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Msgr. William King, lecturer, canon law, was quoted in a National Catholic Register story on Pope Francis' changes to canon law that strengthen ties with Eastern churches. See below.

Pope Francis’ Canon Law Change Strengthens Evangelism With Eastern Churches

From: National Catholic Register
Date: Sept. 22, 2016
Author: Peter Jesserer Smith

... Overall, Msgr. William King, a pastor in the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and adjunct lecturer on canon law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, told the Register that the changes in canon law have “codified hospitality” between the Latin and Eastern Churches. He added that it is clear that the changes are part of Pope Francis’ sensitivity that the Latin Church needs to provide pastoral care and support to Eastern Catholics who have migrated to the West or come as refugees sustained only by the treasure of the faith as nurtured by the Eastern Churches.

The law is also a teacher, Msgr. King explained, and will help Latin-rite Catholics to broaden their understanding of the Church beyond their parish experience to realize the Catholic Church is actually a communion of Churches, united with the bishop of Rome, and that each have their own different “liturgical expressions, devotional and pietistic, and inculturation of the [Catholic] faith.”

“This motu proprio of Francis reminds us clearly and rather potently that the Latin Church is not the only Church within the communion of Catholic Churches,” he said. “It asks us to be mindful and attentive to the various cultures that may exist within our midst or within our neighborhoods.”

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