John Paul II on Ministries
Its pleasing to hear that the Pope has emphasized the importance of the liturgy in his addresses to the bishops of Brazil.
According to the Vatican Information Service (VIS) report:
It is also encouraging that he spoke about the great benefit of permanent deacons. But it is disappointing that he did not speak about instituted ministers. According to the VIS:
That the duties of lay ministries should only be done "when they are expressly asked" does not seem consistent with the Catechism:
Is there are proposal for a further revision of the 2002 General Instruction of the Roman Missal? Instead of:
Should it read: "Whoever the priest expressly asks is to proclaim the Sacred Scriptures."?
That John Paul II should promote the role of ordained ministers is appropriate. But before they can become ordained ministers they must become instituted ministers. I think more should be done to promote these ministries of lector and acolyte.
1230K Sat 5 Oct 2002
I am relieved to find that the English translation of the Pope's speech of 21 September does not have anything about a need to expressly ask lay ministers to perform their duties.
The closest he comes to what the Vatican Informatin Service reported him saying was:
I agree with this and see it as completely reasonable.
By J.R. Lilburne, 24 September 2002. Updated 25 September 2002 and 5 October 2002. I give what I have written to the public domain.
Link added 5 October 2002: