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 Contents - Jun 2008AD2000 June 2008 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Man-made climate change: a moral issue - Michael Gilchrist
Education: Pope: Catholic education must uphold Church teachings - Pope Benedict XVI
News: The Church Around the World
Human Rights: China: Olympic rings - or shackles? - Babette Francis
Jury still out on global warming - Cardinal George Pell
Christianity 'lite' with all the hard parts unmentioned: a spiritual dead-end - Alan Roebuck
FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH: Reasons for believing in God - Frank Mobbs
Climate Debate: Man-made climate change is a reality - Dr Alex Gardner
Climate Debate: Man-made climate change: politics not science - Peter Finlayson
Letters: Climate change - J. Holder
Letters: Sceptical - Bernard Hoey
Letters: Scandal - Don Gaffney
Letters: Contraception - Tim Coyle
Letters: Baptism formula - Franklin J. Wood
Letters: Adoptions - Tom King
Letters: Abortion and Martin Luther King - Brian Harris
Letters: Ordinary Magisterium - Peter D. Howard
Letters: Infallible? - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Priests needed in Ballarat - Jenny Bruty
Books: RATZINGER'S FAITH: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI, by Tracey Rowland - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: FR WERENFRIED: A Life, by Joanna Bogle - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Letters: FEMINISM V. MANKIND: Selected Essays - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD2000 Books
Reflection: Benedict XVI on the mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ - Pope Benedict XVI

May I thank George Simpson for his balanced view on a problem endemic in the Church today. His last paragraph reminds one irresistibly of Napoleon's threat to Cardinal Consalvi, 'You realise that I can destroy your church'. And the reply, 'I doubt that very much, M'sieur. We priests haven't managed it in 1800 years.'

As regards Cardinal Levada's failure to confirm Catholic doctrine regarding the impossibility of women priests, whether due to his own decision or to deliberate bureaucratic strangulation, there is no Catholic option but to keep fighting to break through.

There is of course a happier possibility, namely that Bishop Morris of Toowoomba will himself openly confess his error after being reminded of the immutability of Catholic doctrine by being called to Rome and by an envoy from Rome, Archbishop Chaput.

That would be eminently the best way to repair the scandal Bishop Morris has given, not only to his flock and his priests, but to Australia in general.

Tarragindi, Qld

(Update: On May 30, 2008, Cardinal Levada has published L'Osservatore Romano a decree with immediate effect that anyone attempting to confer ordination on a woman, or any woman who attempts to receive Holy Orders, automatically incurs latae sententiae excommunication reserved to the Holy See.)

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 5 (June 2008), p. 14

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