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2011 Fighting Fund launched

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 Contents - Sep 2011AD2000 September 2011 - Buy a copy now
2011 Fighting Fund launched - Peter Westmore
Pope appoints Archbishop Chaput to troubled Philadelphia - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Youth: Catholic young adult ministry: Sydney's formula for success - Br Barry Coldrey
Cloyne Report exposes Ireland's continuing sex abuse crisis - Michael Gilchrist
Glimpses of a new dawn in Russia - Babette Francis
Abortion grief: mother love, mercy love and God's compassion - Anne R. Lastman
Sacred Art: Catholic church statuary: a craft in danger - Christopher Akehurst
Interview: Pope's brother sheds more light on Benedict's early years - Zenit News Agency
Letters: Teaching authority - Fr M. Durham
Letters: Irish child abuse - Arnold Jago
Letters: Where is Jesus? - Michael Apthorp
Letters: Book of Genesis - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Catholic schools - Maria Plustwik
Events: Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for busy people
Books: THE COUNCIL IN QUESTION: a Dialogue with Catholic Traditionalism - Fr Glen Tattersall (reviewer)
Books: SNOW ON THE HEDGES: The Life of St Cuthbert Mayne, by Helen Whelan - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Donations: Please Support the Fighting Fund!
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Reflection: Proper church etiquette: a public witness of faith - Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Many years ago, the founder of AD2000, Mr B.A. (Bob) Santamaria inaugurated the Fighting Fund as a means by which ordinary Australians could contribute to the great struggle in which he was then centrally involved: the fight for democratic trade unionism against the forces of Soviet totalitarianism led by the Communist Party.

It is a matter of history that this struggle came to a successful conclusion, not through legislation but by the actions of thousands of patriotic Australians, many motivated by Christian social principles.

Today's Australia is vastly different from that of the 1940s and 1950s. As Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI have pointed out, Christian values in contemporary society are being challenged by the culture of relativism which denies moral absolutes and puts personal autonomy at the centre of life. This is what lies behind the push for legalised abortion, homosexual "marriage" and euthanasia, and the effort to remove all vestiges of Christianity from public life.

Two centuries ago, the great British statesman, Edmund Burke, in his essay, Thoughts on the Causes of the Present Discontents, wrote that "when bad men combine, the good must associate, else they will fall." His sentiment remains as true today as it did then. We must stand up for what we believe, in all walks of life.

If you are able to contribute, donations may be sent to PO Box 251, Balwyn, Victoria, 3103.

Peter Westmore is Publisher of AD2000

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 24 No 8 (September 2011), p. 2

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