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Gender-Bender Autos

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 Contents - Feb 2007AD2000 February 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Church and globalisation - Peter Westmore
Education: Australia's Catholic school systems: the case for radical surgery - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
East Timor: priests threatened with execution - Peter Westmore
Fr John Speekman: Vatican orders reinstatement of wrongly removed Sale Diocese parish priest - Michael Gilchrist
Priesthood: Orthodox priests in a divided Church - Fr John Trigilio
The Church and the environment: address the moral pollution first - Wanda Skowronska
Salesians help rebuild post-tsunami Sri Lanka - Br Michael Lynch
Why we need holy days of obligation - Joanna Bogle
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach and the heavenly choir - Fr Finbarr Flanagan
Letters: Shared guilt - Errol Duke
Letters: Lost! - Moya and Leo Morrissey
Letters: Truth and love - Chris Hilder
Letters: Root Cause - Marie Kennedy
Letters: Safe-sex? - Jack Blair
Poetry: Gender-Bender Autos - Bruce Dawe
Letters: Limbo? - Lawrence R. Hurley
Letters: Manipulating language - Carol V. Phillips
Letters: Obedience - Matthew Buckley
Letters: Latin Mass - John Gariano
Letters: Religious materials - J.W. Smith
Letters: Catholic dolls - Anne Cramer
Books: TREASURE IN CLAY: The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: BEGINNING AT JERUSALEM: Five Reflections on the History of the Church - Sr Mariana Handley (reviewer)
Books: SPIRITUAL DIRECTION: Who Is It For and What Are Its Benefits? - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: B.A. Santamaria's correspondence published by MUP
Books: New Titles from AD Books
Reflection: Why the Church must continue to uphold priestly celibacy - Fr Pat Stratford

Concern is being expressed over the use of 'inclusive language' in Church services, including the Mass

"If you've got a major problem
With your present Trinity,
Gender-Benders is the firm
You folks should go and see!
The God the Father model's clearly
past its use-by date,
And as ready for the junkyard
As a clunky Ford V8,
So trade it in with us for some
More stylized kind of car
More stream-lined, gender-neutral,
- One less particular.

And, once you've made that switch, you'll find
You'll hardly need the Son
- Our ideological runabout
Will guarantee much more fun!
We'll swap your Holy Spirit for
A more serviceable bus,
One low on fuel-consumption
- When you're ready, call on us ...

Yes, here at Gender Benders, we're all
Crazy lovin' fools
(We shouldn't be in business, we're just
Breakin' all the rules!).
History, said Henry Ford, is 'bunk'
(He knew the game);
One look around our showrooms,
And you'll be glad you came!
Our assembly-line's on overtime,
It's working through the night;
Before the Day of Judgement we
Know we'll get it right!"

- Bruce Dawe -

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 1 (February 2007), p. 14

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