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Definitive teachings (letter)

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 Contents - May 2003AD2000 May 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The significance of the Resurrection - Peter Westmore
Events: Carnivale Christi 2003 - A tale of four cities - Anthony McCarthy
News: The Church Around the World
Surge in priestly vocations confounds secular culture - Joanne Grainger
Why priestly vocations are up in Perth Archdiocese - Debra Warrier
Brisbane archdiocesan synod: challenges needing to be addressed - Peter Howard
Liturgy: Latvia shows the way on liturgical renewal - Cardinal Janis Pujats
Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan (1928-2002): How faith survived in a Communist prison - Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan
Architecture: 'Re-ordered' and 'new' churches - symptoms of a wider spiritual malaise - Marie Cassey
Language: The forgotten language of adoration of God - through words and actions - Audrey English
Letters: Definitive teachings (letter) - Jerome Gonzalez
Letters: Infallible (letter) - George Simpson
Letters: Teachings promoted (letter) - Pat O'Brien
Letters: Role of bishop (letter) - Arthur Negus
Letters: Healing of the family tree (letter) - Anne Lastman
Letters: Friday Abstinence (letter) - Leo Leitch
Letters: Teilhard de Chardin (letter) - Stuart J. Blackwood
Letters: Praying for priests (letter) - Denise Kelly
Books: Life-Giving Love: Embracing God's beautiful design for marriage, Kimberley Hahn - Leanne and Michael Casanova (reviewer)
Books: Christianity On Trial: Arguments Against Anti-Religious Bigotry - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Review: The Mysteries of Light: Rosary for Children and Youth on cassette - Colleen McGuinness-Howard (reviewer)
Books: Essentials of the Faith: A Guide to the Catechism / Pastoral Answers - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Review: Spending The Day With Mary: The Rosary on CD and Tape - Joe Padero (reviewer)
Books: Our books are the cheapest!
Reflection: St Francis on individual confession and receiving Holy Communion - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM

With reference to Father Crothers' letter in your April 2003 issue, I should like to point out that the Holy See has again recently stated that such definitive teachings from a Pope, to be held by all of the faithful (as Pope John Paul II declared in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis) are "irreformable".

The wording used by the Pope in setting out this definitive teaching is such that there can be no doubt in any faithful Catholic's mind that it is an "infallible" teaching.

Cardinal Ratzinger has been appointed to his position by the Pope and he does not make serious doctrinal statements without Papal authorisation. In fact, the Pope approved the Cardinal's statement and ordered it to be published.

In the recent rejection of the appeal by some women (who had gone through the farce of being "ordained" as priests by a renegade bishop in Europe) against their excommunication from the Church, the Holy See cited the fact that such definitive papal teachings are irreformable and that "by denying this doctrine, ... they are at odds with the doctrine on the Magisterium of the Sucessor of Peter ... and they thereby fail to recognise that the teachings of the Supreme Pontiff on doctrines to be held definitively by all the faithful are irreformable."

The Holy See also pointed out the gravity of the scandal of encouraging Catholic women to continue pushing for women's "ordination".

"Definitive" means "final, not subject to change", according to my Oxford Dictionary.

Willeton, WA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 4 (May 2003), p. 14

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