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 Contents - Dec 2007AD2000 December 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Liturgy: light at the end of the tunnel - Michael Gilchrist
Liturgy: Australian archbishops report progress with new English Mass translations - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Schools: The state of Catholic education: teacher and student experiences - Br Barry Coldrey
Catechetics: Religious education in Catholic schools: the role of parish priests - Michael Gilchrist
Church History: Interesting aspects of ecumenical councils - Frank Mobbs
Britain: British Catholicism: the salt has lost its flavour - John Haldane
1962 Missal: Australian bishops support Benedict XV's liberalising of the Latin Mass - AD2000 Report
Architecture: Did Vatican II recommend the removal of altar rails? - M. Cassey
Letters: Dissent - Brian Bibby
Letters: Far-sightedness of Father Purcell - Fr Brian Harrison OS
Letters: Response - Don Gaffney
Letters: Narrow way - F. Thims
Letters: Latin Mass - Carol V. Phillips
Letters: Pope's Masses - Paul Martin
Letters: True Church - Peter D. Howard
Letters: Homosexual 'marriage' - Arnold Jago
Letters: Unbaptised infants - Lawrence R. Hurley
Letters: Archaeology - Ann Marie Streda
Events: Latin Masses for Christmas in Caulfield and Kew
Books: JESUS, THE APOSTLES AND THE EARLY CHURCH by Pope Benedict XVI - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: THE CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD AND WOMEN by Sara Butler MSBT - Paul Woodbury (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD Books
Reflection: May we deepen our longing for the Lord's coming - Bishop Arthur Serratelli

As Bishop Robinson has made public his call for 'alterations' to the Catholic Church, he ought not to mind being asked to respond in public to one particular point which in fact makes nonsense of his whole position.

My complaint is not the Bishop's denial of a catalogue of doctrines held in perpetuity by all Catholics (see Kevin McManus for a short list, November letters), nor does it concern individual propositions of which some were addressed by Archbishop Coleridge. Rather I ask Bishop Robinson to consider the simple logic of the Church's account of itself, not merely inherent in its structure but stated explicitly again and again from its beginning and down through all the centuries.

The Church says, relying on Christ's authority and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, (a) that it is infallible in its doctrines, (b) that the meaning of those doctrines can never be changed.

How can you expect this same Church to proclaim by changing doctrines that it has been fraudulent for the whole of its existence, and indeed never had any right to exist? Your radical overhaul of the Church would be in fact a complete demolition. After this ecclesiastical hara kiri, why would you or anyone else wish to have converse with an exploded myth? Surely you must realise how farcical your position is ?

And please, could we be spared the kind of reasoning which states that 'Since the Council of Trent we have come to realise that the story of Adam and Eve was not based on an eyewitness account.' In 70 plus years of reasonably close acquaintance with Church history I've never heard any authority make any claim remotely resembling that amusing furphy.

Tarragindi, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 11 (December 2007 - January 2008), p. 13

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