From the latest Church of the Good Shepherd bulletin:
Ms. DeRycke can call herself “Pastoral Administrator”, “Pastoral Leader”, “Grand Maha Pumba” or what have you; but as long as she continues to take on some title indicating the leadership role in a parish, Church law is being disobeyed.
For those who missed our post on Canon 517.2, here is what the Church says about lay people assuming parish leadership titles:
Ecclesiae de Mysterio–
?It is unlawful for the non-ordained faithful to assume titles such as “pastor“, “chaplain“, “coordinator“, “moderator” or other such similar titles which can confuse their role and that of the Pastor, who is always a Bishop or Priest.(58)?
#58 end note-
“(58) Such examples should include all those linguistic expressions: which in languages of the various countries, are similar or equal and indicate a directive role of leadership or such vicarious activity.”
I’m sorry Ms. DeRycke, but titles DO matter. Our priests are not “sacramental ministers”, and Fr. Chumo is certainly no “assisting priest” to you. He is the parish priest, and as such, he deserves the title of Pastor. You also do not possess any right whatsoever to assign titles to yourself or to the parish priest.