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Women priests

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 Contents - Jul 2009AD2000 July 2009 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (29 June) - Michael Gilchrist
St Marys Cathedral: Sydney ordinations and a new beginning for Australian Catholicism - Fr Gregory Jordan SJ
News: The Church Around the World
Life Marriage Family: The secular culture's flawed view of sexuality - Bernard Toutounji
New Evangelisation: Catholics Come Home: a fresh approach to re-evangelising - Bob Denahy
Ryan Commission: Irish report: child abuse in Church institutions - Br Barry Coldrey
India: Christians in India rejoice at election results - Babette Francis
Foundations of Faith: Galileo: heretic or hero? What are the facts? - Noel Roberts
History: Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust: revisiting Jewish sources - Fr Michael Butler
Letters: Climate change - Michael Griffiths
Letters: The unborn - Brian Harris
Letters: Belloc and Chesterton - Peter Hunt
Letters: Latin Mass - Anthony Bono
Letters: Priestly celibacy - Brian Bibby
Letters: Vatican II - Valentine Gallagher
Letters: Women priests - Kevin McManus
Books: GOD'S WORD: Scripture, Tradition, Office, by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: The Catholic Church and the Bible, by Peter Stravinskas - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: Before the Dawn, by Eugenio Zolli - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: LIKE A SAMURAI: The Tony Glynn Story, by Fr Paul Glynn SM - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
DVD: AUTHENTIC CATHOLIC MIRACLES FOR MODERNS
Books: Books available from AD Books and Freedom Publishing
Reflection: The full meaning of love: Christ and St Peter in St John's Gospel - Andrew Kania

Readers may recall that during the pontificate of John Paul II, and following his infallible ruling on the impossibility of women priests, the heads of women's religious orders in Australia released a statement rejecting the Pope's ruling.

As far as I know, these leaders were never rebuked by the Australian bishops at the time, nor have they publicly retracted their rebellion.

I do not know for sure whether the Sisters of St Joseph (Black or Brown) were included in this act of disobedience.

If they were, now is the time for them to submit to Church teaching before their founder, Blessed Mary MacKillop, is canonised. Otherwise some might associate Australia's first saint with the rebellion of some of today's women religious.

KEVIN McMANUS
Ashfield, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 22 No 6 (July 2009), p. 15

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