I’m posting a link here to a recent story. Since full stories aren’t allowed to be posted here (if I understand the rules correctly), I’ve chopped out a few lines. But the story really should be read in its full context. Please click the link below and read the whole story.
**California Catholic Daily
September 24, 2007 **
*** Cardinal Mahony commissions lay parish pastoral associates***
In a ceremony, Sept. 9, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony formally commissioned three lay women and one deacon as parish pastoral associates.
“Father Bruce said to me that I would ‘add a dimension to ministry at the parish,’” Becker said. “I’m a woman. I’ve been married. I’ve been divorced. I’ve had children. ‘These are things,’ he told me, 'I cannot minister to in the first person.’ What a gift he is by choosing me to be a pastoral associate.”
Speaking of lay ministry, Becker told the Tidings last year that now is “a wonderful time” in the Church. “We are going back to the early church which excites me,” she said. “The laity were very involved in the early church and there were no formal structures.”
I wonder if anyone else is concerned by the very last paragraph in the story. Where oh where did people get this idea that anarchy within the Church is a good thing? If formal structures were lacking in the early Church, it was due to the restrictions of living in that era!