Spring 1969

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' A previous issue of Chicago Studies (Summer, 1968) discussed the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Matrimony. This article will treat of proposed changes in the celebration of the Sacraments of Penance, the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders.



In October, 1968 the Consilium met in Rome to discuss the Rite (s) of the Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance. Under consideration were three types of celebration of Some proposed changes in this Sacrament: a) the whole the celebration of Penance, rite as it would be celebrated the anointing of the Sick by the priest with each indiand Holy Orders. vidual penitent, b) a group or communal celebration of parts of the rite with the private confession of sins, c) a comEDMUND SIEDLECKI munal celebration with a general and public confession of sins. Several options for some of the details of these rites were proposed and voted upon. The decisions of the Consilium will be known only when an official text of these rites is published either for limited testing in various dioceses throughout the world or for general use. In the individual celebration of this Sacrament the following procedure was proposed: 1) The minister, in the usual ecclesiastical vesture, and, where customai'Jl., ...~earing a stole (no .·


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