rilHE recently consecrated Byzantine-rite Bishop Cedaus Sipovich, M.I.C., has set up permanent residence at Marian House, Finchley, London. This is believed to be the first time in history that a Catholic bishop of non-Latin rite has had his official headquarters in England.
From Finchley, Bishop Sipovich will be in touch with all Byelorussians in exile, acting as visitor to their various missions and centres.
At his first public appearance in London since returning from taking part in the concelebrated Byzantine Liturgy in St. Peter's. Rome, on Noventher 13, Bishop Sipovich, addressing the monthly meeting last week of the Society of St. John Chrysostom, stated that Pope John's attendance at that Liturgy "should be considered as a very important historical event".
Ile went on: "In modern times popes have occasionally presided at such functions. But Pope John furthered the tradition by actually participating in the prayers, save for the words of consecration. He used Old Slavonic for the purpose". As readers will recall. the occasion for the unique celebration was on the feast of St. Josaphat, martyr for Church unity, and of St. John Chrysostom. Prayers were said for the success of the General Council.
The Bishop was commenting on a talk which had been given by Prebendary Pilkington, of Westminster Cathedral, on the subject of Eastern rites. The discussion that followed had dealt with our relations with baptised nonCatholics.
The Bishop wattled that this subject was delicate, and that "we should stick to the rule of the Church, and not do anything which could he thought to be, rightly or wrongly, communicatio in sacris".
He instanced significant matters actually being discussed by theologians. These include:
I. The composition of the Mystical Body. Arc baptised nonCatholics included?
2. The reception by a Catholic of sacrament from an Orthodox priest, ill cases other than imminent death 3. The giving of the sacraments to Orthodox by Catholic priests in cases of great need.