DICASTERY HEADS TO EXAMINE QUESTION OF ARCHBISHOP MILINGO
VATICAN CITY, NOV 14, 2006 (VIS) – The Holy See Press office released the following communique late yesterday afternoon:
“The Holy Father has called a meeting of the heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia, for Thursday, November 16, in order to examine the situation that has arisen following the disobedience of Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, and to reflect upon requests for dispensation from the obligation of celibacy and requests for readmission to the priestly ministry, presented by married priests over the course of recent years. No other matters are scheduled on the order of the day.”
I am not expecting anything groundbreaking or different to come out of the meeting. While the Pastoral Provision (with a redesigned website) has allowed married Latin-rite priests for about 25 years now, any broad changes to priestly celibacy, I would imagine, would be discussed in much wider circles before any change.
Across the rumor mill, there were talks that this meeting would also include discussion of a wider indult for the use of the Mass according to the liturgical books of 1962, the official program says no.