(Dette er en uke gamle nyheter, men) en biskop fra USA fikk ros direkte fra pave Benedikt fordi han har flyttet konfirmasjonsalderen i sitt bispedømme ned til før førstekommunion. Slik kan vi lese hos Catholic News Agency:
Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo said he is delighted to have first-hand papal approval for changing the order by which children in his diocese receive the sacraments.
“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, after meeting Pope Benedict on March 8. Bishop Aquila was one of five bishops from North and South Dakota to meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican as part of their March 5-10 “ad limina” visit to Rome.
Over the past seven years the Diocese of Fargo has changed the typical order of the sacraments of initiation. Instead of confirmation coming third and at an older age, it is now conferred on children at a younger age and prior to First Communion.
Bishop Aquila said he made the changes because “it really puts the emphasis on the Eucharist as being what completes the sacraments of initiation” and on confirmation as “sealing and completing baptism.” …
… Bishop Aquila explained his theological thinking to Pope Benedict during today’s meeting. In response, he said, the Pope asked if he had “begun to speak to other bishops about this.” He told the pontiff that he had and that “certainly bishops within the Dakotas are now really looking towards the implementation in the restoration in the ordering of the sacraments.”
Jeg har personlig ingen sterke meninger om dette, men vet at den enkelte bsikop kan sette konfirmasjonsalederen helt ned til sju år. Jeg vet at noen få prøver å få dette innført i vårt bispedømme, og jeg har på en måte sans for deres argumenter.