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Third Rite in Toowoomba (letter)

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 Contents - Mar 2001AD2000 March 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: ACU theology: prompt action needed - Peter Westmore
New cardinals to continue John Paul II's agenda - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
Seminary numbers up in orthodox US dioceses - Michael S. Rose
How Archbishop Pell will implement Statement on Women in the Church
Elizabeth Anscombe, R.I.P. - Robert P. George
ACU theology: how orthodox, how accountable? - Michael Gilchrist
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter ordinations
How monastic life can reinvigorate the Church - Fr Peter Knowles OP
Cardinal Ratzinger on 'Third Secret' of Fatima
What we must teach our children: Archbishop Chaput - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
New Catholic radio program to start in WA
The surprise Cardinal: Fr Avery Dulles SJ - Zenit News Service
Letters: Euthanasia in S.A. (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Science and Christianity (letter) - Scot Chaston
Letters: Enneagram workshop (letter) - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Church doctrine? (letter) - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Anti-Catholicism (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Old liturgical books (letter) - Frank Carleton
Letters: Latin (letter) - Karmenu Attard
Letters: Supernatural order (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Misguided compassion (letter)
Letters: G.K. Chesterton (letter) - Nancy McKelson
Letters: EWTN tapes (letter) - John Lovegrove
Letters: Vocations and orthodoxy (letter) - John Schmid
Letters: Third Rite in Toowoomba (letter) - Mark Power
Letters: Poem to Our Lady - Marion Craig
Letters: Appeal from India (letter) - Kevin L. Fernandes
Letters: Catholic education (letter) - Daniel Bryce
Letters: Boredom? (letter) - Josephine Landsberg
Books: Come To The Father: An Invitation to Share the Catholic Faith, Aidan Nichols OP - Christopher Quinn (reviewer)
Books: Streams of Living Water: Autobiography of a Charismatic Leader - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: Why the hopes of the Council Fathers of Vatican II are yet to be realised - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Why I Am A Priest: Thirty Success Stories, ed. Boadt, Hunt - Katie Lindorff (reviewer)
Books: The Pange Lingua Hymnal, compiled by Paul Newton - Fr Gregory Pritchard PP (reviewer)
Reflection: Liturgy in the true spirit of Vatican II - Ralph McInerny

The Third Rite of Reconciliation - together with General Absolution - was again celebrated throughout the Toowoomba Diocese in Queensland during Advent 2000, with the explicit approval of Bishop Morris.

Bishop Morris provided the following explanation in January 2001, repeating his original guidelines issued in February 1999:

"Some of the more pastorally sensitive issues that have made the celebration of General Absolution a necessity in some contexts, can be taken into consideration when decisions are made. Such issues can, in many cases, be rightly judged to be causes which excuse a less than strict adherence to the law because of situations which present moral and physical impossibility.

"In this rural diocese, for example, the difficulty many people experience in maintaining anonymity without having to travel excessive distances, or the breakdown in relationships that prevent a person feeling able to approach a particular priest in a one to one situation may be real grounds for claiming moral and physical impossibility. Negative experiences of the confessional and even the reality of physical and sexual abuse, may also need to be taken into account when decisions about the use of this rite are made."

Whatever might be said about these grounds, most, if not all, Australian dioceses have officially ceased this practice, following instructions from the Holy See.

MARK POWER
Toowoomba, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 2 (March 2001), p. 13

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