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 Contents - Feb 2001AD2000 February 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: New religion texts for Melbourne schools - Michael Gilchrist
Tasmanian priest to be Lismore's new bishop - AD2000 Report
Bishop Wilson of Wollongong to be the future Archbishop of Adelaide - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
New RE texts launched in Melbourne's Catholic schools - Michael Gilchrist
The finest RE texts produced to date - Anthony Cappello
Liturgy: when will the 'Statement of Conclusions' make an impact? - Michael Gilchrist
Religious persecution continues in Vietnam - AD2000 Report
The "priest shortage": natural or artificial? - Larry A. Carstens
Successful Thomas More Spring School in Wagga - Paul Sheehan
A former heroin addict's personal testimony
Archbishop Pell opens drug rehabilitation centre - Dr Joseph Santamaria
Letters: Feminist book (letter)
Letters: Church in China (letter) - Angela Martello
Letters: Limbo (letter) - John Young
Letters: Waste of resources (letter) - Shane Dore
Letters: Vocations (letter) - Mrs Irena Nagy
Letters: G.K. Chesterton (letter) - Tony Evans
Letters: 'Creating Our Future' (letter) - Mrs Jeanette Joseph
Letters: Consecrated life (letter) - Sr Mary Augustine Lane OP
Letters: New Age spirituality (letter) - Frances Grundy
Letters: Recipe for decline (letter) - K. Logan
Letters: Sermons (letter) - Bernie Lewis
Letters: Anti-Catholicism (letter) - Kevin Tighe
Letters: Christian art (letter) - Kim Portelli
Letters: Science and Christianity (letter) - Mrs Carol V. Phillips
Books: 'The Essence Of Feminism' by Kirsten Birkett - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: 'The Sacred Liturgy', 'Discovering the Mass', by a Benedictine monk - Christopher Quinn (reviewer)
Books: 'Pope Pius XII: Architect For Peace' by Margherita Marchione - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
New patterns of religious vocations in France
Reflection: The essential role of the Catholic priest - Fr John A. Hardon SJ

Among the recommended books in Toowoomba's Diocesan Pastoral Plan document is Journeys By Heart: A Christology of Erotic Power by Rita Nakashima Brock.

This is a standard feminist-goddess work which cannot be reconciled with Catholicism, nor with Christianity generally. It is a fairly typical New Age work which attacks the Trinity and argues for "Christa/ community" as a replacement for a patriarchal Christ. Its philosophy is effectively occult while advocating a form of spiritual eroticism.

In her Introduction, the author writes: "One of my guides for transformation has been my exploration into feminist spirituality. The feminist quest for the Goddess and for wholeness outside traditional sexist worship have empowered my own spiritual journey profoundly. My explorations in feminist religious communities have nurtured spiritual parts of myself not accessible through the church ...".

The following quote typifies the book's content (page 43): "In so-called primitive societies, trances are important as a source of healing and wisdom. In trances, spirits, which dwell in the concrete world of reality - ancestral spirits, the recently dead, nature deities, tricksters, and other cosmic powers that touch life, can be called upon for messages of wisdom, healing and foresight ...".

Journeys By Heart is all but incoherent, ridiculous as well as pagan, and hostile to the Christian God and to Christian morality.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 1 (February 2001), p. 13

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