Hello to all. I am new to this forum and would like to participate in a book study and discussion. Does anyone have a book suggestion? Does anyone read the National Catholic Register? Maybe we could start by discussing an article from it?
I read a great article in the June 18-24, 2006 issue of the NCR. It was titled “Many Parishes Led by Laity, Despite Rome’s Words” by Gail Besse. This article hit home with me because I am located in the mid-western portion of the US and it seems that we are having a priest shortage. Also, the priests we have are aging and are unable to be as active as they were when they were younger. What are we to do?
That is a really good question. I don’t have the Registar. . . .what does Rome say about it?
I would like to discuss any books you might suggest. . . .I have quite a few. Maybe we could list a couple and see if we have any matches or if you have one that’s burning a hole through your night stand. . . . let me know. Tana
Tana, to answer your question, here’s what the article says about the situation:
The Vatican has been concerned about the trend for years.
The Second Vatican Council stressed that lay people have an important mission of their own â€“ in the world. A 1997 Vatican instruction on lay ministry was a strong reaffirmation that it was ordained ministersâ€™ role to run parishes.
The document had a rare pedigree. Called â€œInstruction on Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priests,â€
I have read a Mother’s Rule of Life and I mostly like it but I don’t seem to be able to put it into practice here. Because my husband doesn’t work a job with regular hours, we can’t stick to such a rigid family routine. She does have a lot of great ideas though – especially her recommendation to find time for Eucharistic adoration, which I plan to start doing soon – and I plan to read the book again soon.
I agree it is a bit stringent on the scheduling, but I liked it and it makes a lot of sense. I, too, am going to have to reread for an intelligent discussion. Would you like to start rereading it with me?