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Redemptionis Sacramentum 168

Let’s wrap up the discussion on the situation of no resident pastor. Although the Church recognizes the eternal nature of ordination (usually) it restricts the employment of priests who are prohibited from exercising the ministries of their office. Hence this … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 167

Let’s wrap up celebrations without a priest: [167.] “Similarly, it is unthinkable on the Lord’s Day to substitute for Holy Mass either ecumenical celebrations of the word or services of common prayer with Christians from the . . . Ecclesial … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 166

Some thoughts on Word and Communion services on weekdays: [166.] Likewise, especially if Holy Communion is distributed during such celebrations, the diocesan Bishop, to whose exclusive competence this matter pertains, must not easily grant permission for such celebrations to be … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 165

Picking up on yesterday’s discussion of Sunday celebrations in the absence of a priest: [165.] It is necessary to avoid any sort of confusion between this type of gathering and the celebration of the Eucharist.[Cf. Congregation for Divine Worship, Directory … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 164

The issue in rural and urban parishes that once had priests but now do not is a bit different from mission territories which may never have had resident clergy. People remember the Eucharist. They recall the “better” days, if you … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 162-163

What happens when a community does not have a Sunday priest? This has been a reality on the planet for two millennia, and not just in mission lands. Numbered sections 162-167 explore this situation, and we’ll take four or five … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 161

After a longer exploration of Communion ministry, the CDWDS turns its attention to preaching. There’s been something of a retrenchment in the years between the promulgation of the new Code of Canon Law to this document up to today. I’ve … Continue reading

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