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Letters

Wake-up call

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 Contents - Jun 2010AD2000 June 2010 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Pentecost Sunday: the 'birthday of the Church' - Michael Gilchrist
Missal: New Mass translation: Archbishop Hart interview - Archbishop Denis Hart
The New Evidence: Shroud of Turin: the scientific case for fresh carbon dating tests - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Ecumenism: Christians and Muslims: peaceful co-existence? - Mohammad Al-Sammak
FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH: The Eucharist: the background to Vatican II's liturgical reforms - Br Barry Coldrey
Christians and political action: euthanasia - Babette Francis
American survey of young Catholics confirms Benedict's agenda - Carl Anderson
Pysanky: Paschal traditions: symbolism in popular Ukrainian Christianity - Andrew Kania
Passover: Understanding the Jewish traditions behind the Catholic Mass - Gabrielle Walsh
Letters: Climate alarmists - P.C. Wilson
Letters: Wake-up call - Fr Bernard McGrath
Letters: Wimsey or whimsy? - Terri M. Kelleher
Books: SURVIVALS AND NEW ARRIVALS: Old and New Enemies of the Catholic Church, Belloc - Terri M. Kelleher (reviewer)
Books: THE KING'S ACHIEVEMENT, Robert Hugh Benson - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Order books from www.freedompublishing.com.au
Reflection: Benedict XVI on the Church's birth and universality at Pentecost - Pope Benedict XVI

Some people protest that society and government should not impose traditional morality on them. They think they should have a free choice to do as they wish as long as they do not harm others (cf. J.S. Mill).

The Australian Constitution, like nearly all those of Western nations, acknowledges God and presumes all laws will be based on the Judeo-Christian heritage of natural law (e.g., US Constitution and Universal Charter of Human Rights).

If there were no traditional moral laws 'imposed' on society there would be no protection from the harm done by lying, cheating, fraud, stealing, rape, murder, abortion, euthanasia, suicide, pornography, etc.

These are all unnatural perversions because they reject the clear rational analysis of the good due to the nature of man in society (mutual rights and duties) for peace and prosperity.

True freedom and happiness come from doing what we should/ ought to do by natural law; not by doing whatever we feel like doing or prefer to think is best. Otherwise we become slaves to passion or opinion (relativism).

Democracy and the market economy work well enough only when they are firmly based on Judeo-Christian morality. This means suitable law interventions for justice and equity welfare for the genuine needy in society and for times of disaster, wars and the dangers of any dominant person or group selfishly seeking to pursue greed, lust or power for their own satisfactions.

Society cannot function in a moral vacuum. It needs not only physical capital, e.g., money, manpower, productivity, etc, but also social/moral capital, e.g., respect for human rights and duties, honesty, trust, integrity, prudence, courage and, most of all, meaning and purpose, temporal and spiritual, for life and living (Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate).

All our social institutions must snap out of this trance. We need stricter homes and schools, stronger churches and police (with zero tolerance powers), disciplined sports clubs (with character first) and the media under strict control so as not to pander to the weak and young with the false appeals of porn, alcohol, drugs, sex and violence that can so easily lead to depraved and feral behaviour as we have seen all too often on the streets.

God help us all if our leaders don't wake up soon to these realities.

FR BERNARD McGRATH
Bendigo, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 23 No 5 (June 2010), p. 16

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