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#3677: Aristide is NOT an ex-priest: Graves comments
From: archim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Just a little corrective note; positively connected with Haiti: The former
President Aristide is not a "former priest"! Many persons don't seem to know
this. Aristide was suspended from his former religious order (The Salesians),
but he was never "deposed" from the Priesthood. He is still a priest as far as
the Roman Catholic Church is concerned. He was given an "indult" by the Pope of
Rome to be married, and that marriage was performed by a valid Roman Catholic
bishop (Willy Romulus). Had an indult not been given by the pope, both Bishop
Romulos and Aristide would be deposed and excommunicated, because a clergyman of
the RC Church who marries a priest is automatically deposed!
Aristide is still a RC priest, according to RC theological
understanding...and according to official documents. If he wishes to "say mass"
in his private chapel (and he has one), it is a valid mass and the faithful
would be receiving Holy Communion if they received. The rule for Aristide is
that he cannot function publicly as a priest.
Merfely for clarification. Fr. Michael Graves (Greek Orthodox Priest) in