Thursday, 19 April 2012

Anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict XVI: cling to signs of hope

Source: Vatican News
Today is the anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict XVI, so please, keep the Pope especially in your prayers that he may continue his work of returning the Church to orthodoxy and orthopraxis!

And pray that all bishops, priests, religious and laity may be inspired by his leadership and filled with the grace of conversion needed to bring his agenda to fruition.

And today in the news, two items on that agenda, namely the reform of the religious life, and the reconciliation of the SSPX.

SSPX progress: almost but not yet?

Some premature celebrations have broken out in the last few days on the reconciliation of the SSPX: seems like we are close but not quite there.

The latest update is that the SSPX has replied to the last iteration of the 'doctrinal preamble' necessary for the reconciliation to occur with some allegedly minor changes.  But these changes have yet to be examined by the CDF and approved by the Pope, as the text of the Vatican Press Release makes clear:

"The text of the response of Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X, as had been requested at the meeting of 16 March 2012, was received by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith on 17 April 2012. The text will be examined by the Dicastery and then submitted to the judgement of the Holy Father.

Fr. Federico Lombardi, head of the Vatican Press Office, said that, with the latest response, “steps forward have been taken, that is to say, that the response, the new response, is rather encouraging. But there are still developments that will be made, and examined, and decisions which should be taken in the next few weeks.”

On feral nuns

Also just out from the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith is the "Doctrinal Assessment of the [US] Leadership Conference of Women Religious".

And it's a doozie! 

Unsurprisingly, it finds that there are serious doctrinal problems with the organization that represents most of US Women religious. 

Surprisingly, it doesn't mince words:

"...the Assessment reveals serious doctrinal problems which affect many in Consecrated Life. On the doctrinal level, this crisis is characterized by a diminution of the fundamental Christological center and focus of religious consecration which leads, in turn, to a loss of a “constant and lively sense of the Church” among some Religious."

 The Assessment highlights 'policies of corporate dissent', radical feminism and statements by leaders of the organisation that do not reflect Church teaching on issues such as ecclesiology, the ordination of women, homosexuality and more.

And an Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle, assisted by two other US bishops, to oversee a reform process.

One of the reasons cited for the action is the international influence of the US group.  Wait to here the screams from their local followers....

1 comment:

Father Kim said...

Our Canon Law faculty of St Paul's University in Ottawa is visiting Rome as part of our Licentiate course. We meet with the Signatura, Rota and various Congregations so we are familiar with them and their workings. It is nice to be able to put a face and a place to correspondence.

We were part of the General Audience of our Holy Father on Wednesday morning. He looks and sounds very well and for 85 quite robust - which I guess won't please some! It was great to see him in the week he celebrates his 85th birthday and the 7th anniversary of his election.

One curious thing - in every religious shop there are dozens of photos, cards, statues and souvenirs of Blessed John Paul II but finding a picture of Pope Benedict, now reigning, is not so easy - very few. One would think JPII was still Pope! I know he recently beatified, but still...