That is Very Rev. Tomas S. Maddela who teaches liturgy at both of our favorite schools of theology in the country, Maryhill School of Theology of the CICMs and St. Vincent School of Theology of the Vincentian Fathers. I once posted about him.
His resume boasts of a Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome.
Pretty impressive, eh?
But what you do not know is that he is not a Roman Catholic priest.
Yup. The honorifics are a give-away.
He is an Episcopalian priest.
"Oh come on, Pinoy Catholic! You are so un-ecumenical!"
This is not a question of ecumenism. This is a question of who trains our future Roman Catholic priests, religious and catechists. Catholic priests should train future Catholic priests! End of story. If other denominations would have it other way, then let them have it.
He may have his licentiate to teach liturgy. But it begs the question of why a non-Roman Catholic, and may I put it as it is, a schismatic, will form our future priests of how we Roman Catholics ought to worship.
I have nothing against Episcopalians, believe me, as I maintain a healthy line of communication with Dr. Ben, Bruce Hall and others.
But, by golly, this is a different thing!
Does this mean that deans of Maryhill and St. Vincent will be willing to have a Greek Orthodox or an SSPX priest, who have licentiates to teach at their schools? Makes sense, eh? Tit for tat!
Rev. Maddela will be conducting summer classes this year with the title "Liturgy and Sacraments: Understanding and Living Our Faith in the Worship of the Church"
Will he be talking about the Catholic Church or the Episcopalian Church?
Dunno, but here is a synopsis on what to expect:
This course aims to help students understand the complexity and sacramental administration of Christian celebrations as symbols of salvation today. [Huh? Do we have new symbols of salvation?] Toward this, it will introduce the principles of liturgical and sacramental practice and provide an integral approach (i.e., historical, anthropological, theological and pastoral). It will cover the development of liturgy and sacraments until and after the Second Vatican Council. [So, he will talk about the Catholic Church. But can we have a Catholic priest do it?] It will discuss the theological underpinnings of the sacraments in aid of clarifying the ecumenical search for a common theology. [This should be a red flag for you folks!] Contemporary issues in liturgical piety, such as inculturation [belch!] and popular devotions will be tackled.
I guess someone will attend this seminar and add it to their resume to beef himself up.
But I digress.
Is the Church in the Philippines really out of priests who have an SLL to teach liturgy in our theology schools that we end up just getting non Catholics to do the job?
Really? Give me a break!