Abp Listecki: "[VII] documents need to be revisited and read in light of the tradition of the Church"; Homily given from the cathedra


The ceremony started in darkness and a lone voice proclaimed the passage of time and the events leading up to this significant moment. The proclamation was written by Bishop Emeritus Richard J. Sklba and at the end it stated our commitment to the teachings of the Church and our desire to live the Gospel. The homily was given from the cathedra, the “chair.” This was done deliberately to emphasize the importance of the moment and the relationship with the Shepherd of Rome.

Preaching from the chair stresses the teaching office of the bishop. Pope Benedict recalls the moment of his first homily as Bishop of Rome: “The Church as a whole and all her pastors like Christ, must set out to lead people out of the desert towards the place of life, towards friendship with the Son of God, towards the One who gives us life, and life in abundance.”

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. The documents of the Council fashioned the Church as we know it today. The liturgy is a prime example. Even more so, the whole spirit of the Church in the modern world. Yet, the documents need to be revisited and read in light of the tradition of the Church. Pope John Paul II, a Father of the Council, challenged us to read the documents through the lens of authentic teachings: “They need to be read correctly to be widely known and taken to heart as important and normative texts of the Magisterium within the Church’s tradition.”
whole article at ArchMil

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