Having been cited by Michael Gilchrist in his broadly critical article of the Ballarat Diocese, "Is Townsville the model for Ballarat's priest shortage?" (April AD2000), I presume a right of reply.
Michael Gilchrist indulges in unprofessional journalism in his narrow selection of data. Regrettably Gilchrist's unprofessional selectivity sallies a genuine, humble and far- reaching diocesan search for the truth of the Spirit of God, to reveal renewed directions for the Church we love and to which we are committed.
FR GERRY BALDOCK
[Editor: The text of the article to which Fr Baldock refers was sent to Bishop Peter Connors of Ballarat for his comment prior to its publication.]