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Life under threat

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 Contents - Apr 2004AD2000 April 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Passion of the Christ: 'Why do you seek the living among the dead?' - Michael Gilchrist
National Church Life Survey: church-going declines further - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Riccardo Piol of Communion and Liberation makes an impact in Victoria - AD2000 Report
Books: Archbishop Hart launches new book on Dr Mannix - Daniel Mannix: Wit and Wisdom - Archbishop Dennis Hart
Film Review: Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ': a contemporary masterpiece - David Schütz
Events: Adore 2004 Youth Eucharistic Congress - Nicole Osmak
God 'number one' in East Timor - Paul Russell
Events: Chesterton conference to be held in Melbourne - Tony Evans
Theology: Fr Aidan Nichols to lecture on von Balthasar in Melbourne - Tracey Rowland
Whatever happened to reverence at Mass? - Matthew Greene
The Salesians in East Timor: progress report - Br Michael Lynch
Letters: Church architecture
Letters: Catholic schools
Letters: Jehovah's Witnesses
Letters: Corrections - Fr Timothy Deeter
Letters: The Sign of the Cross - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Life under threat - Brian Harris
Letters: Taking a stand in the culture war - Robert and Carmel Garrett
Letters: Easter greetings from India - Fr S. John Joseph
Poetry: Two Poems on the Passion - Marion Craig and Brian Mulligan
Books: The Catholic Revival in English Literature 1845-1961, by Ian Ker - Francis Phillips (reviewer)
Books: An apology for the revival of Christian Architecture, by Augustus Welby Pugin - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Priestly Fraternity of St Peter - Holy Week 2004
Books: AD Books - More new titles for 2004
Reflection: Right is right, even if nobody does it (G.K. Chesterton) - Fr F.E. Burns

I am sure God sees and cares that there is a raging battle between the culture of life and the culture of death in Australia, for the hearts, minds and souls of everyone. For example:

1. The morning after pill can be sold over the counter despite the fact that it is many times the strength of an ordinary contraceptive. A young girl may buy it along with a packet of jellybeans from her own chemist.

2. Euthanasia has made great advances with the courts now allowing the removal of the tube containing nutrition and hydration to the patient. This means death by thirst and starvation. It is a terrible way to die.

3. Infanticide occurs in some hospitals (though not all), before and after birth, with many down syndrome babies killed by abortion, along with others with cleft palate or other disabilities.

4. With the help of millions of dollars from the Federal Government and supporting legislation it has been made possible to extract stem cells from embryonic human beings, causing their destruction, much to the financial benefit of IVF scientists.

For those who look after the disabled, there are good times and there are bad times, and the face of true love then can be a terrible thing.

(Father of a disabled child)
Hadfield, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 3 (April 2004), p. 16

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