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 Contents - Apr 2006AD2000 April 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: New cardinals: Benedict XVI signals his intentions - Michael Gilchrist
Conscience: Dissenters' appeal to Rome 'a real hoot' says Cardinal Pell - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Books: Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
EarthSong: Green Christianity or a new paganism? - Michael Gilchrist
Salesian Missions: Cardinal Pell visits East Timor - Michael Lynch SDB
Creation: Intelligent Design and the war against God - Stephen Hitchings
The Domestic Church: The Christian Family Movement: re-evangelising through families - Leslie Sammut
Has just punishment had its day? - Fr Matthew Kirby
1973 Decree: A Fourth Rite of Reconciliation for Queensland? - AD2000
Music and Culture: Benedict XVI, Mozart and the quest for beauty - Mark Freer
Letters: Religious education - Saskia Ebejer
Letters: Action needed - Kevin McBride
Letters: New Age - Yana Di Pietro and Magenta Ray
Letters: Translations - George Simpson
Letters: National suicide - Greg O'Regan
Letters: Anti-life politicians - Robert Bom
Letters: RU486 - Brian Harris
Letters: Courageous example - Arnold Jago
Letters: Inclusive language - Ottavio Kos
Letters: Overseas priests - Peter Gilet
Letters: Leadership needed - Tom King
Letters: Church of England - Jim Turley
Letters: Religious life - Barbara Chigwidden
Books: Swear To God: The Promise and Powers of the Sacraments, by Scott Hahn - Jacinta Cummins (reviewer)
Books: Mother Angelica, by Raymond Arroyo - Stephen Hitchings (reviewer)
Books: Fr Martin D'Arcy: Philosopher of Christian Love, by H.J.A. Sire - Michael E. Daniel
Events: Holy Week 2006: Classical Roman Rite in Melbourne
Books: Stimulating reading from AD Books
Reflection: The redeeming Cross: at the centre of Christian faith - Cardinal George Pell

I really don't know what Dr P.F. Gill's problem could be ("Gender neutral", March AD2000).

If he doesn't like the inclusive language in his own Archdiocese of Hobart, let him come over and join the "women and men" of the "great family of humankind" in one parish of the Melbourne Archdiocese.

There, as a "co-celebrant" of Sunday Eucharistic "celebrations" he will be pleased to pray for "our deceased partners", while during the homily he'll learn that St Joseph was Mary's "confused partner".

During the Gospel reading, Dr Gill will hear about the judge who feared "neither God nor humanity" and who, on his own admission, feared "neither God nor human beings."

He will also be pleased to hear the words of Christ in calling the Twelve: "Follow me and I will make you fishers of people." And during the Second Reading he will have heard how St Paul - not to be outdone - brags about being "all things to all people".

At Communion, he will be invited by the "presider" to stride forth and assist with the distribution: "Can we have two more ministers?"

Unlike Dr Gill, I'm looking forward to beyond Easter, to the day when, in a sense, there won't be any more priests, since we'll all be priests. Already we are "co-celebrants" - the priest being merely the "presider".

OTTAVIO KOS
Watsonia, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 3 (April 2006), p. 16

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