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 Contents - Mar 2015AD2000 March 2015 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: AD2000 to be available online only - Peter Westmore
Synod: AFA calls for Synod to strengthen support for families - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
Rediscovering the spiritual dimension in modern psychology - Wanda Skowronska
Liturgy and mystery in the Mass - Audrey English
Challenging radical Islam - John A. Azumah
The parish priest and parish school - Fr John O'Neill
The linen cloth and the Second Coming - Andrew Sholl
The person and mission of St Joseph - Pope St John Paul
Seventh iWitness Retreat: another youth ministry success - Br Barry Coldrey
Apps: Smartphone apps to bring you closer to God - Peter Westmore
NACF: National Catholic Families Conference attracts 400 to Albury - Kathleen Horsfall and Marie-Louise Fowler
Letters: Persecution in China - Christopher Rule
Letters: Abortion - Brian Coman
Letters: Mary's knowledge - Carmel Ford
Letters: Anne Lastman replies ... - Anne Lastman
Letters: Synod of Bishops - John R. Barich
Books: MODERN MORAL PROBLEMS: Trustworthy Answers to Tough Questions, William B Smith - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: NOT ALL NUNS MAY DO THIS, by Erika Lorenz - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
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Reflection: Hail Mary, Full of Grace - Anne Lastman

It is my fervent prayer that the New Year and the new government in our home state of Victoria will see a change to our simply awful abortion laws which I understand allow the killing of an infant to full term.

It is just not good enough that we Victorians should forget that the world's worst abortion laws have taken root in our front garden or hide behind the fairy tale that an embryo is not quite human until born.

Everyone knows with all the certainty at our command that each and every descendent of our first parents began life as an embryo, or whatever other name suits one's view to call it. We also know with similar certainty that every such embryo, having survived the womb, has emerged as a fellow human recognisable by all rather than as, say, a sheep or a goat. Therefore it is impossible to avoid the truth that to kill the human embryo, at whatever stage of development, is to kill a human being just as surely as it would be a killing in later life.

Each one of us would do well to ponder this struggle between life and death happening before our very eyes.

Mordialloc, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 28 No 2 (March 2015), p. 17

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