John Lilburne's journal about instituted lectors not reading and Msgr. Peter Elliott
1629 K Sun 21 Oct 2001
The seminarians were at the Cathedral this morning. Most of them are instituted lectors. They did the job of altar server, but did not read, a woman doing both the readings. I believe that my right to have the liturgical books followed (according to Canon 846) was breached. According to the 1981 Lectionary for Mass, n. 51, "Where there are instituted readers available, they are to carry out their office at least on Sundays and major feasts, especially at the principal Mass of the day."
Alongside Archbishop Hart was Monsignor Peter Elliott. On the back of his book Liturgical Question Box, there is a description of him:
He is someone of I learnt a lot from. Maybe he is unaware of liturgical laws on instituted lectors.
On the other side of Archbishop Hart was Father Michael McKenna. He is rector of the seminary and I discussed the liturgical laws on lectors with him when I was there.
Then there are the seminarians, who have been instituted as lectors, and so should be aware of the liturgical responsibilities of their office.
Last night I was watching two movies: A Few Good Men and Breaker Morant. Both of them were dealing with issues of following orders, being part of the team, when the orders are wrong. Its similiar to the issue in the book Crimes of Obedience I read about a month ago. Another book about this problem is The Courageous Follower, by Ira Chaleff (1995). Here is a quote:
It is possible that Monsignor Elliott, Father McKenna, and the seminarians are taking this courageous approach. But I have no evidence of that.
Today the Gospel reading was from Luke 18:1-8. It includes a parable from Jesus:
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 21 October 2001.