Sunday 9 November 2008

Oil of Gladness controversy ends- simulating a sacrament condemned by church

(Journey in a Broken World)

Article by Marc Aupiais

In response to a complaint by a source we cannot site,via a letter seen by representation of South African Catholic- the international church has condemned what was reported as mass abuses in South Africa- the anointing of people with what was claimed as the "oil of gladness", which is not a sacrament, or sacramental, in such a way that it could be confused with this. This has been condemned. Today I attended a healing mass, at a church which did this during these, and the practice was explained by the priest to be discontinued due to the possibility as being seen as such. We did not report this while we had not had it confirmed by structures, now we are able to confirm a letter appearing on a site of a person who is believed to support the irregular group- SSPX. The complaint was made, and a reply was given. Orthodoxy has been increased in South Africa today, and the person who complained is to be commended for their efforts, and so we do so, and encourage orthodoxy, and even approaching the Vatican on such things when canon law is broken. While the actual response was weeks ago, we are cautious with SSPX supporters, and so had not reported on this.

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