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New springtime (letter)

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 Contents - Mar 2003AD2000 March 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: War in Iraq? Questions to be considered - Peter Westmore
Sydney Archdiocese RE test: behind one school's success story - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Ten years on former Anglicans enrich Church - Fr Peter Geldard
Vatican tells politicians: Don't hide your light - Michael Casanova
Good priest, bad priest - my faith remains - Frank Mobbs
Religious faith and modern culture: responding to a secular critic - Bill Muehlenberg
Liturgy: The Mass is the same sacrifice as the Cross - Msgr. Peter J. Elliott
New Age ideas: how Catholics should respond - Fr Peter Joseph
The media and evangelisation - Moira Kirkwood
Letters: Brisbane Synod (letter) - John F. Nolan
Letters: 'Partner' or spouse? (letter) - Peter Hannigan
Letters: Women's Commission (letter) - Leon Voesenek
Letters: Church renovation (letter) - T.E. Geraghty
Letters: Government proposals (letter) - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Last things (letter) - Kevin McManus
Letters: New springtime (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Apostolate (letter) - Barry O'Brien
Letters: Catholic websites (letter) - John Carroll
Letters: Third rite (letter) - Norm Power
Letters: Invalid (letter) - Maria Lossberg
Letters: New Age? (letter) - Dr Lance Eccles
Letters: Accountability (letter) - John Leach
Letters: Infallible teaching (letter) - Peter Howard
Poetry: From Tradition (For my mother) - Andrew Huntley
Books: Life's Worth: The Case against Assisted Suicide, by Arthur Dyck - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: Human Cloning And Human Dignity: Report of the President's Council on Bioethics - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: The Self Evident Proof, by Richard Kouchoo - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: The Latest from AD Books
Reflection: Lenten self-denial - at the very heart of our lives with Christ - Fr F.E. Burns

The sad and sorry truth of despicable child sex abuse in the Church (especially in North America) has now fully unfolded. This most serious "self-inflicted wound from within" has implicated many archbishops, bishops and priests - even infiltrating into seminary formation.

Still, our hearts correctly bleed for the many wonderful, holy, inspired, orthodox clergy who must feel devastated at being so sinfully betrayed by their apostolic compatriots.

And, no, this is not a situation of "media hype". On this occasion, thanks be to God, the media correctly exposed an issue that the Church would not - to cleanse it from some internal dreadful sins.

Many prophecies throughout the mid to later 1900s have been proven correct, e.g., the warning of "the smoke of Satan" infiltrating the highest levels of the Catholic Church.

Yet, as Pope John Paul II has often stated, "a new springtime" is about to emerge and, in the same hope and joy, let us fervently unite to "re-rail" the Church for the future in the most loving and orthodox way that Jesus Christ would wish. Already, several focussed bishops and clergy here in Australia are hard at work to lead the way for this to occur.

ERROL P. DUKE
Elizabeth East, SA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 2 (March 2003), p. 15

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