Your correspondent, P. Gartland (June AD2000) refers to the promotion within our ranks of a recent publication Priests in Love, advertised as a "major Australian study of Catholic priests and their intimate relationships with men and women."
At the risk of giving this sad little monogram a boost in sales and borrowings, please allow me to share my horror at its being launched here in Albany where the University of WA has a small campus, and the author, J. Anderson, is a member of our Holy Family parish.
The parish priest included in our pew-sheet of 20 March 2005 an invitation "to attend a public lecture and book launch with Dr Paul Collins and Dr Jane Anderson. Priests in Love tells the stories of priests who have formed long term friendships", surely a description which ought to have turned away the discerning Catholic!
However, the majority of our permanent deacons accepted the invitation and, along with their wives, rubbed shoulders with our brain-washed lay-leaders-in-training, thus demonstrating how remarkably easy it is for a motivated, experienced and determined operator to play the Pied Piper and get away with it.
I question the propriety of any Catholic who brazenly provides a receptive audience for a dissenter's manifesto, albeit thinly disguised as anthropological research.
Lower King, WA