Monday, July 11, 2011

Is your priest, bishop, National council of Bishops off the rails.

Triggered by the Redneck's comment on this post

Lumen Gentium, as you can read in that post, tells the faithful we are bound to obey our local bishop.

Redemptionis Sacramentum tells us to protect the Mass from novelty and errors, and charges us to do all within our power to stop the abuses. If you want to read about our foray into our duty under RS read here. I warn you it isn't pretty. But I digress

 If a priest is breaking the rules, we go to the bishops, but what do we do if the bishops are doing wrong. Well, Redemptionis Sacramentum tells us that the faithul's recourse for an errant bishop is... The Pope Himself

But Puff, I wouldn't feel right just calling him out of the blue, and snail mail takes waaaay to long.
Well, you are in luck: Benedict XVI has an email account
'In English it is:   benedictxvi(at)vatican(dot)va

Put the priest/ bishop in his place.
Although, be warned if the Pope says you are wrong, and your bishop/priest is right, then your only recourse is Christ himself, and he doesn't have an email, and didn't write anything other that scribbling in the sand, and that hasn't lasted. All we have are the gospels, and if you follow "just them" you run the risk of be a sola scripturist.

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Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20

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