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Queensland Bishops (letter)

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 Contents - May 2001AD2000 May 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: A crucial appointment to Sydney - Michael Gilchrist
Vatican signals continuation of reform process - AD2000 Report
AD2000 Online - Michael Gilchrist
'Systematic instruction in the faith' program to be launched in July - Bishop Luc Matthys
News: The Church Around the World
The Church in Germany: John Paul II expresses serious concerns - Catholic World News
New WA Catholic schools document stresses orthodoxy
US professor defends papal teaching on universities - Charles E. Rice
Why John Henry Newman converted to Catholicism - Michael Davies
A Melbourne artist's labour of love - Michael Gilchrist
Letters: Different Church (letter) - Frank Smith
Letters: Vocation question (letter) - Msgr Richard Schuler PP
Letters: Racism (letter) - Helen Daniel
Letters: Sydney appointment (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Paul Collins (letter) - Arnold Jago (Dr)
Letters: Vatican II ambiguities (1) (letter) - George F. Simpson
Letters: Vatican II ambiguities (2) (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Eucharistic Congress (letter) - Basil Lane
Letters: Elizabeth Anscombe (letter) - Edward Clarke
Letters: 'Courage' (letter) - John Dodwell
Letters: Objectionable cover (letter) - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Altar? (letter) - D.I. Davies
Letters: Destruction (letter) - John D. Pratt
Letters: Queensland Bishops (letter) - Dr Tim Coyle
Letters: African reader (letter) - Fr Stephen B. Muchemwa
Letters: Scripture truth (letter) - Mary Beaumont
Letters: Enlightening book (letter) - Br Con Moloney CFC
Books: 'Becoming Fire' by Fr Ken Barker mgl - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: 'Great Christian Prayers' by Stephen Redmond SJ - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: 'He's Risen' by Phelim McGowan SJ - Mary-Jane Donnellan (reviewer)
Books: 'Prayers From The Heart: for the Feasts of the Year', Joanna Bogle - Mary-Jane Donnellan (reviewer)
Books: 'A Vacation With The Lord' by Fr Thomas H. Green SJ - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: Stations Of The Cross (CD), Perth Catholic Productions - Colleen McGuiness-Howard (reviewer)
Poetry: The Ballad of Antichrist - Andrew Huntley
Reflection: 'Blessed are the poor in spirit' - Fr Ian Falconer SJ

Paragraph 907 of the Catechism behoves me to give my opinion. I telephoned the Townsville Bishop's Office to enquire the availability of Mass at Bowen for the weekend. I was informed that the priest was in hospital with a jellyfish sting, and that the nun Pastoral Leader would be "saying the Mass"! Readers can draw their own conclusions from this.

My experience of the Queensland bishops over the shortage of priests here has given me the strong impression of an element of deceit fuelled possibly by misguided nationalism, xenophobia and fear of orthodoxy. A bishop will claim he has enough priests, yet talks are given in his diocese on running a parish without a priest. The Catholic high schools in Cairns rarely, if ever, see a priest because of short supply.

Individuals know that they could obtain at least six good priests in less than six months, from European sources, to service the schools and parishes in Cairns, for example.

The impression is that the shortage of Australian priests is being used to provide a platform for male and, especially, female, laity and religious with presbyterial ambitions. In the meantime Catholic students are deprived of priests, left to the wolves.

Sweeping changes are required to counteract the secularism about which Archbishop Bathersby often comments. Surely there is nothing better for today's Catholic students in today's world than Jesus Himself in the sacrifice of the Mass.

TIM COYLE (DR)
Cairns, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 4 (May 2001), p. 15

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