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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Apostolic Exhortation, Pt. 12

This covers paragraphs 57-61 of the Apostolic Exhortation. Please read my "introduction" to this effort if you haven't done so already. (Be patient, not only is the translation from Latin a bit rough, but also formatting in Blogger is a pain in the...it's my croix du jour to bear, let's just say.) The stuff I find to be incorrect will be stricken out, what I consider the best (or most approximate) translation will be in bold. If there is something that isn't in the text to be translated, but which adds sense, I put it in [brackets]. Sometimes a translated word or phrase needs a little extra help in making itself clearer, so in put any such clarification(s) [italicized in brackets]. I haven't made any comments yet, and I know that I have been VERY nitpicky in the translatin' so that anyone with a better sense of these things than I can piece together something, meaningwise, which might not have been apparent to me.

Participation through the communications media

57. Thanks to the remarkable development of the communications media Given the improvements [literally, "increases in superiority"], of the instruments of communication in recent decades, the word "participation" has taken on a broader meaning in recent decades than in previous times. We all gladly All of us joyfully acknowledge that the media have also opened up offer new possibilities for in matters regarding the celebration of the Eucharist. (176) This requires, of the pastoral agents in this field [literally, "province"] a specific preparation and a keen a living sense of responsibility on the part of pastoral workers in the sector. When Mass is broadcast on television, it inevitably tends to set an necessarily acquires the status [literally, "species"] of example. Particular care should therefore be taken to ensure that Therefore special attention is to be paid to, in addition to taking place in suitable and well-appointed dignified and properly prepared locations, the celebration respects the liturgical norms in force.

Finally, with regard to the value of taking part in Mass via which the communications media make possible, those who hear or view these broadcasts [transmissions] should be aware are to know that, under normal circumstances, they do not fulfil the obligation of attending Mass precept of [attending] the feast [i.e., the Mass]. Visual images can represent reality, but they do not actually reproduce it.(177) While it is most praiseworthy laudable that the elderly and the sick participate in Sunday Mass through radio and television, the same cannot be said of those who think that wish, by means of such broadcasts, dispense themselves from going to church and sharing in for the eucharistic assembly in the living Church.

Active participation by the sick

58. In thinking of keeping present [i.e., "in mind"] those who cannot attend places of worship for reasons of health or advanced age, I wish to call the attention of the whole Church ecclesial community to the pastoral importance necessity of providing ensuring the spiritual assistance to the sick, both those living at home and those in hospital. Their situation was often mentioned They were made reference to several times during the Synod of Bishops. These brothers and sisters of ours should have the opportunity to receive are to be provided access to sacramental communion frequently. In this way they can strengthen thus reinforcing their relationship with Christ, crucified and risen, and they can feel fully involved in the Church's life and mission by the by means of offering of their sufferings in union with our Lord's sacrifice. Particular Singular attention needs to be given to the disabled. When should their condition so permits, the Christian community should make it possible for them favor [i.e., "make accessible"] the possibility to attend the place of worship. Buildings should be designed to provide ready access to the disabled It is to be ensured that buildings are free of architectural obstacles. Finally, whenever possible, eucharistic communion should also be made available to the mentally handicapped, if they are baptized and confirmed: they receive the Eucharist in the faith also of the family or the community that accompanies them. (178)

Care for prisoners

59. The Church's spiritual tradition, basing itself on following Christ's own words (cf. Mt 25:36), has designated the visiting of prisoners as one of the corporal works of mercy. Prisoners Those who find themselves in these conditions have a particular need to be visited personally by the Lord in the sacrament of the Eucharist. Experiencing the closeness of the ecclesial community, sharing in the Eucharist and receiving holy communion at this difficult and painful singularly sad time can surely contribute to the quality of a prisoner's faith journey and to full social rehabilitation recovery of [their place in] society. Taking up the recommendation Interpreting the manifest wishes of the Synod, I ask Dioceses to do whatever is, wherever possible to ensure that sufficient pastoral resources are invested in the spiritual care of place adequate means in pastoral activities which [engage] spiritually attending to prisoners. (179)

Migrants and participation in the Eucharist

60. Turning now to those people who for various reasons are forced to leave their native countries own land, the Synod expressed particular gratitude to all those engaged in the pastoral care of attending pastorally to migrants. Specific In this context, special attention needs to be paid to migrants belonging to the Eastern Catholic Churches; in addition to being far from their own home, they also encounter the difficulty of not being able to participate in the eucharistic liturgy in their own rite according to the rite to which they properly belong. For this reason, wherever possible, they should concessions should be made that they may be served by priests of their rite. In all cases I would ask Bishops to welcome these brothers and sisters with the love in the charity of Christ. Contacts The encounter between the faithful of different rites can prove a source of mutual become an occasion of reciprocal enrichment. In particular, I am thinking of the benefit that can come accrue, especially for the clergy, from a knowledge of the different diverse traditions. (180)

Large-scale concelebrations

61. The Synod considered the quality of participation in the case of large-scale great celebrations held on special occasions under particular circumstances and involving not only a great number of the lay faithful, but also many concelebrating priests. (181) On the one hand, it is easy to appreciate the importance momentuousness of these moments, especially when the Bishop himself celebrates, surrounded by his presbyterate and by the deacons. On the other hand, it is not always easy in such cases to give clear expression to difficulties are possible in [understanding of] the clarity of the manifestation of the unity of the presbyterate, especially during the Eucharistic Prayer and the distribution of Holy Communion. Efforts need to be made lest It is of vital necessity these large-scale concelebrations not lose their proper focus do not cause dispersion [of focus]. This can be done by proper This is to be done by providing for congruence and coordination and by arranging the proper disposition of the place of worship so in such a manner as to permit that priests and lay faithful are truly able to participate fully. It should be kept in mind, however, In any event, it is to be kept present that here we are speaking of exceptional concelebrations of an exceptional character, and limited to extraordinary situations.

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