Seven Last Words

Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: For the past few years, a growing number of parishes in my archdiocese have been inviting mainly Protestant but also even Jewish or other non-Christian religious leaders to preach the Seven Last Words in a series of meditations that take place between the hours of noon and 3 p.m. on Good Friday. Are the pastors of these parishes obligated to obtain approval from the local ordinary prior to this taking place? The reason cannot possibly be that there are not enough educated and orthodox Catholics available in our archdiocese. Are there any guidelines on this practice from Rome? And also, do the texts of what these non-Catholic preachers publicly teach have to be passed by any Catholic authorities before they are presented to the faithful? -- K.M., U.S.A.
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