Home | Join/Donate


Adoremus, Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy
Follow AdoremusSociety on Twitter

Online edition - April 1998, Vol. IV: No. 2

US Bishops Appoint Subcommittee to Consider Implementation of Instruction

During the November 1997 meeting of the NCCB, Bishop James Hoffman of Toledo introduced the Vatican Instruction on Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priests.

Bishop Hoffman, a member of the Subcommittee on Lay Ministry, said that the "Instruction will be very useful to the NCCB Lay Ministry Subcommittee which has been working toward a definition of Ecclesial Lay Ministers", and that the Subcommittee "carefully maintains the distinction" between the ordained and the laity.

At a press conference later, Bishop Hoffman said that he believed the abuses the Instruction addresses were not primarily a problem in the US. He warned against focusing on the 13 Articles of the Instruction which address abuses. Instead, he said, the Instruction should be seen as supporting the priesthood as something "special".

A committee of bishops was appointed by Bishop Anthony Pilla, President of the NCCB, to decide how the Instruction might be implemented in the us. No timetable for the committee's report was announced.

Members of the Implementation subcommittee, with their current offices in the NCCB, are:

Chairman: Bishop James Hoffman, Toledo - Subcommittee on Lay Ministry;

Bishop Stepehn Blaire, Auxiliary, Los Angeles - Committees on Evangelization, Pastoral Practices, Campaign for Human Development;

Bishop Thomas Doran, Rockford Illinois - Committee on Canonical Affairs;

Bishop John Dunne, Auxiliary, Rockville Centre, NY - Chairman, Committee on Women;

Bishop Richard Hanifen, Colorado Springs - Committee on Women;

Bishop Gerald Kicanas, Auxiliary, Chicago - Committees on Laity, Liturgy, Priestly Formation;

Bishop Emil Wcela, Auxiliary, Rockville Centre - Ad Hoc Committee on Review of Scripture Translation, Committees on Liturgy, Pastoral Practices and Subcommittee on Lay Ministry;

Bishop Richard Sklba, Auxiliary, Milwaukee - Chairman Ad Hoc Committee on Review of Scripture Translation, Committees on Doctrine, Marriage and Family.

Instruction - full text

The Instruction: The Distinction of Roles Reaffirmed

Excerpts from the Instruction

Credit Card Donations

To donate by credit card:

1. Call our office to donate directly: (314) 863-8385, have your name, address and credit card number ready. If you would like automatic donations to Adoremus let us know what date(s) you would like to be billed on.

2. You may also donate by using Network for Good: http://www.networkforgood.org (follow instructions on site)

3. You may donate using PayPal below

US Membership Donation

Foreign Membership Donation


**Adoremus operates solely on your generous donations.**

Adoremus is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Site Copyright © 1999 - Present by Adoremus
All rights reserved.

PERMISSION GUIDELINES
All material on this web site is copyrighted and may not be copied or reproduced without prior written permission from Adoremus, except as specified below:

Personal use
Permission is granted to download and/or print out articles for personal use only.

Quotations
Brief quotations (ca 500 words) may be made from the material on this site, in accordance with the “fair use” provisions of copyright law without prior permission.  For these quotations proper attribution must be made of author and Adoremus + URL (i.e., Adoremus or Adoremus Bulletin – www.adoremus.org.)

Attribution
Generally, all signed articles or graphics must also have the permission of the author. If a text does not have an author byline, Adoremus should be listed as the author.  For example: Adoremus (St Louis: Adoremus, 2005 + URL)

Link to Adoremus web site.
Other web sites are welcome to establish links to www.adoremus.org or to individual pages within our site.


Home | Join/Donate | Adoremus Bulletin | Archive | Index | Church Documents | Architecture | Posture | Music | Translation | What's NEW? | FAQ | Search Site | Site Map