The following are excerpts from the minutes of a general session of the diocesan conference in Masan, Korea, held in early November 19, 2008 and attended by the Ordinary of the Masan Diocese in Korea, Bishop Myung-Ok Ahn, and the priests of the diocese.
His Excellency Bishop Myung-Ok Ahn said during this meeting:
Individual priests should not impose penalties or sanctions on the faithful who make pilgrimages to Naju simply based on their private judgments. If the priests present reports on such cases to the Ordinary, he will formally make appropriate decisions.
When the faithful make appeals regarding the penalties or sanctions imposed on them, the penalties or sanctions cannot be applied to them before the final court rulings regarding their appeals. (Comment: As in the secular courts, up to two appeals are allowed in each case in the ecclesiastical courts, the highest court being the Apostolic court in the Holy See.)
The Holy See recently informed the Bishops in Korea with an official letter that, from now on, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would handle the Naju case. (Comment: This decision in the Holy See that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would handle the Naju case was a 180 degree reversal of what the Kwangju Archdiocese and a few other dioceses in Korea had been repeatedly insisting. For many years already, they had been saying that there would be no re-investigation of Naju and that the Declaration and the Decree of the Kwangju Archbishop would never be reversed.)