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Signs of hope (letter)

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 Contents - Jun 2004AD2000 June 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Pentecost: As it was in the beginning ... - Michael Gilchrist
Abortion: 'Pro-choice' issue emerges in US presidential campaign - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Marriage: Statistics highlight the precarious state of marriage and family - AD2000 REPORT
Theology of the Body: Why the silence on the Church's moral teachings? - Audrey Dillon
Society: Why Chesterton is needed now more than ever - Dale Ahlquist
Education: Chavagnes en Paillers: a Catholic college with a Catholic culture - Paul Russell
The importance of beauty in the Liturgy - Christopher Pearson
Poetry: The power and beauty of religious poetry - Star-Life, Identikit, Ministers - Bruce Dawe
Poetry: The power and beauty of religious poetry - Cast fear behind thee, I am come! - Marion and Delia Craig
Letters: New Liturgy document (letter) - John Schmid
Letters: Disrespect (letter) - John Casamento
Letters: Behaviour at Mass (letter) - Michael Ryan
Letters: Options (letter) - Maryse Usher
Letter: Signs of hope (letter) - Daniel Attard
Letters: Priestly vocations (letter) - Monsignor Robert Egar
Letters: The Passion - Suffering (letter) - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: The Passion - Not overdone (letter) - Monique Onezime
Letters: The Passion - No ordinary man (letter) - Jony Joordens
Letters: Faith and reason (letter) - John Kelly
Letters: Gospel Dating - The Jesus Papyrus (letter) - Paul R. Smith
Letters: Media Standards Australia (letter) - Denise Den-Bakker
Letters: Name changes? (letter) - Frank Mobbs
Letters: US Survey (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Catholic books (letter) - Frank Carleton
Events: Window Shopping for Non-Catholics - Fr Paul Newton
Books: The Free Press, by Hilaire Belloc - John Ballantyne (reviewer)
Books: The Outline Of Sanity, by G.K. Chesterton - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: Catharine With An 'A', by Edna Keir - Joan Graham (reviewer)
Books: Looking Again at the Question of the Liturgy, Reform of the Reform? - Paul Russell (reviewer)
Books: More new titles for 2004 from AD Books
Reflection: The Holy Spirit: like a bed for the weary traveller - Fr Leo Duck

Congratulations to Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM on his article in the May issue. As a seminarian that has recently begun his formation, I can't help but admire him for his uplifting and inspiring words. I see in the secular society in which we dwell that materialism has become the new God for the masses and I would be lying if I said that this has not disheartened my generation, not only in the past, but up to and including the present day.

My generation has been placed at the mercy of the leaders of the previous generation, both secular and religious, who instead of being guided by Christian values and Catholic doctrine, knelt down before the altar of political correctness and extreme feminism (how dare we refer to God as He).

At the same time, the Catholic education many of us experienced was little more than a sacrilegious joke, while some modern day churches look more like brick barnyards gone wrong than places to worship our Holy Redeemer - not to mention the succession of liturgical abuses that occur within them.

All these things have contributed to a great depression amongst the current generation, who are looking for the slightest glimpse of hope, but just can't seem to find it despite their efforts. Which is why Fr Camilleri's article was of such immeasurable importance. I honestly believe that Christ will never allow His Church to collapse, but we, as a whole Church, must start to project a message of hope for the future of the current generation and those to follow.

Eamonn Keane recently wrote a book on the poor state of Catholic education in Australia over recent years, titled A Generation Betrayed. He concluded with the phrase, "an entire generation came to the Church looking for bread and instead we gave them stones". Fr Camilleri's article helps reverse some of the bitterness this generation currently suffers, and for that I give him an unreserved and most gracious, "Thank You!"

Corpus Christi Seminarian
Carlton, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 5 (June 2004), p. 13

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