FROM A ROME CORRESPONDENT
THE Vatican proposal that priests should renew their promises of obedience and celibacy on Holy Thursday each year did not come from the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy, said Cardinal John Wright, the Congregation's Prefect, last week.
"I don't think it is such a bad idea to have priests rededicate themselves," he said. "In fact, it is a good idea and now I wish I was the person who dreamed it up, but I am not.
"First of all, the invitation, and I emphasise that it is an invitation, came not from my Congregation, but from the Congregation for Divine Worship. There is a new liturgy for Holy Thursday in which the priests are asked to reaffirm their vows of celibacy and obedience and my Congregation has nothing to do with liturgy.
"We merely incorporated the idea of renewing vows into our general findings on priestly formation. The fact that we made our letter public the same day as the new liturgy came out made it seem as if we had authored the whole thing. They are completely separate entities."
The letter, signed by Car dinal Wright, was dated November 4 last year, but first published in L'Osservatore Romano on February 9.
Cardinal Wright went on: "Nor should it be misunderstood, as some have done, that the suggestions and observations found in the Congregation's letter on priestly formation, are our own doing.
"They are the result of a questionnaire sent out by the Congregation for the Clergy to the episcopal conferences. The replies from the conferences were studied by our Congregation in plenary session in October, 1968. while I was still a bishop in America."
ABOUT 350 people last week attended the opening by Bishop Moverley, Auxiliary of Leeds, of the Religious Education Centre at Norfolk Row, Sheffield. Members of the local education authorities were present.