MAY 23, 2010, Vol 60, No10

I WAS DISAPPOINTED to read several letters published by CatholicNews attacking Mary Gordon for her article “Why I stay: A parable from a progressive Catholic” (CN, Apr 25, 2010), where she advocated the need for Church reforms in the wake of the ongoing scandals involving sex abuse of children by priests.

These letters predictably took the route of any criticism of the Church is a criticism of Christ and therefore cannot be allowed. The strident and intolerant tone in the letter “Progressive Catholics should GO” (CN, May 9, 2010) by Edmund Leong is extremely disturbing.
I REFER TO the article “Church must decide on decorum at Mass” (CN, May 9, 2010). The church dress code is not confined to Sunday Mass, but whenever we are in church. This has always been emphasised by the Church, priests in their homilies, Catholic News articles, and parish bulletins.

For example, the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish bulletin (Jun 8, 2008) stated the following:
I AM A retired organist. During Lent and Easter, I visited some parishes and I question the choice of music used for Mass.

I have attended various workshops conducted by the Liturgical Music Committee under the Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission and what is taught there is not followed by a number of parishes. Don’t parish choir masters know the following:
I REFER TO the article “Church must decide on decorum at Mass” (CN, May 9, 2010). The church dress code is not confined to Sunday Mass, but whenever we are in church. This has always been emphasised by the Church, priests in their homilies, Catholic News articles, and parish bulletins.

For example, the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish bulletin (Jun 8, 2008) stated the following:

• Put on proper attire when you come for Mass or visit Our Lord in the Adoration Room.
THE INTERNET HAS changed how information is made available to the masses. Online information is easily searchable, and much more readily accessible. While the Internet and new media have brought enormous benefits to everyone, it has also resulted in new dangers for a vulnerable section of society – minors.

Parents are rightly concerned about adult predators who interact with children online in order to have sexually explicit conversations with them, exchange sexually explicit pictures, or meet in person for actual sex. But there is another online problem that is affecting many more children – exposure to mostly hardcore ‘adult’ pornography.