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Archbishop Pell (letter)

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 Contents - Jun 2001AD2000 June 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Church reform: from Stage One to Stage Two - Michael Gilchrist
Archbishop Pell installed in Sydney - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Basic Ecclesial Communities: Adelaide's 'new model of church' - Michael Gilchrist
Annual women priests protest in Adelaide - AD2000 Report
Denver document addresses challenges to Catholic marriage teachings - AD2000 Report
US missionary risks death in Colombia - Zenit News Service
Anglican defence of Catholic inter-Communion ban - Fr Geoffrey Kirk
How a small rural parish survived against the odds - Paul Newton
Light to the Nations 2001 - Young Australian Catholics celebrate their faith - Mary-Jane Donnellan
Letters: Archbishop Pell (letter) - Godwin Brown
Letters: Ballarat Diocese (letter) - Fr Gerry Baldock
Letters: Encouragement (letter) - John F. Doran
Letters: Consecrated life (letter) - Therese O'Rourke
Letters: Indian appeal (letter) - Kevin L. Fernandes
Letters: Annunciation (letter) - Andrew Scholl
Letters: Altar (letter) - Stuart J. Blackwood
Letters: Science and Christianity (letter) - Mrs Carol V. Phillips
Letters: Sexual abstinence (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: 'Lest we forget' (letter) - Marion Craig
Books: The Turin Shroud: Past, Present and Future, International Scientific Symposium - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: 'As One Struggling Christian to Another: Augustine's Christian Ideal for Today' - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: 'Blessed Columba Marmion: a Short Biography' by Mark Tierney OSB - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: 'The Wedding Present' by Viscountess Margaret Long - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Heaven in Stone and Glass: Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: 'The Doctors of the Church' by Bernard McGinn - Angela Joseph (reviewer)
Books: 'Praying The Psalms: A Commentary' by Fr Stanley L. Jaki - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: 'Praying with Thomas Aquinas' by Houle, Monshau and Norris - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Reflection: The priest: mediator between God and man - Archbishop George Pell

A feature in The Age (31 March 2001) by its correspondents Ray Cassin and Ian Munro, purporting to review Archbishop Pell's five-year term of office in the Melbourne Archdiocese, was truly a piece of wanton journalism with blinkers on.

Of the eight persons (including two anonymous clergy) dug out to give comment, all but one (non- committal in response) dissented from the Archbishop's promotion of orthodox Catholic teaching. There was not one mention, even grudgingly, of Dr Pell's numerous contributions to the good of the Church, State and nation.

For the Catholic community at large and the majority in the pews, however, Archbishop Pell has been a truly courageous leader in his episcopal role as teacher, priest and shepherd, befitting his motto, "Be not afraid." Although his term was brief, his efforts and the results in many areas of Church life, including the seminary, liturgy, religious education, clergy protocols, youth ministry, drug rehabilitation, etc, have been monumental.

Thanks be to God for Archbishop Pell. May His abundant blessings be upon the Archbishop in his future contributions to the universal Church and Australia.

GODWIN BROWN
Bentleigh, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 5 (June 2001), p. 13

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