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Christ Our High Priest, by Cardinal Albert Vanhoye

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 Contents - Feb 2011AD2000 February 2011 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Challenges ahead for the Church in 2011 - Michael Gilchrist
Book Review: Cardinal Pell and Pope Benedict XVI's interview - Cardinal George Pell
News: The Church Around the World
Liturgical rights of Catholics must be upheld - Fr Martin Durham
Marriage: US bishops signal a tougher stance in the culture wars - Michael Gilchrist
Vocations: Following in the footsteps of St Francis of Assisi - Kay Cozad
Key issues of ecumenism: new Vatican president's assessment - AD2000 Report
Science and Christian faith: the case for intelligent design - Babette Francis
That ubiquitous F word: don't demean the sacred - Fr Max Barrett CSsR
Young children: never too early to love God - Bishop Arthur Serratelli
Pope Benedict honours Catholic Women's League member Brenda Finlayson - AD2000 Report
IVF: The Catholic Church and reproductive technologies - Fr John Fleming
Letters: Euthanasia - Leon Voesenek
Letters: Apostles' wives - Francis Vrijmoed
Letters: Leadership - Joe Lopez
Letters: Correction - M.J. Gonzalez
Letters: From India - Fr S. John Joseph
Books: Isabel of Spain: The Catholic Queen, by Warren Carroll - Terri M. Kelleher (reviewer)
Books: Christ Our High Priest, by Cardinal Albert Vanhoye - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: MOTHER BENEDICT: Foundress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis, by Antoinette Bosco - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: MOTHER ANGELICA: Prayers and Personal Devotions, by Raymond Arroyo - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
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Reflection: The great but neglected harvest of inactive Catholics - Joseph Agius

by Cardinal Albert Vanhoye

(Modotti Press/ConnorCourt Publishing, 2010, 164pp, $29.95, ISBN: 978-1-92142-153-2. Available from Freedom Publishing)

This attractively produced book offers the Spiritual Exercises given to Pope Benedict XVI and the Papal Household at their Lenten Retreat in the Vatican prior to Easter 2008. The Retreat's Director was the distinguished French Jesuit and Scripture Scholar, Cardinal Albert Vanhoye.

The Retreat Spiritual Exercises explored the Epistle to the Hebrews in exhaustive detail and outlined the priesthood of every baptised person compared and contrasted with the ministerial priesthood limited to the ordained.

Meanwhile, Father Joel Wallace, a parish priest of the Wagga Diocese, had recently returned from study leave in Rome. There, he met Cardinal Vanhoye who requested him to translate the 2008 Spiritual Exercises from Italian into English under the title of Let us Confidently Welcome Christ Our High Priest. This translation is now available in the present book.

Cardinal Vanhoye argues that the most effective way to understand the whole of the Christian message and our life in Christ is to commence by understanding our share in His priesthood. The result is a profound work, remarkable for its simplicity and accessibility.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 24 No 1 (February 2011), p. 17

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