Monday, March 18, 2013

Local Ordinary under Code of Canon Law

An official of the Archdiocese of Manila reminded the faithful that all healing masses or healing prayer sessions" should have the permission of the Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

In a circular, Rev. Fr. Rufino Sescon, Jr., chancellor, said that upon the instruction of Cardinal Tagle any healing activity or service be it liturgical or not, inviting the public and carried out in the name of the Catholic Church (e.g. the so-called "Healing Masses" or "Healing Prayer Sessions"), requires the explicit permission from the Local Ordinary under the Code of Canon Law.

This is based on the Code of Canon Law (Cc. 838 §4 and 839 §2 ). "Instruction On Healing" by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (issued on 14 September 2000) and the Guidelines on Non-Liturgical Prayer for Healing by the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.

He said that the directive is addressed to priests, superiors of religious communities, heads of schools, institutions, transparochial charismatic communities and mandated organizations in the archdiocese.

It applies whether the healing activity is carried out by a bishop, priest, religious or layperson.

"Hence, a letter of request for this purpose must be sent to the Archbishop before any healing activity is announced or organized," he added based on the Circular No. 2013-07, dated February 23, 2013.

He added that request and permission may be ad casum (i.e., a particular activity at a particular time) or ad actum vel ad tempus (i.e., temporarily, a particular activity at a certain period of time), depending ultimately on the discernment and decision of our Archbishop.

On the other hand, excluded in the order are the private administration and parochial pastoral exercises of the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.

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