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Common sense

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 Contents - Mar 2010AD2000 March 2010 - Buy a copy now
Annunciation: Benedict XVI: Mary's acceptance of the Divine Word
Secularism: Benedict to UK bishops: resist secularist threat - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Netherlands: Remnants of faith in Europe's most secularised nation - Marina Corradi
Year for the Priest: English-speaking clergy: first ever international conference - Fr Glen Tattersall
Courage: A Catholic psychologist exposes 'gay' myths - Marie Mason
Culture of Life: Cardinal Pell receives pro-life von Galen Award - Babette Francis
Archbishop Saldanha reports from Pakistan - Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha
Foundations of Faith: What the Second Vatican Council really said - John Young
Conversion: Paul Fitzgerald: my spiritual journey - Paul Fitzgerald
Youth: Summer School of Evangelisation: helping young people's faith - Johanna Banks
Events: AD2000 - Passover Meal - 30 March 2010
Letters: Climate censorship - Michael Griffiths
Letters: Genuine ecumenism - Rev Fr M. Durham
Letters: Evil laws - Ken Bayliss
Letters: Common sense - Maureen Federico
Letters: Faith alone - Frank Mobbs (Dr)
Letters: Women priests - Robert Prinzen-Wood
Letters: Seminarian's prayer - J. Loring
Holy Week: Holy Week 2010: Extraordinary Form of the Roman Liturgy (1962 Missal)
Books: Adrienne von Speyr: THE BOUNDLESS GOD and CONFESSION - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: THE GOD WHO LOVES YOU, by Peter Kreeft - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: LORETO IN AUSTRALIA, by Mary Ryllis Clark - Katharine Munro (reviewer)
Gaudeamus igitur: University graduation: a young Catholic's Valedictory Address - Michael Gleeson
Books: Order books from www.freedompublishing.com.au
Reflection: Mary in medieval art: an expression of the Church's faith - Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Should we be surprised? Tony Abbott recently made it on ABC National News regarding a personal interview with Women's Weekly in which he gave some sage advice to his daughters on how best to think for themselves in a world rapidly losing respect for all humanity and any sort of moral order at all.

What a breath of common sense and hope from a truly honourable member in our sea of jellyfish politics (not transparent ones at that). That takes real courage.

Now we have to consider that Tony is in a very precarious position with some of the more prominent 'nasties'. He is male, white, good-looking, fit, and of a suitable age and experience; however, he is also a married, committed Catholic and belongs to the other party which could pose a threat to the ever-smiling PM Rudd, who is so often shown on TV that I wonder if he has the spiritual gift of bi-location!

This scenario itself would be enough to drive the collective 'attack dogs', both political and media, into a frenzy and includes the despicable cartoons in the Melbourne Age.

Of course who ever said truth or common human decency should get in the way of sensational claptrap?

Tony will be a mighty affront to the ageing militant sisterhood who helped bring about the legalised killing of the unborn. Hence their priority now will be to emasculate any strong men in the public arena. They will latch onto and distort every word that Tony utters so they can pick up their bows and arrows and let him have it.

MAUREEN FEDERICO
Frankston South, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 23 No 2 (March 2010), p. 15

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