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Teachings rejected by Bishop Robinson

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 Contents - Nov 2007AD2000 November 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: East Timorese to attend World Youth Day - Michael Gilchrist
Democracy: Religious leaders must have freedom to speak - Cardinal George Pell
Australia's Missionaries of God's Love congregation continues to grow - Mary Pidcock
News: The Church Around The World
Liturgical Abuse: Trinitarian language lost in Brisbane Scriptures - Michael Apthorp
Ora et labora: How monastic hospitality can strengthen one's faith - Br Barry Coldrey CFC
Latin is still the universal language of Liturgy - Bishop Arthur Serratelli
World Youth Day: Wagga Wagga priest's 'fly-a-thon' project to aid East Timor
Architecture: How a Sydney parish church was restored - John O'Brien
Poetry: A poem on the priesthood - Among the Apostles - John O'Neill
Letters: Bishop Robinson - Eric Carman
Letters: Teachings rejected by Bishop Robinson - Kevin McManus
Letters: Modern saints and traditional liturgy - Seamus Mahady
Letters: Petition
Letters: True Church? - John Frey
Letters: Clerical attire - Fr G.H. Duggan
Letters: Infallibility - Jerome Gonzalez
Prayer: John Paul II and the Rosary - Fr. M. Durham
Books: Catholicism and Fundamentalism by Karl Keating: essential reading in apologetics - Valerie Renkema (reviewer)
Books: ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN by Dale O'Leary - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Internet 'Singing Catechism': catechesis for the 21st century - Fr James Tierney
Music: Cherished Hymns of the Forefathers - 2DVD and CD set - Peter Donald (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD Books
Reflection: Benedict XVI on Sunday Mass: 'not a command, but an inner necessity' - Pope Benedict XVI

I read with sadness and alarm Michael Gilchrist's report in the October AD2000 on the recent book by Bishop Robinson, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church.

It seems that the Bishop's manifesto, while a blend of Arianism, Calvinism and Modernism, is much worse since by doubting original sin, it throws suspicion upon the whole reason for redemption.

Bishop Robinson appears not to believe in:

* The inerrancy of Sacred Scripture, e.g., The Book of Genesis.

* The Divinity of Christ.

* The Council of Chalcedon.

* The doctrines of the Ascension and the Assumption.

* The Last Supper and the Real Presence of Christ.

* The Apostles and Nicene Creeds.

* Petrine authority and papal infallibility.

* The First Vatican Council.

* The ban on contraception, active homosexuality and divorce and remarriage.

* Clerical celibacy and the male priesthood.

It was precisely to address such views as Bishop Robinson's that Pope John Paul II issued his Apostolic Letter, Ad Tuendam Fidem, in 1998.

KEVIN McMANUS
Ashfield, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 10 (November 2007), p. 14

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