January 20th 2007

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Bushfire crisis: a state of denial

AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION: High Court strikes blow against states' rights

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kevin Rudd - a more formidable Opposition leader?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Government's challenges over AWB-Iraq saga

QUARANTINE: Government to permit NZ apples into Australia

SCHOOLS: Trojan horse in Classical Studies curriculum

STRAWS IN THE WIND: South Pacific blues / Diamonds are an African's worst friend / Modern Madama Melbas / Putin's gambit / The Balibo Five and all that

FILM CLASSIFICATION: Australia's pornography industry suffers setback

ABORTION: Suffering in silence no more

CINEMA: Faithful re-telling of the Christmas story

Pope's back-flip on Turkey (letter)

Lack of Darfur coverage (letter)

Discarding safeguards to pursue human cloning (letter)

BOOKS: GENOCIDE: A History, by William D. Rubinstein


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Pope's back-flip on Turkey (letter)

by Philip Ayres

News Weekly, January 20, 2007

The Pope's back-flip on the question of Turkey's admission to the EU will be disappointing to his many admirers, among whom I number myself.

It looks very much like a case of a man who was strong in his views while more-or-less behind the scenes but who has now allowed himself to be weakened by the limelight, and it's doubly sad because it's unlikely to make him many friends among Turkey's Muslims.

The divide between Christianity and Islam is absolutely unbridgeable, whereas the divide between Catholicism and Orthodoxy is at least conceivably bridgeable, and what an achievement it would be if this Pope could bring about an end to that thousand-year-old, greatest-ever schism. That would make him one of the two or three greatest popes ever.

Philip Ayres,
Glen Iris, Vic.

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