Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Just wondering...

Throughout the Catholic blogosphere, the news of the Anglican Personal Ordinariate is the top news.


If you visit the website of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines...


Try visiting the CBCP's website and see the news they feature.

Here are some...
  • Prelate tells new deacon to shy away from partisan politics
  • Pagadian City to give P200K cash reward for info on abducted priest
  • Lack of concern for sanctity of life due to lack of catechesis says prelate
  • Legazpi residents up in arms vs casino
  • Columbans reiterate trust on crisis committee over rescue efforts
  • Task Force Sinnot still facing a blank wall
  • Palawan Vicariate hosts IP Sunday Celebration
  • Asian Church leaders in Davao for assembly
Just wondering...

Are the bishops of the Philippines more inclined towards environmental protection and being active in the political arena?

Are these issues more important in their agenda rather than Summorum Pontificum and Christian Unity?

Just wondering...

What should a bishop ought to do?
What is his Job Description?

A "diocesan bishop" is entrusted with the care of a local Church (diocese). He is responsible for teaching, governing, and sanctifying the faithful of his diocese, sharing these duties with the priests and deacons who serve under him.

To "teach, sanctify and govern" means that he must oversee preaching of the Gospel and Catholic education in all its forms;  oversee and provide for the administration of the sacraments; and legislate, administer and act as judge for canon-law matters within his diocese. He serves as the "chief shepherd" (spiritual leader) of the diocese and has responsibility for the pastoral care of all Catholics living within his ecclesiastical and ritual jurisdiction.  He is obliged to celebrate Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation with the intention of praying for those in his care, assign clergy to their posts in various institutions and oversee finances.  A bishop is to have a special concern for priests, listening to them, using them as counsellors, ensuring that they are adequately provided for in every way, and defending their rights set forth in the Code of Canon Law.  Latin Catholic bishops also must make regular ad limina visits to the Holy See every five years.

Only a bishop possesses the power to confer the sacrament of Holy Orders.

On Holy Thursday Latin Catholic bishops preside over the Mass of the Chrism. Though Oil of the Sick for the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is blessed at this Mass, it may also be blessed by any priest in case of necessity. Only a bishop may consecrate Chrism.

Only a bishop or other ordinary may grant imprimaturs for theological books, certifying that they are free from doctrinal or moral error; this is an expression of the teaching authority, and education responsibility of the bishop.

Prior to the Second Vatican Council, it was also the prerogative of the bishop to consecrate the paten and chalice that would be used during the Mass. One of the changes implemented since the Council, is that a simple blessing is now said and it may be given by any priest.


Hmmmm....  Guess to much "EXTRA curricular activities" that Pinoy bishops "forget" their primary job description?

Nothing wrong with speaking out defense of human rights... of the environment...
...justice and peace...
...clean and honest elections...
...good civil governance...


Just asking...

Just wondering...

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