Catholicism for Dummies
I bought Catholicism for Dummies on 12 August 2003. I see it as an important book, because of its style and publisher. I think it will be the most likely book about the teachings of the Catholic Church to appear in Australian bookshops.
I am disappointed with the lack of attention to instituted lectors. In describing the Code of Canon Law it has:
I think it gives a misleading impression that priests are the ordinary minister to do the readings and lay people are extraordinary ministers. Here is what Canon 230 actually says:
That instituted lectors are the ordinary minister to do the first reading is clear from the General Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass, n 51:
Further evidence of Catholicism for Dummies neglecting instituted lectors is the description of the entrance procession. The reader is in it, but only the "priest, deacon and servers go to their respective seats in the sanctuary" (p. 138). This ignores the instructions of the 2002 Roman Missal, n. 195: "Then the lector takes his own place in the sanctuary with the other ministers."
The 2002 Roman Missal makes it clear that "In the absence of an
instituted lector, other lay persons" may do the readings (n. 101). But
this is not indicated by Catholicism for Dummies: "Any qualified lector,
a lay person trained for the task of reading at Mass, can read the Old and
New Testament."(p. 140).
By J.R. Lilburne, 18 August 2003. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain. Canon Law translation is from The Code of Canon Law (1997) HaperCollins.
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