John Lilburne's journal about the Pope on vocations and the vocation of instituted lector.
1220 L Sat 16 Feb 2002
Today the Gospel begins:
On Thursday Pope John Paul II spoke about vocations to the priesthood, which is about "being called". The report concludes with him saying:
But before men can be ordained as priests they must be instituted as lectors. This is required by The Code of Canon Law, canon 1035:
In other words, before they can have a vocation to the priesthood, they must have a vocation to be an acolyte, a lector and a deacon. As well as being given the example of priests they should also be given the example of acolytes, lectors and deacons.
For lectors, in particular, this does not happen (at least from my experience in Australia). The idea seems to be "Do not talk about it, practice it or collect statistics on it." I have written more about this ministry in Instituted Lectors.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne 16 February 2002.
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