29 April 2009

By His Own Power

For a number of reasons, I'm a little more than a month behind in most of my projects right now (actually, I'm a whole year behind in one project). This is why I took a three week break in my podcasts over Easter instead of only one. Seven weeks ago, I heard someone say something theologically incorrect, and it's taken until now before I address it. I didn't correct this person at the time because in this situation I had to look up specific biblical passages to back up my correction. It was actually the beginning of the Intercessions in Tuesday's Morning Prayer that prompted me to finally get busy on this one.

This is the erroneous theological statement that I heard:
"Christ did not rise from the dead of his own accord. God raised him from the dead."

15 April 2009

Mandatory Celibacy Caused the Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

It is quite common for people to point to priestly celibacy as the cause of the clergy sex abuse scandal. Many have the idea that if priests were allowed to get married, they wouldn't have to suppress their sexual desires, and therefore would not fall into immoral sexual relationships. Anyone that holds such ideas is actually ignorant of the meaning of marriage, as they are of the meaning of  celibacy.

13 April 2009

Married Clergy?

This topic has come up yet again in an e-mail discussion, so I decided to address it on my blog so that the next time it comes up, I can direct people  to this page.

There is married clergy in the Catholic Church. There always has been. Both married and celibate men can be ordained to the diaconate; however, once ordained, a man cannot marry. If he freely choses to devote himself wholly to God through celibacy (cf. Matthew 19:12, 1 Corinthians 7:32-37) before ordination, he must remain celibate. If he was married before ordination and his wife dies after he is ordained, he cannot remarry but must remain celibate. It became the norm in the Latin Rite to only ordain celibate deacons to the presbyterate (priests). It became the norm in all of the rites of the Catholic Church to only ordain celibate presbyters to the episcopate (bishops).

Canada is Now Using an Approved Lectionary

I had a pleasant surprise this last Saturday afternoon. As I passed by the ambo during the practice for Easter Vigil, I noticed that the Lectionary looked different. Actually, at first I thought that it was some other book that someone had placed on the ambo. Upon a closer examination, I realised that it was in fact a Lectionary; and not just any Lectionary, the new Canadian Lectionary approved by the Vatican, which I had been waiting years for.