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 Contents - Mar 2007AD2000 March 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: How we can help young East Timorese - Peter Westmore
WYDSYD08: Salesian provincial urges parishes to sponsor Timorese to World Youth Day 2008 - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Sandhurst: Goddess worship at Victorian education conference? - Michael Gilchrist
Formation: Continuing growth of Sydney's Catholic Adult Education Centre - AD2000 Report
Catholicism flourishes in South Korea - Richard Stokes
Leadership: The scandal of Australia's anti-life Catholic politicians - Marcel White
'Professional', a l carte Catholicism and its papier mch schools - Andrew T. Kania
Survey of Catholic teachers
The changing panorama of Victoria's historic 'Rupertswood' - Michael Moore
Catholic religion courses and the challenge of relativism - Audrey English
Letters: Reform needed - T. Kalotas
Letters: Catholic schools - Kevin McBride
Letters: Null and void - Fr. G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Presumption - John H. Cooney
Letters: Suitable wedding attire - Tom and Barbara Phillip
Letters: Modesty of dress - Greg Byrne
Letters: Ten Commandments - Arthur Hartwig
Letters: Abortion counselling - Frank Bellet
Letters: Leadership needed - Anne Lastman
Letters: Human embryos - Rebecca Soares
Letters: Ecumenism? - Peter Davidson
Books: The Glory of These Forty Days, by Fr James Tolhurst - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: LISTEN MY SON: St Benedict for Fathers, by Dwight Longenecker - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: SEEKING THE ABSOLUTE: The Founders of Christian Monasticism - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Media: The Rosary of the Virgin Mary - 4 DVD or 4 CD set - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
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Reflection: The Holy Trinity - source of true Christian unity - Fr John O'Neill

In response to Jack Blair's letter (February AD2000), the homosexual lobby cannot accept that condoms are risky and useless in the fight against AIDS, because if it was serious and really believed this, then lifestyles might need to be changed; but lifestyle change for this lobby is non-negotiable.

It has been known for some time the HIV virus can pass through the latex (condoms) thus really making them useless as a protection against this virus. The only safe method is abstinence, even for life.

I am always amazed at our society, e.g., the women who refuse to believe the "pill" has been declared to be the number one carcinogen by WHO. Yet, more and more, and younger and younger, women are taking the pill. Why?

Girls as young as eleven are being put on the pill, so that if they engage in sexual activity they won't get caught. That's the biggest crime: getting caught. Not what they are doing to their maturing bodies and souls.

We have an over-sexualised society, one that sells clothing, bricks, cat food, pegs, cars, etc, using sexual imagery to entice. The only sin appears to be making a "judgement". Injustice, fornication, lying, cheating and dishonesty can be accommodated. But judgement? Heaven forbid.

HIV/AIDS will continue to infect new victims until those responsible become honest.

We will continue to have abortion in holocaust proportions, marriage breakdown at an alarming rate, de facto relationships replacing marriage, a drug culture unabated, abandonment of children and a street culture, until we take seriously the words of Humanae Vitae, Donum Vitae, Evangelium Vitae, Casti Conubii and Veritatis Splendor.

Until the Church takes seriously these documents and teaches the laity how to understand and live them, nothing will change. Nor will it until our bishops, priests and laity begin to heed those (like myself) who work at the front line of human breakdown and wreckage.

An academic mentality and perception are different from the perception of those who work in the midst of the human morass. HIV/AIDS will continue to spread while the argument over condoms persists. Millions of abortions will continue along with a politically correct silence from many pulpits.

We need more strong, loving shepherds to lead boldly from the front. The time of political correctness has ended. Our shepherds must fight for the flock. Please don't let us down.

ANNE LASTMAN
Victims of Abortion
Melbourne, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 2 (March 2007), p. 15

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