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 Contents - Aug 2002AD2000 August 2002 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Assumption of Our Lady: 15 August - Michael Gilchrist
Liturgy: New English Missal: Vatican sets guidelines for ICEL - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Education: Beliefs and practices of Catholic students: the decline continues - Michael Gilchrist
New program to apply Papal teachings in Melbourne Archdiocese - Michael Gilchrist
Sexual abuse, celibacy and vocations: a response to the Church's critics - Fr Paul Stuart
Events: Thomas More 2002 Winter School in Bendigo
Helping Catholic school students to love the Church - Br John Moylan CFC
New study of US seminary formation exposes fundamental flaws - John S. Webster
Letters: Experts? (letter) - Jerome Gonzalez
Letters: Church architecture (letter) - Tom King
Letters: Women and the Church (letter) - Maureen Federico
Letters: Sex abuse crisis (letter) - Mark Reidy
Letters: Sexual sin (letter) - John H. Cooney
Letters: Value for money? (letter) - L.L. Booth
Letters: Dissent (letter) - Clair Tieppo
Letters: 'New Catholicism' (letter) - Richard Congram
Letters: Beyond 2000? (letter) - Mrs Peg Santamaria
Letters: God's masculinity (letter) - John Davis
Letters: Theological accuracy (letter) - Jan Chalmers
Letters: Leaving it to God (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Shakespeare (letter) - John A. Rayner
Books: Dynamics Of World History, by Christopher Dawson - Michael Lynch (reviewer)
Books: Abortion And Martyrdom, edited by Aidan Nichols - Tracey Rowland (reviewer)
Music: 'Live Worship: Lifted', by Emmanuel Worship - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: New Titles from AD Books
Reflection: What Catholics should expect of their priests: men 'clothed in holiness' - Fr Fabian Duggan OSB

AD2000 (July 2002) states in "The Church around the World", that one Thomas Groome, "widely quoted in Australian Catholic educational circles as a catechetics expert", has declared (among other gems), that "those who hope for a systemic overhaul of priestly ministry know that when celibacy is taken off the table, the same surely follows for women's ordination".

Now I don't profess to be an expert, but I do know, say, the difference between a square and a circle.

The Catholic Church already allows married priests in its Byzantine or Eastern Rites; it also allows married ministers who have converted from Anglicanism and wish to be ordained as Catholic priests to do so (subject to the usual requirements); and it would seem feasible that as part of an effort to eventually join in unity with the Orthodox Church(es), it might even allow priests of the "Latin" or Western Rite to marry.

This may be considered a "square".

The matter of the "ordination" of women, however, can be considered a "circle". It has nothing whatsover to do with the matter of Latin-Rite priestly celibacy.

The Papacy has formally and definitively declared that the Church has no authority whatsover from Christ to ordain women to the priesthood and that this is to be held to by all of the faithful. Definitive means "final, not subject to change", according to my dictionary.

The Vatican has stated that this ruling is irrevocable - theological "experts" or no theological "experts".

How anyone calling himself a Catholic cannot see the plain-as-your-nose difference between these two matters is beyond me.

As I have been asking for some 35 years now: Where do they get these people from? Why do "Australian Catholic educational circles" give these people credence? Where are the bishops?

Willetton, WA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 15 No 7 (August 2002), p. 13

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