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 Contents - Nov 2011AD2000 November 2011 - Buy a copy now
Homily: Benedict XVI: From his All Saints Day homily - Pope Benedict XVI
Ad Limina: The Australian bishops' 2011 ad limina visit to Rome - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Pastoral visit: Benedict XVI calls his visit to Germany 'a great feast of faith'
The Lion of Munster: Blessed Cardinal von Galen: a voice against tyranny - Babette Francis
WYD Madrid: World Youth Day 2011: Experiencing Christ's presence - Dr Joe Santamaria
WYD Madrid: World Youth Day: Becoming sons and daughters of Christ - Sam Rebbechi
Society: Finding hope in the midst of secularism - Cardinal Raymond Burke
Saints: G.K. Chesterton: Is there a case for his canonisation? - Karl Schmude
Letters: Catholic schools - Don Gaffney
Letters: First Parents - Fr Brian Harrison OS
Letters: World Youth Day Madrid balance sheet - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Planetary Spirituality - Grahame Fallon
Letters: Climate change - P.C. Wilson
Letters: Immoral policies - Anthony English
Letters: Vatican II - Kathleen Donelly
Letters: Atheism - Fr Bernard McGrath
Letters: Same sex marriage - Brian Harris
Letters: Islam - John Frey
Letters: Catholic healthcare for Cairns - Dr Tim and Anne Coyle
Letters: New parish in India - Fr S. John Joseph PP
Letters: Advocate needed - Oliver Clark
Books: STRAINED RELATIONS: The Challenge of Homosexuality, by Bill Muehlenberg - Dr Joe Santamaria (reviewer)
Books: ST THOMAS BECKET, by Michael Green - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI, by Ivan Gobry - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
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Reflection: The Church's architecture: faith translated into vision - Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Maria Plustwik's account of Catholic schooling is sadly accurate. My own family is descended on one side from the Scots and on the other from the Irish. Each side kept the faith through the hardest times, and passed on the strongest tradition to their Australian descendants. Mary MacKillop was first cousin to my great-grandfather, Donald Mackintosh.

I have seven children and 27 nieces and nephews, and also 38 cousins mostly with families. With very few exceptions, our children's faith was destroyed before we could fully understand what was happening. In the next generation, essentially the only ones to retain their faith were the home-schooled. I bitterly regret trusting my children to the Catholic school system, which in Queensland finds scarcely two percent of its graduates practising the faith.

Maria made two particularly accurate comments. Firstly, the damage was done not so much by what was taught but rather by what remained untaught. And secondly, now the children of our children are being taught by a generation who have not learned the faith themselves.

If we parents do not continue to resist this tragedy, aren't we also sharing the guilt ?

Cardinal Pell has organised an efficient fightback. Unfortunately for our children we don't have that here.

Tarragindi, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 24 No 10 (November 2011), p. 13

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