Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Confirmation, the Bishop preaches and confers the Sacrament

Mgr Castet preaching
Mgr Castet preaches in the traditional manner, sitting down.

This is the sense of "Cathedral". It comes from Cathedra meaning seat, and the seat is the source of the Bishops teaching authority. Priests do not sit down because they administer the teaching of the Church. Bishops, as successors of the apostles, are members of the teaching corp of the Church.

Fr Rowe singing the Gospel
And it is because of this that Bishops must uphold the teaching of the Church. They are charged, by Jesus Christ himself, to teach the faith. They will be held personally responsible at the day of judgement if any of the flock of Christ untrusted to them have gone astray because they did not defend the truth that comes to us from Jesus through the Church.

Preparing for the prayer of confirmation

Preparing for the imposition of hands

The Bishop lays hands on the head of the sister of one of our students
If they have watered down the faith by diminishing belief in the real presence then they will be held accountable. If they teach strange doctrines which question the divinity of Christ of the place of the Blessed Virgin, then they will be held accountable. If they do not promote the teachings on morality, which lead to salvation, such as the evils of artificial contraception, abortion, euthanasia, same sex 'marriage', then they will be held accountable. If they do not oppose injustice or oppression, then they will be held accountable.

The anointing with the oil of Chrism
"Be sealed with the Holy Spirit, the gift of God"
If this is harsh then as Sir Humphrey said in "Yes Primeminister" - it's your job, you wanted to do it.
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