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My wife was hospitalised in Holy Spirit Hospital in northern Brisbane for nine days during the Christmas period. The hospital was originally established by two Orders of Catholic nuns, however during my frequent visits to see my hospitalised wife, no nuns or priests were ever visible.
A lay person calling herself a 'chaplain' visited my wife, although I recall an Instruction from the Vatican which said that hospital chaplains should be Catholic priests.
During my stay in Brisbane I attended Mass at the solidly Catholic parish of Corpus Christi, Nundah. On the other hand, the parish where my wife's relatives live seems to be run by (according to the Catholic Leader) the 'Liturgical Intelligentsia'.
From what I have seen of their influence in Brisbane, one of their main functions is to insult the intelligence of orthodox Catholics.
FRANKLIN J. WOOD
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 4 (May 2008), p. 14
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