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 Contents - Jun 2008AD2000 June 2008 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Man-made climate change: a moral issue - Michael Gilchrist
Education: Pope: Catholic education must uphold Church teachings - Pope Benedict XVI
News: The Church Around the World
Human Rights: China: Olympic rings - or shackles? - Babette Francis
Jury still out on global warming - Cardinal George Pell
Christianity 'lite' with all the hard parts unmentioned: a spiritual dead-end - Alan Roebuck
FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH: Reasons for believing in God - Frank Mobbs
Climate Debate: Man-made climate change is a reality - Dr Alex Gardner
Climate Debate: Man-made climate change: politics not science - Peter Finlayson
Letters: Climate change - J. Holder
Letters: Sceptical - Bernard Hoey
Letters: Scandal - Don Gaffney
Letters: Contraception - Tim Coyle
Letters: Baptism formula - Franklin J. Wood
Letters: Adoptions - Tom King
Letters: Abortion and Martin Luther King - Brian Harris
Letters: Ordinary Magisterium - Peter D. Howard
Letters: Infallible? - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Priests needed in Ballarat - Jenny Bruty
Books: RATZINGER'S FAITH: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI, by Tracey Rowland - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: FR WERENFRIED: A Life, by Joanna Bogle - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Letters: FEMINISM V. MANKIND: Selected Essays - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD2000 Books
Reflection: Benedict XVI on the mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ - Pope Benedict XVI

Earlier this year a parish in South Brisbane earned notoriety for having to be told by Rome that its formula for Baptism - 'The Creator, the Redeemer and the Sanctifier' - was invalid.

I read in two Catholic magazines published three years ago that the same parish earned the same notoriety for the same irregular practice of Baptism, having been performing those 'Baptisms' for over ten years.

That invalid formula in fact violates Church teaching on the Holy Trinity since it implies that each of the three persons of the Holy Trinity works for the people of the world totally independently. That of course is a heresy.

When that parish gained notoriety this year, a self-styled theological commentator stated publicly regarding the instruction from Rome that the traditional formula for Baptism consisted of 'just words'.

In fact some Bibles publish the traditional formula for Baptism in Ferrari red. This is because they were taught by Our Lord Jesus Christ - which is good enough for our Orthodox brethren, as well as the Anglican, Uniting and Lutheran churches, but apparently not for the South Brisbane parish.

North Rockhampton, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 5 (June 2008), p. 14

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