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Bishop Robinson

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 Contents - Oct 2007AD2000 October 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Australian Catholicism in the balance - Michael Gilchrist
Catholic Life: Sydney's Pastoral Plan ready for implementation in 2008 - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Events: Book Launch: Advancing the Culture of Death, by Rev Dr Peter Hung Tran
More of the same: Retired Sydney bishop calls for a radical overhaul of the Catholic faith - Michael Gilchrist
Queensland: Liturgy in Brisbane and the rights of the laity - Michael Apthorp
Sacred space: Sydney seminar promotes improved church architecture and art - John O'Brien
A Christian sceptic's challenge: why atheism has no answers - Babette Francis
Sacred language: New US liturgy head endorses revised Missal translation
Truth: And the Light shines in the darkness: the meaning of true ecumenism - Andrew Kania
Protect Our Children: New organisation to tackle doctrinal and moral child abuse - Fr John O'Neill PP
Letters: Bishop Robinson - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Moral standards - Don Gaffney
Letters: More on Vatican II - Peter D. Howard
Letters: Catholic education - June See
Letters: Mass attendance - John Schmid
Letters: Nonsense - Frank Bellet
Letters: Teaching position available in France - Br John Moylan CFC
Letters: St Therese Church Torquay demolition threat - Charles Haber
Poetry: Mother to Son - Bruce Dawe
Books: JOHN HENRY NEWMAN: In His Time - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: SPANISH ROOTS OF AMERICA - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Events: Cardinal Pell to celebrate Latin Mass - 3 November 2007
Books: Books available from AD Books
Reflection: Archbishop Hickey on the Christian concept of marriage - Archbishop Barry Hickey

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson attacks the recent Popes on abuse. But like most of the liberal clergy he seems to have a double standard for he states that 'there is a notable and extraordinary absence of direction from the Popes' when a major matter arises.

He ignores the fact that when several Catholic lay people launched a campaign to gather information about sacramental abuses many of them were ejected from churches.

When a report on these was sent to Rome, there was a hue and cry, even from an Archbishop who condemned these lay people as 'spies' acting in an 'un-Australian way'.

Subsequently Pope John Paul II spoke strongly to the Australian Bishops during their ad limina visit about the disorders in their dioceses, giving them a list of 14 points that they were expected to correct. There was indignation and strong resentment. It was claimed that Rome is far away and Australians are better qualified to run their own affairs.

Bishop Robinson is convinced that the root cause of sexual disorders in the Church is celibacy. Yet there are thousands of these cases in Australia committed by people of all walks of life and religions, none of whom have the vow of celibacy.

Of the boys who used to enter the minor seminaries, 92 percent quit before ordination so there are relatively few priests today who went through these seminaries; and few of those ordained in recent decades have been under the age of 25.

In the meantime, the Church has adopted a policy of 'zero tolerance' towards any wayward clergy.

Chaplain to the German Community
Braddon, ACT

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 9 (October 2007), p. 14

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