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I have called you friends…

Five men… a single calling: to serve God and His church through “tasks of practical charity”.  And so we welcome these five men who have answered that call — “welcome, brothers!”

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“I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”

Robert Burke, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse
Dare Dutter, Holy Cross, DeWitt
Paul Lehmann, St. Mary, Hamilton
David Losito, St. Margaret, Mattydale
Mark Shiner, Newman Center at Colgate Univ, Hamilton

Putting deacons in their place?

Omnium in Mente, “In the Mind of All”,  a document written by Pope Benedict XVI in October but released on December 15, 2009 “clarifies” the role of the Permanent Deacon, by updating Canon Law in a new third paragraph, [Canon 1009].  The revision states in part,

…while deacons are enabled to serve the people of God in the diaconate of the liturgy, the word and charity.

According to Zenit and the National Catholic Reporter, the change brings the canon in line with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and clarifies the role of bishops and priests, as distinctly different than permanent deacons. Makes sense?  As I read the change, the “while” in the new paragraph has a “line in the sand” quality… a demarc point that doesn’t reflect the balance of the current canon.

What do you think?  Here’s a link to the current canons…  ORDERS