NZ CATHOLIC PRESS
All I can report is that there is a possibility stories from 'Wel-com' *might* start being published on its Web site, perhaps from the November issue; and that the next scheduled issue of Father Paul Shannahan's evangelisation magazine 'EV 2000' might likewise appear on its site.
NEWS OF THE GREAT JUBILEE
Our Jubilee News page has links to preliminary reports about three 'Jubilees within the Jubilee' coming up soon: the Jubilees of bishops (Oct. 6-8); of Families (Oct. 14-15); and of Catholic converts (Nov.9).
The Jubilee of Converts is being organized by a body called 'The Path to Rome' which also happens to be the title of a book by Dwight Longenecker. It's a collection of personal testimonies by converts about their individual "Path to Rome". They include former Anglican bishops, a vicar's wife, a woman Salvation Army officer, former Anglo-Catholics, Plymouth Brethren, an American fundamentalist, and members of the Church of Scotland, American Presbyterian and Evangelical Anglican Churches and the New Age movement. The author has published an essay on the Internet - at: http://www.christendom-awake.org/pages/dlongene/introptr.html - which is partly a promotion for the book, but mostly it's a fascinating discussion of the benefits which converts of Evangelical background bring to the Catholic Church and about new possibilities for cooperation between Evangelical Christians and Catholics.
(Vacancies in New Zealand Catholic schools are advertised in the Education Gazette: http://www.edgazette.govt.nz/vacancies )
Youth Horizons Trust / Te Whare Tumanako employs Auckland-based couples to take disturbed adolescents into their homes and help the young people find their path in life. Details in 'NZ Catholic' Sept 24 p.23 or phone Reona Jarvis 09 529 1577.
Chief Executive Officer, World Vision New Zealand Ltd., Auckland http://www.worldvision.org.nz Details from Stephanie Joyce, tel. 09 3560 752; p. 23 of 'NZC' Sept 10 2000 Applications close: 10 October 2000
Manager, Taulua Press, Tonga (a joint enterprise of the Methodist and Catholic churches) Details from: p. 23 of 'NZC' Sept. 24 2000 (Closing date not given)
4 November -
'Celebrate Jesus 2000' http://www.celebratejesus2000.org.nz WestpacTrust Stadium, Wellington 4.30 pm - 6.30 pm Combined Churches' afternoon celebration of Christ's birth with a 600 strong choir and full orchestra
Hearts Aflame Catholic Summer Camp 29 Dec 2000 to 7 Jan 2001 Place: Sacred Heart College, Auckland Cost: $375 (there is a discount if paid before 17 Nov of $365) Brochures will be out very soon. Web site: http://www.catholic.org/newzealand/heartsaflame
FROM THE NZ SECULAR PRESS
(You can open links to world news of religion in the secular press on the bishops' News page at: http://www.catholic.org/newzealand/cathcom/news/frnews.html )
WARNING: The film 'The Exorcist', probably due for re-release here at the end of the year, is very definitely a movie only for the strongest of stomachs, as this review makes abundantly clear. I have included this link and extract from a review in the Herald only because there's nothing else to report this week and because the changes to the original film are significant from the Catholic point of view.
"Exorcist" given extra twist"
NZ Herald 26.09.2000
Warner Brothers' new version of 'The Exorcist' contains scenes originally cut by (the Director, William) Friedkin, who had a private battle raging with William Peter Blatty, the author of the novel on which the film was based ... Apparently Blatty, a devout Catholic, wanted to impart a clear message of good prevailing over evil with theological overtones. Friedkin wanted viewers to reach their own conclusions ... One of the added scenes, in which the younger priest asks the older priest why Satan would harm an innocent little girl, Blatty considered pivotal and fought in vain to keep in the final cut. The older priest replies that Satan has only one purpose: "The point is to see ourselves as animal and ugly ... to reject the possibility that God could love us." .......
Until next week, God bless.
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