 seconds of Googling? I recognise that the opinions expressed in letters need not reflect editorial positions, but I believe that does not abrogate your responsibility to careful and accurate journalism.

Having said that, thank you for an otherwise excellent magazine.

Cairns, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 9 (October 2006), p. 16

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