Rorate Caeli

CDF corrects Cardinal on LCWR, diplomatically

Well, someone has been asked to hold his tongue (previous post on the matter)

Joint Communiqué of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life [Source]

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life have for some time been collaborating on a renewed theological vision of Religious Life in the Church. The concern of the Holy See, expressed partially in the Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the United States, is motivated by a desire to support the noble and beautiful vocation of Religious so that the eloquent witness of Religious Life may prosper in the Church to the benefit of future generations.

The initiatives of the Holy See in this area are concerned primarily with the faith of the Church and its expression in Religious Life. The Church’s faith—in the loving plan of the Father who sent his Son to be our Savior, in the inspiration of Sacred Scripture, in the gift of grace through the Sacraments, in the nature of the Church guided by the Holy Spirit—this faith is at the heart of the Evangelical Counsels. It motivates the passion for justice shared by so many Religious women and men, and it seeks ever to be expressed in active charity towards those most in need.

Recent media commentary on remarks made on Sunday May the 5th during the General Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General by Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life, has suggested a divergence between the CDF and the Congregation for Religious in their approach to the renewal of Religious Life. Such an interpretation of the Cardinal’s remarks is not justified. The Prefects of these two Congregations work closely together according to their specific responsibilities and have collaborated throughout the process of the Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR. Archbishop Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Cardinal Braz de Aviz met yesterday and reaffirmed their common commitment to the renewal of Religious Life, and particularly to the Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR and the program of reform it requires, in accordance with the wishes of the Holy Father.


Anil Wang said...

It seems Pope Francis is beginning to rebuke the loose cannons.

"On the future of the IOR and on the reform of the curia, Francis is calling prelates and cardinals back to silence....prelates and cardinals who are bit too chatty."

Fr Ray Blake said...

News from Rome; this is a Cardinal not in touch with his own department and not on top of his paperwork!

Long-Skirts said...


Who'll say Mass
Assumption Feast?
No longer done
Said parish priest.

Who will baptize
Little one?
More important

The Catholic Faith
Please teach my child?
Not I, said nun born-

Who will help
Teach catechism?
Don't call it that
It sounds like schism.

Who will hear
My child confess?
We're all forgiven

Who will give
The angels' Bread?
Sue and Fred.

Confirm my teens
Their souls they're losing?
That must be done
Of their own choosing.

So little mother
Walked away
Hating to
Look bold.

Never orphaned
Clung to Cross
Deposit - Faith
Her gold.

Then up above
On mountain top
A man in white
He stood.

Just one more Bishop
Who'll try to stop...
What's good.

But Bishop lifted
Up her Cross
His sons helped
Bear the weight.

And Pilgrims in
Progressive lands
Continued in

They handed down
What they were taught
Vocations now
They flourish

And others old
Who loved new-thought
Had only crust
To nourish.

But little mother
Saw their tears
Starving for
What's true...

Come in, come in,
We've waited years...
His Bread's in memory
For you!!!

Angelo said...

This is another case of the actual Second Vatican Council being abandoned and replaced with the ideologies of progressives. The answer to the LCWR all lies within the Council Documents themselves. The Council called on Religious Orders to "Reform", to "Renew their Religious Orders and RETURN TO THE SPIRIT OF THEIR FOUNDERS". There lies the answer, "return to the spirit of their founders", as they had already began to abandon their calls. When will the progressive heralds of V2 actually read the Council Documents themselves?

JabbaPapa said...

Cardinal Aviz seems to be oblivious of the fact that the process of confirming the Prefects and other Curial positions following the election of our new Pope is still ongoing.

A Canberra Observer said...

Sadly Cardinal de Aviz's comments have given the liberals another flag to rally around, all over the world. The quasi-official catholic web outlet in Australia pounced on it with the usual procession of progressivist comments.