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 Contents - Mar 2002AD2000 March 2002 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Selecting and forming future priests - Michael Gilchrist
St Thérèse's relics make Australian pilgrimage - Mother Teresa OCDM
News: The Church Around the World
'Conservation Plan' recommends changes to Toowoomba's Cathedral - Michael Gilchrist
North American vocations summit overlooks orthodox success stories - Zenit News Service
Former Anglican Bishop of London explains why he became a Catholic - Monsignor Graham Leonard
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration spreads throughout the world - Fr Douglas Harris
'Liturgiam Authenticam', ICEL and the need for improved Mass translations - Anna Silvas
The Benedictine medal: a long history of devotion - Fr Fabian Duggan OSB
Thoughts of a recent convert to Catholicism - Rett Peaden
Letters: Watered-down faith - Teresa Martin
Letters: Testimonies - Raymond de Souza
Letters: Apology - Fr M. Shadbolt PP
Letters: Last straw (letter) - Justin Kearney
Letters: Human Rights (letter) - Sr M.B. Eanswythe OSB
Letters: Courage Needed (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Sunday obligation - Leo Willems
Letters: Forgotten teachings - Mrs Hiske Deschepper
Letters: Nicene Creed - Ken Bayliss
Letters: Parish libraries? - Bob Cotterall
Letters: Indian appeal - Kevin L. Fernandes
Letters: Teaching position - Robert Anderson
Books: Freedom and Virtue: The Conservative-Libertarian Debate, George W. Carey (ed) - Alex Sidhu (reviewer)
Books: Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism, by Paul Vitz - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: Living The Catholic Faith, by Archbishop Charles Chaput - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: Fatima Handbook, by Leo Madigan - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: Fr Werenfried - A Life, by Joanna Bogle - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: New Titles from AD Books
Reflection: John Paul II: St Joseph's renewed significance for the Church - Br Christian Moe FSC

God made us, says the old catechism, so that we might know, love and serve Him in this world, and be happy with Him forever in the next.

But, it is not always easy to know God adequately in this world. Indeed, our Catholic world is marred by so-called Catholics who do not really believe, and by too many chattering dissidents.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Sheehan/Joseph apologetics text and other similar titles are all available - although some can be expensive.

One way of encouraging more Catholics to read orthodox books would be to set up a small lending library in every parish. The cost of books, shelving and administration would be covered by hiring out the books to readers. Book selection would need to be handled by someone competent and reliable.

If given a sympathetic hand by priests, I am sure the scheme would work and prove most beneficial

Wellington, New Zealand

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 15 No 2 (March 2002), p. 15

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