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Malaga Catholic diocese apologises for confusion over Anglican priestess at Mass

Malaga Catholic diocese apologises for confusion over Anglican priestess at Mass

By Dilip Kuner
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/
November 6, 2019

Malaga's Bishopric has apologised for the "confusion" caused when an Anglican reverend took part in a Catholic church's Mass.

The pastor of Alora is now asking forgiveness for the All Saints Day incident. The bishopric said Catholic and non-Catholic ministers cannot jointly participate in the Eucharist.

In a statement the diocese said that it had been an "ambiguous gesture" and clarified that "Eucharistic communion and the possibility of concelebration is only contemplated among the faithful who are in full ecclesial communion. Catholic priests and ministers of churches or non-Catholic Christian communities cannot participate jointly in a Eucharistic concelebration," he said.

"The Diocese of Malaga feels very much the damage that this gesture may have caused to those who do not know the doctrine on the matter and to whom it may have created confusion," adds the statement.

"May our prayer and ecumenical commitment help us to overcome our differences, until one day we can celebrate together the Sacrament of Communion," it concludes.

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Catholic priest in Spain's Andalucia slammed for blasphemy after inviting British priestess to take Holy Communion

A British Church of England priestess has caused a Spanish priest to commit sacrilege and sparked off a religious row, after taking communion at a Catholic church
"I am very repentant. I ask for forgiveness from God and the Church," Fr. Juan de Jesus Baez said."I am very fond of Reverend Jenny. She is a woman of God."
A British Church of England priestess has caused a Spanish priest to commit sacrilege and sparked off a religious row, after taking Communion at a Catholic church.

Robert Firth
https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/
Nov. 14, 2019

The Reverend Jenny Lancaster, a retired Church of England vicar, was invited to take part in the Eucharist by Juan de Jesus Baez, a parish priest in the rural Andalucian town of Alora.

However, after photos of the Newcastle-based vicar holding a chalice appeared online, the Mexican-born parish priest was scolded by his bosses at the Diocese of Malaga.

In a statement released on Tuesday, they said: "Catholic priests and ministers of non-Catholic churches or religious communities can't both take part in the celebration of the Eucharist."

Jesus Baez was forced to issue a grovelling apology in which he confessed to committing a sin.

"I am very repentant. I ask for forgiveness from God and the Church. I am surprised by all the upset it has caused; I have unwittingly sinned," he said.

He added: "I am very fond of Reverend Jenny. She is a woman of God."

The retired Anglican vicar has a holiday home in Alora and is well-known in the local area.

She had previously attended a communion at the Roman Catholic Iglesia de la Encarnacion in 2017 without anyone noticing the sin.

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