A Vicar General is a priest who has the executive power over the whole diocese which belongs to the diocesan bishop by law, namely, the power to place all administrative acts except those, however, which the bishop has reserved to himself or which require a special mandate of the bishop by law. (c. 479.1)
A Moderator of the Curia is a priest who, under the authority of the bishop, is to coordinate those things which pertain to the treatment of administrative affairs and to take care that the other members of the curia properly fulfill the office entrusted to them. (c. 473.2)
In the Diocese of Salina, there are two Vicars General: Msgr. James E. Hake and Fr. Randall D. Weber. Msgr. Hake is retired from parish ministry, but continues to serve as Defender of the Bond on the Diocese of Salina Tribunal and the Appellate Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Kansas City. Fr. Weber serves as Moderator of the Curia, Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Minneapolis and St. Patrick Parish in Lincoln, Diocesan Exorcist, Ecumenical/Interreligious Officer, Procurator/Advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal, Appellate Judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Kansas City Archdiocese, and Adjunct Instructor of Theology at Newman University in the Diocese of Wichita.
|Written by Fr. Randall Weber|
|Friday, 03 December 2010 09:02|
In August 2008, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, foreign minister for the Holy See, warned of growing Christianophobia in the world. His warning has proven to be prophetic. One only needs to read the newspapers, listen to the radio or TV, or surf the internet to realize that hostility toward Christianity is an increasing worldwide phenomenon.
Christianophobia is defined as the irrational fear or hatred of Christians. Just yesterday, another Iraqi Christian was killed, execution style, bringing the total number of murdered Christians to 8 since the October 31, 2010 massacre of over 50 Chaldean Catholics at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad.
In its 2010 Report on Religious Liberty, the U.S. State Department listed challenges to religious freedom in 27 countries and 8 countries of particular concern, often citing violence or repressive measures against Christians.
The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights based in New York annually publishes a report on Anti-Catholicism in the United States. Its 2009 report contained over seventy pages of material documenting hatred toward Catholics and threats to their rights, even from government offices.
In a sense, Christians should not be surprised. Jesus said to his followers, "You will be hated by all because of my name" (Lk 21:17). But he also gave his followers a trustworthy promise, saying, "By your perseverance you will secure your lives" (Luke 21: 19).