February 3rd 2007

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Is Malcolm Turnbull out of his depth?

EDITORIAL: Are we in for another interest rate hike?

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Why Howard Government could fall this year

THE ECONOMY: Qantas takeover bid - leave it to the market?

WORKPLACE RELATIONS: New laws exploit vulnerable employees

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Sheik's outburst - more than once is enough!

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: When truth is no defence

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Invisible premier / Victoria Agonistes / From log-rolling to White House / Another conspiracy? / Russian roulette / Media watch

SRI LANKA: Who are the terrorists in Sri Lanka?

CUBA: Mass-murderer Fidel Castro to die unpunished

EAST TIMOR: Alkatiri's right-hand man tried in East Timor

SCIENCE: Cull the human race - Australian scientist

No such thing as 'private' morality (letter)

Messiah status for Labor leaders (letter)

Major doctrinal errors in Nativity film (letter)

Word engineering (letter)


BOOKS: JACKA VC: Australian hero, by Robert Macklin

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Major doctrinal errors in Nativity film (letter)

by Mary Lou Corboy

News Weekly, February 3, 2007


I wish to comment on Damian Wyld's film review, "Faithful re-telling of the Christmas story" (News Weekly, January 20, 2007).

Mr Wyld heaps great praise on the film The Nativity Story, from its choice of cast to its care in matching the terrain and climate of the time. At last, his review eventually touches on a "few minor errors", including that mother and child cry in pain at birth.

According to Catholic Church doctrine, the Blessed Virgin Mary was immaculately conceived without the stain of original sin. As such, she was not subject to the penalties of sin and therefore would not have experienced pain in childbirth which was one of the punishments of the Fall.

To accept otherwise is to deny one of the most profound doctrines of the Catholic faith.

God help our children if parents have to resort to films depicting "major errors" in Catholic doctrine as teaching tools.

Mrs Mary Lou Corboy,
Glenrowan, Vic.

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