Dr Frank Mobbs has shown how little Catholics know about ecumenical councils (April AD2000), however this is but a small part of what they should know about what Christ's Church teaches, how to live and how to explain and defend her teaching.
This fact is evident from the letters in the same issue which refer to the devastation of the effects of contraception and abortion and the failure to teach against these abominations in many dioceses.
It seems strange that on ecumenical councils, Dr Mobbs does not mention doctrine. Yet it was Vatican I which, in a dogma (to be believed on divine and Catholic faith) infallibly defined that popes teach infallibly when, as pastors and teachers of all Christians, they define a doctrine on matters of faith or morals to be held by the whole Church.
This infallible doctrine of the ordinary Magisterium is necessary for faithfully keeping and expounding the revealed deposit of faith as taught in Vatican II in the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, 25.
This leads to the understanding of the vital importance of the papal infallible doctrine against contraception in Casti Connubii (1930) and Humanae Vitae (1968), an understanding which many priests and laity seem to lack, and about which a number of bishops appear oblivious.
Further, this leads to the understanding of the irrevocable nature of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis (the impossibility of women priests) about which Bishop Morris of Toowoomba (February AD2000) also appears oblivious.
The suicide of Europe due to contraception and abortion, its aging population, and its secularism all point to the correctness of Paul VI's Humanae Vitae, and the need for both faith and reason as Pope John Paul II so beautifully taught.
PETER D. HOWARD