Netherlands: Dominicans disagree with the Church

Source: FSSPX News

 

A group of Dutch Dominicans has written a 38-page pamphlet entitled Kerk en ambt (Church and Ministry) and has distributed it in the 1,300 Catholic parishes of the country, after having received the approval of the Order’s superiors in the Netherlands. These Dominicans hold that it is possible to remedy the crisis of vocation by having “a lay person -- male or female, homo- or heterosexual, married or single -- chosen by the parish community” to “preside over the Eucharist.” The words of consecration will be pronounced by the celebrant together with the faithful, because “these words are not reserved to the priest: they are the conscious expression of the whole community’s faith.” André Lascaris (professor of theology in Nimeguen), Ad Willems (professor of theology in Nimeguen), Jan Nieuwenhuis (director of the Dominican Ecumenical Center of Amsterdam), and Harrie Salemans (parish priest in Utrecht) authored the pamphlet whose first print run was of 2,500 copies. They took their inspiration from the theses of Dominican Father Edward Schillebeeckx, which were condemned in the 80’s by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Dutch Bishops’ Conference responded with a communiqué on August 31, stating that: “The bishops were not informed of this document in advance ” and “the thesis defended in this pamphlet is absolutely contrary to the doctrine of the Catholic Church.”

The General Curia of the Order of Preachers, residing at the convent of St. Sabina in Rome, declared in a press release published by the Press Office of the Holy See, on September 2007 that the publication of the Dutch booklet was “a veritable surprise”. “We do not think that the method used to distribute the pamphlet, nor the solution it proposes, can be beneficial to the Church. It is in disagreement with her Tradition. We share the authors’ worry about the lack of priests, but we think this issue must be the subject of a prudent theological and pastoral reflection, in communion with the whole Catholic Church and especially with the Dominican order.” (Sources: Cipa/katholieknederland.nl)

A group of Dutch Dominicans has written a 38-page pamphlet entitled Kerk en ambt (Church and Ministry) and has distributed it in the 1,300 Catholic parishes of the country, after having received the approval of the Order’s superiors in the Netherlands. These Dominicans hold that it is possible to remedy the crisis of vocation by having “a lay person -- male or female, homo- or heterosexual, married or single -- chosen by the parish community” to “preside over the Eucharist.” The words of consecration will be pronounced by the celebrant together with the faithful, because “these words are not reserved to the priest: they are the conscious expression of the whole community’s faith.” André Lascaris (professor of theology in Nimeguen), Ad Willems (professor of theology in Nimeguen), Jan Nieuwenhuis (director of the Dominican Ecumenical Center of Amsterdam), and Harrie Salemans (parish priest in Utrecht) authored the pamphlet whose first print run was of 2,500 copies. They took their inspiration from the theses of Dominican Father Edward Schillebeeckx, which were condemned in the 80’s by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Dutch Bishops’ Conference responded with a communiqué on August 31, stating that: “The bishops were not informed of this document in advance ” and “the thesis defended in this pamphlet is absolutely contrary to the doctrine of the Catholic Church.”

The General Curia of the Order of Preachers, residing at the convent of St. Sabina in Rome, declared in a press release published by the Press Office of the Holy See, on September 2007 that the publication of the Dutch booklet was “a veritable surprise”. “We do not think that the method used to distribute the pamphlet, nor the solution it proposes, can be beneficial to the Church. It is in disagreement with her Tradition. We share the authors’ worry about the lack of priests, but we think this issue must be the subject of a prudent theological and pastoral reflection, in communion with the whole Catholic Church and especially with the Dominican order.” (Sources: Cipa/katholieknederland.nl)