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Crisis of faith (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

Fr Frank Brennan SJ (The Australian, 27 August 2004) has got it wrong regarding the crisis of faith in Australia. Lack of religious practice by young Catholics is not because of a "rule book" emphasis, clerical celibacy or a failure to respect the primacy of conscience.

Rather, the youth exit comes from the absence of "black and white" in forming religious commitment. As my eldest sibling said to me many years ago, "When the Church really gets serious, then I will return. Until then, I'll do it my way."

Cardinal Pell is unpopular with some because he remains solid on Church teachings. He does not pander to society by softening the Church's position, but rather challenges it to change; he places a strong focus on revitalising the Church's priorities of regular sacramental participation; revisiting the prime purpose of a Catholic school education - turning out practising Catholics.

The Cardinal may not be liked by the luke-warm, but he has the courage to stand up against those who have forgotten the Holy Spirit's guarantee that the Church will not err in its teachings on faith and morals.

ERROL P. DUKE
Elizabeth East, SA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 10 (November 2004), p. 15

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