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G.K. Chesterton (letter)

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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

All admirers and readers of G.K.Chesterton will have noted with pleasure the full-page article devoted to Dale Ahlquist's views on Chesterton and the work of the American Chesterton Society (December-January AD2000)

Since there was no mention of Chesterton in Australia those same readers could be forgiven for thinking that little is being done here to promote his works and philosophy, that it is all being done overseas.

This is far from the case. The Chesterton Society of WA worked hard for seven years to promote Chesterton, culminating in the well- attended first national Chesterton Conference in the monastery town of New Norcia last October. At that Conference the WA Society was reconstituted as a national body now known as the Australian Chesterton Society. We maintain close links with the international Chesterton Institute in New York and Oxford, and other Chesterton societies worldwide .

Through our publications, meetings, and the annual Chesterton Memorial Lecture we try to do the same as the American Chesterton Society: promote Chesterton's writings, especially among young people, and get him back into the classrooms, lecture halls and public discourse. We agree with Dale Ahlquist that "his ideas should be used to engage everything that is wrong with the world."

The Australian Chesterton Society can be contacted via the Secretary, 13 Marten's Circuit, Kellyville, NSW 2155; or myself, tel/fax (08) 9339 1403.

East Fremantle, WA

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

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