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Finding more priests (letter)

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 Contents - Aug 2001AD2000 August 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Assumption of Our Lady: 15 August - Michael Gilchrist
Melbourne's new Archbishop receives Pallium from John Paul II - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
After 14 years: why does AD2000 continue? - Michael Gilchrist
Denver Archdiocese: the future of Catholicism - David Scott
US bishops implement papal teaching on Catholic universities - Charles E. Rice
Appreciating the Mass: a successful new publication - Fr Robert Egar PP
Australian scholarship for African priest
Letters: Balanced presentation (letter) - Denis O'Leary
Letters: BEC success stories (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: BECs not new (letter) - John Barich
Letters: Radical feminists (letter) - Dr T.R. White
Letters: Statement of Conclusions (letter) - Mark Power
Letters: Orthodox seminary (letter) - Paul Chigwidden
Letters: Finding more priests (letter) - Theo Silvas
Letters: Evolution/Original Sin (letter) - John Schmid
Letters: Vatican II 'ambiguities' (letter) - George F. Simpson
Letters: Choosing life (letter) - Mark Whybrow
Letters: St Thomas Aquinas (letter) - Valentine Gallagher
Letters: Generous response (letter) - Fr Stephen B. Muchemwa
Letters: Mass leaflet (letter) - Stephanie McClarty
Letters: Correct statement (letter) - Elizabeth Carr
Books: Genetic Turning Points, by James Peterson - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: The Cross of Anzac, by Tom Johnstone - Mark Posa (reviewer)
Books: Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God, by Scott Hahn - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: Learning to Pray, by Julie Keleman - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: The DNA of God: Newly Discovered Secrets of the Shroud of Turin, Garza-Valdez - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: The Christian Travellers' Guides: France, Britain, Italy, Germany - F.T. Long (reviewer)
Events: Victorian Thomas More Winter School 2001 in Ballarat, 3 - 5 August 2001
Events: Cardinal Lustiger to visit Australia, 6 August 2001
Events: Second National Chesterton Conference, 30 Sept - 1 Oct 2001
Reflection: Clerical celibacy: Giving ourselves up completely to God and the people He loves - Fr Dennis W. Byrnes PP

As a subscriber and practising Catholic, I must congratulate you on the continuing high standard of AD2000 as regards content and publishing qualities. I regret that the magazine could not be made available to all practising Catholics so they could appreciate better the many riches of our Faith and be alerted about the continuous assaults of the modernists against it.

It is almost trite to say that our Catholic publications and remaining priests never fail to lament about the paucity of vocations, but offer no solutions to this persisting problem. Instead we are being coached on how to have priestless parishes as the ultimate in the practice of our sacramental faith.

Yet the Holy Spirit will blow where He will and He seems to avoid some parts of Australia, where some of the priests die off and there are no replacements, while in other dioceses and nations, there are vocations aplenty. It would seem that some applicants for priestly formation are rejected for various reasons including a surfeit of vocations or lack of finances.

However, we live in a world of instant communications that makes it possible for the very best of professors to lecture on theological subjects to a worldwide class of students intent on becoming priests for our universal Church. Their lectures could be translated and could be recorded on video cassettes for refresher viewing.

For the final stage in the formation, seminarians should have one year of practical "In House Training" and/or to learn the language, laws and customs of the country where they may be ultimately appointed as priests.

As for the movements of those priests to the countries of their ministry, the solution appears obvious in having a Vatican passport as employees of our universal Church.

I feel sure that the Australian Bishops' Conference would endorse such a program and am surprised that they have not thought of it already.

Kincumber, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 7 (August 2001), p. 14

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