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School leavers (letter)

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 Contents - Feb 2005AD2000 February 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Year of the Eucharist: a time to get serious - Michael Gilchrist
Appeal: Missionaries' vital role in helping tsunami victims - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
The Church in Australia 2005: can the tide be turned? - Michael Gilchrist
Timor Leste: Australia and East Timor: a Timorese Salesian Brother's impressions - Br Marcal Lopes
Education: State Aid: answering the critics' arguments - Fr Matthew Kirby
Religious Life: Faith and Reason: for a true renewal in religious life and the Church - Sr Mary Augustine OP
Events: Thomas More Centre to host US publisher dedicated to Catholic social teachings - Anthony Cappello
Marriage: Why gay marriage is a self-contradiction - Peter Reynolds
Letters: Religion inquiry (letter) - Jeff Tan
Letters: Missal translation (letter) - Norman Wilkinson
Letters: Revival of faith (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Fiji example (letter) - Tom King
Letters: Catholic youth (letter) - Jim Brown
Letters: Society of St Pius X (letter) - Anthony Bono
Letters: Eternal destiny (letter) - G. Mahoney
Letters: School leavers (letter) - Mrs M.A. Ross
Letters: Numbers of priests (letter) - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Abortion (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Changes in Liturgy (letter) - Valentine Gallagher
Letters: The New Mass (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Ten Commandments (letter) - Arthur Negus
Letters: Message from India (letter) - Fr S. John Joseph
Letters: Books wanted (letter) - Edwin McGrath
Letters: Inspiration (letter) - Brian Harris
Books: Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way, by John Paul II - Richard Egan (reviewer)
Books: Turning Towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: A Christian Apocalypse:The Sexual Abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, 1884-2004 - David Williams (reviewer)
Books: Books to read in 2005
Reflection: Archbishop Hart: Pope John Paul II and the Year of the Eucharist - Archbishop Denis Hart

Fr Walter is a priest I admire, and whose writings I always read and enjoy. The first part of his current contribution to AD2000 (November) was no exception, except that he did not go far enough when he said that graduates from Catholic schools are drawn into Pentecostal Protestantism or unbelief. (Interestingly, I have seen more movement into unbelief around me than into Pentecostal Protestantism. At least with the latter, they still believe in the Triune God.)

However, my greatest concern is a third group, the numbers of young people with the same levels of Catholic schooling who move into other world religions, e.g., Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.

Who can forget the image of the Catholic school students enthralled at their guest speaker, the Dalai Lama, shown on TV news during his last visit? I know he is a wonderful man who has borne hardships and struggles, and continues leading in a quiet, gentle way. But shouldn't they be given a reality check? Don't we know someone who has done all that and more; the one who brought his disciples, led by Peter, to Faith and belief in a God Incarnate?

Do we see those same students rapturously soaking up Christianity, especially the full Christian teaching their school names indicate? We hardly even see it in the faces of children of daily Mass-goers, unless they are in a home schooling class. Such is the impact of the defective RE teaching methods described by Fr Walter.

Rockhampton, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 1 (February 2005), p. 15

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