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AD2000 25 years on: the challenges remain

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 Contents - Feb 2013AD2000 February 2013 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: AD2000 25 years on: the challenges remain - Michael Gilchrist
Royal Commission: The Church in Australia faces moment of truth - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Adoration: Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration embraced by Brisbane parish - Kate Hobbs
Parish Renewal: New springtime for Catholic faith at St Mary's, South Brisbane - Jenny Davies
Marriage: UK Family Court judge: why marriage is worth fighting for - Madonna Brosnan (ed.)
Events: iWitness Retreat: a celebration of young adult Catholic faith - Br Barry Coldrey
Religious freedom: The widows of Kandmahal: anti-Christian violence in India - Babette Francis
Schools: Drawing pupils to God through the true, the good and the beautiful - Rosemary Anderson
Grace: Indulgences: relics of the past or still Church teaching? - John Young
History: Parish life in the Middle Ages (Part 2): living under canon law - Frank Mobbs
Pilgrimage: Christus Rex Pilgrimage 2012: from Ballarat to Bendigo - Patrick Doyle
Letters: Church unity? - Richard Congram
Letters: Royal Commission - Arnold Jago
Letters: Shared faith? - John Frey
Letters: Secularist creed - Fr Bernard McGrath
Books: THE PASSION OF PERPETUA AND FELICITY, by Thomas J. Heffernan - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: TAI CHI, REIKI: A Guide for all Christians, by Br Max Sculley FSC - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Fighting Fund: 2012 Fighting Fund update
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Reflection: The cathedral: symbol of Christ's authoritative teaching - Bishop Michael Kennedy

This coming April, AD2000 will have completed 25 years of publication since its first issue was launched by Bob Santamaria in April 1988. Responding to what Blessed John Paul II described as "a genuine crisis" of belief within the Catholic community, the magazine aimed to uphold and defend orthodox Catholicism in faith and morals as taught by the popes and bishops, and set out in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

As a new year gets under way, the concerns of 25 years ago remain much the same: among other things, a recovery of the sacred and the re-establishment of a deepened personal faith among Christians. The Church itself needs to find new methods of meeting the challenges of the pervasive decline of religious belief in society through sound religion teaching in the schools, faithful celebration of the Church's liturgy, strong episcopal leadership, and high standards of religious life and priestly formation.

Encouraging developments have occurred in all these areas in recent years, with the development of new religious movements and new orders, and the rediscovery of the Church's rich tradition, but, simultaneously, secularism continues to impact on the Church's membership especially via the advances in mass communication.

In most Western countries, including Australia, attacks on the Church's positions in defence of marriage, family and human life have become more open and aggressive. At the same time, the running sore of clerical child abuse has undermined the Church's credibility as an authentic upholder of moral truths in the eyes of the general population and mass media.

Given these trends, the challenges confronting the most fearless bishops and dedicated teachers grow ever more daunting.

AD2000 will continue to report on positive endeavours such as those of Catholic university student groups, the Missionaries of God's Love, Campion College, the new generation of Catholic priests, and many others, all indicative that a growing number of Catholics remain serious about their faith and are not prepared to throw in the towel in the face of growing religious scepticism and militant secularism.

Their efforts need to be broadcast widely, emulated and encouraged.

Michael Gilchrist, Editor (email address available on request)

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 26 No 1 (February 2013), p. 2

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