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 Contents - May 2006AD2000 May 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Benedict XVI: love and truth are inseparable
Papacy: Benedict completes his first twelve months as Pope - Fr Ephraem Chifley
News: The Church Around the World
Satellite service: EWTN Australia
Events: Carnivale Christi 2006 scheduled for Melbourne and Sydney in May - AD2000 Report
Benedict's first twelve months: 'We Are Church' delivers its verdict - Michael Gilchrist
Catholicism-lite's Church of convenience - Paul A. Wagner
University: Students should challenge dissenting teachers - Dr Michael Casey
Vocations: Can religious life be rebuilt in Australia? - Sr Mary Augustine OP
Foreign priests - a tale of two Brisbane parishes - Bob Osmak
Letters: Adoption - our experience - Bella and Leon Voesenek
Letters: Bigotry - Maureen Federico
Letters: Religious dissent - Kevin McManus
Letters: Lay led liturgies in Rockhampton diocese - Jessie Roger
Letters: Actions and attitudes - S. Chaston
Letters: Liturgical abuses - Rosanna Sherman
Letters: Inclusive language - John Daly
Letters: Elites - Peter Gilet
Letters: Conscience - Jerome Gonzalez
Letters: Modernism - Don Gaffney
Letters: Intelligent Design - Michael Griffiths
Letters: Creationism? - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Phillip Adams - Frank Bellet
Letters: Warning!
Letters: Rosary beads request - Jim Smith
Books: The Victory Of Reason, by Rodney Stark - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: On The Way To Jesus Christ, by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) - Jacinta Cummins (reviewer)
Books: Young Faces of Holiness: Modern Saints in Photos and Words, by Ann Ball - Jacinta Cummins (reviewer)
Books: Stimulating reading from AD Books
Reflection: Oneness in Christ: the heart of the priesthood - Fr John W. O'Neill PP

The recent political debate on the abortion drug RU486, along with the attacks on Tony Abbott's religious beliefs, should be a wake-up call that anti-Catholic bigotry is alive and kicking in some political circles and the major media.

A political hooligan, a woman I believe is associated with the Greens, wore a T-shirt with the words "keep your rosaries off our ovaries". No doubt she thought this quite smart, if being obscene is considered smart. As I proudly possess both ovaries and rosaries, it was a real insult to a woman's body and her spiritual beliefs, which apparently the current reigning feminists, along with their anti-man and anti-child policies, think is "open go".

This could be so, as some Catholics in public life who are given media attention are of the "coulda' been baptised or educated" variety, and having long eschewed that religion now speak with the same authority as the Pope himself, when they drag out from the bottom of the closet a moth-eaten old "Catholic" hat saying, "I am a Catholic, but ...".

And so it follows, with their pro-abortion compliance, same sex "marriages", women priests and any other anomalies they can think up. Well Old Nick can have a laugh and so can the rest of us as the next generation, who will wholeheartedly embrace the faith, are pretty savvy to fakes.

My unreserved congratulations go to Health Minister Tony Abbott, a real political hero in this messy, ugly affair of RU486, which will itself prove to be both messy and ugly. To my mind the T-shirt wearer was guilty of religious vilification and we should bear in mind that the Greens could be considered an anti-Catholic Party. It is now up to them to state their policies, loud and clear, on religious bigotry.

Frankston, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 4 (May 2006), p. 14

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