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Suicide prevention

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 Contents - Nov 2014AD2000 November 2014 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Extraordinary Synod on the Family - Peter Westmore
Episcopacy: Bishop Anthony Fisher OP appointed Archbishop of Sydney - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
Anglican: The Ordinariate in Gippsland: the first year
Human Life: Surrogacy: what the Biblical precedent tells us - Anne Lastman
Family: The global attack on religious belief and moral values - Alejandra Fabris
Law: What is the separation of church and state? - Frank Mobbs
Formation: 'I used to be a Catholic' - Audrey English
Youth: Ignite Conference fires up 1,200 young Catholics in Brisbane - Br Barry Coldrey
Why be a priest? - Fr John O'Neill
Why we make the Sign of the Cross - Cedric Wright
Scripture: Is the Hebrew Bible incomplete? - Andrew Sholl
Letters: Eucharistic Prayers - Franklin J. Wood
Letters: China and the Holy See - Francis Vrijmoed
Letters: Suicide prevention - Murray Cook
Letters: Rally for peace in the world - Bev Thomas
Support: Thank you! Fighting Fund passes $12,000
Books: EASTERN CHRISTIANITY: The Byzantine Tradition, by Laurence Cross - Paul Simmons (reviewer)
Books: HIDDEN PAIN: An Insight into Childhood Sexual Abuse, by Anne R. Lastman - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
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Reflection: The meaning of life and death - Archbishop Julian Porteous

I wish to raise the issue of suicide which seems to be becoming all too common in Australia.

It seems that many are resorting to suicide as a way of "solving" their problems. This issue has been around for many years: even Shakespeare's Hamlet wrestled with it, and was deterred by the fear of the unknown - a fear that could well deter many.

Due to "the spirit of Vatican II", we still seem to have a very liberal understanding of Hell. Many cannot believe that our merciful God would send someone to Hell for eternity, and so they minimise it and are blinded to the risk.

Some bishops and priests say we should not fear God, yet fear of God is constantly mentioned in Scripture as a virtue. One has to wonder why Christ had to endure His massive sufferings if Hell was so trivial.

Are not Christ's promise of salvation, along with the sacraments of His Church, the true remedies for the fear of Hell?

One reason why many Catholics seemingly have no sins to confess could be a false sense of security induced by this faulty theology. Is not missing a bus a good motivator?

Of course, not all suicides are by Catholics, but a less liberal ruling from the pulpit, instead of silence, could stop some from taking this irretrievable step.

Streaky Bay, SA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 27 No 10 (November 2014), p. 16

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