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Notitiae November 2002

The November-December 2002 edition of Notitiae seems particularly topical. The responses of Cardinal Medina Estevez have been printed about kneeling for communion and the ordination of gay men.

Who should be ordained is always going to be a challenging question. Many people seem concerned about homosexuals being unfairly discriminated against. Few seem concerned that seminarians who take liturgy seriously will be discriminated against.

For example if someone took seriously the instructions in the Roman Missal about their ministry as an Instituted Lector: to read, to wear a vestment, and sit in the sanctuary. What would happen if they took seriously the instruction to stand for the Gloria?

How would a bishop view such a candidate? As someone with a high regard for truth and justice desperately needed to be ordained in the church? Or as someone likely to cause embarrassment, likely to tell someone kneeling for communion that they should stand?

I guess discrimination against homosexuals is something people are alert for. The idea that the church hierarchy would discriminate against those encouraging people to faithfully follow the church's liturgical laws seems ludicrous.

By J.R. Lilburne, 10 December 2002. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.

Other sites:

Chris McGillon, Sydney Morning Herald "Never mind the celibacy, feel the broadening opposition to gay priests" 10 December 2002

Adoremus on kneeling in November Notitiae

John Allen, The Tablet 7 December 2002