The man who instituted me as a lector, George Pell, has been made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II.
In his Sunday Telegraph column he wrote about the office of cardinal:
"The role of cardinal is not based in the Scriptures, like the offices of bishop and priests (or presbyters) are. It is a creation of the Church and it could be adapted or indeed abolished by the Pope. The Church could never abolish the offices of pope, or priest, or bishop."
I agree and I think the same can be said of the role of instituted lector and instituted acolyte. My concern is that many act as though these offices have been abolished, when they have not been.
At his press conference on 21 October Cardinal Pell spoke about the translation of the Roman Missal:
This is welcome news. But what is to happen for the years until there is a translation? Forty years ago the Second Vatican Council said: "when the liturgy is celebrated, something more is required than the mere observation of the laws governing valid and licit celebration ...". Which laws are to be observed? According to the Code of Canon law, 846: "The liturgical books, approved by the competent authority, are to be faithfully followed in the celebration of the sacraments. ...". The approved book is the 2002 Roman Missal.
There is an interesting letter in the November Bulletin at adoremus.org. A couple believe they should follow the 2002 Roman Missal and stand to say: "May the Lord accept the sacrifice ...". However their bishop said not to do this until the first Sunday of Advent. A response to the letter is that the Roman Missal says to stand, but:
"... diocesan bishops are allowed reasonable discretion as to the date these new rules are put into effect in their dioceses, in order give them time to prepare the people for the changes."
I am not aware of anything that justifies this. The Code of Canon Law and Roman Missal make it clear that a diocesan bishop does not have the authority to change the posture.
Julian Porter was ordained as a bishop earlier this year and is now on the Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference Liturgy Committee. He is the rector at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd. According to the web site :
I hope that in his new position he tries to have these ministries respected. I hope he recognises the damage that will be done to the seminarian's formation if these ceremonies are treated as meaningless.