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Balthasar. The suggestion that I mock the Mass because I criticise another theologian’s interpretation is outrageous. I have also argued that there is theological justification for the ordination of women, and this is the one area in which I acknowledge that the arguments concern the sacramental tradition rooted in revelation, and not the natural law tradition rooted in reason. Ordination is not a right but a vocation which belongs within the sacramental mystery of the Church and which entails the gift of grace. However, my position on this is informed by the closest possible engagement with the Catholic sacramental and theological tradition. I am expressing views that are shared by many, many Catholics, including many priests and not a few bishops and cardinals. The teaching on women’s ordination is not infallible, and a papal commission appointed by Pope Paul VI found no decisive biblical teaching either in favour of or against women’s ordination. It is therefore possible for a theologian such as myself to explore the tradition with such questions in mind, although I recognize that the magisterium has tried to prohibit all such discussion. I would end with two quotations, from Catholics whose credentials are absolutely impeccable. The Right Way To Suppress Error (Pope John XXIII, Opening Address to the Second Vatican Council: http :// www . catholic - forum . com / saints / pope 0261 i . htm ) In these days, which mark the beginning of this Second Vatican Council, it is more obvious than ever before that the Lord's truth is indeed eternal. Human ideologies change. Successive generations give rise to varying errors, and these often vanish as quickly as they came, like mist before the sun. The Church has always opposed these errors, and often condemned them with the utmost severity. Today, however, Christ's Bride prefers the balm of mercy to the arm of severity. She believes that, present needs are best served by explaining more fully the purport of her doctrines, rather than by publishing condemnations. What do you do personally? (Cardinal Martini, posthumously published interview http :// www . indcatholicnews . com / news . php ? viewStory =21013 ) The Church has been left behind for 200 years. Why does she not shake? What are we afraid of? Fear instead of courage? However, the faith is the foundation of the Church. The faith, confidence, courage. I am old and sick, and I depend on the help of others. The good people around me make me feel the love. This love is stronger than the feeling of distrust that I sometimes perceive in to the Church in Europe. Only love conquers fatigue. God is Love. I still have a question for you: what you can do for the Church?
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