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Root Cause

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 Contents - Feb 2007AD2000 February 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Church and globalisation - Peter Westmore
Education: Australia's Catholic school systems: the case for radical surgery - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
East Timor: priests threatened with execution - Peter Westmore
Fr John Speekman: Vatican orders reinstatement of wrongly removed Sale Diocese parish priest - Michael Gilchrist
Priesthood: Orthodox priests in a divided Church - Fr John Trigilio
The Church and the environment: address the moral pollution first - Wanda Skowronska
Salesians help rebuild post-tsunami Sri Lanka - Br Michael Lynch
Why we need holy days of obligation - Joanna Bogle
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach and the heavenly choir - Fr Finbarr Flanagan
Letters: Shared guilt - Errol Duke
Letters: Lost! - Moya and Leo Morrissey
Letters: Truth and love - Chris Hilder
Letters: Root Cause - Marie Kennedy
Letters: Safe-sex? - Jack Blair
Poetry: Gender-Bender Autos - Bruce Dawe
Letters: Limbo? - Lawrence R. Hurley
Letters: Manipulating language - Carol V. Phillips
Letters: Obedience - Matthew Buckley
Letters: Latin Mass - John Gariano
Letters: Religious materials - J.W. Smith
Letters: Catholic dolls - Anne Cramer
Books: TREASURE IN CLAY: The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: BEGINNING AT JERUSALEM: Five Reflections on the History of the Church - Sr Mariana Handley (reviewer)
Books: SPIRITUAL DIRECTION: Who Is It For and What Are Its Benefits? - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: B.A. Santamaria's correspondence published by MUP
Books: New Titles from AD Books
Reflection: Why the Church must continue to uphold priestly celibacy - Fr Pat Stratford

While the Australian Catholic Bishops have given clear explanation on the evils of human embryo research, is such teaching really relevant when given in isolation from the root cause of all anti-life practices, which is the "intrinsic evil" of contraception (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2370)?

The first IVF technicians argued successfully that, since society already accepted the destruction of embryos through abortifacients, it was obvious that society did not believe the embryo had any inherent rights or value.

If women use birth control pills, implants, IUDs and injectibles to kill the embryo in the womb why shouldn't scientists be permitted to kill or clone human embryos in the laboratory?

The Church cannot give effec- tive witness to society on "basic human values" (as stated) unless we, ourselves, embrace the fullness of truth on the said matter.

The genetic engineers have used exposure of the contraceptive issue to their advantage while we continue to settle for half-truths. Spiritually, we are in the perilous position of "wiping the outside of the cup while ignoring the corruption within" (Matt 23:25).

Why, also, are the genuine Catholic organisations which uphold the fullness of truth on marriage, so little known? One such example is Human Life International which was founded by the American priest Fr Paul Marx OSB and has long had a branch in Australia supported by loyal Catholics. Yet HLI receives no financial assistance from Church or State.

Goulburn, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 1 (February 2007), p. 14

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