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Vale Brian Mullins

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 Contents - Feb 2010AD2000 February 2010 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: A new decade but the same challenges remain - Michael Gilchrist
St Mary Mackillop: Canonisation: about holiness, not miracles - Fr Paul Gardiner SJ
News: The Church Around the World
Preparation time: New Missal translation nears completion: a window of opportunity - Michael Gilchrist
Letters: New priests for the Sydney Archdiocese - Fr Michael De Stoop
Climate change: which Catholic response? - William Kininmonth
Priest denounces 'deniers' of man-made climate change - Michael Gilchrist
Catholic Culture: 'A small brave initiative': Campion College's second graduation - Br Barry Coldrey
Indian martyrs: Present-day martyrs in India and Pakistan - Babette Francis
Foundations of Faith: Celebrating the Eucharist during the early Christian centuries - Br Barry Coldrey
Letters: Climate change - Ron Blackstock
Letters: World government - Emidio Restall
Letters: Climate change: facts - J. Holder
Letters: Overpopulation - George Simpson
Letters: Green religion - Deric Davidson
Letters: Vale Brian Mullins - Ken Bayliss
Letters: Faith alone - Rex Dale
Letters: Greetings from India - Fr S. John Joseph PP, VF
Letters: Crucifixes - Arnold Jago
Books: FIRES OF FAITH: Catholic England Under Mary Tudor, by Eamonn Duffy - Bishop Peter J. Elliott (reviewer)
Books: SECULAR SABOTAGE, by Bill Donahue - Fr Martin Durham (reviewer)
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Reflection: Accepting the reality of death: Christ's message of hope and consolation - Andrew Kania

I first met Brian Mullins at the inaugural meeting of the newly formed National Civic Council in February 1958 at a hall in Stones Corner, Brisbane. The NCC had recently changed its name from the Movement following a decision by the Vatican in mid-1957. The NCC became responsible for its own administration, policies and finances, independent of the Church. Thus Brian led the praying of the Rosary for all our intentions in 1958.

I quickly learned that Brian was a quiet, devout Catholic who put his complete trust in God, as his magnificent family attested at his funeral last November. Our common passion for the Church, and its logical extension into politics for the common good, cemented a lifelong friendship from that meeting. I last spoke to Brian on the phone in mid-September 2009.

Among the faces in the crowd at Brian's Requiem whom I recognised from those early years were Bill Thornton, who since the 1940s had been involved with the Movement and NCC, and was later long-term State President of the Federated Clerks Union; Doug McClarty, a close friend of those years who went to work in Mt Isa to help end its 1964-65 strike; and Elizabeth Mullins, a friend from 1960s DLP circles.

The packed church of relatives, friends, national and state officials, and four concelebrating priests, was crowned in my opinion by a soloist singing the 'Ave Maria' at the post-Communion. It's been a rarity in recent decades and reminded us of how appropriate its singing is to celebrate the Alpha (beginning) and Omega (end) of Brian's earthly life.

Requiescas in pace, care amice.

Holland Park West, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 23 No 1 (February 2010), p. 15

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