COMINGS AND GOINGS
As an enthusiastic subscriber to Online Catholics since its inception, I read with some dismay of its editorial change. May I suggest that it would be in the spirit of OLC to give more clarification for the reasons behind the change than those given in the edition of August 31?
They seem to imply that excessive work loads or insufficient pay were the reasons Kate Mannix and the Board could not agree on 'terms for a renewed contract'. Kate's reasons, on the other hand, would appear to be as a result of 'editorial directions'. Just what those 'directions' were has not been specified.
OLC has been fearless in exposing 'spin' where necessary. Can this same quality now be demonstrated in the unconvincing decision to 'fix something that ain't broke '?
I regret Kate's departure, and wish the incoming Editor well. Time will tell if he can perform the work of Editor with the same zest for truth that Kate brought to the role.
With best wishes, Brian Monro, Marion, South Australia
Thanks for doing us so proud, Kate Mannix!
Very much appreciated. Take care of yourself too...you'll remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Brian Haill, Frankston, Victoria
Thank you for John Coleman's great article on the life and contribution of Father Frank Moynihan. I have been away and read only today of his death. He was a great pastor and I pray that he is now reaping the reward of his dedicated life and his ministry to the people of Brisbane. He and Archbishop Rush were a great team.
Thanks again.(Sr) Lorraine Victorsen SGS
With respect to you article on Father Frank Moynihan.
Maureen Long, Clayfield, Queensland.
What a wonderful article, about a wonderful person. You are to be congratulated on the way it was put together. I hope that it will be printed in the Catholic Leader sometime.
Fr. Leo Burke, Victoria Point.
I will miss Ed Campion's fortnightly foray into books and their pathways. So many reflections have hit the nail on the head, or have summed up an intricate or difficult idea. So many writers and titles which I would otherwise never have known. So many ideas and experiences well illuminated. So many interesting and eccentric people who have walked the corridors and I can still find them lurking in the past issues.
I hope the new editor continues the book column. The shoes will be hard to fill, but I will be patient.
I read the article Sr Doris Testa (“Exploited: Religious caught in the crossfire”) with great interest and great sadness. I was raised and educated in the Catholic Church but as a result of many factors, no longer practice my faith. I am among many young people who have felt disillusioned, uninspired
and unheard within a Church that is no longer able to speak to all
people of faith in a loving, non-judgmental, God-inspired way.
My disillusionment with the Catholic Church caused a very deep hurt. It only really began to heal after meeting and getting to know my now friend, a Josephite sister.
Through her, I began to slowly develop a faith in God and in the many good
women in the Catholic faith who work tirelessly and, more often than not,
thanklessly to help people in need. My friend and her colleagues
have experienced much of the experiences relayed by Sr Testa and it
angers me that these women are so frequently ignored and marginalised in spite of being, in every sense of the word, the back-bone of the Catholic Church.
For many people like me, these devout and religious women have
enabled us to believe in the inherent goodness of the Catholic faith; to
believe in the work and love of God. It is not the priest who delivers
homilies that more often than not fail to assist us in any way. It is seeing
the incredible work these Sisters of God do everyday, in the most
difficult of conditions, which have inspired me and countless others.
The fact that the Catholic Church seems incapable of recognising
that these women are responsible for maintaining the purpose of the Catholic Church - working to help others - and seems incapable of assisting,
supporting and encouraging them with their ministry only reflects my
experience of the Church: that it remains a misogynist and outdated
institution that is failing in the eyes of God.
Kind regards, Samantha Newman
WHO OWNS THE CHURCH?
The recent ruling of a US bankruptcy judge in respect of the Spokane Diocese that the full resources of a diocese can be called to account for the settlement of damage claims restores my trust in the American judicial system. Too many in the church (ordained and baptized) treat the real estate assets of a diocese as the "the church".
Those injured, as a result of the clerical managers failure to properly
deal with the abuse problem, are the ones entitled to the asset value in the
real estate portfolio. I must be willing to share the sacrifice of cost and related expense for the failure of "My Church" both for allowing these crimes to have occurred and for the unconscionable attempts to hold the "kingdom of this world" above the word of Christ. It may be the only way to focus the attention of the hierarchy on their failure of care and impress
in the conscious mind of those current office holders that their real duty is care of souls not portfolio building.
Jesus did quite well without real estate; not even a regular place to put his head down at night. I find it interesting that the Archbishop of Seattle argues he has no control or right over the real estate in that diocese; while the Archbishop of Sydney gives the real estate of Darlinghurst to a profit making University with little or no consultation with that parish.
Richard Byrne, Cromer, NSW.
A QUESTION OF SLUR
The slur on adoptive parents, courtesy of Kate Mannix and Lily Arthur in
the article "Mother Courage" - "The sexually active middle classes had the
pill, so they didn't get pregnant, but they got chlamydia and became
infertile. There was a market for our babies, the babies of the poor" - is
inconsistent with Article 1A of your user terms - " ... you agree not to:
use the website to defame, ..... or otherwise offend others."
This piece of defamatory journalism is unworthy of any magazine which
pretends to be Catholic and/or Christian.
In the sixties and seventies, before the supporting mothers pension, the
State and Church homes were filled to overflowing with babies whose
mothers -both single and married - were unwilling or unable to parent them.
It was not uncommon for the Church and State authorities to contact
families and ask if they could see their way clear to adopting or
fostering a baby.
It is a statistical fact that two out of three adoptive families also have
children who are their biological children. I personally know two families
of ten children, which include an adopted child.
Perhaps an apology or a retraction would be in order to the thousands of
people, fertile and infertile, who voluntarily take on the loving
responsibility of raising a child whose biological mother did not wish to
or for whatever reason was not able to.
Maria Mannion, Coorparoo, Queensland
Editor: the quote in question was taken from a film: “Gone to a Good Home”.
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