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Archbishop Mannix and State Aid (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)
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Reflection: Saint Francis and the universal call to holiness - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM

I entirely agree with Alan A. Hoysted's letter (October AD2000) regarding the people who should receive the credit for achieving financial assistance to Catholic and other Independent schools. However, one great man who should have been mentioned was the inspirational Archbishop Daniel Mannix.

Dr Mannix began campaigning for government funding for our schools almost from the moment he arrived in Melbourne in 1913. In 1955-56, the newly formed Democratic Labor Party made State Aid one of its main policies and used its second preferences to pressure the Liberal/Country Parties.

The breakthrough was eventually achieved, as Mr Hoysted stated, in November 1963. Unfortunately, Dr Mannix died shortly before the Liberal election policy speech, but it is believed he had been unofficially informed out of courtesy for his years of campaigning.

The three leading officials in the DLP, Frank McManus, Frank Dowling and Jim Brosnan, worked extremely hard, against bitter Labor Party opposition, to secure and extend State Aid, but never received the thanks they so richly deserved.

If the Catholic education system has a shred of gratitude, pictures of Archbishop Mannix, Senator McManus (representing the DLP) and Bob Santamaria of the National Civic Council, would be displayed in a place of honour in every Catholic school and educational administrative centre in this country.

T. A. RIGG
St Albans, Vic

[The topic of State Aid is closed for the time being - Editor]

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

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