Bishop of Swiss calls to order clergy following a viral footage of lady ‘concelebrating’ Mass

Bishop of Swiss calls to order clergy following a viral footage of lady ‘concelebrating’ Mass

Viral Video Prompts Reprimand of Priests in Switzerland

A viral video depicting two priests celebrating Mass alongside a Swiss laywoman at the altar has led to official action by Bishop Joseph Bonnemain of Chur, Switzerland. The incident has resulted in a formal reprimand for the priests, although it will not lead to a canonical proceeding.

Investigation Findings

A joint statement dated September 8, endorsed by various parties including Bishop Bonnemain, clarified that a thorough investigation into the matter revealed no grave liturgical violations that would necessitate a Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith intervention. Consequently, no canonical criminal proceedings are warranted.

Adherence to Liturgical Regulations

Nevertheless, the statement underscored the disregard for significant liturgical regulations that hold binding authority across the entire Church during the service in question. Recognizing this breach, the bishop was compelled to issue an official reprimand to the involved pastors.

Collaborative Statement

The joint statement was issued collectively by the Diocese of Chur, St. Martin Catholic Parish, the concerned pastors and clergy, as well as Monika Schmid. It aims to provide clarity on the situation and the measures taken in response to the incident.

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