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Women's Commission (letter)

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 Contents - Mar 2003AD2000 March 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: War in Iraq? Questions to be considered - Peter Westmore
Sydney Archdiocese RE test: behind one school's success story - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Ten years on former Anglicans enrich Church - Fr Peter Geldard
Vatican tells politicians: Don't hide your light - Michael Casanova
Good priest, bad priest - my faith remains - Frank Mobbs
Religious faith and modern culture: responding to a secular critic - Bill Muehlenberg
Liturgy: The Mass is the same sacrifice as the Cross - Msgr. Peter J. Elliott
New Age ideas: how Catholics should respond - Fr Peter Joseph
The media and evangelisation - Moira Kirkwood
Letters: Brisbane Synod (letter) - John F. Nolan
Letters: 'Partner' or spouse? (letter) - Peter Hannigan
Letters: Women's Commission (letter) - Leon Voesenek
Letters: Church renovation (letter) - T.E. Geraghty
Letters: Government proposals (letter) - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Last things (letter) - Kevin McManus
Letters: New springtime (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Apostolate (letter) - Barry O'Brien
Letters: Catholic websites (letter) - John Carroll
Letters: Third rite (letter) - Norm Power
Letters: Invalid (letter) - Maria Lossberg
Letters: New Age? (letter) - Dr Lance Eccles
Letters: Accountability (letter) - John Leach
Letters: Infallible teaching (letter) - Peter Howard
Poetry: From Tradition (For my mother) - Andrew Huntley
Books: Life's Worth: The Case against Assisted Suicide, by Arthur Dyck - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: Human Cloning And Human Dignity: Report of the President's Council on Bioethics - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: The Self Evident Proof, by Richard Kouchoo - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
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Reflection: Lenten self-denial - at the very heart of our lives with Christ - Fr F.E. Burns

When I read the letter by Gordon Southern titled "Radical feminism" (November AD2000), I was very concerned about the allegations he made regarding the Commission for Australian Catholic Women (CACW).

The reply to his letter by the Executive Officer of the CACW, Therese Vassarotti, titled "Bishops' initiative" (December/January AD2000), did not do anything to convince me the allegations were incorrect.

Therese Vassarotti quotes only part of the mandate of the bishops for the CACW and a very small part (only 8 of the 50 lines) of the message to women read at the close of the Second Vatican Council. I do not know the complete contents of the above mandate but I do know and am familiar with the message to women read, in the name of the Council Fathers, by Cardinal Leon Duval of Algiers at the close of the solemn ceremonies marking the end of the Second Vatican Council on 8 December 1965.

It is in my opinion essential to quote the entire contents of the message to women in order to understand the exact meaning. This may also be the case with the mandate. There are still many people who have no access to the Internet and I would like to ask Therese Vassarotti to make easily available, in their totality, the mandate, the letter to women and, maybe, the website pamphlet.

She should also publish a list of areas in the Church in which the Commission for Australian Catholic Women feels women should participate to a greater extent than at present.

The allegations made by Gordon Southern are very serious. Unless these are proven wrong, one might be entitled to view the CACW as a body that serves no legitimate purpose in the Church.

North Tamborine, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 2 (March 2003), p. 14

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