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'Victims of Abortion' founder appeals to Catholic priests

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 Contents - Apr 2002AD2000 April 2002 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: 'If Christ is not risen, our faith is in vain!' - Peter Westmore
Melbourne 'Sexuality Directives' put parents first - Anthony Cappello
News: The Church Around the World
Documents: John Paul II on the Catholic Faith in our region - Pope John Paul II
Events: Carnivale Christi 2002 - Young Catholics restoring Sydney's Christian culture - Helen Ransom
Adelaide Thomas More Centre address: The key elements of Catholic Action today - Archbishop Philip Wilson
Melbourne TMC: The rights and responsibilities of laity in the Catholic Church - Archbishop Denis Hart
The Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter and Star Wars - Hal G.P. Colebatch
A fresh way for children to learn the faith - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Anne Delsorte
Australian version of Maltese Marian shrine of Ta' Pinu
'Victims of Abortion' founder appeals to Catholic priests - Anne Lastman
Letters: Gem of a priest (letter) - Patrick Nathan
Letters: Vocations (letter) - Erin Carli
Letters: Ambassador (letter) - Tom King
Letters: Reforming the reform (letter) - Valentine Gallagher
Letters: Evangelisation (letter) - Mavis Power
Letters: Telling the truth (letter) - Teresa Martin
Letters: Vocations Pilgrimage (letter) - Martine Watkinson
Letters: Harry Potter (letter) - Christine Slagter
Letters: Bare churches (letter) - Ned Haliburton
Letters: Croatian appeal (letter) - Fr Zeljko Rakosec SJ
Letters: Mutilated hymns (letter) - Eric G. Miller
Letters: Generous response (letter) - Grace O'Hara
Letters: EWTN (letter) - J. Clarke
Letters: Purgatory (letter) - Hyacinth Morel
Books: 'The Church In The Dark Ages' by Henri Daniel-Rops - Michael Lynch (reviewer)
Books: The Clash Of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis - David R. Oakley (reviewer)
Books: Bound To Forgive: The Pilgrimage to Reconciliation of a Beirut Hostage - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Engaged to be Married - A Giftbook for Engaged Couples - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: For Youth and the Poor - De La Salle Brothers in Australia, PNG and NZ 1906-2000 - Michael Bohan (reviewer)
Books: New Titles from AD Books
Reflection: Father forgive them ...: Our Lord's example for Christian living - Fr Dennis W. Byrnes PP

ANNE LASTMAN is the founder of Victims of Abortion, which for almost five years has been providing trauma counselling and information services for those suffering the after-effects of having had an abortion. She is currently circulating Australia's Catholic priests with the latest edition of her organisation's bi-monthly newsletter, Broken Branches

Mrs Lastman told AD2000 that, "unless we start getting some very real and overt clerical help, I cannot see how the abortion issue will ever be overcome"; nor would "those who suffer as a result of their abortion decision know about God's mercy and forgiveness and healing."

Many of those suffering from abortion after-effects have told her they did not know Victims of Abortion existed and had been "too ashamed to go to a priest."

In the current issue of Broken Branches, Mrs Lastman writes: "Whilst it is understood that priests and pastors for the most part remain silent about the abortion issue, out of a perceived compassion for those who have already aborted, the reality is that this type of compassion only leads to much more suffering. Families touched by the abortion experience continue to suffer but do so in silence and alone."

The clergy, she says, have a vital role to play in helping such women accept God's forgiveness, re-establish a relationship with Him and open up the possibility of a new life.

Those wanting more information about Victims of Abortion, or wishing to assist its work, can contact Mrs Lastman at the National Office, PO Box 6094, Vermont South, Vic 3133, tel (03) 9663 9032, fax (03) 9887 7669, mobile 0408 175 033, e-mail:

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 15 No 3 (April 2002), p. 12

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