By a Special Correspondent CARDINAL ALFRINK of Utrecht has ended the suspension of the three Utrecht University chaplains imposed some weeks ago because they had continued concelebrating Mass with Protestant pastors. ignoring the explicit prohibition by the Cardinal.
A spokesman of the archdiocese said at the weekend that the ban could be lifted because the chaplains had promised not to resume the experiment of Catholic-Protestant concelebration.
Cardinal Alfrink has promised to set up a cornmission to guide ecumenical experiments. In consultation with the Protestant Churches this commission will consider a limited "open communion."
This means that Catholics and Protestants would be able to join a Catholic celebration of the Eucharist or a Protestant celebration of the Last Supper. and receive Communion. This kind of "open Communion" is becoming a widespread practice in Holland.