Archive for October 22nd, 2013
“Christian celibacy is not to be regarded as a state in rivalry to marriage, much less in opposition to it,” a leading American liturgist has said here.
Father Godfrey Diekmann, O.S.B., of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minn., a council expert, spoke at a press conference at the American bishops’ press panel on the Christian theological aspects of celibacy.
He noted that Scripture “begins with the story of God’s blessing of marriage in the first book of Genesis and ends with the vision of the Spirit and the Bride, inviting all to come to the heavenly wedding feast. And, we might say, all the story in between expresses God’s relations to man in terms of marriage.”
Father Diekmann’s conference paralleled the discussion in the ecumenical council of the establishment of the married diaconate. He said: “Celibacy is not of divine law, but a disciplinary Church law which could be changed. There…
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‘Be loving critics and critical lovers of the institutional church.’
“Jennifer Haselberger first heard that phrase while she was an undergraduate student at the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in St. Paul, Minn. When she returned home in 2008 to take the position of chancellor of canonical affairs for the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, the phrase returned with her. Responsible for its records and archives, she discovered unreported allegations of clergy sex abuse and lapses in investigations.
“Ultimately, Haselberger, 38, resigned her position in April, saying that she found it impossible to continue in her position knowing such gaffes existed and that her efforts to rectify them had proved futile. So, she alerted law officials and local media.”
By Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter. Read the rest of Rowe’s report by clicking here.