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Friday, January 30, 2015

Additional Ecclesiastical Modifications Announced

By: Carlo Guidowendo, SCCB Italy

The 'cleansing ritual' of the mass being performed in front
of the Patriarch of Collegeville, Minn.
Vatican City - Hidden by the interest generated by Pope Francis' announcement that archbishops will henceforth receive their pallia at home at the hands of the papal nuncio rather than in Rome at the Pope's hands, was a whole host of other things which Vatican-watchers are labeling "additional things that Benedict XVII will reverse."

Among the things that will now be handled by papal nuncios or even by the local bishop:

 - canonizations of locals. Families and friends can now nominate their deceased loved ones, who will be summarily examined by the local bishop and rubber-stamped by the nuncio.

- dispensations for striking priests. Formerly reserved to the Holy See. In some dioceses can even be purchased in advance now.

- establishing diplomatic relations with states. For instance, the Diocese of Regina has established relations with Cuba, Iran and Chinese Taipei.

- elevations to Doctor of the Church. For instance, the Archdiocese of Hartford has elevated recently-deceased Notre Dame professor, Richard McBrien. He has been given the title Doctor Heterodoxis.

- establishing liturgical rites. For instance, the 'Dancing Nun Rite' was established at one chapel at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The university's chaplain now holds the rank of patriarch.

- declarations of infallibility. Made-man global warming, hugs-not-drugs, first marriage is always annulable - these are now to be held as infallible teachings of the Catholic Church by the judgment of the Supreme Pontiff of Arlington, Virginia.

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