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The perils of materialism

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 Contents - May 2014AD2000 May 2014 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: April 27: Canonisation of two great popes - Peter Westmore
Slavery: Churches join forces to launch anti-slavery campaign - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
Friday abstinence gains support among Australia's bishops - Matthew Biddle
Vatican Library to digitise archives
Missionaries of God's Love: Vatican recognition lifts status - Br Barry Coldrey
US bishop discusses his new pastoral letter on contraception - Kathleen Nabb
Sister empowers northern India's women with education
A new cathedral in the Muslim world
Poetry: KOKODA a poem - John O'Neill
Apps: Check out religion apps for smartphones! - Peter Westmore
After the turbulent years: the Church renewed - Fr John O'Neill
Cardinal Burke: The Gospel of Life in the defence of freedom - Cardinal Raymond Burke
Letters: The perils of materialism - Fr Bernard McGrath
Letters: Christianity persecuted - Robert Bom
Priestly Fraternity of St Peter: progress report - Fr Damonn Sypher, FSSP
Books: SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION IN THE CHURCH, by Patrick Madrid - Carmel Westmore (reviewer)
Books: HOW THE WEST WON: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity, Rodney Stark - Father John Flynn LC (reviewer)
Books: CULTURE AND ABORTION, by Edward Short
Books: Order books from
Reflection: Will you wait a while? - Anne Lastman

In our comfortable world, there is a danger that "need" can become "greed" as consumerism leads us into waste, injustice and flabbiness. The throwaway society even extends, by some false rationalisations, to human lives now. Who will decide your "use-by" date, by the way?

Power presentations of advertisement pander to our softness, and the life of acquisitions largely becomes the measure of our worth and success.

Many believe they have the "right" to do what they like, regardless of their duties and the rights of others. But no one has the "right" to do wrong by any measure.

The excess of alcohol and gambling; the unnatural use of drugs, porn and of same-sex and rainbow-sex lifestyles; the arbitrary termination of the lives of the unborn, the elderly and the disabled, are destroying our civilised life.

Do we want to make society itself like a quality-controlled animal breeding farm for producing only the most useful commodities? What has become of our moral capital in having the greatest respect for the dignity and inherent value of human life from conception to natural end?

It seems imperative that all unnatural behaviours must be resisted by the rule of law to prevent harm and exploitation, until we can restore this respect for human life, our greatest value, asset and resource.

This is self-defence not bigotry. Education in virtue is badly needed for mature citizens to value and support family and community life, and to promote the arts, crafts, hobbies and sports which nurture a healthy nation.

Bendigo, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 27 No 4 (May 2014), p. 14

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