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The Southern Cross : March 2012
www.thesoutherncross.org.au Page 2 March 2012 INSIDE 13 Editorial/Opinion 17-21 Schools 22 Crossword 22-23 Obituaries 24 Public notices 25 Mass times The Southern Cross Kath and Ron Konopka celebrate their 60th anniversary, page 6. Mgr David Cappo on the future of the Church in Australia, page 8. The Southern Cross As a condition of every contract of publication, the Publisher may in its absolute discretion at any time before publication and without assigning any reason, refuse to accept for publication or to publish any copy or other material whatever submitted to it for publication. If any copy is refused by the Publisher, any payment made will be refunded to the customer who will have no other claim of any nature whatever against the Publisher. Produced by Solstice Media Ltd., Suite 4, Cinema Place, Adelaide, SA 5000 (off Vaughan Pl). Printed by Lane Print Group for the publisher on recyclable paper. ABN 63105598187 The official publication of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide 39 Wakefield Street, Adelaide SA 5000 | GPO Box 1468, Adelaide SA 5001 Editor: Jenny Brinkworth T: (08) 8210 8117 Senior Journalist: Rebecca DiGirolamo T: (08) 8210 8154 (Mon-Wed) Production Supervisor: Rosie McMutrie T: (08) 8210 8160 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising: Alice Jordan T: (08) 8224 1612 | E: email@example.com Print Post Approved P530028/0064 Journey of love One of the Vatican's most senior media advisors, Monsignor Paul Tighe, will be the keynote speaker at the Australian Catholic Media Congress 2012 being held in Sydney from April 30 to May 2. Irish-born Mgr Tighe is Secretary to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. He worked as the Director of Communications in the Archdiocese of Dublin prior to his Vatican role, where he focuses on developing new media strategies and also with liaising between the Vatican and the international media. "Communication of the Gospel must be at heart of the ministry of a priest and I am pleased to be asked to work in the Council that has a mandate to harness the potential ofthemedia--newandold--asameansof evangelisation," Mgr Paul said. "I am equally pleased to be speaking on this vital area in the mission of the Church at the ACMC in Sydney." Bishop Peter Ingham, Chair of the Australian Catholic Media Council, said the theme of the Congress was Communicating the Word: Timeless Messages, New Media. "In addition to Mgr Tighe, we have some wonderful Australian presenters including former Young Australian of the Year and Filmmaker Khoa Do; Social Commentator and Women's Advocate Melinda Tankard Reist. We will also have musical performances by Fr Rob Galea and Simon Hyland and a dinner address by the CEO of FreeTV Australia Julie Flynn," he said. Bishop Ingham said the congress would draw together media professionals, educators and Church personnel in a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for professional development and formation". Registration is online at www. communicatingthewordACMC2012.com. The 2008 National Apology to the Stolen Generations, delivered four years ago, was a great achievement but it showed us how much work is still to be done, say three noted writers on issues affecting Indigenous people. The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council has issued the essays to mark the anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations on February 13. The paper's title is Take Off Your Shoes, Walk on the Ground: The journey towards reconciliation in Australia. Indigenous academic Lyn Henderson-Yates describes the Apology as 'our finest hour', but reminds us that it has to 'go beyond politics and be claimed by all Australians'. 'We need to heal the hearts and minds of all Australians so that we can enter a new phase of respect and shared understandings. Not to do so means we will continue to practice our divisions ... and we will continue to have groups of people living lives of trauma, poverty and sorrow. Can we live with that?' Brian McCoy SJ cites a phrase used by Aboriginal desert people. 'It is translated simply as: let us be strong together. Let us be strong in listening to our past and finding common paths that we can share together'. Melissa Brickell says that the Apology was never expected to resolve all the problems faced by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 'But the full effect of the Apology is still to be experienced. So the pressure still exists by the people for a government to fully realise justice for Stolen Generations peoples.' Take Off Your Shoes, Walk on the Ground: The journey towards reconciliation in Australia. (Catholic Social Justice Series No. 71) is available for $6.60 plus postage from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, 24--32 O'Riordan St, Alexandria 2015. Tel: (02) 8306 3499; Fax (02) 8306 3498; Email admin@ acsjc.org.au. After the Apology Media converge