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Friday, April 23, 2004

Another juicy bit

There are those of us who get excited when the Vatican releases a new document, and when it's a document, like today's novella-length instruction, that touches on something as gab-inducing as the celebration of the Mass... well, it's like Christmas in Easter.

I'll satisfy myself here by taking note of just one paragraph, no. 177 from the "The Diocesan Bishop" section of the "Remedies" chapter; the whole paragraph is a quotation from Canon Law (can. 392, ยง 1-2):
"Since he must safeguard the unity of the universal Church, the Bishop is bound to promote the discipline common to the entire Church and therefore to insist upon the observance of all ecclesiastical laws. He is to be watchful lest abuses encroach upon ecclesiastical discipline, especially as regards the ministry of the Word, the celebration of the Sacraments and sacramentals, the worship of God and the veneration of the Saints."
Note, please, the bishop "is to be watchful lest abuses encroach upon ecclesiastical discipline." It doesn't say the bishop "is to be watched."