THE CHURCH SUPPLIES

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

A few years ago, a priest friend told me of the phrase ecclesia supplet: literally “the Church supplies.”

From “Adoremus,” an online publication of the Adoremus Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy:

Ecclesia supplet is a canonical notion where, in certain situations, the Church herself supplies for a required grant of the power of jurisdiction or executive power of governance to a capable person to place an act (such as a sacramental act) validly where such a necessary grant is either missing or was granted defectively. Canon 144 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law (CIC) lists several situations where the “Church would supply” for a missing or defective necessary executive power of governance. …” 

I, however, poetically extrapolated it to mean…

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Also, here’s a Second Week of Lent reflection (more or less) with edifying reading and viewing tips.

2 Replies to “THE CHURCH SUPPLIES”

  1. Katherine McDonald says: Reply

    Wonderful article, thank you. You have fed my soul today, and for many years.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Pray for us, Servant of God Walter Ciszek…bless you, Katherine.

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