Mexican bishop says position on married priests one of “listening” not “encouraging”

.- Bishop Felipe Arizmendi of San Cristobal de las Casas in southern Mexico has issued a clarification regarding the Holy See’s request that he implement a reform of the diocesan deaconate program.  The bishop said he does not promote the priestly ordination of married deacons but rather that he only listens to “the petitions of some of the faithful in this matter.”

In a statement released to the media, Bishop Arizmendi said, “It should be very clear: We do not encourage the hope for ‘a permanent deaconate oriented toward the married priesthood.’  We do not promote the ordination of married deacons.  We listen to the petitions of some of the faithful in this matter, but we do not encourage them to have hope.  Permanent deacons are permanent deacons, and we are not directing them towards the priesthood.”

“We thank the Holy See for its concern for our diocese and we appreciate its work to conserve orthodoxy,” the bishop said in his statement.  “We sincerely apologize for the headache we have caused.  But we have the obligation to make you aware of the concerns of our people, to dialogue and clarify that which we believe does not correspond to reality, and to propose solutions to the concrete needs of our local Churches.”

“For some time we have been reviewing some of the contents of the Diocesan Directory for the Permanent Deaconate, which was drafted by my predecessors, so that it conforms to the national and universal directories,” he added.

This week the Notimex news agency published another letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments—the third such missive in the last 14 months sent to the Diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas asking for the deaconate program to be corrected.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

3D Church mapping
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family

Liturgical Calendar

July 29, 2014

Saint Martha

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 11:19-27


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 14: 17-22
Gospel:: Jn 11: 19-27

Saint of the Day

St. Martha »


Homily of the Day

Jn 11:19-27


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: