1135 Mon 6 Aug 2001
Denis Napthine was on the front page of the Sunday Age newspaper
Revelation of Denis
Denis Napthine, the first Roman Catholic leader of Victoria's
Liberal Party, has advocated a radical overhaul of the church's
practices, supporting the ordination of women and marriage for
Dr Napthine, who has three aunts who are nuns, said he nominated
Catholicism as his religion when asked, but no longer regularly
went to Mass. ...
"I think there should be women priests. I can't understand
why we don't have women priests. I think there should be ...
married priests, part-time priests."
Today's Age has a story about Archbishop Hart on page 7 by
Asked to respond to the recent call by Victoria Opposition
Leader Denis Napthine for ordination of women and marriage for
priests, he maintains the papal party line. "If I were a
betting man - which I'm not - I think I'd bet on the 2000-year
wisdom of the Catholic Church, rather than following an individual
What do I think? Dr Naphine should go to Mass regularly. He
should contribute to his community, encourge those around him
and learn from it. By doing this I think he could express his
Rather than talking about "women priests ... married
priests, part-time priests" perhaps his concerns would be
better expressed as giving a more prominent role and financial
support to lay ministers. This is what I have been arguing for
regarding instituted lectors
at the Tribunal.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church discusses who can be
ordained as priests in 1577:
The Lord Jesus chose men (viri) to form the college
of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they
chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry. ... The
Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by
the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is
Regarding the issue of married priests, the Catechism has
All the ordained ministers of the Latin Church, with the exception
of permanent decons, are normally chosen from among men of faith
who live a celibate life ...
In the Eastern Churches a different discipline has been in
force for many centuries: while bishops are chosen solely from
among celibates, married men can be ordained as deacons and priests.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 6 August 2001.