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Week of October 6, 2008
Synod may boost ecumenism – Ouellet
Canadian delegates want Bible to come alive
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
Proclamation of the Word should enable those present “see a portion of the glory of God.”
In addition to Ouellet, five Canadian bishops will attend the synod: Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa; Bishop Raymond St-Gelais of Nicolet, Quebec; Bishop Luc Bouchard of St. Paul; Bishop Ronald Fabbro of London, Ont., and Archbishop Lawrence Huculak, metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
At the CCCB plenary, each bishop gave a talk on his synod presentation.
Prendergast focused on the Old Testament and problems with the Sunday Lectionary.
“Knowledge of the Old Testament as the Word of God seems to be a real problem,” he said. It is rarely read or preached upon, he said, noting its riches need to be “opened up.”
Prendergast noted the New Testament Second Reading is rarely preached on, leading to a lack of knowledge of the writings of St. Paul.
St-Gelais focused on the role of the homily in breaking open the biblical texts. The aim is not primarily moral or doctrinal, he said, but to help “the faithful to feel how they, in their personal lives as well as a community, are personally involved in the words.”
Bouchard said the gap between biblical scholars and everyday people has had grave consequences. “The faithful run the risk of taking refuge in interpretations that remain fundamentalistic and they are even tempted to turn to sects,” he said.
Fabbro spoke of the need for spiritual awakening and growth. Knowledge of Sacred Scriptures is “often weak.” Those “hungering for God” need parishes to “foster a prayerful listening to the Word of God in Scriptures,” he said.
He said he hoped the synod would help parishes find “concrete ways” to lead people, “through the power of the Spirit, into a living, personal relationship with Christ.”
Huculak focused on what the Gospel requires from those who proclaim it, especially during the Eucharistic liturgy. It should be a moment through which those present “see a portion of the glory of God,” he said.
Those who proclaim the Word “must be aware of their great responsibilities” and prepare to “proclaim it clearly,” he said.
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