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Revolt manifesto

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 Contents - Jun 2005AD2000 June 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Corpus Christi - the Body of Christ
Habemus Papam: Benedict XVI charts course as successor to John Paul II - Michael Gilchrist
He was my Pope, too: a Lutheran's appreciation of John Paul II - Uwe Siemon-Netto
News: The Church Around the World
The Catholic Church's dissenters miss the boat - Chris Hilder
Benedict XVI and liturgical reform - Dom Alcuin Reid OSB
Mother Teresa's legacy continued at Georgetown University - Peter Reynolds
Papal awards for WA Catholic politicians - Hugh Ryan
The previous Pope Benedict and his quest for world peace - R.J. Stove
Letters: John Paul the Great? - Patrick Ryan
Letters: Papal election - Frank Bellet
Letters: New Pope - Deidre Lyra
Letters: Unchanging teachings - Greg O'Regan
Letters: A true shepherd - Lynn Wise
Letters: Another Parish - Peter Gilet
Letters: Pre-Vatican II myths - Douglas V. Boyle
Letters: Chavagnes College - Pascale Cotterill
Letters: Outstanding education at Chavagnes College - Br John Moylan CFC, MA, MEd
Letters: Revolt manifesto - P. Gartland
Letters: Sanity? - Tom King
Letters: Catholic schools - Kevin McBride
Letters: Sponsorship request from Uganda - Joise Nasuna
Letters: Kathmandu school - John E.J. Fetz
Events: Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul - Fraternity of St Peter
Events: Juventutem WYD 2005 Cologne Pilgrimage - FSP
Books: John Paul the Great, edited by William Oddie - John R. Barich (reviewer)
Events: Catholic Doctors' Association Mass and Dinner
Poetry: Sonnet on the Election of Pope Benedict XVI - Bruce Dawe
Books: More Good Reading from AD Books
Reflection: Cardinal Nguyen van Thuan: witness to the priesthood and Eucharist - Fr Dennis Byrnes

A recently published book by Jane Anderson, Priests in Love, is a manifesto for revolt against the papacy and many other aspects of orthodox Catholicism. Despite this, the book is being promoted in some church circles.

This is its position, in brief:

* More and more priests are ceasing to be celibate and have sexual partners, male and female. This makes them better priests, more mature, better able to relate to their parishioners.

* Vatican II was a move in the right direction, but since then the late John Paul II tried to turn back the clock and reassert the control of the Vatican over the Church.

* Catholics today are more educated, and live in democracies (unlike in the past) and are demanding the old hierarchy be dismantled.

* We need an egalitarian Christian community. Women, men, priests and laity, should all participate equally in the life of the Church, and decide matters of faith and morals at the grass roots. We should be ruled not by Rome but by the spirit of our diocese.

* There is a need to reform the theology and structure of the Church. Homosexuality is not wrong and divorce is not a sin. Contraception (the pill, condoms) is licit. Mary was not a virgin and the Eucharist is not a sacrifice but the celebration of community. We should not exclude sinners from our communion, even unrepentant ones.

This view of the Church is quite widespread among Catholics and one wonders why this should be so. In the 1960s, young Catholics I met at Sydney University expressed similar objections to the Church, but they left it. Why is there now a large body of Catholics who are not willing to leave, even though they no longer believe that the Church is the only avenue of salvation?

P. GARTLAND
Port Pirie, SA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 5 (June 2005), p. 16

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