Some feminists, both within and outside the Catholic Church, appear to think that it is not a good idea to rely on the truth of the Gospels because the Apostles, being "mere men", may have "got it all wrong" and misinterpreted what Christ said.
These views are not in harmony with those of Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic letter Novo Millenneo Ineunte (At the Beginning of the New Millennium). His letter is for everyone, both clergy and laity, both men and women.
The section of the Papal Letter headed "The Witness of the Gospels" is indeed a statement contrary to what a Pastoral Associate, influenced by feminist ideology, may say. In this section of the letter, the Pope reminds us that Saint Jerome vigorously affirmed that "ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ."
He tells us that if we remain firmly anchored in Scripture, "we open ourselves to the action of the Spirit, from whom the sacred tenets derive their origins, as well as to the witness of the Apostles (cf John 15:17) who had first-hand experience of Christ, the Word of Life." He also reminds us that "the Apostles saw Christ with their eyes, heard Him with their ears and touched Him with their hands (1 John 1:1). They know Him well." Further, the Pope reminds us that "what we receive from the Apostles is a vision of faith based on precise historical testimony - a true testimony."
In all areas of our Church we are entitled to the truth, and this, I am convinced, will be heard by heeding what the Pope has to say rather than what radical feminists tell us.
MARY BEAUMONT (MRS)