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NEWS ARCHIVE FOR MAY 2006

   
Da Vinci Code makes Opus Dei website a hit
The Hitwise website traffic research company has reported dramatic increases in visits to the Australian Opus Dei website in the wake of publicity surrounding the film The Da Vinci Code.
31 May 2006

Eternal flame to honour John Paul II at Vatican grottos
An eternal flame in honour of John Paul II will be lit tomorrow at the Vatican grottos, in a ceremony to be led by the Vicar General of Vatican City, Archbishop Angelo Comastri, and attended by famous athletes.
31 May 2006

WA Catholic teachers organise protest against outcomes plan
Catholic school teachers are gearing up for a protest - dubbed "pray for delay" - against WA's plan for outcomes based education as the Catholic Education Office backs down on its support for the plan and timetable.
31 May 2006

Bishops urging parishes to join World Meeting of Families celebration
Parishes across Australia will soon receive kits to help them participate in the World Meeting of Families celebration with Benedict XVI being held in Spain in July.
31 May 2006

Caritas prepares response to Merapi emergency in Yogyakarta
Caritas is preparing for a potential full eruption of the Mt Merapi volcano in the earthquake-hit province of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
31 May 2006

Mission head hit by stone-throwing mob
The head of Don Bosco mission in East Timor has been attacked by a stone-throwing mob as he drove victims of a gunfight to hospital while Australian troops struggle to restore order in the divided capital Dili.
31 May 2006

Feature - It's a Catholic Irish thing ...
Fiona O'Loughlin's stand-up comedy career began at the family dinner table. "I was just sort of, unofficially, the keeper of stories in our house", she says. "It was always, 'Oh, Fiona, tell them about the time Justin was electrocuted'." Growing up as one of seven children in an Irish Catholic family gave her plenty of material to work with. The large family also meant there were plenty of people to practise her storytelling skills on - Michael McVeigh
31 May 2006

Opinion - Why, Lord, did you remain silent?
To speak at Auschwitz-Birkenau, in this place where unprecedented mass crimes were committed against God and humanity, is almost impossible - and it is particularly difficult and troubling for a Christian, for a Pope from Germany. In a place like this, words fail; in the end, there can only be a dread silence - a silence which is itself a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? A silence which becomes a plea for forgiveness and reconciliation - Benedict XVI
31 May 2006

Priest tells Catholics of moral duty to return faulty ATM's cash
A Catholic priest has appealed to people's sense of moral duty to return money they received from faulty teller machines in Belfast and said the bank's excessive fees cannot justify their actions.
30 May 2006

Anglican Archbishop sways NSW Premier on ethics
Following a meeting with Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen, Premier Morris Iemma has announced that ethics classes will not become an alternative to religious education in NSW.
30 May 2006

Laity Council hosting ecclesial movements meeting
Leaders and members of the various ecclesial movements will gather from tomorrow for a conference at Rocca di Papa, Italy, in anticipation of their "encounter" with Pope Benedict on the vigil of Pentecost.

30 May 2006

Tired but happy pope bids farewell to Poland
Benedict XVI has concluded his visit to Poland visibly fatigued but thankful for the Polish people's hospitality and faith.
30 May 2006

Catholic Mission supporting sanctuary for Dili children
Catholic Mission is supporting the local churches in Dili and Baucau to provide "sanctuaries" for people fleeing the violence that has engulfed East Timor's capital.
30 May 2006

Caritas fears volcano eruption may slow earthquake response
A volcanic eruption in the Yogyakarta earthquake area in Indonesia would pose a threat to the already vulnerable region, Caritas Australia said as it responds to the disaster.
30 May 2006

Feature - Teaching with an open heart
For decades, Adelaide's St Aloysius College has laid out the welcome mat for the hundreds of international students, be they from wealthy Asian families willing to send their children to Australia for an education or the children of temporary protection visa holders applying to stay permanently in this country. "There has always been a tradition of taking new arrivals and taking refugees," said principal Judith Redden. Sr Redden says that when she was a student at the school in the 1950s, the refugees were from Europe - Verity Edwards
30 May 2006

Opinion - No simple answers to Aboriginal violence
Wadeye in the Northern Territory is one of the communities that has sustained me and given me great life over more than 30 years. It has, once again, been in the news. There are no simple answers to the violence in these communities. The violence Aboriginal people have been experiencing over generations wears many faces. But it is more demanding and challenging to explore how we as non-Aboriginal people may be part of this violence. History suggests that the recent media frenzy and government response may actually create further harm - Fr Brian McCoy
30 May 2006

World Youth Day begins online recruitment campaign
The organising committee of the World Youth Day (WYD) 2008 announced last week that its recruitment campaign will start across Australia with positions advertised on its website.
29 May 2006

Wollongong hosts International Catholic Stewardship Council
The International Catholic Stewardship Council is conducting two sessions of its popular Institute for Stewardship and Development for diocesan and parish leaders in Australia from tomorrow.
29 May 2006

Calvary completes Adelaide hospital acquisitions
Little Company of Mary (LCM) Health Care, which operates the Calvary hospital, aged and community care services, last Friday completed acquisition of three Adelaide hospitals from Ramsay Health Care.
29 May 2006

Benedict visits Auschwitz
German-born Benedict XVI yesterday on the last leg of his Poland visit prayed at the Auschwitz concentration camp where Nazi occupiers killed as many as 1.5 million people.
29 May 2006

Caritas Australia responds to Indonesia Earthquake
Caritas Australia is responding to the devastating earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, by tapping into the local Catholic network.
29 May 2006

Caritas monitoring Dili crisis
Amidst the escalating violence on Dili's streets, Caritas Australia says it is on the ground in East Timor and will continue to monitor the situation of the thousands of displaced families who have fled their homes.
29 May 2006

Feature - Broome's Captain Catholic
Everybody knows Michael McMahon as Father. But in Broome, where he spent many years, he's much more than a Catholic priest and a saviour of souls. Up there, he's the "father of football". "If it wasn't for Captain Catholic, who knows where the game might be? We mightn't be playing," Broome historian Brian Kane said. "Father Mac resurrected football up here when it appeared dead."
29 May 2006

Opinion - The next generation of Jewish-Catholic relations
Benedict XVI's visit to Auschwitz in Poland is a sign of the Church's continued commitment to cleanse itself of anti-Semitic teachings and attitudes. In just one generation Catholic doctrine went from viewing the Jews as a cursed people who rejected Jesus to a blessed people who remain God's chosen people. Such gestures and reforms cannot erase centuries of violence or absolve earlier generations for their misdeeds. But they do demand that Jews take a new, forward-looking approach to the Vatican - Ami Eden
29 May 2006

Melbourne priest "murdered, held satanic rituals"
The Melbourne Archdiocese has accepted as substantially true allegations that a Melbourne priest took part in satanic rituals during which a number of murders occurred.
26 May 2006

West Papuans join in prayer for their brother left behind
Forty-two West Papuan asylum seekers who were granted temporary protection by the Australian Government in March will join in prayer at midday today for David Wainggai who has been refused protection.
26 May 2006

David Wenham receives ACU honorary doctorate
David Wenham, the star of the ABC's acclaimed television mini-series about East Timor's bid for independence, yesterday received an honorary doctorate from the Australian Catholic University.
26 May 2006

Aid agencies alarmed at growing violence in East Timor
CAFOD, the Caritas organisation in England and Wales, has joined other international agencies in expressing grave concern over the escalating violence in East Timor as the first 130 Australian troops arrived yesterday to restore order in Dili.
26 May 2006

Catholic Social Services welcomes falling unemployment
Catholic Social Services has congratulated the Government on the fall in the numbers of people on Newstart and Youth Allowance but says greater investment in skills and training is needed to sustain employment in the long term.
26 May 2006

Pope arrives in Poland
Benedict XVI yesterday arrived in Poland saying faith, thanksgiving and remembrance would be the guiding themes of his four-day trip.
26 May 2006

Feature - The "colour-blind" racist
You think you did it all yourself. You went to university, studied hard, paid your dues at your first job. Now you've got a decent mid-level management position, a spouse and a couple of kids, and a moderate but comfortable home. But without your better-than-average school education, that university place might have gone to someone else. And what about that interest-free loan from mom and dad, not to mention the car they "sold" you for next to nothing? These are some of the taken-for-granted benefits of being white - Heidi Schlumpf
26 May 2006

Opinion - Let love reign in our hearts this Sorry Day
Today is National Sorry Day. It is an acknowledgement to our Aboriginal brothers and sisters of the misery we have inflicted upon them. We ask for forgiveness. We have so much to be forgiven for. That doesn't mean that we beat our breasts, wear hair shirts or get into the way of flagellation. Rather we look deep into ourselves as individuals and as a community and see what amends we can make - John Hill
26 May 2006

Let Your Light Shine implementation reports reflect spiritual vitality
Reports from 67 parishes and eight deaneries across Brisbane archdiocese on the implementation of the Let Your Light Shine review "painted a picture of spiritual vitality that is encouraging", Brisbane's Archbishop John Bathersby said.
25 May 2006

Caritas condemns prostitution at World Cup
With World Cup fever just around the corner, the Caritas confederation has raised concerns about prostitution during soccer's premier event, saying that most of the estimated 40,000 sex workers expected to arrive in Germany to service football fans will be doing so unwillingly.
25 May 2006

Nun says unemployment underlies Timor trouble
Sr Tess Ward OLSH, who has been living in East Timor since 2002, told the ABC's 7:30 Report last night that the root cause of the current unrest in East Timor is really the shortage of work, especially for young people.
25 May 2006

Pope to pray at Auschwitz death camp
The prayers that Pope Benedict will recite on Sunday at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland will evoke peace and reconciliation, but also the obligation to remember what the Nazis did.
25 May 2006

Bishop says Aborigines living in "cauldron of depravity"
Aboriginal people are "living in a cauldron of depravity", according to Bishop Chris Saunders, the Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.
25 May 2006

Feature - How "Religious" are Asian bishops?
Just how "Religious" are the Catholic bishops of Asia, and which Asian country has the most "Religious" Church leaders? The number of local Church leaders belonging to a Religious congregation or order varies across the continent among the dozens of nations and territories affiliated with the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC). Within the FABC, India can claim to be the most "Religious".
25 May 2006

Opinion - Distorting history about Humanae Vitae
In a recent editorial on condoms and AIDS, the London-based Tablet argued that "in 1968, the most persuasive reason advanced in favour of retaining the ban on artificial birth control was that to lift it would suggest that the Church could change its mind, and hence undermine its teaching authority." That is a distortion of history and the editors of the Tablet - which played a large role in the Humanae Vitae controversy - should know it - George Weigel
25 May 2006

Jesuit depicts Mark's Gospel as the "scariest"
Melbourne biblical scholar Fr Brendan Byrne has said that Mark's Gospel is perhaps the most frightening and most challenging of the four Gospels.
24 May 2006

Priest convicted of $34,000 welfare fraud
The Adelaide Archdiocese says it is treating the case of a priest who was convicted of social security fraud as a high priority issue.
24 May 2006

Indian Catholic leaders welcome anti-conversion bill rejection
Indian Catholic leaders have welcomed the Rajasthan Governor's refusal to approve a bill that they say would restrict missionary activities in the north-western Indian state.
24 May 2006

Pope says devotion to Sacred Heart helps focus on love
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus helps Catholics focus on the reality of God's love and their obligation to love others, Benedict XVI said.
24 May 2006

Bishop Manning briefs police on new workplace moral conundrum
Parramatta's Bishop Kevin Manning has warned the NSW Police Association that the Government's new workplace laws presented a moral conundrum for police officers.
24 May 2006

Archbishop faces questions on Stolen Generations
The newly appointed chairman of the Bishops Commission for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders has defended the role of church missions involved in the Stolen Generation and says recent suggestions that Aboriginal children in danger should again be taken from their communities must consider lessons from past mistakes.
24 May 2006

Feature - Not less freedom but more maturity
Freedom is a great gift. But it can be easily misused and destructive. Because of this, it's not uncommon to hear people speaking out against freedom, as if it were an enemy. But something doesn't become bad just because it's misused. What's needed today is not less freedom but more maturity. We don't need to roll back freedom in the name of God and morality: we need to raise the level of our maturity to match the level of our freedom - Fr Ron Rolheiser
24 May 2006

Opinion - True fiction
I confess to not having read The Da Vinci Code. Quite frankly, I have been too busy trying to keep up with the prolific body of fiction emanating from my Government these past few years to have time for outside reading. From the epic story about weapons of mass destruction to the little morality tale featuring Jessica Lynch, this Government cranks out fiction like I, a good Catholic mother, once cranked out babies - Kim Redigan
24 May 2006

Vatican astronomer says creationism is superstition
The belief that God created the universe in six days is a superstition and a "kind of paganism" that both discredits religious faith and demeans science, Br Guy Consolmagno SJ has declared.
23 May 2006

Catholic leaders welcome Nepal as secular state
Catholic leaders in Nepal have welcomed the country's move from the world's only Hindu kingdom to a secular state, saying that the change is good for Catholics and other minorities.
23 May 2006

Jesuit says Da Vinci Code exposes poor religious education
Fr Richard Leonard has said that The Da Vinci Code's main achievement is to expose the level of ignorance among Christians about their own history and how the New Testament was compiled.
23 May 2006

Pell says Catholics should confront pro-choice politicians
Cardinal George Pell has said at a college in Virginia in the US that Catholics should engage in charitable dialogue with Catholic politicians who take pro-abortion and other positions not consistent with church teaching.
23 May 2006

Reshuffle continues at Roman Curia
Pope Benedict has named Mumbai's Cardinal Ivan Dias as Prefect of the Congregation for Evangelisation, making him the first Asian to head the top Vatican office.
23 May 2006

Pope calls for an apology to Indigenous Australians
Benedict XVI last week urged the Australian Government to seek forgiveness from Indigenous Australians and address the "deep underlying causes" of their plight.
23 May 2006

Feature - Sex advice from a celibate clergy?
Since I began writing my column, scores of readers have emailed me asking for personal advice. I always offer whatever thoughts I can, and usually end letters by recommending that they speak with their priest or someone else within their church community for more detailed and ongoing advice. Along the way, I began to wonder about this. Can a celibate clergy really give good advice to young adults about relationships and sexuality? - Dr Christine Whelan
23 May 2006

Opinion - Understanding AIDS in Africa
One aspect of the Church's battle against HIV/AIDS that cannot be ignored is the clash of cultures that is evident in the way in which Africans and Westerners think about some key questions. For example, in Europe and America the main motivation for this stigma is the fear of suffering and the denial of death. For its part, African culture is not as preoccupied with sickness, misfortune, agony, and death. Here the stigma proceeds from confusion, ignorance, and shame about sexuality - Fr Michael Czerny
23 May 2006

Bones in togas puzzle Vatican archaeologists
Archaeologists exploring one of Rome's oldest catacombs are baffled by neat piles of more than 1000 skeletons dressed in elegant togas.
22 May 2006

Catholic and Jewish leaders meet in Sydney
Catholic and Jewish leaders met last week at the Sydney Jewish Museum for their ninth "Annual Conversation".
22 May 2006

Political row raises spectre of paganism in religious ed classes
The Federal Education Minister has threatened Queensland with education funding cuts over fears that the State's proposed changes to a century-old law governing religious education would open the floodgates for paganism and witchcraft.
22 May 2006

Churches called to speak out for Indigenous victims
The Archdiocese of Adelaide has called on religious groups to do more to help Indigenous communities affected by violence and abuse.
22 May 2006

Priest calls frightened Timorese home
East Timorese should believe Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri's assurance that the situation in Dili is now safe for refugees to return home but the Government must do more to guarantee their safety following the recent bloody unrest, Catholics in the capital were told yesterday.
22 May 2006

Pope urges promotion of social justice
There is an urgent need for "tenacious, lasting and shared efforts to promote social justice" and that "true social justice" must be promoted through "genuine solidarity", Pope Benedict said on Friday.
22 May 2006

Feature - What Pope Benedict will find in Poland
When Benedict XVI arrives in Poland later this week, he will not find a country at peace with itself. There are divisions over the direction the country has taken since 1989. While the key role of John Paul II in the overthrow of Communist rule is widely acknowledged, the perceived alignment of the Church with the neo-liberal, free-market ideology and the attempt to co-opt the late Pope on this side of the argument is much more contentious - Jonathan Luxmoore and Jolanta Babiuch
22 May 2006

Opinion - Christian concern for the environment
Christianity has no monopoly on concern for the environment. In fact, there have been persuasive critiques in recent years of the weakness of the Christian response to the world's pollution woes. But Christian tradition and scripture hold within them the foundation for our deep responsibility not only for our fellow human beings, but for all of creation.
22 May 2006

New Washington Archbishop favours Intelligent Design in schools
An Austrian-based Catholic news service has reported that the Archbishop-designate of Washington DC, Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh, "threw his support behind the teaching of Intelligent Design as an alternative theory of creation to materialist Darwinism".
19 May 2006

Vinnies welcomes NSW Premier's commitment to mental health
State President of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW/ACT, John O'Neill, yesterday thanked Premier Morris Iemma for his commitment to mental health on the occasion of the launch of the Society's Winter Appeal.
19 May 2006

Caritas urges holistic approach to address Indigenous violence
Responding to reports of the alarming level of sexual abuse and other violent crimes within Aboriginal communities, Caritas has urged the Government and Indigenous community leaders to take a "holistic approach" to addressing the issue.
19 May 2006

Da Vinci Code bores Bishops' film reviewer
After viewing The Da Vinci Code yesterday, Australian Catholic Film Office Director Fr Richard Leonard concluded that the movie is "overly long, the direction is uninspired and the acting from Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou is surprisingly weak".
19 May 2006

Vatican acts against long-accused Legionaries founder
In what is seen as confirmation of sex abuse allegations against Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, the 86-year-old founder of the Legionaries of Christ, the Vatican has asked him to observe a series of restrictions on his ministry.
19 May 2006

Pope praises Aussie contribution to peacemaking
In a speech to the Australian ambassador, Anne Maree Plunkett, Pope Benedict praised the country's contributions to peacemaking and to development and disaster relief around the world, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
19 May 2006

Feature - Lighting The Way in Macau
The Carillo family belongs to the Neocatechumenal Way. They arrived in the former Portuguese colony of Macau in 1995 as lay missionaries. There are now nearly 500 such missionary families worldwide. Mr Antonio Carillo said he feels it is important to serve the Church in Macau. "We think it is very important to have a Christian presence, particularly with the fact that the younger generation are increasingly influenced by this materialistic society," he said.
19 May 2006

Opinion - Theologians and art
When Christian thinkers adopted the classical world's approach to beauty, they made God the source of all beauty. Ideally, the beauty of this world would lead us to contemplate the beauty of God found in Christ. This theology is rich. It can encourage Christian communities to appreciate artistic expression and its place in faith. But there are flaws in this thinking. For it, art without explicitly Christian inspiration and abstract art offer little more than material for conversion - Fr Andrew Hamilton
19 May 2006

Christian population disappearing from Middle East
The Vatican's top foreign policy official yesterday called attention to the "particularly unhappy" situation of the decline of Christians in the Middle East over the past 30 years.
18 May 2006

New full-time ministry for Catholic Women
Bishop David Walker of the Sydney Diocese of Broken Bay has recently announced that he is creating a new full-time ministry for celibate, ecclesial women.
18 May 2006

St Vinnies volunteers find $11,520 in clothes
St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers at a charity opportunity shop have found $11,520 inside donated clothing.
18 May 2006

Pope says Catholics must trust in God's plans for the world
Benedict XVI told some 45,000 people gathered in St Peter's Square at his general audience to trust that Jesus is leading his church and that God has his own plans for transforming the world.
18 May 2006

Priest-critic says Da Vinci film mild compared to book
After attending the press screening in Cannes this week, internationally renowned Australian film reviewer Fr Peter Malone has said the producers have been much more careful to downplay controversy than Dan Brown did.
18 May 2006

Bishops oppose boat people processing plan
The Australian Bishops have written to Prime Minister John Howard urging him to drop proposed laws currently before parliament to process all asylum seeker claims offshore.
18 May 2006

Feature - A helping hand at Nungalinya College
Within weeks of an invitation to develop a web presence for Nungalinya College in Darwin, I was on the board the red eye from Melbourne, arriving in Darwin to be confronted with a typically humid morning. December is when the tourists stay away, the locals stay indoors and the stingers circle within sight of the beaches - Paul Volpe
18 May 2006

Opinion - What Catholics and Muslims share in common
It is fashionable among some to talk as if religion brings nothing but violence and hatred. Love and hate do indeed live close together in the human heart. Where people's deepest loyalties and deepest convictions are engaged, then there is always the danger of perversion. Twisted religion may be used to justify hatred and violence. But true religion points us towards healing and wholeness, towards whatever is honourable, whatever is just - Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
18 May 2006

Mass for vanished Scottish Monk
A Requiem Mass for an elderly monk was held at Northern Scotland's Pluscarden Abbey last week to mark the first anniversary of his mysterious disappearance.
17 May 2006

Forum marks Bunbury Cathedral destruction anniversary
Western Australia's Bunbury diocese is urging the community to use yesterday's anniversary of the tornado that swept through the city to remember the historic St Patrick's Cathedral and to get behind next month's forum to discuss the design of the new cathedral.
17 May 2006

Vocations Congress begins in Wollongong
The NSW Diocese of Wollongong's Vocations Congress continues this week with many Catholics travelling long distances to take part in the celebrations.
17 May 2006

Church joins fray in Timor
The Church in East Timor has held talks with the country's former UN ambassador, Jose Luis Guterres, who is today challenging Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri for his job at a national congress of the ruling Fretilin party.
17 May 2006

Pope to travel to Spain for July Families meeting
Benedict XVI will preside over the conclusion of the Fifth World Meeting of Families in July which will include an evening of song and dance from families, the Vatican announced this week.
17 May 2006

Archbishops say Da Vinci boycott not necessary
Catholics were free to watch The Da Vinci Code movie but should remember its central claims are fictional, two Australian Archbishops said ahead of tomorrow's box office release.
17 May 2006

Feature - The Shakespeare Code
"When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes / I all alone beweep my outcast state…" What does William Shakespeare's immortal Sonnet 29 really mean? Was the melancholy Bard transmitting a coded message? The hypothesis that the playwright concealed his secret Catholic identity during the years of Elizabethan persecution has long been the subject of academic daydreams - Fr Andreas Kramarz
17 May 2006

Opinion - Dismantling the common good
There used to be a time when budget night was the occasion for the announcement of major new policies and programs. These days it all boils down to one issue and one issue alone - how much of a tax cut will there be in the Budget? And we forget that buried beneath the economics is a frightening social agenda; a vision for Australia's future to which we must attend - Prof Neil Ormerod
17 May 2006

Sydney fire prompts rush to replace pipe organs
The blaze that ravaged St Barnabas church on Sydney's Broadway last week has prompted calls by an environmental lobby to phase out traditional pipe organs which it says risk spewing lead poison into the air in the event of a fire.
16 May 2006

Organisation head says Code exploited Opus Dei
The head of Opus Dei said The Da Vinci Code had exploited his organisation in order to make a point against the Church.
16 May 2006

Indonesian death row Catholics lose court appeal
Three Catholics from Poso have had their second appeal against the death penalty rejected by Indonesia's Supreme Court and reportedly are now in isolation cells awaiting execution.
16 May 2006

Vietnam Govt allows bishop's appointment
Vietnam's Communist Government has approved the appointment by Benedict XVI of a new bishop for the Da Nang diocese, marking further progress in the improvement of ties between Vietnam and the Holy See.
16 May 2006

Vatican urges dialogue on Iranian, Palestinian threats
Vatican foreign policy officials say dialogue is the key to resolving the West's nuclear standoffs with Iran and the threat of extremism from a Hamas-led Palestinian government.
16 May 2006

Pope challenges Islam on religious freedom
Benedict XVI yesterday challenged Muslim leaders on religious freedom in Islamic countries and insisted that interreligious dialogue must be based on "reciprocity" and mutual respect.
16 May 2006

Feature - A message of hope from Bangladesh
In his first important address to Muslim representatives in August 2005, Benedict XVI said that educators have a great responsibility for the formation of the younger generation. Christians and Muslims, he says, must face together the many challenges of their time. One Muslim educator is already embodying this message of hope. Kazi Nurul Islam from Bangladesh has founded a university department that is dedicated to the world religions - Sandro Magister
16 May 2006

Opinion - First give West Papuans a human welcome
The reception of the West Papuan refugees has brought together a number of related questions. It has also demonstrated how important it is to keep these issues distinct, and to address them in the right order. The proper, and indeed only moral, order of asking these questions must begin with the humanity of the people affected. The people who most directly concern Australia are the West Papuans who seek asylum - Fr Andrew Hamilton
16 May 2006

Cherie Blair explains her Catholic choice
The British Prime Minister's wife Cherie Blair has said her children have been brought up Catholics to prevent them becoming "simply part of the Establishment".
15 May 2006

Sophie's mother says new torment has bolstered her faith
Carolyn Martin, mother of five-year-old burns survivor Sophie Delezio, says her faith has not been "rocked" but "strengthened" by her daughter's second life-threatening accident.
15 May 2006

Hickey says don't take Da Vinci film seriously
Perth's Catholic Archbishop, Barry Hickey, admitted that The Da Vinci Code is "a real page-turner" but told fans not to take the book and movie "too seriously".
15 May 2006

Catholic hospital defies Bible ban
Ballarat Health Services and St John of God Hospital yesterday confirmed that Bibles remained in lockers next to beds despite a national trend to ban them from hospitals.
15 May 2006

Kennett defends Adelaide vicar general Cappo
Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has backed the appointment of the Adelaide archdiocese Vicar-General to a $100,000-a-year, taxpayer-funded job, saying the move was one of hope and presented no conflict of the separation of church and state.
15 May 2006

Benedict recalls miracle of JP2's assassination attempt survival
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the assassination attempt against John Paul II, Benedict XVI yesterday recalled the apparitions in Fatima and the miraculous saving of his predecessor by "the intervention of a maternal hand".
15 May 2006

Feature - Centacare's founding mothers
It is not widely known that two West Australian women founded the first Catholic welfare agency in Australia. Norma Parker and Constance Moffit, who had undertaken post-graduate studies in social service in America in the late 1920s, returned to Australia and successfully recommended the formation of diocesan welfare agencies, starting in Melbourne, followed by other cities. The agency set new benchmarks in Victoria, and nationwide - DJ Gleeson
15 May 2006

Opinion - The root cause of political arrogance
The British Government led by Tony Blair is clearly passing through a crisis, which some commentators assert is terminal with a haemorrhage of moral authority caused by scandal, sleaze, arrogance and incompetence. The same was said in the last phases of the Thatcher-Major Governments in the 1990s and also in the dying years of Harold Macmillan's administration in the 1960s. Longevity is one root cause of trouble. After 10 years or more in power many politicians become infected with an in-the-bubble virus of arrogance and insensitivity - Jonathan Aitken
15 May 2006

British team warns against Da Vinci Code "trap"
An unofficial British Catholic "team," formed to respond to The Da Vinci Code, has warned Church groups against boycotting the movie version of the book, as it will lead into a "trap laid by Dan Brown".
12 May 2006

Dorothy Day intercession to be sought on Respect Life Sunday
Intercessory prayer on Respect Life Sunday this weekend in the Archdiocese of Melbourne will seek favours from Dorothy Day, the modern saint best known for her work as a social activist with the US-based Catholic Worker movement.
12 May 2006

National mass count continues this Sunday
The national "census" on church attendance will continue this Sunday in all parishes and other Mass centres throughout Australia.
12 May 2006

Federal Budget support for Hobart Cathedral
Hobart's Archbishop Adrian Doyle has welcomed Federal Government support announced in Tuesday's Budget for the restoration of the historic St Mary's Cathedral in Hobart.
12 May 2006

Pope restates marriage non-negotiables
Marriage and the family are inextricably rooted in human nature and Christians must not accept the "private conception of love" that is so popular today, Benedict XVI yesterday told a private audience.
12 May 2006

Restructure for Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
The Australian bishops voted this week to "reconfigure" the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, which includes a plan to restructure and downsize the current 19 Bishops' Committees to 12 Commissions.
12 May 2006

Feature - Marriage and the priesthood
I recently attended the wedding of my friends Andrea and Simon in England. Andrea and Simon are both studying to be vicars, so they have many friends and teachers within the Anglican Church. The Catholic Church has a long way to go before we'd see a similar wedding in our church. But it made me reconsider the importance of talking about marriage and Holy Orders as sacraments that might one day be considered complementary within our own faith - Dr Christine Whelan
12 May 2006

Opinion - Casting the first stone
In May 1994 South African photographer Kevin Carter captured a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a vulture ominously stalking a starving Sudanese child who was desperately dragging herself to a UN food station. Outrage followed when it was discovered that he had left the girl to die. With metaphorical stones in hand we wanted him to pay for his crime against humanity. But, in essence, are we any different to Carter? - Mark Reidy
12 May 2006

Catholic empathy for Anglicans after Sydney church burns
After an inner-city Sydney Anglican church was destroyed by fire, Parramatta Catholic Bishop Kevin Manning - whose cathedral was destroyed by fire 10 years ago - has said that God will not let the Anglicans down.
11 May 2006

NSW Commission calls for $20pw basic pay rise
In its written submission to this year's NSW State Wage Case, the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations has called for an increase of at least $20 in the minimum wage.
11 May 2006

Catholic Social Services worried about childcare quality
Catholic Social Services is worried that changes to the Government's childcare benefit scheme will result in low income parents missing out on much-needed childcare places as providers chase profits in high-income areas.
11 May 2006

Diocese prepares to aid fleeing East Timor refugees
The Church and government in Indonesia's West Timor border region are preparing for a possible refugee influx in the wake of the violence and displacement of people following the protest last month by dismissed soldiers in East Timor.
11 May 2006

Vatican working with World Council of Churches on proselytism rules
The Vatican has teamed up with the World Council of Churches to draw up "a code of conduct" for converting people of other religious beliefs to Christianity.
11 May 2006

Pope says apostolic succession of bishops is key to church unity
Communion with the church of Rome, specifically through the apostolic succession of bishops, is "the sign, criterion and guarantee of the uninterrupted transmission" of the faith of the apostles, Benedict XVI said.
11 May 2006

Feature - When death draws near
When we are faced with a dying loved one, we often do not know what to do. If they seem to be in distress we may be inclined to tell the doctor to let them go. On the other hand, we may not be able to bear the lost and want to try everything that is possible to let them live for another day. Are we committing euthanasia in the first case? Is the latter option the only right way? - Dr Ian Leong
11 May 2006

Opinion - War with Iran is no joke
Some political leaders are proposing a violent solution to a complex problem in Iran. We can no longer sit by in a world where the solution is worse than the problem. The possible use of nuclear force to contain the use of nuclear weapons would be laughable - except in our world where we know these are not idle threats. We know such threats can turn into reality and we have the monstrous results in Iraq to prove it - Fr Peter Maher
11 May 2006

Jesuit "pastoral cycle" expert visiting Australia
Jesuit expert on the "pastoral cycle", Fr Peter Henriot, is currently visiting Australia for a series of talks on Catholic Social Teaching and the relevance of social justice in today's age of globalisation and terror.
10 May 2006

Caritas says insecurity key to Darfur humanitarian crisis
Caritas Australia said that despite the recent peace agreement between the Sudan government and key Darfur rebel groups, millions of people are still living in "chronic insecurity" in Darfur and may not yet feel the benefits of the agreement.
10 May 2006

Nuncio reflects on emerging style of Benedict XVI
The emerging style of Benedict XVI as a "Pope of dialogue", could offer a model of "reaching out" which had relevance for all Episcopal ministry, the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli, told Australia's bishops at the beginning of their current plenary meeting in Sydney.
10 May 2006

Pope says missionary societies help Catholics know God's love
Benedict XVI has said that the pontifical missionary societies help every Catholic in every part of the world let others know of God's love and his promise of salvation.
10 May 2006

Vinnies sees long-term focus missing from Federal Budget
The St Vincent de Paul Society has cautioned Australians against taking comfort from the short-term gains in last night's Budget, with its spokesperson John Falzon suggesting that the Budget failed to "identify and address the areas of market failure and structural disadvantage in Australia today".
10 May 2006

Archbishop moved by mine rescue joy and sadness
The prayers of millions of Australians over the past fortnight have been answered with the successful rescue of Todd Russell and Brant Webb at Beaconsfield in Tasmania yesterday, according to Hobart's Archbishop Adrian Doyle.
10 May 2006

Feature - Beaconsfield shows sign of faith
Most Sundays, only about 40 regulars attend Mass at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in the small Tasmanian mining of town of Beaconsfield, said Franciscan Fr Brian Lester. But the small numbers do not mean that people in Beaconsfield lack faith, the priest added. World-gripping events in Beaconsfield in late April and early May proved his point - Paul Grey
10 May 2006

Opinion - The purpose of business
I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a senior executive of a media organisation proclaim that the purpose of their business was to make profit, to enhance the "bottom line" of investors. This is perhaps such a commonplace statement these days that we fail to notice the incongruity and implication of what is being said. It confuses purpose with motivation and undermines any sense of common purpose - Prof Neil Ormerod
10 May 2006

Arabic Heritage League Award for Parramatta's Bishop Manning
Bishop Kevin Manning received the 2006 Kahlil Gibran International Award at a celebration on Sunday night to mark the 25th anniversary of the Arabic Heritage League in Australia.
9 May 2006

Historic meeting of separated Josephites
"Black" and "brown" Josephites joined together at a meeting in the NSW Central West at the end of last month that sought to understand the differences that drew them apart, with a view to working closely together in the future.
9 May 2006

Christian leaders seek end to political spin
Putting a spin on things, rather than speaking the truth, has become the norm, according to a group of Australian Christian leaders who last week issued a statement on what it means to believe in and follow Jesus Christ in Australia today.
9 May 2006

Pell says marriage no cure for pedophile priests
Cardinal George Pell has said that statistics show that marriage will not prevent pedophilia, with 90 per cent of pedophile crimes committed by married men.
9 May 2006

China ordains Vatican-approved bishop
The Vatican has approved the episcopal ordination of a US-educated priest in China, Fr Paul Pei Junmin, just days after Benedict XVI condemned the unauthorised ordination of two bishops by Beijing.
9 May 2006

Pope warns against clerical careerism
The priesthood is a commitment to service for humanity and not an opportunity to further one's career or "to become a personality", Benedict XVI said at the weekend.
9 May 2006

Feature - The real face of Opus Dei
Clare Cannon occasionally engages in self-flagellation with a small whip or wraps a small barbed-wire chain around her thigh to symbolise the suffering Christ went through. "Spending an hour in the gym is much harder than either of them," says the Opus Dei follower, who the conservative Catholic group says is more representative of its members than the murderous albino monk Silas in the Hollywood version of The Da Vinci Code.
9 May 2006

Opinion - The rationale behind Pacific Solution 2.0
What is the Howard government hoping to achieve in extending the Pacific Solution to all asylum seekers arriving on Australian territory by boat? In relation to Papua, the government has a compound fear: the haemorrhaging of Papua, with the consequence that many boatloads may descend on Australia. The successful refugees may then use Australia as a political base for their independence activities, thereby making Australia a magnet for further Papuan flight to Australia - Fr Frank Brennan
9 May 2006

Sydney-bound WYD cross damaged in Senegal
The official World Youth Day Cross, which is currently visiting countries in Africa on its way to Sydney for next World Youth Day in 2008, has been damaged in a vehicle accident in Senegal.
8 May 2006

Amnesty, Vic ALP moves on abortion provoke Catholic ire
A number of pro-life organisations have spoken out against Amnesty International's declared intention to spread abortion rights around the world, and in Victoria the ALP Catholic Right failed to stop Premier Bracks' resolve to go to this year's election with an abortion decriminalisation platform.
8 May 2006

YCW report finds deep spiritual sense in young
The Australian Young Christian Workers released on Friday its interim report on its Spirituality Inquiry, which has highlighted the deep sense of spirituality held by young people and the significant influence of family and friends in the ways that it is expressed.
8 May 2006

Pope thanks Swiss Guard for 500 years of "priceless" service
Benedict XVI has thanked members of the Swiss Guard for their "priceless" service to the Church following their 720-kilometre pilgrimage from Switzerland to Rome to celebrate the fifth centenary of the group's founding in 1506.
8 May 2006

Adelaide's Wilson elected as Bishops Conference President
Adelaide's Archbishop Philip Wilson has been elected as the new president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
8 May 2006

Pell affirms commitment to dialogue with Muslims
Sydney's Cardinal George Pell has defended himself against accusations from Muslim leaders that he is "ill-informed" following the publication on his website of a speech on Islam delivered to US Catholic business leaders.
8 May 2006

Feature - Catholic approaches to Islam: hawks and doves
Following WWII, the deep question facing Catholicism was the confrontation with Soviet Communism, with the two basic options being confrontation or Ostpolitik. Tension between those two options looms again today, but with a different interlocutor: Islam. Cardinal George Pell recently summed up the point by saying, "The challenge of Islam will be with us for the remainder of our lives - at least." Once again, the fault lines run between those who see possible co-existence and those who see an almost inevitable confrontation between opposed systems of thought and practice - John Allen
8 May 2006

Opinion - Ways to celebrate Mother's Day
This Sunday, 14 May, is Mother's Day. I am often asked what parishes can do to celebrate this day, and other similar special causes and occasions, at Sunday Mass. The fact is that parishes are bombarded with material for special collections and causes on most Sundays of the year. While our Sunday worship cannot be divorced from daily life and the realities of the world, we cannot let special intentions - even Mother's Day - take over the liturgy - Elizabeth Harrington
8 May 2006

Plans for spiritual centre
Brisbane archdiocese has entered into a contract with the Cenacle Sisters to buy the Cenacle Retreat Centre at Ormiston, south of Brisbane, and to develop an Archdiocesan Spirituality Centre.
5 May 2006

No school will have funding frozen: ALP
No school will have its funding frozen under Labor's new education policy, Opposition Leader Kim Beazley says.
5 May 2006

Catholic archbishop says condoms can help fight AIDS
The Archbishop of Glasgow has joined the debate over the use of condoms in the battle against AIDS, saying that it is "common sense" to allow its use in certain situations if it could help prevent the spread of the virus.
5 May 2006

Priest's job "no threat" to separation of powers
The decision to give Adelaide archdiocese Vicar-General Msgr David Cappo a $100,000-a-year taxpayer-funded job was not a breach of the separation of powers between church and state, South Australian Premier Mike Rann insisted yesterday.
5 May 2006

East Timor Catholic leaders appeal for calm after riot
Church leaders in East Timor have called for calm as troops continue to patrol the tense streets of Dili in the wake of a riot by hundreds of dismissed soldiers and about a thousand of their supporters.
5 May 2006

Pope declares diplomatic war with China
Benedict XVI has expressed his "profound displeasure" at two unauthorised episcopal ordinations of Chinese priests and warns that such actions could jeopardise relations between Beijing and the Vatican.
5 May 2006

Feature - The joy of being a nun
The thrill of driving ambulances attracted Sr Jean Marie Andrews to the religious life 50 years ago. She no longer drives ambulances but is still enjoying the religious life. These days, Sr Jean Marie is archiving the history of her order - the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood - in Malaysia and Singapore. "Although serving God in the religious life is not a bed of roses," she says, "there were so many happy moments that compensated the difficulties one encounters."
5 May 2006

Opinion - The challenge of a multicultural Church
We see the reality of large numbers of Catholics from culturally diverse backgrounds experiencing isolation - forced to be living in ethnic enclaves - because they are not given the space and flexibility to be inserted into the mainstream church. The Church is required to ask, what has been considered in this respect? - Jose Zepeda
5 May 2006

Parishioner breaches court order not to go to Mass
A Catholic from Kununnurra in the Kimberley has been in court to face charges of breaching a misconduct restraining order sought by the parish after he repeatedly took his own wine to Mass and claimed it was "the blood of Christ".
4 May 2006

Packer eyes Melbourne priest's fundraiser racing paper
PBL's magazine division, Australian Consolidated Press, is considering bidding for Winning Post, a punter's weekly paper published by a Melbourne priest since the 1980s to raise money for Doxa, a charity for Victoria's underprivileged youth.
4 May 2006

Jesuit says Vatican condom concession would be nothing new
Ethicist Fr Bill Uren of Newman College at the University of Melbourne has said that the mooted Vatican "permission" for Catholics to use condoms to counter the HIV/AIDS epidemic is merely an application of the traditional "double effect" principle of Catholic moral theology.
4 May 2006

Pell says Catholics should read the Koran
Cardinal George Pell has said that it is vital to "read this sacred text of the Muslims, because the challenge of Islam will be with us for the remainder of our lives - at least".
4 May 2006

Pastoral associate calls finding miners alive "a miracle"
The pastoral associate of Beaconsfield parish in northern Tasmania, Sr Frances McShane, has said she believes that finding two miners alive in the local gold mine was the result of masses and prayers offered for them and their families from all over Australia.
4 May 2006

Vatican seeks to prevent second Chinese Govt-appointed bishop
The Holy See has made a final attempt to stop the ordination of a priest from the mainland China's Diocese of Anhui, with a personal message asking him to not submit himself to the ordination.
4 May 2006

Feature - Slave songs
Growing up in rural Zambia, Given Kachepa saw a future containing the possibility of a dollar a day job while avoiding the ever-present plagues of HIV and tuberculosis. Orphaned at age 11, Kachepa saw his faith as a way out of the hardships of his life. "I was excited," he said. "I will never forget the day that I received Jesus Christ." Kachepa thought his faith would lead him to a better life in the US. But his American dream soon turned into a nightmare - John Celock
4 May 2006

Opinion - Same-sex couples and adoption
I have always been a strong advocate of adoption. There was a time when I thought of starting an adoption agency because it seemed the perfect answer to two deep human yearnings: a child needs parents, parents want a child. What could be simpler? In fact few things can be more complicated, particularly when it comes to gay couples wanting to adopt a child - Jo McGowan
4 May 2006

New Vatican website to push interactivity
The Vatican is planning to launch a more interactive website later this year aimed at bringing together the faithful, according to an interview with Vatican webmaster Sr Judith Zoebelein.
3 May 2006

Scholars setting record straight on Mary Magdalene
Modern biblical scholars are trying to set straight centuries of erroneous Christian tradition regarding Mary Magdalene, and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is the least of their concerns.
3 May 2006

Thousands shelter in Catholic centres after East Timor riots
About 10,000 East Timorese civilians sought refuge at the Don Bosco Seminary of the Salesian missionaries in Dili while thousands more fled to a Carmelite convent, after the demonstration by ex-soldiers exploded into violence at the weekend.
3 May 2006

Chaplain urges fix for Alice Springs town camps
The Catholic chaplain who has been visiting the troubled Alice Springs town camps for three years has told the entourage of Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough that they do not provide a suitable environment to raise children.
3 May 2006

Pope worried that Church is making too many saints
Benedict XVI has written to the Congregation for Saints' Causes to express his concern over the number of candidates for sainthood and to call for a more rigorous selection process.
3 May 2006

Church welcomes Govt funding for adult stem cell research
The Federal Government's $22 million grant to Griffith University to establish a dedicated adult stem cell research centre is a "wonderful boost for cutting edge, ethical science", Bishop Eugene Hurley said.
3 May 2006

Feature - The season of letting go
It's that time of year again. As I drive down a tree-lined street, I'm captured by the beauty of the greens and yellows, the oranges and reds and I am drawn back to another time. It was a time when I was struggling with many changes in my life and I felt disillusioned, vulnerable and helpless. Each year for me the abundance of Autumn colours become a deep call to trust that each loss in my life holds the seeds of new life - Sr Yvonne Parker
3 May 2006

Opinion - A fragmented church in need of dialogue
There have always been tensions within the church. This is necessary and healthy. But I have the impression that it has reached a stage when we have an urgent obligation to heal these divisions. We usually think of this polarisation in terms of the dichotomy of left and right, progressive and conservative. But these categories suppose an opposition between tradition and innovation which is alien to Catholicism - Fr Timothy Radcliffe
3 May 2006

Archbishop blasts UEFA over anti-Catholic soccer chant
Glasgow Archbishop Mario Conti has criticised European football's governing body, UEFA, for its decision not to fine Rangers fans for anti-Catholic singing during the club's recent Champions League matches against Spanish club Villareal.
2 May 2006

Threat to memory of Redfern's Mum Shirl
Sydney City Council's plans to remove the Mum Shirl memorial seat outside Redfern's St Vincent's Church as part of the street upgrade have prompted complaints from parishioners and the Aboriginal Medical Service.
2 May 2006

Catholic activist challenges peace movement
A controversial Catholic anti-war activist due to stand trial in Ireland in July for damaging a US warplane has challenged the peace movement to take a stronger stand against the war in Iraq.
2 May 2006

Vatican spokesman reveals JP2 death media strategy
An expanded media accreditation office, round-the-clock press office services, a second press centre and video feeds were among the media plans made in 2000 in the event of John Paul II's death, a Vatican spokesman has revealed.
2 May 2006

Support for Adelaide Vicar General's new Govt role
A political analyst has backed the South Australian Government's decision to elevate the Adelaide archdiocese Vicar-General, Msgr David Cappo, to Commissioner for Social Inclusion.
2 May 2006

Brennan foreshadows lower minimum wage
Jesuit lawyer Frank Brennan yesterday told a conference of diocesan bank managers that the Federal Government's new Fair Pay Commission is confined by its legal mandate and would reduce the minimum wage in future if necessary.
2 May 2006

Feature - Discerning your vocation
Students who feel called to religious life could be alienated by their peers if they admitted to such thoughts openly. The recent airing of a reality TV show called God or the Girl has added testimony to this fact. Unfortunately, with the pressures of the world for success, young Catholics attempting to discern a vocation may put too much emphasis on making the "crucial decision" and too little on building their relationship with God - Fr James Hughes
2 May 2006

Opinion - Reclaiming the social justice agenda
Today, there is disillusionment with the use of the term "social justice". Individualism seems to have supplanted a sense of the common good. But to abandon the term (and its content) and to submit to taunts about "bleeding hearts" from some political quarters is to deny the fruits of a biblical prophetic tradition. In a globalised world, an understanding of social justice must not only be reclaimed, it should be expanded to include an understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on earth - Dr Noel Preston
2 May 2006

Church justifies tax exemption "windfall"
Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference secretary Brian Lucas has defended tax exemptions to churches following the publication of a new study that found churches and other non-profit organisations save more than $1 billion annually by paying less tax or none.
1 May 2006

Pell prepares for fight on gay adoption
Cardinal George Pell is preparing to present "sociological findings" on the benefits of raising children in a marriage to an inquiry into a NSW adoption legislation which bans gay and lesbian couples from adopting children.
1 May 2006

Cardinal Zen urges suspension of bishop Beijing ordained
The Bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, has asked mainland China's diocese of Kunming "to suspend the episcopal ordination of Fr Ma Yinglin, because he has not received approval from the Holy See".
1 May 2006

Pope hears advice from Cherie Blair
Cherie Blair, the wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, has told a Vatican conference that young people should be encouraged to listen to their consciences, rather than just a set of rules prescribed by the Church.
1 May 2006

St Joseph the Worker call to listen to threatened workers
Bishop Christopher Saunders, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, today issued a Pastoral Letter for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker.
1 May 2006

CSSA calls welfare payments plan offensive
Catholic Social Services Australia has said that Families and Community Services Minister Mal Brough's call for welfare payments to some parents to be controlled in order to provide for their children is offensive and shortsighted.
1 May 2006

Feature - Explaining the faith to an unbelieving world
The lay faithful are essential to the Church's evangelising mission in the world because they live out their Christian vocation on the threshold where the Church meets the unbelieving world. It is in the workplace, in the home, in the schoolyard and in the university tutorial, that you who are known to be Christians will be asked to explain the reason for your faith. But so often it happens that, just as the opportunity arises to explain our faith, we find ourselves ill-prepared for the task - Archbishop Denis Hart
1 May 2006

Opinion - The worst of all options against Iran
The investigative reporter Seymour Hersh broke the story about US plans for a preventative attack against Iran just as the Iran's President announced that his country had succeeded in enriching uranium. But military action is the worst possible alternative, especially if it involves the use of tactical nuclear weapons. Such a bombing campaign could kill millions of people and would not remove the nuclear threat. If there is a danger of a bomb in the hands of terrorists, it would come from Pakistan, a proven proliferator.
1 May 2006