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Ordinary Magisterium

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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

It is interesting someone of the status of John Young should assert that Vatican II taught infallibly on a number of questions through the ordinary Magisterium (May AD2000).

The separation of doctrine from dogma is one which many fail to appreciate, and he has shown clearly how quotations from Pope Paul VI and Cardinal Ratzinger were mistakenly used to deny infallibility to Vatican II.

Mr Young apparently accepts that Pope John XXIII in his opening address (Abbot, page 712) declared that 'there will be no infallible definitions.' This is not in my Abbot (1966, Guild Press), nor is it in any of the many translations to be found on the web - all seemingly the same as Abbot's.

Further, regarding Abbot's version of the Vatican II documents, Msgr E. Kevane wrote: 'In opening the Council, Pope John XXIII stated: 'the greatest concern of the Ecumenical Council' was that 'this certain and unchangeable doctrine, to which the obedience of Faith must be given, be studied thoroughly and explained in the way for which our times are calling ... but nevertheless with the same meaning and the same sense'.'

These words, he says, were 'incredibly falsified' in the Abbot- Gallagher translation of the Vatican II documents to, that this doctrine is to be 'studied and expounded through the methods of research and through literary forms of modern thought, ...' (Msgr E Kevane, Creed and Catechetics, 1978, p. 279).

On the other hand, Msgr Kevane wrote of the Flannery translation (page 288): 'It is a work of scholarship which puts an end to the transitory phase represented by the incompetent and biased Abbot-Gallagher.'

To be of the 'greatest concern' is no change of doctrine.

Mr Young states that the term 'infallible definitions' is 'not rightly used of teachings by the ordinary Magisterium.'

This is not supported by EWTN's Dr David Gregson (8 November 2003) who said, 'Doctrines are set forth as infallible by the Magisterium (the Pope, and the College of Bishops in communion with the Pope) in three ways: a) by the Supreme Pontiff speaking ex cathedra, b) by the College of Bishops gathered in an ecumenical council, c) by the universal and ordinary Magisterium. Catholics are bound to believe also doctrines definitively proposed by the Magisterium, not as divinely revealed, but as logically or historically connected with doctrines divinely revealed. Doctrines definitively proposed are also irreformable and set forth infallibly in the same three ways.'

Humanae Vitae, for example, is an infallible, definitively proposed doctrine of the Pope's ordinary Magisterium.

Springwood, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 5 (June 2008), p. 15

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