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Ecclesial unity

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 Contents - May 2005AD2000 May 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Challenges facing John Paul II's successor Benedict XVI - Michael Gilchrist
'Santo Subito': the impact of John Paul II - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Year of Eucharist: Religious education: Catholic youth have their say - Shannon Donahoo
Catholic beliefs and practices: the challenge ahead for Australia - Michael Gilchrist
The Da Vinci Code and the itching ears syndrome - John Young
UK survey: why church pews are emptying
St Patrick's Church, Soho Square, a spiritual oasis in London - Tess Livingstone
Bioethics: IVF and embryonic stem cell research: the social and ethical issues - Kerrie Allen
Letters: Appeal to the young - Justin Lynch
Letters: God's Champion - Robert Garrett
Letters: Theology at ACU - Henk Verhoeven
Letters: Overseas priests - Jenny Bruty
Letters: Priest shortage - Jeff Harvie
Letters: Heroic virtue - Bob Denahy
Letters: Catholic education - Geoff Storey
Letters: Private revelations - Anne Boyce
Letters: Sex before marriage - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Society of St Pius X - Stephen McInerney
Letters: Ecclesial unity - Meg Fennell
Letters: Correcting pastoral blunders - Kevin McManus
Letters: Catholic hymns - Dolores Lightbody
Letters: Latin Mass Times in Hobart - Kevin Tighe
Letters: Corpus Christi Procession in Brisbane - Josie Mangano
Books: Sacred and Secular Scriptures / The Catholic Revival in English Literature - David Birch (reviewer)
Books: A GENTLE JESUIT: Philip Caraman SJ, by June Rockett - George Russo (reviewer)
Books: Remembering Pope John Paul II
Reflection: Pope John Paul II and the redemptive power of suffering - Fr Paul Stuart

Your report (March AD2000) regarding the Society of St Pius X's publicity initiative of sending a book to all priests in Australia and inviting those interested to contact the SSPX for "assistance and support" is timely, in that:

(1) The valid arguments raised by Father Tattersall, as a matter of just concern, may help the priests who read AD2000 to realise that Latin Mass priests who remain loyal to the Church's magisterial authority had nothing to do with this burst of short- sighted enthusiasm.

(2) Your informative news clip, hopefully, may give food for thought to any St Pius X readers of your journal. (This latest venture leaves the impression that the Traditional Latin Mass is an end in itself; one which needs to be justified and its cause furthered for its own sake - irrespective of compromise to ecclesial unity within the Church in the process.)

The Latin Mass is becoming increasingly available under the authority of Rome - and would be more so with the additional support it could have. In their ministry, the Fraternity of St Peter (official chaplains) and like-minded priests who offer the 1962 Mass give witness that, indeed, this beautiful liturgy stands on its own merits.

The Eternal God does not need us to "lobby" His cause! Come and see for yourselves.

Bentleigh, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 4 (May 2005), p. 14

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