VATICAN TO HOST RETREAT FOR LEADERS OF SOUTH SUDAN
A two-day spiritual retreat for the highest civil and ecclesiastical authorities of South Sudan starts tomorrow in the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence, according to a statement from the Holy See Press Office.
Interim director Alessandro Gisotti noted that it was Pope Francis who approved the proposal presented by Anglican Primate, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury to organize this spiritual retreat. (vatiannews file photo 2017)
The statement listed the civil authorities who will be present, including members of the Presidency of the Republic of South Sudan who, under the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan, will assume positions of great national responsibility this coming 12 May: Salva Kiir Mayardit, president of the Republic, and four of the five designated vice presidents: Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, James Wani Igga, Taban Deng Gai and Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior.
Representing the ecclesiastical authorities of the country will be eight members of the South Sudan Council of Churches. Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu (Uganda), and Reverend Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J., president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar, will preach the retreat.
“This event, both ecumenical and diplomatic at the same time,” says the Vatican statement, “was organized by mutual agreement between the Secretariat of State and the Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, with the goal of offering on the part of the Church a propitious occasion for reflection and prayer, as well as an occasion for encounter and reconciliation, in a spirit of respect and trust, to those who in this moment have the mission and the responsibility to work for a future of peace and prosperity for the South Sudanese people.”
The retreat will conclude Thursday afternoon at 5 when the Holy Father will address participants. Following that, participants will be given a Bible signed by Pope Francis, by Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, and by Reverend John Chalmers, former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, with the message “Seek that which unites. Overcome that which divides.” All will then receive a papal blessing.
POPE APPROVES UPDATED NORMS FOR FORMER ANGLICANS/EPISCOPALIANS
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has published new complementary norms for former Anglican ministers and lay faithful who have joined the Catholic Church.
By Devin Watkins (vaticannews)
Released on Tuesday, the updated Complementary Norms for the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus were approved by Pope Francis on March 8th and signed by Cardinal Luis Ladaria and Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, prefect and secretary of the CDF, respectively, on March 19, 2019.
Anglicanorum coetibus governs the institutions and Personal Ordinariates that minister to the lay faithful originally of the Anglican tradition, known as Episcopalians in the United States.
The updated Complementary Norms integrate the experience of the past 10 years and seek to make their application more in tune with the spirit of the Apostolic Constitution.
Currently, three Ordinariates of former Anglican ministers and lay faithful exist: the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in England and Wales; the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter in the United States; and, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia.
The new Norms introduce several modifications to those promulgated in November 2009.
The most substantial change regards the use of the Missal, known as Divine Worship, in liturgical celebrations. An entire article, number 15, was added to regulate the liturgical form approved by the Holy See for use in the Ordinariates.
Divine Worship “gives expression to and preserves for Catholic worship the worthy Anglican liturgical patrimony, understood as that which has nourished the Catholic faith throughout the history of the Anglican tradition and prompted aspirations towards ecclesial unity.”
First, use of the liturgical form is restricted to the Personal Ordinariates.
Second, the Norms allow any priest incardinated in an Ordinariate to celebrate Mass according to Divine Worship when not in a parish belonging to the Ordinariate, if done privately. The celebration of Mass with a congregation is possible, if the pastor of the church gives his permission.
Third, if a pastoral necessity exists or no Ordinariate priest is available, any diocesan or religious priest may celebrate Mass according to Divine Worship for members of the Ordinariate. Non-Ordinariate priests may also concelebrate Mass under the liturgical form.
Two changes are made to Article 4. The updated Norms extend the Ordinariate to allow former Anglican ministers already incardinated in a Catholic Diocese by virtue of the Pastoral Provision to be incardinated into a Personal Ordinariate. They also say that clerics joining an Ordinariate must excardinate from their former Diocese.
The Pastoral Provision was issued in 1980 to receive married former Anglican clergy into ordained Catholic ministry in the United States.
Baptism of lay faithful
A new paragraph is inserted into Article 5. It says any validly baptized Christian who was evangelized by the Ordinariate may join it by receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist. A person who has not been validly baptized may also join through the Sacraments of Initiation.
Article 10 regards the formation of clergy, and was adapted to the current situation. The new Norms change “candidates for priestly ordination” to “Ordinariate Seminarians”, who study at institutions with Latin-rite seminarians.
It also allows the Ordinariate to organize its own programs for the ongoing formation of clergy.
(The English text of those Norms can be found here: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2019/04/09/0300/00607.html#ing)