I was saddened reading the article by Mark Power, in the latest copy of AD 2000, about how the faith was not being taught in many Catholic schools and I began thinking of my experience of this.
As a child I was taught the faith very well by two Presentation nuns, Sr Agatha and Sr Bonaventure, at St Joan of Arc's primary school in Dendy Street, Brighton. I knew how it felt to be a Catholic.
But over the years the teaching of the faith has been watered down and everything has been made easier. The "trendies", as I call them, have been listened to by many of the bishops while people like Bob Santamaria and Bishop Brennan of Wagga were ridiculed. These people have a great deal to answer for.
I think about how a Muslim feels to be a Muslim, with the difficulties involved. It's no wonder that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world.
No doubt, once the sauce is out of the bottle it is impossible to put it back in; but a start has been made recently by Archbishop Pell to have the faith taught in the schools. It is never too late, but terrible damage has been done.
Fr James Brasier
Clifton Hill, Vic