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 Contents - Oct 2003AD2000 October 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The role of the Catholic in public life - Peter Westmore
After 25 years: the impact of John Paul II's pontificate - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Ethics: Bishop Fisher and Dr Philip Nitschke in Sydney euthanasia debate - Frank Mobbs
Saints: The Beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Youth: Thomas More Winter School in Sale Diocese has Eucharistic focus - Michael Casanova
Melbourne Archdiocese responds to John Paul II's Year of the Rosary - AD2000 Report
How fatherhood is crucial to children's faith - Fr Robbie Low
Why Catholic teaching on marriage is 'good news' for all humanity - Eamonn Keane
AD2000 readers' generous response to Queensland Lourdes appeal - Jenny Davies and Nicole King
Orthodox US Catholic colleges and universities continue to flourish - Julia Duin
Letters: Original Sin (letter) - Niall Browne
Letters: Individual confession (letter) - John Cassar
Letters: Clerical celibacy (letter) - Gerard Wilson
Letters: New bishops (letter) - Anne Lastman
Letters: Thomas Groome (letter) - Dr Susan Moore
Letters: Education crisis (letter) - Alex Sharah
Letters: New RE program (letter) - Paul Chigwidden
Letters: Inspiring hymn (letter) - Kevin O'Hagan
Letters: Footy Show (letter) - Alan A. Hoysted
Books: I The Lord Am With You Always: Prayers and Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration - Msgr Peter J. Elliott (reviewer)
Liturgical Time Bombs In Vatican II, by Michael Davies - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Crisis In Religious Education, by Eamonn Keane - Damien Tudehope (reviewer)
Books: Great books at the best prices!
Reflection: Why the tabernacle should be centrally located in our churches - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM

During Channel 9's Melbourne Footy Show on Thursday, 31 July, Sam Newman read a letter in his "Sam's Mailbag" segment complaining about a reference to "The Immaculate Conception" by him in a previous show.

In response, Newman launched a vicious tirade against the Church, citing the activities of paedophiles against children. He concluded with words which indicated that the Church had "no credibility". Presumably he was referring to the Catholic and Anglican Churches.

Having watched the Footy Show many times and seen his crude, rude, bawdy and arrogant antics, I'm sure the word "credibility" would hardly apply to him.

I feel that this attack is most unfair to the thousands of good Catholic and Anglican priests (and other Church members) who do their best to serve God and humanity. Mr Newman and other critics should check the White Pages to see how many Church organisations exist to help suffering and needy human beings.

It is not only the Church which has been betrayed by the sickening sins of the paedophiles (a tiny minority, probably less than one per cent). The scouts and the teaching profession have also been afflicted. Is Sam Newman going to smear them too?

We all despise paedophiles, but it is not fair, just, or even logical to smear a whole organisation because of the sins of a few. Most people would also despise those who give drugs to young people. Is the Geelong Football Club to be condemned because of the actions of one of its legends? Sam Newman should confine his remarks to football, where he has some expertise.

Thomastown, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 9 (October 2003), p. 15

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