CHRISTIAN TEACHING IS handed down to us through the bishops, who received it from the apostles, who received it from Jesus.

So, if somebody asks, "What is your stand on women ordination?" I would reply that the church has not approved it. If the person asks, "Why does the church not approve it?" I think it is my duty to find out why and explain it to the enquirer. If he is not satisfied with the explanation I can leave it at that and pray for him.

My concern is that religious or priests who hold opinions contrary to church teaching should inform enquirers that these are their personal opinions and not that of the church, when asked, so as not to mislead others. To say that we love the church is to be obedient to the church, even when we find it hard to accept certain teachings. We should pray for the grace to accept.

    Longinus Dismas


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