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Archbishop Pell (letter)

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 Contents - Oct 2002AD2000 October 2002 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Positive developments in liturgy - Michael Gilchrist
Power without responsibility: the vendetta against Dr Pell - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Commission for Australian Catholic Women justifies its existence - Michael Gilchrist
Liturgy: Vatican control over ICEL tightens - Dr William Oddie
Bishop Power: Church teachings need to be 're-examined' - AD2000 REPORT
US billionaire promotes orthodox teaching - Zenit News Service
Catholic liturgy in the 21st century: major challenges facing the Church - Fr Peter Williams
John Henry Newman's critique of liberalism - Michael Davies
Letters: Archbishop Pell (letter) - Eamonn & Patricia Keane
Letters: "The Pell Show" (letter) - Stephen Hitchings
Letters: Justice? (letter) - Godwin Brown
Letters: Shepherds (letter) - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Church "renovation" (letter) - B. Tooley
Letters: Church re-design (letter) - Michael Barry
Letters: Soul and body (letter) - Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filippini
Letters: Zero tolerance (letter) - Alan A. Hoysted
Letters: Letters to the Bishops (letter) - Mavis Power
Letters: Catholic education (letter) - Dr Garrick Small
Letters: US theologians (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Celibate priesthood (letter) - Cyril Drew
Letters: Good response (letter) - C.G. Jarrells
Letters: Novus Ordo (letter) - Maurice Collins
Letters: New Zealand (letter) - Kevin E. Fennessy
Poetry: The Great Deliverance - Marion Craig
Books: The Courage to be Catholic, by George Weigel - Michael Novak (reviewer)
Books: Completed Jew, by Andrew Sholl - Michael Casanova (reviewer)
Books: Godfaring: On Reason, Faith and Sacred Being, by Francis Clark - Br Christian Moe FSC (reviewer)
Books: New Titles from AD Books
Reflection: Devotion to God through the Angelus and Rosary - Fr Fabian Duggan OSB

While not wanting to cloud over the vile nature of sexual abuse, we are nevertheless convinced that the media-led attack on the good name of Archbishop Pell is an assault on the Catholic Church in general.

Today's world is characterised by a clash between what Pope John Paul II calls the "culture of life" and the "culture of death". The culture of life is predicated on the truth that God exists, that there are objective moral norms the violation of which are intrinsically evil, and that the family based on marriage is the foundation of society.

Opposing this, the culture of death proclaims relativism as the basis of morality. It presents pleasure and prosperity as the touchstone of the life worth living, and it asserts that contraception, procured abortion and homosexual acts are not intrinsically evil.

The leading protagonist of the culture of life is the Catholic Church. As such, media personnel intent on propagating the culture of death seem willing to stoop to any level to discredit its most forthright and influential spokesmen. Archbishop Pell is such an individual. Consequently, those media personnel who view the Church's moral teaching as archaic and oppressive feel no compunction in granting headline status to all and every accusation levelled against Archbishop Pell, no matter how lacking in credibility they may be. "Throw enough muck hoping that some of it will stick" seems to be the policy.

Our Lord Himself forewarned the Apostles about those who would oppose them by way of smear tactics and lies: "The disciple is not superior to his teacher. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, what will they not say of his household. Do not be afraid of them therefore" (Mt 10:25-26).

Thanks be to God that we have in Archbishop Pell a bishop who is willing to lead his people from the front despite the suffering it may bring.

Cherrybrook, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 15 No 9 (October 2002), p. 13

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