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Religious habit

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 Contents - Apr 2005AD2000 April 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Pope's suffering a potent Easter witness - Michael Gilchrist
Australia prepares for World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
'Flying bishops' consecrated for orthodox Anglicans - Fr Nigel Zimmerman
Exploding myths about the 'pre-Vatican II' Church - John Young
Vocations: Why some new religious orders are attracting recruits - Fr John Hogan
Events: Carnivale Christi returning to Sydney with an Easter theme - Liz Arblaster and Anthony McCarthy
Cardinal Ratzinger: Liturgy should be God-centred - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
Letters: Dissent - Fr John Speekman
Scripture: So, what else did Jesus say? - Gavan O'Farrell
Adore 05: Sydney's successful Eucharistic Youth Congress - Nicole Osmak
Letters: ACU - Sabina Sannen
Letters: Chavagnes International College - Raymond De Souza
Letters: Teaching the faith - Rosanna Sherman
Letters: Stations of the Cross - D.T.S. Moorhouse
Letters: Religious habit - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Practice of faith - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Confession - J.G. Wilson
Letters: Talking in Church - Judith McRae
Letters: Christ the Creator - Gerard J. Keane
Letters: Good news - Geoff Storey
Letters: Pregnancy Assistance - Brian A. Peachey
Books: The Path to Rome: Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church - Michael Casanova (reviewer)
Books: Love Alone Is Credible, by Hans urs von Balthasar - Kerrie Allen (reviewer)
Books: Mass Without a Congregation: A Sign of Unity or Division? - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Poetry: A Centurion Reflects - Bruce Dawe
Books: Religious resources for 2005
Reflection: Pope John Paul II: 'In the risen Christ all creation rises to new life' - Pope John Paul II
Marian Valley Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians, Canungra

Congratulations on the choice of photo for the cover of your February issue which showed a group of four Dominican nuns, three professed and one a novice, belonging to the community in Ganmain, NSW.

The religious habit is, as it were, the uniform of a regiment of the Church Militant in her never-ending war against the world.

The law of the Church is clear, and peremptory. Canon 669 reads: "As a sign of their consecration and as a witness to poverty, religious are to wear the habit of their institute ...". If a female religious is wearing the habit, she is immediately recognisable as someome who is consecrated to God and one who has not had the expense of putting together a wardrobe of gowns and frocks.

Nor, one might add, of hairshirts. For a religious habit, even of light material is not the most comfortable garment to be wearing in Ganmain in the height of summer.

FR G.H. DUGGAN SM
Silverstream, New Zealand

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 3 (April 2005), p. 15

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