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Edition 127 / August 2013
Mark Collett (back),
Tom Baxter and Bronte
in ASPIRE; see page 5.
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"Our people, our stories"
On the morning I wrote this column, I checked a news site
which listed the stories of the day. The first two items were:
Royal baby named George Alexander Louis
Baby among dead in asylum boat tragedy
I was struck by the juxtaposition, and the implied order
of importance. Young Prince George has been born into
a life where security and stability are almost guaranteed.
Still, however, many newborns can only anticipate lives of
uncertainty, poverty and poor health -- because they are born
into the developing world, born to parents ill equipped to care
for them, born in places where life is fragile.
One way that we can address this sad reality is through our
democratic right and obligation to vote. At the time of writing,
the election date has not been set but the Australian Catholic
Bishops have issued a statement suggesting issues to consider
when choosing how to vote. It invokes the ten principles
of Catholic social teaching. Read an edited version of the
statement on page 15, and to learn more about Catholic social
teaching, turn to Sr Suzette Clarke's exposition on page 14.
The July edition of Aurora made quite an impact, especially the
black and white cover image of a thoughtful Bishop Bill Wright.
Pip Atkinson, editor of The Tasmanian Catholic, wrote, "Finding
the right 'note' to express a commentary about the Special
Inquiry was always going to be a difficult task and I think the
cover image of Bishop Wright was particularly striking and
appropriate for your message."
Internationally renowned writer John Marsden weighed in too,
writing, "I thought the apology from the Bishop was timely, well-
worded, and may go a long way towards helping people."
Lynn Lane of Morpeth wrote in response to Bishop Geoffrey
Robinson's opinion piece, "We can only hope and pray that
suggestions for change within the Church, outlined in Geoffrey
Robinson's book For Christ's Sake, will one day be made.
Thank you so much for not shying away from the topic in
Grief Awareness Week falls in August and while grief knows no
season, I urge you to read Seasons for Growth Co-ordinator
Benita Tait's wise words on page 20, and also a beautiful
reflection from Brian Doyle on page 16. If you are mourning the
loss of someone dear, you may find it helpful to reflect on all
that you miss most. Like Brian, you may be moved to put pen
One of the participants in our Facebook Fast mused, "Since
the Fast I have noticed I'm not on it as much, still first thing in
the morning, but that's about all -- maybe it's past its 'use by
date'?" However, while participants spoke positively about
abstaining for two weeks, one reminded us, "In our world with
people scattered around the country and overseas, Facebook
helps us stay connected." In the end, what the Church is about
is keeping us connected -- really connected -- so I guess there's
a place for Facebook and for face to face encounters.
TRACEY EDSTEIN -- Editor
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