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Reporting abuses (letter)

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 Contents - Nov 2004AD2000 November 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The challenge for Christianity today - Peter Westmore
Ad limina: The Pope calls for strong leadership from New Zealand's Bishops - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
British Catholic writers call for a better Mass translation - AD2000 Report
Orthodoxy: Anglican Synod 2004: Are liberal Anglicanism's days numbered? - Rev Nigel Zimmerman
Deer Park: Transforming our secular culture: the role of women - Marcia Riordan
Liturgy: Ad-libbing in the Mass: Does it really matter? - John Young
Education: Where secular humanism is triumphing over the Gospel - Fr John Walter
Morning Mass: Finding some 'head space': an alternative approach - David Birch
Obituary: RIP Michael Davies - The passing of a true defender of the Faith - Michael Foley
Letters: The Passion of the Christ (letter) - Arnold Jago
Letters: Abortion issue (letter) - Greg Byrne
Letters: Reporting abuses (letter) - E. Makaus
Letters: Real Latin (letter) - Matt Bruekers
Letters: Pastoral problems (letter) - Fr Frank Brennan SJ
Letters: Crisis of faith (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Young Catholics (letter) - Nola Viney
Letters: State Aid (letter) - George Caruana JP
Letters: Archbishop Mannix and State Aid (letter) - T.A. Rigg
Letters: Extraordinary ministers of Communion (letter) - Leon Voesenek
Letters: Unchanging Mass? (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Church teaching (letter) - Carmel Pittari
Events: 4 Dec 2004 - International Movement of Catholic Students Australia (Victoria)
Books: MARRIAGE UNDER FIRE, by James Dobson - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: From East to West You Gather a People, by Fr Russell Hardiman - Brian Peachey (reviewer)
Books: More new titles from AD Books
Reflection: Saint Francis and the universal call to holiness - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM

I would like to know what is wrong with reporting liturgical abuses to the authorities - especially those related to the Eucharist and Mass - when the complaints are made "in truth and charity".

Would it be better to remain silent and let the abuses continue, under the pretext of "I am not my brother's keeper" or "it is not my business"?

Peter Lynch (September AD2000) refers to "spies". Who has got time to go "spying" these days, when time is so precious?

Abuses that are reported by concerned Catholics are perpetrated openly, because too many people are acquiescent, while others are either too timid to disapprove or object, and find it easier to remain passive.

The whistle-blowers are conscientious Catholics who refuse to be "partners in crime" by their silence.

If there were more Catholic Christians prepared to defend what is right and what is good by denouncing abuses, liturgical or otherwise, we would all be the better for it. Our religious leaders would be more vigilant, for their sake and ours.

And to regard the leadership and authority of the Church as redundant is the wishful thinking of lapsed Catholics. The words of Jesus to His apostles were, "teach them to obey everything I have commanded" (Matthew 28:20).

Those venerable, wise and holy men, whom Mr Lynch discourteously and disrespectfully calls "men in frocks, in Rome", have a clear mandate to teach and lead under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; they keep the Catholic Church true to its mission in spite of negative forces.

E. MAKAUS
East Malvern, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 10 (November 2004), p. 14

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