[quote=Honoria20]When I first learned of his decision to leave the priesthood to marry I was devastated and have to say until you asked this question tonight I was still not very happy with him. I searched out more information on him and found the site I posted.
We are not here to judge anyone – as Someone once said, “by their ‘Fruits’ ye shall know them”…
I’m not judging Mr. MacNutt. He and his healing prayer mission are just very attractive since he is a priest. Once a priest, always a priest; man cannot undo what the Holy Spirit has done. Being ordained to the priesthood is like being married sacramentally. And, I’m sure he had a calling to the priesthood.
To laicise means that he cannot carry out his priestly duties in the Church, that’s all . Did you know that Eastern Catholic priests are married? Also, Mr. MacNutt does have a Dominican charism because it seems he is a great teacher - at least this is what I can tell from reading his book on Healing . You know better than I do all the books he’s written.
I just wanted to know if there is anything off track with his doctrine. In other words, does he believe anything contrary to Catholic doctrine. It’s possible that what he writes and acts upon may make many Catholics uneasy because of the Pentecostal /Protestant bent, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s contrary to Catholic doctrine.
By the way, I’m not a Charismatic Catholic. I’m just exploring what being charismatic is, and why does there have to be such a distinction? If people want to do healing prayer by laying of hands, then so be it. How many times did you comfort people by putting your hands on their shoulder when they flet bad or cried? If we believe God works through everyone, then he works through the laity even in the laying of the hands.
Priest are special, of course. They perform sacraments which are a visible sign of Jesus’ action in the Church… For example, only the priest and bishop can consecreate the host, forgive sins , etc. and these are sacraments by virtue of their *ministerial * priesthood. The Laity is part of the *common * priesthood, but neverthless a priesthood. Granted, Pentecostals and some Protestants are a little too “Holy Roller” for me, but I think it’s just their manner of expression.