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Scripture truth (letter)

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 Contents - May 2001AD2000 May 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: A crucial appointment to Sydney - Michael Gilchrist
Vatican signals continuation of reform process - AD2000 Report
AD2000 Online - Michael Gilchrist
'Systematic instruction in the faith' program to be launched in July - Bishop Luc Matthys
News: The Church Around the World
The Church in Germany: John Paul II expresses serious concerns - Catholic World News
New WA Catholic schools document stresses orthodoxy
US professor defends papal teaching on universities - Charles E. Rice
Why John Henry Newman converted to Catholicism - Michael Davies
A Melbourne artist's labour of love - Michael Gilchrist
Letters: Different Church (letter) - Frank Smith
Letters: Vocation question (letter) - Msgr Richard Schuler PP
Letters: Racism (letter) - Helen Daniel
Letters: Sydney appointment (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Paul Collins (letter) - Arnold Jago (Dr)
Letters: Vatican II ambiguities (1) (letter) - George F. Simpson
Letters: Vatican II ambiguities (2) (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Eucharistic Congress (letter) - Basil Lane
Letters: Elizabeth Anscombe (letter) - Edward Clarke
Letters: 'Courage' (letter) - John Dodwell
Letters: Objectionable cover (letter) - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Altar? (letter) - D.I. Davies
Letters: Destruction (letter) - John D. Pratt
Letters: Queensland Bishops (letter) - Dr Tim Coyle
Letters: African reader (letter) - Fr Stephen B. Muchemwa
Letters: Scripture truth (letter) - Mary Beaumont
Letters: Enlightening book (letter) - Br Con Moloney CFC
Books: 'Becoming Fire' by Fr Ken Barker mgl - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: 'Great Christian Prayers' by Stephen Redmond SJ - Peter Westmore (reviewer)
Books: 'He's Risen' by Phelim McGowan SJ - Mary-Jane Donnellan (reviewer)
Books: 'Prayers From The Heart: for the Feasts of the Year', Joanna Bogle - Mary-Jane Donnellan (reviewer)
Books: 'A Vacation With The Lord' by Fr Thomas H. Green SJ - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: Stations Of The Cross (CD), Perth Catholic Productions - Colleen McGuiness-Howard (reviewer)
Poetry: The Ballad of Antichrist - Andrew Huntley
Reflection: 'Blessed are the poor in spirit' - Fr Ian Falconer SJ

Some feminists, both within and outside the Catholic Church, appear to think that it is not a good idea to rely on the truth of the Gospels because the Apostles, being "mere men", may have "got it all wrong" and misinterpreted what Christ said.

These views are not in harmony with those of Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic letter Novo Millenneo Ineunte (At the Beginning of the New Millennium). His letter is for everyone, both clergy and laity, both men and women.

The section of the Papal Letter headed "The Witness of the Gospels" is indeed a statement contrary to what a Pastoral Associate, influenced by feminist ideology, may say. In this section of the letter, the Pope reminds us that Saint Jerome vigorously affirmed that "ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ."

He tells us that if we remain firmly anchored in Scripture, "we open ourselves to the action of the Spirit, from whom the sacred tenets derive their origins, as well as to the witness of the Apostles (cf John 15:17) who had first-hand experience of Christ, the Word of Life." He also reminds us that "the Apostles saw Christ with their eyes, heard Him with their ears and touched Him with their hands (1 John 1:1). They know Him well." Further, the Pope reminds us that "what we receive from the Apostles is a vision of faith based on precise historical testimony - a true testimony."

In all areas of our Church we are entitled to the truth, and this, I am convinced, will be heard by heeding what the Pope has to say rather than what radical feminists tell us.

Magill, SA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 4 (May 2001), p. 15

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