Archbishop Hart on Lectors
I think Archbishop Hart has
made some progress with his understanding of instituted lectors.
His homily of 29 August 2003
is a definite improvement on that of 6 October 2002.
On 6 October 2002 he said:
This was saying dismissal
from the seminary meant one was no longer an instituted lector. As if the
ceremony of instituted was cancelled. I see no justification for that view.
In his homily of 29 August
2003 he said:
Its an important step forward.
It removes the blatant suggestion that a ceremony can have no effect if
the instituted lector does not remain a seminarian.
Of course there is still a
long way to go. He did not use the full homily from the liturgical book.
He has not invited me to read at the Melbourne cathedral.
But it is a sign of progress. A few weeks ago in a Sunday homily at the cathedral he spoke about the encyclical Veritatis Splendor. Perhaps that had an impact on his thinking.