19.2.89: 10.30 a.m. Mass, Father W, no vestments (surplice and stole only) no crucifix and no Creed, Father played music instead. No response after Gospel. After the Consecration more taped music, Father even went out of the hall after putting the music on. Priest sat halfway through the distribution of Communion while special lay ministers continued. Lay ministers consumed the remaining Precious Blood and took the chalice and ciboriums out of the hall to cleanse them. Priests irreverent attitude was sad to see. Church bulletin, individual Confession by appointment only.
* “The faithful, whether Religious or lay, who are authorized as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist can distribute Communion only when there is no priest, deacon or acolyte, when the priest is impeded by illness or advanced age, or when the number of the faithful going to Communion is so large as to make the celebration of Mass excessively long. Accordingly, a reprehensible attitude is shown by those priests who, though present at the celebration, refrain from distributing Communion and leave this task to the faithful.” (Inaestimabile Donum — Item No. 10)
12.3.89.- Third Rite of Reconciliation advertised in Bulletin and during Mass. Fr. said: “Unless you are in the habit of committing adultery, you don’t need a private Confession anyway.”
* “Frequent and careful celebration of this sacrament is also very useful as a remedy for venial sins. This is not a mere ritual repetition or psychological exercise but a serious striving to perfect the grace of Baptism so that, as we bear in our body the death of Jesus Christ, His life may be seen in us ever more clearly. In Confession of this kind, penitents who accuse themselves of venial faults should try to conform more closely to Christ, and to follow the voice of the Spirit more attentively.” (The Rite of Penance — Revised Roman Ritual, 1973 — Items No. 7A-7B)
21.3.89: Third Rite of Reconciliation held in hall. Children of Grades 4, 5 & 6 given Third Rite of Reconciliation in their classrooms during the two weeks before Easter.
* “No. 1. The proper place to hear sacramental confessions is a church or an oratory. No. 3. Confessions are not to be heard outside the confessional without a just cause” (Canon Law 1983 — Item No. 964)
* … it is lawful to give sacramental absolution to several of the faithful at the same time, after they have made only a generic confession but have been suitably called to repentance, if there is grave need … This may happen especially in mission territory … General absolution is not lawful, when confessors are available, for the sole reason of the large number of penitents, as may be on the occasion of some major feast.” (The Rite of Penance — Items No. 31-34: It is evident from this instruction that the conditions prescribed for general absolution [The Third Rite of Reconciliation) would rarely if ever occur in Australia, let alone in a parish with three resident priests)
18.4.89: Fr. said: “No priest believes all of the teachings of the Church.” Also that he cannot be arrested for breaking Canon Law. They are only a guide and he can use his discretion concerning them. When told that the Pope cannot teach error when teaching our religion he said I was very ignorant about the Catholic religion.
John Paul II stated in the Apostolic Constitution of the Code of Canon Law 1983 that the Code of Canon Law “must be regarded as the essential instrument for the preservation of right order, both in individual and social life and in the Church’s zeal … canonical laws by their very nature demand observance …