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Stations of the Cross

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 Contents - Apr 2005AD2000 April 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Pope's suffering a potent Easter witness - Michael Gilchrist
Australia prepares for World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
'Flying bishops' consecrated for orthodox Anglicans - Fr Nigel Zimmerman
Exploding myths about the 'pre-Vatican II' Church - John Young
Vocations: Why some new religious orders are attracting recruits - Fr John Hogan
Events: Carnivale Christi returning to Sydney with an Easter theme - Liz Arblaster and Anthony McCarthy
Cardinal Ratzinger: Liturgy should be God-centred - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
Letters: Dissent - Fr John Speekman
Scripture: So, what else did Jesus say? - Gavan O'Farrell
Adore 05: Sydney's successful Eucharistic Youth Congress - Nicole Osmak
Letters: ACU - Sabina Sannen
Letters: Chavagnes International College - Raymond De Souza
Letters: Teaching the faith - Rosanna Sherman
Letters: Stations of the Cross - D.T.S. Moorhouse
Letters: Religious habit - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Practice of faith - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Confession - J.G. Wilson
Letters: Talking in Church - Judith McRae
Letters: Christ the Creator - Gerard J. Keane
Letters: Good news - Geoff Storey
Letters: Pregnancy Assistance - Brian A. Peachey
Books: The Path to Rome: Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church - Michael Casanova (reviewer)
Books: Love Alone Is Credible, by Hans urs von Balthasar - Kerrie Allen (reviewer)
Books: Mass Without a Congregation: A Sign of Unity or Division? - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Poetry: A Centurion Reflects - Bruce Dawe
Books: Religious resources for 2005
Reflection: Pope John Paul II: 'In the risen Christ all creation rises to new life' - Pope John Paul II
Marian Valley Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians, Canungra

A sizeable group of parishioners at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch, New Zealand, were shocked by the recently installed Stations of the Cross, several of which consist of unclothed depictions of Jesus and his mother. Apart from that, the Stations are bland, failing to bring out the pain and anguish of Our Lord's Passion as the former Stations did.

Lew Summers, who is well-known around Christchurch for his nude statues, was given a free hand to sculpt the new Stations in the Cathedral. Many of us would have gladly paid for a professional cleaning of the old ones.

A delegation of ten met with the Bishop and his advisor for a fruitless 70 minute discussion in December 2004, with both declaring they liked the nude depictions.

Some good Catholics who answered the call to donate NZ$3,000 for one station will now feel deceived and betrayed.

D.T.S. MOORHOUSE (MR)
Dallington, New Zealand

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 3 (April 2005), p. 14

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