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Breath of hope

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 Contents - Aug 2007AD2000 August 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Census 2006: 'No religion' up, Christians down
Lex orandi: Benedict XVI's liturgical armistice: 'Summorum Pontificum' - Fr Glen Tattersall
Events: LATIN MASS CELEBRATIONS - Melbourne and Sydney
University: Australian Catholic students' conference: 'an inspiring experience' - Br Barry Coldrey
News: The Church Around the World
World Congress of Families: grass roots ecumenism at work - Babette Francis
Society: Defending faith and reason in public life - Eamonn Keane
Catholics and the pornography epidemic - Bishop Robert Finn
Why Catholic parents choose home-schooling - Leslie Sammut
Obituary: Death of distinguished Australian philosopher John Ziegler - John Young
Catholic students' joyful encounter with the Church's sacred music treasury - Gabrielle Walsh
Letters: Vatican II infallible? - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Stem cell 'debate' - Chris Hilder
Letters: Breath of hope - Terry and Rosemary McDonnell
Letters: Catholic politicians - Patricia Halligan
Letters: Truth and courage - Errol P. Duke
Letters: 'Staunch' Catholics? - Frank Bellet
Letters: Study leave - Eamonn Keane
Poetry: Shrapnel - Bruce Dawe
Letters: Combating AIDS - Franklin J. Wood
Letters: Education campaign - Henry Erftemeyer
Letters: Fixing the schools - G. Brian Bibby
Books: Jesus of Nazareth: Baptism to Transfiguration, by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: The World's First Love, by Fulton J. Sheen - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Mother Angelica's Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: AD2000 Books
Reflection: The Assumption: how the Christian arts honour the Virgin Mary

I was pleased to read in recent editions of AD2000 about Cardinal Pell and Archbishop Hickey taking serious action as well as the article by Marcel White. What brave people to be finally doing what we all should have been doing for a long time now.

People have felt so helpless even to the point of hopelessness when appealing for the protection of innocent lives. They felt so distant from the mainstream, calling out to deaf ears.

It has been a war of attrition slowly wearing the good voices down to the point of futility. I had imagined that Margaret Tighe was the only one soldiering on when of course there are many others.

Now we have this breath of hope from the above-mentioned three. I cannot help but admire their courage, particularly that of the youngest one Marcel White. What a saint, what a brave heart, what a wise one. Out of the mouths of babes so to speak, and a convert too, saying all the things we should have been crying from the roof tops for so long.

On a personal note, St Thomas More had a daughter named Margaret and I have the good fortune to know and have worked with one of his and Margaret's descendants, Clement Robin Woodbine Parish 'Called Robin' (of Walcott Hall, Shropshire, England), who was a devout Anglican even at the age of 25 when I worked with him (he is now over fifty). He was in the habit of always putting God first and intent on living a good Christian life. He and wife Lucinda have four young children, Arthur, George, Nancy and Edward.

Yarloop, WA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 7 (August 2007), p. 14

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