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Caritas

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 Contents - Aug 2012AD2000 August 2012 - Buy a copy now
Assumption homily: Mary: The true Ark of the Covenant - Pope Benedict XVI
Benedict XVI sets up Anglican Ordinariate for Australia - Monsignor Harry Entwistle
News: The Church Around the World
Youth: Young adult Catholics peer ministry in WA and Queensland - Br Barry Coldrey
Religious freedom: US Supreme Court upholds Obamacare - Babette Francis
Vocations: Australian religious Sisters: 'In the true spirit of Vatican II' - Kate Cleary MGL
Events: Equipping Christian leaders for the challenges of secularism - Philippa Le Feuvre
Marriage: Archbishop Hickey: the Eucharist and the Christian family - Archbishop Barry Hickey
The Virgin Mary's key role in our salvation history - Cedric Wright
Parents' love for their children: finding the right balance - Andrew Kania
Letters: Fact-filled article - Thomas and Patricia Watkin
Letters: Caritas - Lance Eccles
Letters: Old Testament God (1) - Fr Brian Harrison OS
Letters: Old Testament God (2) - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Emily's List - Maureen Federico
Letters: Transubstantiation - John Young
Letters: Real Presence - Theo Jorna
Letters: Women priests - Francis Vrizmoed
Letters: Marriage - Peter J. Young
Books: LESSONS IN A ROSE-GARDEN: Reviving the Doctrinal Rosary, by Aidan Nichols O.P. - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: THE NEW EVANGELISATION: Issues and Challenges for Catholic Schools - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL IN THE PRIESTLY BREAST: Procedural Justice - Michael Thomas (reviewer)
Books: Order books from www.freedompublishing.com.au
Reflection: The Pietą: the love of our heavenly Mother - Anne Lastman

P.W. English's letter on Caritas and climate change (July AD2000) caused me to stop and think. Like him, I have been a strong supporter of Caritas for a number of years, believing that money donated to the organisation is not wasted on frivolities, but gets aid to the people who need it.

Now I have checked their Australian website, and I discover that they do indeed concern themselves with climate change. There is even a cliché-ridden "Prayer for a Just Climate" (whatever a "just climate" might be).

If their concern simply means that they assist communities to prepare for and deal with flood and drought, then that is a good thing. But if it means that they take part in green political activism, destroying industries and depriving people of employment, then that is something else again.

I notice on the caritas.org website (that is, not the Australian site) that sixty members of Caritas attended the recent Rio+20 Conference, "proudly displaying their Caritas Rio+20 bandanas".

Were they there to ensure that the Conference did not promote the agenda of the international pro-abortion movement? Apparently not: "The delegation emphasised that ... much still remains to be done for governments to embrace the green economy...".

I hope none of the sixty were Australian, and I hope that no Australian donations were diverted to fund this extravagance.

LANCE ECCLES
Goulburn, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 25 No 7 (August 2012), p. 15

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