A SYNODAL PATH – OR A CYNICAL PATH?
JOHN FLEMMING in Killala invited 34 members of parish councils at his Chrism Mass.
FINTAN MONAHAN inducted 24 new lay ministers at his Chrism Mass in Ennis.
That’s 58 new lay workers for two western dioceses.
“Welcome and Congratulation to New Ministers
I welcome and congratulate with great delight and joy, the 24 New Ministers, 12 in the area of Catechetics and 12 in the area of Pastoral Care. You have responded most generously to the invitation sent out from the diocese 4 years ago to come forth and minister in your chosen areas in which you have an interest, talent and expertise. You have applied yourself with diligence, dedication and hard work in prayer, discernment and study with the assistance of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and in your pastoral assignments in your native areas. You are now warmly welcome in your new role to assist, lead and minister among the faith family of the diocese of Killaloe”!
The Catechism of the Catholic Church even goes on to declare, quoting the first-century bishop and martyr, St. Ignatius of Antioch, “that without the bishop, presbyters, and deacons, one cannot speak of the Church” (#1593). So much for “the action of the whole
The Catholic faith is centred around the SEVEN SACRAMENTS and the bishops and priests who are ordained to celebrate those Sacraments.
With the exception of Marriage and Baptism priests and bishops are the Ordinary ministers of the Sacraments.
We Catholics do not traditionally believe that a non ordained person can celebrate the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Penance, Confirmation, Holy Orders and the Sacrament of the Sick
So, if there are no priests and bishops those Sacraments will disappear.
As mentioned in the above article there is a growing belief that it is the gathered Assembly who appoint the priests to preside and thereby make Jesus present.
This goes against two thousand years of tradition.
Will the RC priesthood disappear or not?