The Southern Cross : April 2011
April 2011 Page 11 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross opinion | FEEDBACK The Southern Cross Hearing all voices New Missal It is great that clergy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide have been attending workshops to prepare for the introduction of the new translation of the Missal. Many dioceses around the country are organising workshops for the laity as well, using the opportunity to teach people about the theology of worship as well as introducing the changes of the words in our celebration of the Eucharist. When will we be seeing such workshops for lay people in the Adelaide Archdiocese? Nigel Mitchell Email address provided Beginning in April, meetings will be held in each Deanery throughout the Archdiocese of Adelaide, with key parish and school personnel. The aim of these days is to share the changes with these people, inform them of the specific changes, allow them to experience the changes and educate them on their roles moving forward. Following these meetings, these key personnel will then be able to educate the wider community in parishes and schools about the changes. Workshops for musicians have already begun. Resources will be made available to parishes and schools on the changes. Keep an eye on The Southern Cross for further information for our continuing series of articles by the Office for Workshop, including this month's topic Penintential Act. -- Editor Role models I much admired the new look Southern Cross, but had some problems with the article about Jane Kittel, the new managing director of BankSA. I admire and congratulate women who can reach the top in any field especially positions dominated by men. Jane Kittel is a good role model for young women to strive for, however I wondered at the wisdom of holding up her apparent current Catholic orientation. When so many young people drift away from the Church after an ideal Catholic education, I'm not sure that her infrequent churchgoing is much of an example. In our parish I could hold up for example one young women of similar age who struggles to bring her three young children to 8.30am Mass often without her husband because of his involvement with the army. Of course she would not thank me for putting her on a pedestal, but I would hope that The Southern Cross could find ways to promote examples of families quietly getting on with the job of bringing their children to Mass. I know that children when they mature tend to lose interest in the Church but I hope that good parental example, a deep practical instruction and love of the faith will see many stay or even return later when the pressure of education and a career starts to level out. Leon Holmes Mt Pleasant Sometimes I think the Catholic Church is a lot like the AFL, at least from a marketing perspective. Instead of clubs as our stakeholders, the Church has parishes; both have loyal supporters who go to every game or Mass as well as those who just go to big matches and finals (think Easter and Christmas); and while the Church might not have a product that attracts lucrative TV deals, it does have a big selling point in baptisms, weddings and funerals. Like many clubs, the parishes are in desperate need of new participants and are keen to attract a younger audience. Just as the clubs have to compete with television and other sports, the parishes are hampered by busy, hedonistic lifestyles and dissatisfaction with the Church as an institution. The diminishing number of priests can be compared to the ongoing need for more umpires despite the prospect of constant public sledging (some deserved and some not). Telling a Catholic teenager they should become a priest is roughly on a par to advising an aspiring AFL player to take up umpiring! Both Church and AFL have been rocked by scandal in recent years and both are hierarchical in structure with clubs and parishes not always 'in sync' with the powers that be. But football also has its heroes and great role models such as Jim Stynes and Jason McCartney while the Catholic Church in Australia has St Mary of the Cross MacKillop as its shining light. So with all these common elements perhaps the two entities have something to learn from each other. The Church would do well to reach out to a broader audience through modern communication channels such as mass media and the internet (perhaps a left-footers' dream team?). There has even been a controversial suggestion that the Church should use a Good Friday AFL clash to promote the Easter message in a similar way that the Anzac Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon has helped strengthen the Anzac spirit. On the other hand, footballers could certainly benefit from a greater focus on good morals and Andrew Demetriou could donate some of his salary to charity as well as pray that his SACA brethren see the light. The Church is an institution full of history, passion, ritual and emotion. It may be subject to human flaws but it also represents the very best of humanity. What we must do as a Church is to make sure we don't take it all for granted or dwell on the negatives. Just as the AFL strives to develop its national competition without forgetting its roots, so the Church must make every endeavour to reach out to all Catholics to ensure future generations will experience the same deep peace and joy that comes from our faith in God. Some of the public discussions that are taking place currently around people's rights, responsibilities and safety, at first glance seem confusing. When the topic of the proposed closing of the city hotels at 4am surfaced, I wondered about the voices that would be heard, and which ones would be the loudest. Social change proposals can cause people to quickly consider what they stand to lose as a result. It is human nature to think this way, and to strive to protect something we think is important to us. One of the most important things we value is our right to choose. Fortunately, in our country, we get to choose the big things. Whether it is, for example, freedom of speech, religion or sexuality, we thrive in the expression of these rights. When it comes to having what we would consider a minor right, that of being able to drink alcohol all night in public venues taken away from us, the result becomes a social experiment. A number of groups strive to protect what they think they may lose. What impact does their loss have on them, with three hours less drinking time? Then there are those who are asking to be protected. What is their loss if the hotels stay open? There is a quieter voice, the sound of which can easily be muffled by the noise of the public discourse, and that is the voice of values. People may be expressing their rights at these times, but what are the values that could be informing this discussion? There is the value of human dignity, which reflects the disappointment of the thought of people degrading themselves in the early hours of the morning. The value of the common good, where an unselfish decision is made for the good of the whole community, is surely worth consideration. What about protecting those who are vulnerable, from the acceptance that destructive excess is a valid form of entertainment? I struggle to comprehend how the thought of not being able to stay in public venues drinking all night, can cause such an outrage expressed in terms of loss of rights. Hearing some politicians trying to score points out of this, by demanding more police protection, instead of making demands on the revellers to socialise with restraint, is disappointing. The discussion causes us to hesitate, because we pride ourselves on being a country where rights are sacrosanct. But when unpacked, the issue is simple. People are making money in the name of freedom of choice, whilst those impacted upon have no choice. Leaders are generally worried about enforcing community standards, when it might cause a backlash at the polls. Meanwhile, people have been encouraged, within this environment, to act according to their social urges, all in the name of harmless fun. I hope those who have decided to be the voice for social restraint, continue to speak loudly and with authority, and that decision makers hear all the voices. We need it. Pauline Connelly The main game Jenny Brinkworth MIXED BLESSINGS: Fr Anthony Kain and Mgr Bob Rice show their true colours.