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St Peter's wife

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 Contents - Mar 2011AD2000 March 2011 - Buy a copy now
Nazareth: Patriarch Fouad of Jerusalem: Annunciation homily - His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
Personal Ordinariates for former Anglicans: worldwide progress - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
iWitness 2010: an unforgettable retreat for young Catholics - Br Barry Coldrey
Islam divided over Pope's call to respect religious freedom - Babette Francis
Faith and reason at Notre Dame, Sydney - Fr Richard Umbers
New Divine Mercy parish and school for Perth - Fr Paul Fox
What are the marks of an authentically Catholic university? - Cardinal Raymond Burke
A bishop and his priests: united in truth with Christ - Fr John O'Neill
Netherlands: Migrants keep Church alive in Holland - Fr Cornelius van der Geest
Letters: St Peter's wife - John Young
Letters: Beatification case for Bob Santamaria - Brian A. Peachey
Letters: Condom use - Tim Coyle
Letters: New 'morality' - Fr Bernard McGrath
Letters: Missionaries of God's Love a welcome initiative - Tom King
Letters: Understanding Islam - John Frey
Letters: Baby killing - Frank Bellet
Letters: Gender selection - John Royal
Books: William Wardell: Building with Conviction, by A.G. Evans - Terri Kelleher (reviewer)
Books: Theophilos: A Novel, by Michael O'Brien - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: THE AUSTRALIAN BOOK OF ATHEISM, Edited by Warren Bonett - Frank Mobbs (reviewer)
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Reflection: Mary's rosary: picture book of faith, hope and love - Bishop Robert Finn

Babette Francis has had excellent articles in AD2000, including the one on intelligent design in the February issue, and the moving and imaginative piece in November where she viewed events as St Peter's wife may have seen them.

Francis Vrijmoed (Letters, February AD2000) says Simon Peter's wife's farewell to him may not have been as dramatic as Babette Francis describes it, because St Paul, in I Corinthians 9:5, tells us that Peter and the other Apostles were accompanied by their wives.

However, the Greek word used by St Paul can mean either wife or woman.

The Greek text reads literally "Have I not a right to take along a sister, a woman [wife]...". The traditional understanding among Catholic commentators has been that woman is the correct translation, and that the reference (indicated by the word sister) is to Christian women accompanying the apostles. Rather similarly, devout women accompanied Jesus and his apostles, supplying their needs.

The Revised Standard Version, Catholic edition, quoted by Mr Vrijmoed, has in a footnote: "Greek: a woman, a sister."

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 24 No 2 (March 2011), p. 14

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