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Vatican II

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 Contents - Jul 2008AD2000 July 2008 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Significance of World Youth Day 2008 - Michael Gilchrist
Liturgy: Archbishop Coleridge calls for an end to liturgical experimentation - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Abortion: A false concept of moral equivalence - Babette Francis
Selective tolerance: Queensland University Student Union censures Catholic student group - Allison Atkins
WORLD YOUTH DAY 2008: Juventutem Australia: young people devoted to the traditional liturgy - Alice Woolven
WORLD YOUTH DAY 2008: Authentic Catholicism: a fertile ground for vocations to flourish - Fr Anthony Denton
FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH: Jesus: how do we know he was God? - Br Barry Coldrey CFC
Religious faith and the power of music and song - Andrw Kania
Liturgy: Why Paul VI saw liturgical abuses as the 'smoke of Satan' - Cardinal Virgilio Noe
WORLD YOUTH DAY: Turin Shroud display in Melbourne to coincide with World Youth Day - Max Crockett
Letters: Anne Lastman's Remarkable book 'Redeeming Grief' - Fr Raymond Wells
Letters: Culture of life - Fr Bernard McGrath
Letters: Vatican II - John Schmid
Letters: Buddha in church in South Brisbane - Richard Stokes
Letters: Climate concerns - Dr Brian E. Lloyd
Books: Cardinal Pell's new Mass Book - This Is The Mass
Books: TURMOIL AND TRUTH, by Philip Trower - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: SERMONS PREACHED ON VARIOUS OCCASIONS, by John Henry Newman - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD2000 Books
Reflection: The Real Presence: 'an essential element of the deposit of faith' - Bishop Arthur Serratelli

The recent debate in AD2000 on the Church's infallible teaching and Vatican II may well be confusing to some readers.

John Young, Peter Howard and Frank Mobbs have all made different contributions.

I believe that the Magisterium should be the reference point for this issue. It gave a clear answer to the Dubium on the teaching on the impossibility of the Church ordaining women as priests, so no-one can now be unsure as to whether Ordinatio Sacerdotalis is an infallible teaching.

If the Magisterium is unsure as to the status of teaching in Vatican II, then our three correspondents are unlikely to come up with authoritative answers either.

However, I am certain the Magisterium, as in the Dubium on Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, does know the answers, even if they are not always clearly stated. Perhaps another answer to a another Dubium is needed. The Magisterium should not have to rely on the laity to determine the status of its teachings.

Of course this does not rule out clarifications of teachings by doctors of the church and orthodox theologians which can prove helpful.

Boronia, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 6 (July 2008), p. 15

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