Father John Huels
Its disappointing to read that Father John Huels has been accused of sexual abuse, taken medical leave of absence, and announced plans to seek laicization.
I have bought and read three books by him:
What do the reports about him mean for the interpretation of liturgical laws? I think that there will be less sympathy for his approach of liberal interpretations of Church rubrics and laws.
For example he wrote about washing the feet of women. The Roman Missal instructs that on Holy Thursday men's feet are to be washed. It uses the Latin word viri meaning "men", rather than homines meaning "humans". The interpretation of this by Father John Huels included:
I disagree with his call for a "correction" of the law. I see it as simply breaking it. The liturgical books are to be faithfully followed. Since the Roman Missal says to wash men's feet on Holy Thursday, that is what should happen.
Even if people think the instructions in the Roman Missal are inappropriate that does not justify ignoring them. That creates more problems.
Nevertheless I believe Father John Huels has written worthwhile books on important topics: the liturgy and Canon Law.
Posted by J.R. Lilburne 9 August 2002. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.