Category Archives: Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem

Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem 36: Conclusion

We come to the end of our examination of Pope Paul VI’s motu proprio, SDO, and its basic prescriptions for reviving the order of deacon. 36. Finally as regards the rite to be followed in conferring the sacred order of … Continue reading

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Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem 32-35: Deacons In Religious Life

SDO treats the issue of deacons within religious orders. I confess my own ignorance on this practice. Is it widespread at all? The liturgical and teaching role within a community is clear enough. Many orders practice an apostolate in line … Continue reading

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Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem 29-31: Study, Obedience, Apparel

As we hit the home stretch of SDO, we pick up some briefer thoughts on other topics. First, deacons are urged to continuing education (as it’s called today). Their task is less apologetics and more directed to building up the … Continue reading

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Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem 25-28: Spiritual Life

Paul VI and others were concerned about the spiritual life of deacons. First, these new permanent deacons would have to be people providing a “surpassing” example for others. 25. Let the deacons, as those who serve the mysteries of Christ … Continue reading

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Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem 21-24: Functions

More on Paul VI’s 1967 motu proprio on reestablishing the permanent diaconate. What does a deacon do? This question answered, mostly in a liturgical way: 21. According to the above-mentioned Constitution of the Second Vatican Council it pertains to the … Continue reading

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Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem 18-20: Sustenance

More colloquially, this is about the care and feeding of deacons. A deacon isn’t a free agent; he must be connected to a faith community, not of his own making: 18. Any deacon who is not a professed member of … Continue reading

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Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem 14-17: More Formation, etc.

The pope promotes learning for deacons, but leaves the particular amount to bishops’ conferences: 14. It is to be desired that such deacons be possessed of no small learning about which we have spoken in numbers 8, 9, 10 above, … Continue reading

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