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Martyrdom ignored

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 Contents - Aug 2003AD2000 August 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: 'Do this in memory of Me' - Peter Westmore
Documents: Ecclesia in Europa - Pope challenges Christians to re-evangelise Europe - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Bioethics: End-of-life decisions: the moral issues at stake - David Perrin
US research survey: younger priests are generally more orthodox - AD2000
Catalyst for Renewal Address: The legacy of Vatican II - Archbishop George Pell
Church architecture: overcoming iconoclasts and cult of ugliness - Larry Henderson
Is Pope John Paul II canonising too many saints? - Michael Casanova
Priesthood: Clerical celibacy 'for the sake of God's Kingdom': the Church's teaching - John Young
Letters: Catholic hymns (letter) - Noel Decker
Letters: Beautiful hymn (letter) - Therese F. Sellick
Letters: Confession (letter) - Joe Slowiak
Letters: Papal infallibility (letter) - Fr Brian Harrison OS
Letters: Sex education in SA (letter) - Kevin McBride
Letters: Martyrdom ignored - Tom King
Letters: Orthodoxy? (letter) - Brian Dethridge
Letters: Pantheism (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan
Letters: New Mass (letter) - Kevin Beck
Letters: Lourdes appeal (letter) - Jenny Davies
Books: Will Catholics be Left Behind, by Carl Olson - Envoy Magazine (reviewer)
Books: The Divine Primacy: The Bishop of Rome and Modern Eastern Orthodoxy - Fr Peter Knowles OP (reviewer)
JESUS: According to the Gospel of Luke (CD-ROM and Book) - Roberta Wilson (reviewer)
Priests 24/7 : A video documentary - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Great books at the best prices!
Reflection: The Apocalypse: proclaiming the final victory of Christ and His Church - Fr G.H. Duggan SM

During the recent past, with the exception of time devoted to the lynching of Peter Hollingworth, the Iraq operation and the SARS outbreak have captured the minds and resources of the Australian media. War dead and injured appear to approximate less than 5,000 persons while SARS has, at the time of writing, occasioned 600 deaths.

In the same period, Christians have continued to be slaughtered, at the rate of about 13,000 per month. This modern day martyrdom continues to be ignored by the secular press and, inexcusably, by most of the religious newspapers.

To their great credit, Aid to the Church in Need, Voice of the Martyrs, Barnabos Foundation and a number of other minor players have attempted to redress secular and mainstream religious disinterest.

However, I am yet to be convinced that our Lord and Saviour would be impressed with the efforts of his present day followers when, in addition to the 165,000 Christians slaughtered annually, he tries to reconcile the 80,000 "unborn babies" killed in Australia each year with his "suffer the little children," instruction.

TOM KING
Elanora, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 7 (August 2003), p. 15

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