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Fiji example (letter)

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 Contents - Feb 2005AD2000 February 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Year of the Eucharist: a time to get serious - Michael Gilchrist
Appeal: Missionaries' vital role in helping tsunami victims - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
The Church in Australia 2005: can the tide be turned? - Michael Gilchrist
Timor Leste: Australia and East Timor: a Timorese Salesian Brother's impressions - Br Marcal Lopes
Education: State Aid: answering the critics' arguments - Fr Matthew Kirby
Religious Life: Faith and Reason: for a true renewal in religious life and the Church - Sr Mary Augustine OP
Events: Thomas More Centre to host US publisher dedicated to Catholic social teachings - Anthony Cappello
Marriage: Why gay marriage is a self-contradiction - Peter Reynolds
Letters: Religion inquiry (letter) - Jeff Tan
Letters: Missal translation (letter) - Norman Wilkinson
Letters: Revival of faith (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Fiji example (letter) - Tom King
Letters: Catholic youth (letter) - Jim Brown
Letters: Society of St Pius X (letter) - Anthony Bono
Letters: Eternal destiny (letter) - G. Mahoney
Letters: School leavers (letter) - Mrs M.A. Ross
Letters: Numbers of priests (letter) - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Abortion (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Changes in Liturgy (letter) - Valentine Gallagher
Letters: The New Mass (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Ten Commandments (letter) - Arthur Negus
Letters: Message from India (letter) - Fr S. John Joseph
Letters: Books wanted (letter) - Edwin McGrath
Letters: Inspiration (letter) - Brian Harris
Books: Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way, by John Paul II - Richard Egan (reviewer)
Books: Turning Towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: A Christian Apocalypse:The Sexual Abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, 1884-2004 - David Williams (reviewer)
Books: Books to read in 2005
Reflection: Archbishop Hart: Pope John Paul II and the Year of the Eucharist - Archbishop Denis Hart

The crisis within the Catholic Church in Australia is an issue that must not be swept under the carpet by those laity or management people who have presided over this betrayal and sad neglect over the previous several decades.

I commend AD2000 for providing the bridging leadership that may compensate for the apathy or incompetence of some bishops, who have demonstrated neither the will nor the wit to confront the largely contrived disaster.

Fr Frank Brennan referred to the solution as the "Map and Compass." However, without an instructor or guide the aids are useless.

I have just returned from a stay in Fiji. Here, the emphasis from the Prime Minister down is upon practical Christianity. The reverence and prayerful demeanour during Mass, Benediction and a Children's Liturgy re-energised this outsider.

The churches have not been modernised or vandalised as has so frequently occurred here in Queensland. Statues and paintings assist prayerful reflection, the nuns dress in recognisable habits while the priest is immediately identifiable as a priest, and not mistaken for a lay person.

Fiji's Catholics may not have wealth, a compass or a map, but they have something God-given: priests and religious who are proud of their calling, churches that have not abandoned history, tradition and an atmosphere that distinguishes a house of God from a theatre.

Keep up the good work.

TOM KING
Elanora, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 1 (February 2005), p. 14

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