Tuesday, May 7, 2013

BOMBSHELL:POPE FRANCIS REIGNS IN A CARDINAL WHO BLATTERS ON TOO MUCH ABOUT THE LCWR AND THE CDF'S SCRUNTINY OF IT AND THE HOLY FATHER REAFFIRMS THE PROGRAM OF REFORM AND RENEWAL OF THE LCWR!


Over the weekend it was reported in the NCR the following:

The Vatican decision last year to place the main representative group of U.S. Catholic sisters under the control of bishops was made without consultation or knowledge of the Vatican office that normally deals with matters of religious life, the office's leader said Sunday.

That lack of discussion over whether to criticize the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), said Cardinal João Braz de Aviz,[Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life], caused him "much pain."

"We have to change this way of doing things," said Braz de Aviz, head of the Vatican's Congregation for Religious.

"We have to improve these relationships," he continued, referring to the April 2012 order regarding LCWR from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith -- approved by Pope Benedict XVI -- that ordered the U.S. sisters' group to revise.

"Cardinals can't be mistrustful of each other," Braz de Aviz said. "This is not the way the church should function."



This morning, the Vatican Press office released this statement and my reading of it is a reigning in of Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, who appeared to strongly criticize the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the head of that department Archbishop Gerhard Muller.

PRESS OFFICE COMMUNIQUE ON COLLABORATION BETWEEN CONGREGATION FOR DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH AND CONGREGATION FOR INSTITUTES OF CONSECRATED LIFE

Vatican City, 7 May 2013 (VIS) – The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) 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 Saviour, 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, 5 May, during the General Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General by Cardinal Joao 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 Muller, 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.”


MY MOST HUMBLE QUESTION: In Reading this press release, who do you think was slapped down?

3 comments:

William Meyer said...

Given the very public statements which have been made by the Cardinal, this press release--which contradicts his assertions--is clearly reining him in. I don't know that it would be right to say he was slapped down; I think any humiliation truly derives from his public statements, and he has, therefore, earned it.

rcg said...

What the Lieutenant meant to say was, "Yes, I would like you to release my arm."

JBS Was Here said...

Did the news media misquote him?