Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Institute of Christ the King and Sisters Adorers now of Pontifical Right **updated**

Thanks to NLM for the news that the Institute of Christ the King is now of Pontifical Right.

The priests now constitute a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right - no surprise in a way given that they now operate in 50 dioceses around the world.

**A little more surprising is that the sisters are now also a public association of Pontifical Right - pretty impressive (**not an institute of consecrate life yet as I had thought**), pretty good going given that they only started formally in 2004 (although the first sisters started their formation before that), and still have only three sisters in vows (and according to their website, still temporary vows!), albeit with several novices and postulants, some of whom must be getting pretty close to taking first vows.

By contrast, for example, the Benedictine of Mary Queen of Apostles in the US have a lot more sisters and have been going a lot longer, and are a public association of diocesan right.

In any case, you can read more on their website: here.

The move is a pretty important protection, and very timely, given that there is a new archbishop of Florence, the diocese where the Institute's Seminary and the Sister's convent is located, who seems rather less sympathetic to tradition than his predecessor.


Anonymous said...

Any chance of the the ICK coming to Aus?


The Inside Guy said...

They did have a chance, a chance to get a foothold in Adelaide. But they blew that one, the Arch Asked them to con celebrated the chrism Mass and they said no.......very imprudent of them....

Terra said...
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Terra said...

Inside Guy - I suspect you are thinking of the FSSP, not the ICK.

Any such requirement on the part of a bishop would be a breach of canon law, since all priests have the right to celebrate individually (CL 902). Of course that doesn't stop bishops from attempting to impose illegal requirements, just as they attempt to stop the celebration of the TLM altogether, whether directly or indirectly (by imposing conditions they know won't be accepted).

Secondly, concelebration is a key issue for traditionalists. Concelebration is not an 'organic' development of the liturgy, rather it is something arbitrary, imposed and represents a very strange ecclesiology. If you want to reconcile groups like the SSPX (who are very active in Adelaide) making the priests concelebrate is not the way to do it.

So it seems very bizarre to me that an archbishop of a diocese with a desperate shortage of priests, and who is being forced to close and amalgamate parishes, would attempt to impose such a requirement on a group eager to provide one or two young and enthusiastic priests to serve in the diocese.

So imprudence on somoene's part if this was the barrier - but not, I would suggest, the traditionalist socieity concerned.