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 Contents - Mar 2005AD2000 March 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Pray for John Paul II ... - Peter Westmore
Vocations: Australian diocesan seminary numbers continue to increase - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Cinema: Hollywood's Kinsey whitewash - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Moral divisions among the Christian Churches threaten ecumenism - Archbishop Barry Hickey
Dissent: Notes from a theology unit at Australian Catholic University
Church's future lies with orthodoxy, not dissent - Fr Paul Stuart
Culture: Secularism, not religion, is threatened with extinction - David Quinn
Events: Holy Week Celebrations - Classical Roman Rite
A young Catholic's encounter with Latin at Chavagnes International College - Alexander Morrison
Adult Education: Sydney Centre for Thomistic Studies continues a great teacher's legacy - Audrey English
Letters: Priestly celibacy (letter) - Barbara Chigwidden
Letters: Overseas priests and racism - Fr Peter Joseph
Letters: Reporting abuses is not spying (letter) - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Mangled hymns (letter) - Michael Apthorp
Letters: Orthodox young priest (letter) - John David
Letters: Abortion (letter) - Fr Austin Kenny CP
Letters: Leadership needed (letter) - Tom King
Letters: AIDS prevention (letter) - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Bible and Church (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Layman saint Bob Santamaria (letter) - J.W. McMahon
Letters: Convert (letter) - Jeff Harvie
Letters: Information sought on Kathleen Cecilia Butler (letter) - John G. Brown
Letters: Latin Mass (letter) - Alan Freckelton
Obituary: The passing of a holy, many-talented Jesuit - Fr Victor Ian Falconer SJ - Michael O'Callaghan
Books: DOLLFUSS: An Austrian Patriot, by Fr Johannes Messner - Alice von Hildebrand
Books: THE CASTLE OF HEAVENLY BLISS - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Books to read in 2005
Reflection: The Holy Trinity and the Church: the truth will set you free - Fr John O'Neill

I have been a convert to Catholicism since year 2000. The years have passed since my confirmation, with weekly Mass attendance. It was then that about six months ago I realised that there was a whole world of the Faith that I'd never been shown.

Let me list the areas: authority of the Pope; saints; Mary, as a very special and essential saint; the Rosary; Satan/Hell/Purgatory; Confession. These are the things that Protestants poke fun at us about.

I now pray the Rosary daily with my wife and children as the Pope says we should. Mary now has a special place in my heart and in my prayers, as Christ meant of her. We confess regularly. My children actually understand the Faith at last. And we wear the Brown Scapular.

But seemingly these subjects don't get discussed in our churches.

I attended St Joseph's Cathedral, Rockhampton, every week for four years, and never heard these topics discussed even once in homilies.

Christ's beloved Mother is considered so unimportant she doesn't rate even a few paragraphs in a homily. The International Year of the Rosary in 2002-2003 was never mentioned, so I knew nothing about it. Yet the Pope had decreed it, and called for a new vigour and devotion to the Rosary.

How do we manage to have priests who never say the Rosary, and some who even tell parishioners their time would be better spent chatting amongst themselves in the church before Mass?

I brought these issues up personally with my bishop who thanked me for my comments, but assured me that, whatever the problem was, it could not possibly be associated with what he or his priests were doing (or not doing). He even admitted to praying the Rosary himself sometimes when he was driving.

Rockhampton, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 2 (March 2005), p. 15

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