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By Diogenes (articles) | Nov 23, 2007

Progressive Australian Catholics gathered in Melbourne this week to deplore the shortage of priests:

"We are not dissidents. We want to support the bishops," Mr [Paul] Collins said. "We think about 28 of the 42 Australian bishops are pastoral bishops. They are concerned that many Catholics, especially in rural dioceses, are being deprived of the Mass, sacraments and local leadership."

From the same article we learn that Collins was formerly a priest himself. I suggest his anxieties regarding Catholics "deprived of the Mass" is best understood with that fact in mind.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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  • Posted by: - Nov. 28, 2009 7:56 AM ET USA

    I see this played out in a very real way at the college where I work. About the only event that we seem to get real student participation in is "sexual awareness day" - which really isn't about sexual awareness but is more about "orgasm awareness" and about the importance of using condoms, masturbatory aids and the wonders of gay sex. If only Christians had the courage to use "sexual awarenenss day" to speak the real truth, both good and bad, about sex: That would be a true sexual awareness day.