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 Contents - Jun 2005AD2000 June 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Corpus Christi - the Body of Christ
Habemus Papam: Benedict XVI charts course as successor to John Paul II - Michael Gilchrist
He was my Pope, too: a Lutheran's appreciation of John Paul II - Uwe Siemon-Netto
News: The Church Around the World
The Catholic Church's dissenters miss the boat - Chris Hilder
Benedict XVI and liturgical reform - Dom Alcuin Reid OSB
Mother Teresa's legacy continued at Georgetown University - Peter Reynolds
Papal awards for WA Catholic politicians - Hugh Ryan
The previous Pope Benedict and his quest for world peace - R.J. Stove
Letters: John Paul the Great? - Patrick Ryan
Letters: Papal election - Frank Bellet
Letters: New Pope - Deidre Lyra
Letters: Unchanging teachings - Greg O'Regan
Letters: A true shepherd - Lynn Wise
Letters: Another Parish - Peter Gilet
Letters: Pre-Vatican II myths - Douglas V. Boyle
Letters: Chavagnes College - Pascale Cotterill
Letters: Outstanding education at Chavagnes College - Br John Moylan CFC, MA, MEd
Letters: Revolt manifesto - P. Gartland
Letters: Sanity? - Tom King
Letters: Catholic schools - Kevin McBride
Letters: Sponsorship request from Uganda - Joise Nasuna
Letters: Kathmandu school - John E.J. Fetz
Events: Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul - Fraternity of St Peter
Events: Juventutem WYD 2005 Cologne Pilgrimage - FSP
Books: John Paul the Great, edited by William Oddie - John R. Barich (reviewer)
Events: Catholic Doctors' Association Mass and Dinner
Poetry: Sonnet on the Election of Pope Benedict XVI - Bruce Dawe
Books: More Good Reading from AD Books
Reflection: Cardinal Nguyen van Thuan: witness to the priesthood and Eucharist - Fr Dennis Byrnes

For some time I have been puzzled by what has been happening in our parish in country WA: Masses held for no good reason a few kilometres out of town; a new church when the old one is still quite adequate; and lots of parish committees, meetings, and seminars, which seem to do nothing in particular.

What, I thought, is going on? The answer lies, I think, in the liberal agenda. If we have, not one parish, but a lot of little family churches, then it is easier to exclude orthodox Catholics and each group can be controlled by one or two liberals.

Similarly, if we involve people in committees and seminars, then the person who writes the agenda, runs the meeting and writes up the minutes has enormous control and can ensure that the group only speaks with a liberal voice.

Meanwhile, signs of orthodox Catholicism such as the Legion of Mary, church statues, Benediction, the tabernacle, the sacraments and even the Eucharist are removed, trivialised, jollified and generally negated.

Of course, many orthodox Catholics might leave, but while the collection money will fall, with any luck there will be ample rental property in town.

In the end the church will become a group consisting of priest, parish council and a few bemused parishioners, who now manage a considerable amount of real estate and devote themselves to warm chummy gatherings where everyone listens to the important people, and all feel good.

Perhaps that is what the liberal agenda is all about: certain people who did not receive enough attention when they were children and who are now making us all suffer for it.

Albany, WA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 5 (June 2005), p. 14

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