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“I was very surprised in what the Pope said to me, in terms of how happy he was that the sacraments of initiation have been restored to their proper order of baptism, confirmation then first Eucharist,” said Bishop Aquila.
As promised several weeks ago, the first of my Ph.D. comprehensive examination topics, covering the area of Christian Initiation and the period of the Reformation.
I find it interesting that on his blog Fr. Zuhlsdorf, in reporting this story, speaks of “reversing” the order of the sacraments, while on this blog it says “restoring” the order of the sacraments. Both, of course, can be true statements, without contradicting one another.
The archdiocese of Liverpool has announced that the sacraments of initiation will henceforth be administered in the traditional order – baptism, confirmation, eucharist. This order is preferred quite strongly in the liturgical documents and legislation of the Catholic Church, but there is some leeway.
On the one hand, the Eucharist and its liturgy are of inestimable value. On the other hand, perhaps we’ve over-valued the Mass. Tracking attendance has been an important component in catechesis and preparation for confirmation — but what message does it send?