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Infallible teaching (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)
Books: The Latest from AD Books
Reflection: Lenten self-denial - at the very heart of our lives with Christ - Fr F.E. Burns

Fr G. H. Duggan's letter (December/January AD2000) has succinctly pointed out that a papal definition such as in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis is an exercise of that papal infallibility set out in the Vatican I document. Such an infallible confirmation of a doctrine always taught by the ordinary Magisterium is too often unrecognised by many theologians. They, in turn, mislead priests and laity, because they have never been properly taught, or they wilfully deny, the Vatican I dogma.

The importance of this can hardly be over-emphasised because the same error has occurred in the teaching against contraception in Casti Connubii and Humanae Vitae, with these documents denigrated as "not infallible" by the likes of Karl Rahner and Richard McBrien, as well as by Australian theologians such as Fr W. O'Shea of Brisbane.

Quite recently, Fr O'Shea claimed that (his) theologians could find no basis in Scripture or theology for the exclusion of women from the priesthood, while lamenting that "at present, the leadership of the Church does not even entertain the possibility of such a change" (The Catholic Leader, 27 October 2002).

Nevertheless, Fr O'Shea has been put in charge of the formation of deacons for the permanent diaconate in Brisbane, assisted by two priest directors of like persuasion, Frs Frank O'Dea and John Dobson. Thus the same errors displayed by misled priests will presumably be displayed by misled deacons, with more misled laity the likely end-result.

Are we not entitled to ask where are the shepherds?

Springwood, Qld

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

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