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The Southern Cross : March 2012
GPYR MDFT3784_TSC/R If you have a sense of adventure, enjoy keeping fit and like the idea of developing lasting friendships, then take up this opportunity today. Right now we need Chaplains to provide spiritual ministry and pastoral support, both full-time and part-time. It's a role that will see you providing vital support to all members of the Australian Defence Force. To find out more email email@example.com TO APPLY CALL 13 19 01 OR VISIT DEFENCEJOBS.GOV.AU The Southern Cross | feature Page 8 March 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au After 12 years serving the Archdiocese of Adelaide as Vicar General, Monsignor David Cappo AO reflects on the future of the Church in Australia. What is the future of the Church? A remnant on the sidelines of society or a vibrant people of God engaged in life and the community? Australia continues to grow as a secular society. Secularism seems to be deep in the Australian psyche. Active affiliation with a religious denomination continues to decline across most if not all Christian Churches. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the vast majority of the youth of Australia see no need to be connected to a life of faith. Many would view religion as an outdated oddity full of prejudices, meanness and foolishness. The sex abuse scandals have so discredited the Churches that for many people, religion and sex abuse have become synonymous. And there is a significant group of people (and some young people) who still have some connection with a Church, albeit a tenuous connection, mixed with frustration and a heavy hearted loyalty as they see the Churches continually 'getting it wrong'. So are we at the end game of religion and institutions of religion as we know them in Australia? My answer to that is a definite no! A lot can be done to address this situation. Butwehavetodoalotmoretoget our act together if we want to become relevant and have meaning and purpose in the lives of a lot more Australians. The decline has set in, but it can still be reversed. How? My answers to this question come from my experience particularly over the past 12 years as Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Adelaide. A focus on two key areas would be a great start. I believe our future as a Church lays in our ability to properly engage firstly Dialogue essential: Cappo Photo: Nat Rogers