He has the unique distinction of being strongly influenced by one saint, Clement Mary Hofbauer, and being himself a strong influence on another, Bishop John Nepomucene Neumann. Both saints were Redemptorists.
How to Address Priests and Religious: Before me are several interesting questions on how we should address priests and religious men and women sent to my desk recently by a lady. I will answer them today on the TIA website, since I think that my correspondent is not the only one with similar queries.
The dignified sisters inspired respect. Above, a sister teaches protocol in a pre-Vatican II Catholic classroom. After the Council, sisters abandoned the habit and took up jobs in the world. Above, Sister Joy Manthey "ministers" to riverboat captains and crews.
The general protocol was taught by sisters in grade school, but more often was learned as in osmosis from everyday practice. Speaking before a gathering that included clergy or religious, a Catholic speaker as habit addressed them solemnly first.
But then came the tumultuous and leveling aftermath of Vatican II that spelled a death to formalities in the religious sphere.
Priests, monks and sisters began to adopt the ways of a world that were becoming increasingly vulgar and egalitarian. This leveling egalitarian spirit violates not only tradition and the laws of civility, but also the practice of justice.
We need only look to a basic principle of Roman Law, so coherent in its logic, which states that that each one should be given what he has a right to receive. Because people are unequal in status, situation, and talent, the necessity of justice demands unequal treatment.
Catholic doctrine used to be applied concretely in Christian Civilization. Thus one could judge a person according to a code of rights, merits and honors, and according to this code, use a formula of respect suitable for each one and each occasion. It is a great good to know how to give respectful treatment to a superior.
Reciprocally, those in higher positions have a duty of justice to treat those below them with dignity and consideration. Let me give a charming example from our Catholic past: King Louis XIV took off his hat for every woman, even if she were a simple housemaid.
But he did not remove it for a man unless he were a member of the clergy or a royal family. For a man with a Catholic spirit, this hierarchical order of dignities provides a kind of oxygen that makes it easier to breathe. It is a very positive step.
Let me turn, then, to the first question: Should we call a priest by his first name or last name?Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra, current nuncio to Mozambique, will take up his new position as "substitute secretary for general affairs" Oct.
Archbishop Pena, 58, succeeds Italian Cardinal.
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