|Do priests and/or bishops tithe?|
Q — My husband recently asked me if I thought our parish priest had made a pledge to the campaign that is going on in our diocese. This got me thinking about tithing in general. Do priests and bishops have an obligation, like the rest of us, to contribute 10 percent of their income to their church, campaigns in their dioceses, and other charities?
|Are adoration, service connected?|
Q — What is the connection, if any, between Eucharistic adoration (outside of the actual celebration of the Eucharist) and service to the poor and needy?|
|Show respect to altar, reserved Sacrament|
Q — I notice some worshipers genuflect in church while others bow. What are the origins of these two forms of reverence and are they interchangeable in Catholic worship?
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
|Vicariates, deaneries; is there a difference?|
Q — I have a question about the terms “vicariate” and “deanery.” The Archdiocese of Portland uses “vicariate” and “vicar” while the Diocese of Baker uses “Deanery” and “Dean.” My sources seem to show these words as synonyms. If so, is it just tradition which terms are used or is there actually a difference in meaning or use?|
|Who are vicar generals, parochial vicars?|
Q —Will you explain the position of a Vicar General and also Parochial Vicar?|
A— In every diocese the diocesan bishop, according to the canonical tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, is to appoint a vicar general whose job it is to assist the bishop in the governance of the whole diocese.
The expectation is that the vicar general should be a priest of not less than 30 years of age, who has a doctorate or licentiate in canon law or theology, or at least who is well-versed in these particular disciplines (Code of Canon Law, #478).
Thursday, September 26, 2013