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Anti-Catholicism (letter)

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 Contents - Mar 2001AD2000 March 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: ACU theology: prompt action needed - Peter Westmore
New cardinals to continue John Paul II's agenda - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
Seminary numbers up in orthodox US dioceses - Michael S. Rose
How Archbishop Pell will implement Statement on Women in the Church
Elizabeth Anscombe, R.I.P. - Robert P. George
ACU theology: how orthodox, how accountable? - Michael Gilchrist
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter ordinations
How monastic life can reinvigorate the Church - Fr Peter Knowles OP
Cardinal Ratzinger on 'Third Secret' of Fatima
What we must teach our children: Archbishop Chaput - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
New Catholic radio program to start in WA
The surprise Cardinal: Fr Avery Dulles SJ - Zenit News Service
Letters: Euthanasia in S.A. (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Science and Christianity (letter) - Scot Chaston
Letters: Enneagram workshop (letter) - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Church doctrine? (letter) - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Anti-Catholicism (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Old liturgical books (letter) - Frank Carleton
Letters: Latin (letter) - Karmenu Attard
Letters: Supernatural order (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Misguided compassion (letter)
Letters: G.K. Chesterton (letter) - Nancy McKelson
Letters: EWTN tapes (letter) - John Lovegrove
Letters: Vocations and orthodoxy (letter) - John Schmid
Letters: Third Rite in Toowoomba (letter) - Mark Power
Letters: Poem to Our Lady - Marion Craig
Letters: Appeal from India (letter) - Kevin L. Fernandes
Letters: Catholic education (letter) - Daniel Bryce
Letters: Boredom? (letter) - Josephine Landsberg
Books: Come To The Father: An Invitation to Share the Catholic Faith, Aidan Nichols OP - Christopher Quinn (reviewer)
Books: Streams of Living Water: Autobiography of a Charismatic Leader - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: Why the hopes of the Council Fathers of Vatican II are yet to be realised - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Why I Am A Priest: Thirty Success Stories, ed. Boadt, Hunt - Katie Lindorff (reviewer)
Books: The Pange Lingua Hymnal, compiled by Paul Newton - Fr Gregory Pritchard PP (reviewer)
Reflection: Liturgy in the true spirit of Vatican II - Ralph McInerny

Reading Kevin Tighe's excellent letter on anti-Catholicism (February AD2000), I have one comment concerning his suggestion of a protest phone call to a TV station.

I believe Kevin's second suggestion of a letter to the editor should come first, and that a photocopy of the letter should then be faxed to the manager of the station. That way he realises he is reading something seen by thousands of others. The phone call - while not without its merit - is something just between the two of you.

Also, sending a copy of the newspaper letter to an offending sponsor can pay dividends, as I found out back in 1993, when I had an expensive TV commercial stopped in its tracks, by using such tactics.

And don't be put off by people defending their behaviour by accusing you of having no sense of humour, or that other hoary old chestnut, that they are Catholics, too. As I said to one such individual, "You can't tell the difference between what is humorous and what is both stupid and objectionable."

As far as claiming to be "Catholics" - during my 33 years in the media, I invariably found that the most vicious bigotry came from lapsed Catholics, apparently hung-up over the Church's laws on contraception, promiscuity or homosexuality.

FRANK BELLET
Petrie, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 2 (March 2001), p. 13

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