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Week of November 7, 2005
Collins moved by world synod
'A spectacular experience' of the universal Church
By GLEN ARGAN
Celibacy "goes very deep into the spiritual tradition of the Church. It's not just a discipline you can flip around."
- Archbishop Thomas Collins
The bishops also reasserted the value of priestly celibacy, he said. They see a need to teach people, especially in the Western world, of that value.
Celibacy "goes right back to Jesus himself. It wasn't thought up by canon lawyers in the year 1100.
"It goes very deep into the spiritual tradition of the Church. It's not just a discipline you can flip around."
The most important point raised during the three weeks of meetings and speeches was that "The Eucharist is so central to our life. Every father of the synod stressed that."
The synod as a whole "was a profound spiritual experience about the extraordinary importance of the Eucharist in the lives of the Christian people. The Eucharist is at the heart of our vitality as Christians."
Collins, like the 250 other synod delegates, gave a six-minute talk. "I worked on mine a lot; I'm sure every bishop did."
He also turned in a 15-page paper to synod officials that laid out the theme of his talk in greater detail. And he spoke at some of the open discussions that were a new feature of this year's synod.
The archbishop was also an active member of one of the 12 language- based working groups which developed and revised "propositions" on the synod theme to be presented to the pope.
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