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Victoria stops class-time religious instruction

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 Contents - Sep 2015AD2000 September 2015
Refugees: Give priority to Syria’s persecuted Christians: Archbishop Fisher
The Americas: Pope Francis’ challenge to American Catholics - AD2000 Report
The Americas: Cuba: new centre for evangelisation - AD2000 Report
Preview: Mercy and compassion: focus of Synod of Bishops - Peter Westmore
Apostolic Letter: Pope Francis proclaims Year of Mercy - AD2000 Report
Concordat: Catholic Church signs concordat with East Timor - Peter Westmore
Hebrew: The Sign of the Cross - Andrew Sholl
Letters: Victoria stops class-time religious instruction - Arnold Jago
Letters: The nature of Heaven - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Media bias on “same-sex marriage” - Robert Bom
Books: YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOUR: A Homiliary for the Roman Liturgy, Aidan Nichols OP - Paul Simmons (reviewer)
Reflection: The proper celebration of the Mass - Cardinal Robert Sarah

Victoria’s government schools will cancel class-time religious instruction from 2016.

To be replaced, they say, by new content on world cultures, faiths and ethics – plus compulsory classes about domestic violence and “respectful relationships”.

Children will hear how respect for others is desirable, not because the others are our brothers and sisters, children of the same Father (God) … No, that’s out of fashion.

The reason to be nice, they’ll be told, is because then others will be nice to us.

But that idea has had no credibility since the human race started being selfish – a long time ago.

People won’t stop being careless of the needs of others without a logical motive to do so.

Leave God out and you’re left with an ethical vacuum.

Nichols Point, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 28 No 8 (September 2015), p. 8

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