About John Lilburne
1614 K Sun 7 Oct 2001
There was particularly good singing at St Patrick's Cathedral
this morning with a visit from the Choir of St Martin's Cathedral,
Mainz, Germany. Nearly all the Mass was in Latin, except for
the readings and homily.
From the Mass Sheet I learnt two interesting things: Father
Dowling (who I brought the Tribunal Case
against) has taken his annual holiday and so will be away for
October. Secondly that Archbishop Pell and the retired Archbishop
D'Arcy are at the Vatican's meeting. This has made me more interested
in what is being discussed there.
I thought this was an interesting comment, from the Vatican
ARCHBISHOP RAMON OVIDIO PEREZ MORALES OF LOS TEQUES,
VENEZUELA. "The laity 'form the numerical majority' of the
ecclesial community. Ecclesial and ecclesiological renewal has
reinterpreted the layperson as an active and participating protagonist
of the prophetic, priestly and regal people. ... The 'new
evangelization' is currently being enriched and stimulated thanks
to the ministries conferred upon the laypeople, both men and
women. This collaboration of the laity with the ordained
ministry, parallel with other forms of cooperation 'ad intra'
of the ecclesial community (services, councils, etc.) in spite
of everything cannot dilute or make us forget that which is specific
to the laity: their secular character. ... The 'new evangelization',
and consequently the evangelization of culture, involves the
entire People of God, though not all of its members and sectors
in the same way. The task of the layperson, within the family
and in the very heart of the secular world, is to turn the Gospel
into lifeblood and leaven of the economy, politics and culture.
Thus the laity do not need an 'appointment' for their
activity of evangelization of culture. Indeed, they need a bishop
to accompany them with adequate spirituality, to respect and
understand their decisions, to encourage and comfort them in
their commitments, to help and direct them in their formation."
It is not clear to me what his message is. That lay ministries
of instituted lector and acolyte should be conferred on women
as well as men? That there is no need for the instituted ministries?
But at least he is close to discussing what I regard as the big
Here is a challenging extract:
ARCHBISHOP HENRY SEBASTIAN D'SOUZA, ARCHBISHOP OF CALCUTTA,
INDIA: "The traditions of a dead language, Latin, which
are part of a dead foreign culture, Roman, even if seen as a
vehicle of orthodoxy, do not respond in a satisfactory way to
the character and lifestyle of Indian life and tribal languages.
The Indians and tribal populations express themselves with languages
which are very picturesque, full of symbolism, poetry and emotion.
As a consequence, we neeed a free version, and one in the vernacular
idiom, of the original books of the Latin rite, both the missal
and the book of rites. There is no doubt that we must pay attention
so that the purity of doctrine is preserved and the sacred atmosphere
is maintained. ... The Roman Rite is direct, concise and compact,
characteristics which are exactly the opposite of the cultures
and languages in India. 'Sacrosanctum concilium' wished only
to keep the substantial unity of the Roman Rite. There should
be space for the cultural dfferences of various peoples and races
and for a dynamic creativity within the new Churches. As we answer
the call to 'cast out into the deep', we bishops, servants of
the Gospel, wish to be signs of hope for our people."
I was impressed by this:
CARDINAL CORMAC MURPHY-O'CONNOR, ARCHBISHOP OF WESTMINSTER,
PRESIDENT OF THE CONFERENCE OF BISHOPS OF GREAT BRITAIN. "One
way to counter this consumerist culture is for the bishop to
initiate a plan aiming at the spiritual and pastoral renewal
of his people. I propose that the Synod consider such a program,
which would have four essential elements: 1. Prayer and liturgy,
particularly the Eucharist, and also renewed study of scripture.
2. Community: especially small communities - groups of people
meeting to pray, ref1ect on the Word of God and relate it to
their daily lives. These can transform a parish. 3. Formation:
effective catechesis in what we believe (the Creed), what we
celebrate (sacraments), and how we should live (commandments,
beatitudes ). 4. Work for justice and peace, to be a voice for
the voiceless and to care for people in need. In bringing such
a plan about, the bishop is crucial. He alone can call and animate
such a venture, and so the formation of Bishops at both international
and local level is an integral element."
From the Fifth Congregation:
BISHOP JUAN ABELARDO MATA GUEVARA , S.D.B., OF ESTELI,
NICARAGUA. "There cannot be a new world without new men;
similarly, there cannot be a new Church without new priests.
The Church, as missionary communion, needs reform and renewal
in her structure and life, in her being and action."
From the Sixth Congregation:
BISHOP DONALD JAMES REECE OF SAINT JOHN'S-BASSETERRE ,
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA. "Might a further devolution of ministries
give bishops more opportunity to concentrate on those things
that are essentially associated with their three-fold task? One
can cite the development of the diaconate as presented to us
in the Acts of the Apostles. Philip, ordained to serve at tables,
is seen evangelizing most effectively in Samaria and in the case
of the Ethiopian eunuch. These modern times with their challenges
call for 'new methodology, new expressions, and new fervor' if
Christ is to be presented in a convincing manner to a world yearning
for genuine hope."
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 6 October 2001.