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Judicial activism

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 Contents - Sep 2006AD2000 September 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: 2006 Fighting Fund launched - Peter Westmore
Conscience: AD2000 interviews Cardinal Pell - Cardinal George Pell
USA: Liberal Christianity goes into meltdown - Charlotte Allen
News: The Church Around the World
Chavagnes: Catholic education in a secular culture - Alexander Morrison
History: The Counter Reformation and the Jesuits - John Morrissey
Family in Society: Asian and Australian families face similar challenges - Leslie Sammut
Clergy: ACCC Annual Conference focuses on theology of Benedict XVI - AD2000 Report
Letters: Thomas Groome (letter) - C. Hungerford-Morgan
Letters: Baptism - Mark Moriarty
Letters: Correction to last month's reflection on Baptism - John Young
Letters: Communism - Frank Bellet
Letters: African pen-friend - Fr Vincent Kajoba
Letters: Safe Sex? - Arnold Jago
Letters: Judicial activism - Henk Verheven
Letters: Stolen faith - Marie Adamo
Letters: Helping the Carmelites - Beth Burns
Letters: Thank-you note - A. van Tilburg
Poetry: The Touch of the Master's Hand - Myra Welch
Books: William Bernard Ullathorne: A Different Kind of Monk, by Judith Champ - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Advancing the Culture of Death, by Peter Hung Manh Tran - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: Why Must I Suffer? by Fr F.J. Remler CM - Jacinta Cummins (reviewer)
Books: Stimulating reading from Freedom Publishing
Reflection: Cardinal Arinze on the need for Eucharistic reverence - Cardinal Francis Arinze

A Dutch judge in The Hague has ruled that the recently-formed pedophile party, PNVD, (Partij voor Naastenliefde, Vrijheid en Diversiteit - Party for Love of one's neighbour, Freedom and Diversity) has the right to exist since the democratic freedom to form political parties is enshrined in the Dutch constitution. The Party's motto? "Sapere aude" - Dare to be wise.

The Dutch noun "Naastenliefde" (in PNVD) means "love" as in "the love of one's neighbour". Thus naastenliefde is anything but love in a carnal/romantic/sensual sense.

Not only does the PNVD seek a lowering of the legal age of consent to 12, it seeks the eventual phasing out of any arbitrary age of consent as well - except in dependent or intra-family relationships. Once the age of consent has been lowered, the PNVD wants to make it legal for 12-year-olds to act in pornography; it also seeks the enactment of a law that legalises prostitution for youngsters as young as 16.

During a recent opinion poll, 82 percent of the respondents made it clear they wanted the Dutch Government to stop the PNVD from taking part in elections.

The judge's decision draws attention to the freedom (the liberty?) of the Dutch judiciary to reshape the moral landscape of the nation, while ignoring the freely-held and expressed wishes of the vast majority of the adult Dutch population.

HENK VERHOEVEN
Beacon Hill, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 8 (September 2006), p. 15

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