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Redemptionis Sacramentum 185-186

We’ve reached the conclusion. Let’s wrap it up. [185.] “Against the seeds of discord which daily experience shows to be so deeply ingrained in human nature as a result of sin, there stands the creative power of the unity of … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 183-184

The sixth and final section of the eighth chapter. Let’s review the matter of “Complaints Regarding Abuses in Liturgical Matters.” [183.] In an altogether particular manner, let everyone do all that is in their power to ensure that the Most Holy … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 181-182

If bishops have the responsibility, we do know that in the era of retrenchment, the curia has or once had the authority. If the CDWDS hears a report, they communicate to the bishop, who investigates: [181.] Whenever the Congregation for … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 176-180

Let’s consider the role of the bishop in dealing with liturgical problems: [176.] The diocesan Bishop, “since he is the principal dispenser of the mysteries of God, is to strive constantly so that Christ’s faithful entrusted to his care may … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 174-175

A brief subchapter on “Other Abuses.” Not much being said here, except that RS isn’t comprehensive in the problems it lists, and that other problems not listed or not foreseen should be addressed. [174.] Furthermore, those actions that are brought … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 172-173

You can read up on what Cardinal William Levada, the last CDF head, had to say about graviora delicta (grave crimes). RS 172 treats with matters largely that only priests can do The footnotes are rather large, so I left them … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 169-171

Chapter VIII deals with “Remedies.” It is the final chapter of Redemptionis Sacramentum and will take us through numbered sections 169 through 184. The end is in sight. [169.] Whenever an abuse is committed in the celebration of the sacred … Continue reading

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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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Redemptionis Sacramentum 158-160

Let’s wrap up the discussion on lay Communion ministers. First, a concession to the physical condition of the priest or deacon: [158.] Indeed, the extraordinary minister of Holy Communion may administer Communion only when the Priest and Deacon are lacking, … Continue reading

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