This is an index of all files in the EWTN "Curial Documents" Document Library as of 10/18/2013 sorted by library and title



LIBRARY - FILENAME - TITLE
AUTHOR
DESCIPTION

1. Curial Documents - HV25YEAR.HTM - 'Humanae Vitae' 25 Years Later
Archbishop Vincenzo Fagiolo

This article, by the President of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, appeared in the September 1, 1993 issue of "L'Osservatore Romano."

2. Curial Documents - ciltformaldefect.htm - Actus Formalis Defectionis ab Ecclesia Catholica
CILT

The Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts has published in English the clarified guidelines for baptized Catholics who formally separate from the Church. Cardinal Julián Herranz, the then president of the pontifical council, issued a statement on formal acts of defection from the Church in March 2006. The document was drawn up after many requests for clarifications of the so-called formal act of defection from the Church, mentioned in the Code of Canon Law. HERESY SCHISM APOSTASY

3. Curial Documents - PCMIERGA.HTM - Erga migrantes caritas Christi
PCMI

The purpose of this Instruction, ("The Love of Christ Towards Migrants,") published 14 May 2004 by the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, "is to respond to the new spiritual and pastoral needs of migrants and to make migration more and more an instrument of dialogue and proclamation of the Christian message." The instruction observes that in migrants the Church has always contemplated the image of Christ who said, "I was a stranger and you made me welcome" (Matthew 25:35). IMMIGRATION EMIGRATION EVANGELIZATION INCULTURATION INCULTURATION PLURALISM SOLIDARITY LITURGY POPULAR PIETY EASTERN RITE MUSLIMS INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE MISSIONARY LAITY ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS SEMINA VERBI COMMUNION

4. Curial Documents - CBISEVNU.HTM - Evangelii nuntiandi: Paul VI's Pastoral Testament to the Church
Cardinal Lucas Moreira Neves

"... in Evangelii nuntiandi the Pope [Paul VI] left, serenely but energetically, a sort of pastoral testament, a summary and synthesis of his whole [pontificate]." Cardinal Moreira takes the occasion of its 25th anniversary, 8 January 2000, to show the prophetic character of this document, as it anticipated the New Evangelization called for by Pope John Paul II. CONVERSION KERYGMA

5. Curial Documents - CDWLITAU.HTM - Liturgiam Authenticam - On the Use of Vernacular Languages in the Publication of the Books of the Roman Liturgy
CDW

This instruction from the Congregation for Divine Worship, taking effect 25 April 2001, gives detailed norms for the right translation of liturgical texts into vernacular languages, in order to assist inculturation without sacrificing sound Catholic doctrine. ROMAN RITE SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM NOVA VULGATA

6. Curial Documents - PCCUR40Y.HTM - Unitatis Redintegratio: A New Interpretation After 40 Years
Cardinal Walter Kasper

Cardinal Kasper examines the progress in ecumenism 40 years after publication of the Vatican II document. He notes the dangers of relativism and indifferentism that have plagued impatient, superficial efforts, while observing that true ecumenism is spiritual, requiring conversion of heart, since it is the Holy Spirit who unites. He also anlayzes the formula, subsistit in, as it identifies the Catholic Church as the true Church. TRADITION MISSION PROGRESSIVISM ESCHATON ESCHATOLOGY IRENICISM ORTHODOX PROTESTANT COMMUNIO EUCHARIST DIALOGUE

7. Curial Documents - PCCU40UR.HTM - 40th Anniversary of Vatican II Decree Unitatis Redintegratio
Cardinal Walter Kasper

Cardinal Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, examines two extremes which have characterized responses to the Conciliar Decree on ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio, on the one hand criticism in the name of Tradition and on the other, implementation without regard for Tradition. RELATIVISM INDIFFERENTISM DEPOSITUM FIDEI SENSUS FIDELIUM MAGISTERIUM

8. Curial Documents - PEACEJP2.HTM - A 25-Year Pontificate at the Service of Peace
Cardinal Angelo Sodano

In Talk 3 of the Cardinals' Symposium, 15-18 October 2003, met to celebrate the 25th anniversary of John Paul II's Pontificate, Cardinal Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, recalls the great contributions of the Holy Father, in various conflicts during his pontificate, to the cause of peace. COLD WAR COMMUNISM MAGISTERIUM HOLY LAND BALKANS AFRICA IRAQ JEWS PALESTINIANS MUSLIMS

9. Curial Documents - PCFCALL.HTM - A Call for Life and the Family
PCF

On June 6 to 8, 1996, the Pontifical Council convened the Second International Meeting of Politicians and Legislators of the Americas on "The Dignity of the Family and Life in the Politics and Legislation of the Americas: Reflections in the Light of Evangelium Vitae". This file contains the Conclusions approved by the 130 participants.

10. Curial Documents - LANDMINE.HTM - A Deceptive Compromise On Anti-Personnel Landmines
Cardinal Roger Etchegaray

Declaration by Cardinal Etchegaray on the decision by the conference of states which were parties to the convention on the so-called inhuman conventional weapons. The conference was held in Geneva from April 22 to May 3. The Holy See delegate spoke on April 22.

11. Curial Documents - CARSMLEG.HTM - A Legacy: The Pope of Peace
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

On 18 October 2003, the Holy Father met with members of the College of Cardinals and Presidents of the world's Bishops' Conferences. At the conclusion of their Symposium, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Dean of the College of Cardinals, read the College of Cardinals' opening Message to the Holy Father for the 25th Anniversary of his Pontificate. PAPACY

12. Curial Documents - passpeac.htm - A Path to Peace or a Source of Strife
Prof. Mary Ann Glendon

This is selection from a speech by Prof Mary Ann Glendon, President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, given on 2 May 2012, before the close of their 18th Plenary Session, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of John XXIII's Encyclical Pacem in Terris. HITCHENS SECULARIZATION ATHEISM HABERMAS CHARLES TAYLOR

13. Curial Documents - pcmisustour.htm - A Sustainable Tourism for the Protection of Biodiversity
PCMI

Under the theme of "Tourism and Biodiversity" proposed by the World Tourism Organization, the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People offers its contribution to 2010's "International Year for Biological Diversity", declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations. ECOLOGY ENDANGERED SPECIES TOURISTS CREATION CREATOR NATURE BEAUTY

14. Curial Documents - PCJPSOCD.HTM - Achieving Social Development for All
Bishop Diarmuid Martin

A Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly was held from 26 June to 1 July 2000 in Geneva, Switzerland. Known as "Copenhagen +5", the Session examined the goals that had been achieved by the international community since the 1995 World Summit for Social Development. The Holy See Delegation was headed by Bishop Diarmuid Martin, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, who spoke at the plenary session on 30 June. GLOBALIZATION SOLIDARITY MARKET DEBT MARGINALIZATION

15. Curial Documents - CEPJMSSN.HTM - Address to Pontifical Mission Societies
Cardinal Jozef Tomko

The annual Assembly of the National Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies was opened this year with an address on 8 May 2000, by Cardinal Jozef Tomko, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, in which he based his exhortation for missionary zeal on Pope John Paul II's Encyclical, Redemptoris missio. PROPAGATION ECUMEN AFRICA AMERICA ASIA EUROPE OCEANIA

16. Curial Documents - statfuteuro.htm - Address: Special Conference in Poland on the Religious Factor and the Future of Europe
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

On 15 September 2007, during his visit to Poland and on the occasion of the Seventh International Conference taking place in Krakow, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, inaugurated the third study session of the Conference on "The Religious Factor and the Future of Europe". He spoke on the importance of Christianity in Europe to uphold human dignity and fundamental rights of the person. SECULARISM MEDIA NATURAL LAW MULTICULTURALISM POLITICS ETHICS

17. Curial Documents - CDWCONF.HTM - Age of Confirmation: When Local and Universal Law Conflict
CDW

In this letter of 18 December 1999, from the Congregation, Cardinal Medina Escrivez upholds the right of a girl to be confirmed, who, though she had not yet reached the age set by diocesan law, fulfilled the conditions set by Canon Law. SACRAMENT BAPTISM

18. Curial Documents - PCCUETCH.HTM - All Is Possible When We Rely on Christ
Cardinal Roger Etchegaray

On 25 January, the feast of the Conversion of St Paul, Cardinal Etchegaray, President of the Committee for the Great Jubilee, presided at Vespers celebrated in the Basilica of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls to close the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, opened by Pope John Paul II on 18 January. In his homily, the Cardinal expressed the Holy Father's conviction that unity among Christians is possible through conversion to Christ. ECUMEN

19. Curial Documents - PCFECFAM.HTM - An Economy for the Family
The Pontifical Council for the Family

The Pontifical Council for the Family brought together 60 experts on economic and social questions for an international meeting on "The Family and Economy in the Future of Society". The meeting began on March 6, 1996 with a public conference at the Pontifical Gregorian University, at which the keynote speaker was the Nobel prizewinner, Professor Gary Becker of the University of Chicago. At the conclusion of their working meeting on 9 March, the participants made the recommendations contained in t

20. Curial Documents - APCOCATH.HTM - Annual Plenary Indulgence in Co-Cathedrals
Apostolic Penitentiary

"For the greater spiritual good of the faithful, eparchial and diocesan Bishops are granted the faculty of imparting the Papal Blessing with the attendant Plenary Indulgence once a year, in the co-cathedral churches which were formerly the cathedrals of eparchies or dioceses that no longer exist...," having been assimilated into larger eparchies or dioceses. ENCHIRIDION INDULGENTIARUM

21. Curial Documents - appaulineyr.htm - Apostolic Penitentiary: Pauline Year Indulgences
Cardinal James Francis Stafford

On the occasion of the Pauline Year that will open on 28 June 2008, the eve of the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict XVI has granted special Indulgences to the faithful as explained in the Decree Urbis et Orbis, issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary and dated 10 May. PLENARY INDULGENCE

22. Curial Documents - PCLNEOST.HTM - Approval of Statutes: Guarantee of Authenticity
Cardinal J. Francis Stafford

On 30 June 2002, Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, gave this address at Porto San Giorgio to the itinerant catechists of the Neocatechumenal Way who were thanking God for the Decree of Approval of the Statutes of the Way. CATECHESIS CONVERSION REDEMPTORIS MATER SEMINARIES BISHOPS INTERNAL FORUM

23. Curial Documents - STATCAI1.HTM - Archbishop Renato Martino's Address to the United Nations Conference On Population
STATE

Address given by Archbishop Martino in Cairo on Sept. 7, 1994. STATE MARTINO UN POPULATION CAIRO ABORTION

24. Curial Documents - STATCAIR.HTM - Archbishop Renato Martino's Statement on Cairo
STATE

Given on Sept. 13 in a presentation in Cairo, Egypt, to the plenary assembly of the U.N. Conference on Population and Development on its final day. STATE MARTINO UN POPULATION CAIRO ABORTION

25. Curial Documents - TRUEMEAN.HTM - Article on: Truth and the Meaning of Human Sexuality
Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo

The Cardinal and Bishop Elio Sgreccia write about the 'Guideline' for Sexual Education in the Family, 'Truth and the Meaning of Human Sexuality.' This article is taken from 'L'Osservatore Romano', February 14, 1996.

26. Curial Documents - kasprlambeth.htm - At the Anglican Communion Lambeth Conference: Canterbury, 30 July 2008
Cardinal Walter Kasper

Cardinal Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, addressed the once-a-decade gathering of Anglican leaders, the Lambeth Conference, 30 July 2008. The Cardinal drew attention to the two issues that are causing conflict within the Anglican Communion: the ordination of homosexuals and the blessing of same-sex marriages, and the ordination of women. He assured his listeners that the Catholic Church's position on both issues is deeply rooted in sacred Scripture. ANGLICANISM APOSTOLIC TRADITION SUCCESSION ARCIC ECUMENISM ECCLESIOLOGY COMMUNION BISHOPS

27. Curial Documents - PCSCNERA.HTM - At the Dawn of a New Era
PCSC

The pastoral instruction, Aetatis Novae, on pastoral use of the media, issued in 1992 by the Pontifical Council of Social Communications did not replace, but supplemented and updated the Vatican II document, Communio et progressio, taking into account the advancements in means of communication, including cable television, desktop computers, FAX machines, and VCRs, over the intervening 20 years. PERSON EVANGEL SOLIDARITY

28. Curial Documents - PCJPDEBT.HTM - At the Service of the Human Community
PCJP

In this document from February 1987, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace describes the phenomenon of international debt, and proposes a plan of co-responsibility by which the plight of debtor nations may be alleviated and peace and security enhanced for all. SOLIDARITY ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION TECHNOLOGY NATIONALISM INDUSTRIALIZED DEVELOPING NATIONS TRADE CREDITOR FINANCIAL

29. Curial Documents - PCCUNITY.HTM - Authentic Ecumenism Is a Grace of Truth
Juan Usma Gomez

Father Gomez, of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, spoke of the Catholic Church's commitment to ecumenism during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18-25 January 2004. He addressed the situation in Latin America, emphasizing the need for Catholics to establish fraternal relations with other Christians, without weakening their own Catholic identity. TRADITION PENTECOSTALS

30. Curial Documents - HSPLO.HTM - Basic Agreement
Holy See and Palestine Liberation Organization

The agreement of 15 February 2000 calls for a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and international guarantees of free access to Jerusalem and its holy places. INTERRELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION HUMAN RIGHTS

31. Curial Documents - CLAVERIE.HTM - Bishop Claverie: A Life Sacrificed for Love
Cardinal Bernardin Gantin

Homily in Algeria at the Funeral Mass for Bishop Claverie August 5, 1996.

32. Curial Documents - vistatpidhirci.htm - Canonical Status of the So-Called Bishops of Pidhirci
VIS

In a text, dated 22 February and issued 29 March 2012, by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as reported by the Vatican Information Service, the so-called "bishops" of Pidhirci, formerly of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat in the Greek-Catholic Ukranian Church, are declared to be excommunicate from the Catholic Church and their episcopal ordinations unrecognized. DISOBEDIENCE CANONS EASTERN CHURCHES USURPATION SEDITION CALUMNY

33. Curial Documents - visrevpenlaw.htm - Cardinal Ratzinger and Revision of Canonical Penal Law
Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta

This is the text of an article by Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, to be published on 4 December 2010 by the Italian magazine Civilta Cattolica. The article concerns the revision of Book VI of the Code of Canon Law (1983), the basis of the Church's penal law system. ORDINATION DISPENSATION FROM PRIESTLY OBLIGATIONS DELICTA GRAVIORA DISCIPLINE GOVERNANCE DISMISSAL EX POENA COMMON GOOD OF FAITHFUL SUBSIDIARITY DECENTRALIZATION

34. Curial Documents - edictjp2.htm - Cause for Beatification and Canonization of John Paul II
Cardinal Carmillo Ruini

The request by Cardinal Ruini, that the five-year waiting period following the death of the Servant of God John Paul II be dispensed, having been granted by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, the Vicar of Rome issued this edict, on 18 May 2005, announcing the opening of the late Supreme Pontiff's cause for beatification and canonization. WRITINGS HOLINESS EUCHARIST

35. Curial Documents - viscdfabuse.htm - CDF Guidelines on Sexual Abuse Allegations
VIS

This 14-paragraph guideline clarifies the procedures followed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in response to sexual abuse allegations towards minors. It is not a new document, but simply a summary of procedures that have already been defined, as "an aid for laypeople and those who are not canon lawyers." LAICIZATION SACRAMENTORUM SANCTITATIS TUTELA

36. Curial Documents - PCCUCOMM.HTM - Celebration of the Eucharist in Common by Christians of Different Confessions
PCCU

Declaration on the position of the Catholic Church issued by the S.P.U.C. (Secretariat for the Promotion of the Unity of Christians), Dans ces derniers temps, 7 January, 1970. PROTESTANT COMMUNION

37. Curial Documents - CDWHLYWK.HTM - Chant of the Passion for Holy Week
CDW

Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship document on the chant of the Passion for Holy Week, originally printed in Notitiae 281, vol. 25, No. 12 (1989), pp. 856-859. Translated by Casey A. Kniser and published in Sacred Music, Vol. 117, Number 1, Spring 1990. CHANT PASSION HOLY WEEK DIVINE WORSHIP SACRED MUSIC

38. Curial Documents - PCPAHEAL.HTM - Charter for Health Care Workers
PCPA

Issued by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance in 1994 ABORTION ANALGESIA ANESTHESIA ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION DEATH DIAGNOSIS ORGAN DONATION DRUGS EMBRYO EUTHANASIA FERTILITY FIVET GENETIC MANIPULATION PSYCHOPHARMACEUTICALS SUICIDE TRANSPLANTS VIATICUM

39. Curial Documents - PCPAHEAL.ZIP - Charter for Health Care Workers
PCPA

Issued by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance in 1994 ABORTION ANALGESIA ANESTHESIA ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION DEATH DIAGNOSIS ORGAN DONATION DRUGS EMBRYO EUTHANASIA FERTILITY FIVET GENETIC MANIPULATION PSYCHOPHARMACEUTICALS SUICIDE TRANSPLANTS VIATICUM

40. Curial Documents - CHARFAM.HTM - Charter of the Rights of the Family
Holy See

Presented by the Holy See to all persons, institutions and authorities concerned with the mission of the family in today's world October 22, 1983. Downloaded from the Cheese Wiz BBS. FAMILY CHARTER

41. Curial Documents - RATZHONG.HTM - Christ, Faith and the Challenge of Cultures
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Given in Hong Kong to the presidents of the Asian bishops' conferences and the chairmen of their doctrinal commissions during a March 2-5, 1993, meeting. RATZINGER CULTURE INCULTURATION FAITH RELATIVISM

42. Curial Documents - CDWEASTF.HTM - Circular Letter Concerning Preparation and Celebration of Easter Feasts
CDW

Published by the Congregation for Divine Worship on 20 February 1988, this Circular Letter describes the correct celebration of liturgical rites from Ash Wednesday through Pentecost. The document emphasizes the care with which these rites should be conducted. EASTER TRIDUUM HOLY WEEK THURSDAY SATURDAY VIGIL INITIATION SOLEMNITIES BAPTISM CONFIRMATION EUCHARIST PENITENCE REPENTANCE PENANCE CONFESSION RECONCILIATION PASSION PALM SUNDAY CHRISM MASS LORD'S SUPPER MUSIC CATECHESIS

43. Curial Documents - CCEORIEN.HTM - Circular Letter Concerning Studies of the Oriental Churches
CCE

In January 1987, the Congregation for Catholic Education addressed those responsible, on various levels, for priestly formation, on the subject of increased study and understanding of Eastern Christianity, both Catholic and Orthodox. Increased communion will be facilitated by an increase in understanding. WESTERN LATIN RITE IMMIGRATION ECUMENICAL TRADITION INCULTURATION

44. Curial Documents - cdfcirclet.htm - Circular Letter to Assist Episcopal Conferences in Developing Guidelines
CDF

On 16 May 2011, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published a circular letter intended to assist Episcopal Conferences in developing Guidelines for dealing with cases of sexual abuse of minors by clerics. This an English translation of the original in Italian. DIOCESAN BISHOP VICTIMS MINORS FORMATION PRIESTS RELIGIOUS CIVIL AUTHORITY CANONS PENALTY JUDICIAL PROCESS

45. Curial Documents - CDFMASN1.HTM - Clarification Concerning Status of Catholics Becoming Freemasons
CDF

Issued by the Office of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, February 17, 1981. This file also contains Can. 1374, which is the present legislation of the Church, and a list of some papal documents on Masonry. FREEMASONRY MASONS SECRET SOCIETY

46. Curial Documents - ITCDIACO.HTM - Clarification on ITC Study on the Diaconate
Fr George Cottier, O.P.

Fr George Cottier, General Secretary for the International Theological Commission (ITC), announced that its recent document (2002) on the diaconate excludes the possibility of the ordination of women to the diaconate. The five-year study was done at the request of the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith. DEACONS HOLY ORDERS

47. Curial Documents - berteuchperu.htm - Closing of the National Eucharistic Congress: 30 August 2007
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

On 30 August 2007, near the end of his official visit to Peru, Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone presided at Holy Mass in Chimbote Cathedral Square packed with the faithful for the close of the National Eucharistic Congress. In his homily, the Cardinal related the readings from Sirach, Philippians, and Matthew to the Holy Eucharist. KINGDOM OF HEAVEN MUSTARD SEED COMMUNION

48. Curial Documents - cologndecre - Cologne/Decree
Cardinal James Francis Stafford

A special indulgence is granted, by Cardinal Stafford, Apostolic Penitentiary, with the Holy Father's authority, to "the faithful who, on the occasion of the 20th World Youth Day, going on pilgrimage to or arriving in Cologne, take part in the sacred rites, as well as to all the other faithful, wherever they may be, as long as they pray to God, during this event, to help young Christians strengthen their faith and lead a holy life." PENANCE RECONCILIATION REPARATION

49. Curial Documents - COMRDSIN.HTM - Commentaries on the Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum
Various

An index page of commentaries, by various authorities of the Roman Curia, on aspects and implications of the Instruction on liturgical norms, published by the Congregation for Divine Worship, 23 April 2004. EUCHARIST MASS BLESSED SACRAMENT LITURGY LAITY PRIESTHOOD EASTERN CHURCHES MEDIA MAGISTERIUM LEX ORANDI LEX CREDENDI PASCHAL MYSTERY CANONICAL PENALTIES SACRIFICE SOTERIOLOGY RUBRICS TRANSUBSTANTIATION ECUMENISM LEX ORANDI CREDENDI LECTORS ACOLYTES EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS SERVERS

50. Curial Documents - PCMI25TO.HTM - Commentary on 25th World Day of Tourism
Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao

Cardinal Fumio Hamao, President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, comments on Pope John Paul II's Message for the Word Day of Tourism, 27 September 2004. Since tourism has "many implications -- anthropological, spiritual, social, economic, political and ecological -- it must be regulated by the social teaching of the Church." Tourism without ethics causes suffering. DIGNITY PERSON SPORTS

51. Curial Documents - cdfcomrespch.htm - Commentary on Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church
CDF

A commentary on the document, Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church, published 10 July 2007, was supplied by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Each of the five questions addressed in the document is revisited, with further explication of the responses. ECCLESIOLOGY ECUMENISM SUBSISTIT IN SUBSISTENCE BOFF CHURCHES ECCLESIAL COMMUNITIES ORIENTAL ORTHODOX

52. Curial Documents - PCSCCOMM.HTM - Communio et Progressio
PCSC

A Pastoral Instruction on the "Means of Social Communication," written by order of the Second Vatican Council, and issued 23 May 1971, by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. MEDIA TECHNOLOGY PUBLIC OPINION PROPAGANDA FREEDOM EDUCATION CULTURE ART ADVERTISING PRESS CINEMA RADIO TELEVISION THEATRE

53. Curial Documents - legionchrst.htm - Communiqué of the Holy See on the Legionaries of Christ
LOR

L'Osservatore Romano reports on the conclusions reached after a meeting (4/30-5/1/2010), presided over by the Cardinal Secretary of State, of the five bishops commissioned to carry out an Apostolic Visitation of the Legionaries of Christ. REGNUM CHRISTI MARCIAL MACIEL DEGOLLADO VISITATORS

54. Curial Documents - VPOCLONE.HTM - Communique on Announced Cloning of Human Embryo in U.S.
VPO

This communique was released 26 November 2001 by the Vatican Press Office regarding the announcement on 25 November in the United States of the successful cloning of a human embryo. ETHIC STEM CELL

55. Curial Documents - statfinan.htm - Communiqué on New Legislation for the Prevention of Illegal Activities in Financial and Monetary Sectors
Secretariat of State

In conjunction with the Apostolic Letter (Motu Proprio) of Benedict XVI, establishing four new laws against money-laundering and financing of terrorism, the Secretariat of State published this Communiqué, providing background and explanation. FRAUD COUNTERFEITING AIF

56. Curial Documents - cdfnormsanglic.htm - Complementary Norms for the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus
CDF

With the publication of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, additional norms were published, which explain how nongeographical ordinariates, established for former Anglicans, are to relate to geographical dioceses, as well as who may belong to these ordinariates, or be ordained to them. CANONS ORDINARY CLERGY BISHOPS DIOCESAN BISHOP PRESBYTERS EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE PRESBYTERAL COUNCIL PASTORAL COUNCIL SEMINARY PRIESTLY FORMATION GOVERNING COUNCIL PAROCHIAL VICAR

57. Curial Documents - CDWMISSA.HTM - Concerning the Eucharistic Prayers
CDW

A Circular Letter of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, issued 27 April 1973, and addressed to the presidents of episcopal conferences on adaptions of the Eucharistic liturgy to times and places, as provided in the liturgy itself, not as introduced without approval from the Holy See. MISSAL MASS NOVUS ORDO GIRM

58. Curial Documents - CDFDIVOR.HTM - Concerning the Reception of Holy Communion by Divorced and Remarried Members of the Faithful
CDF

Issued under instruction of John Paul II by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in a letter to the world's bishops on October 14, 1994.

59. Curial Documents - CDFRESPO.HTM - Concerning the Teaching Contained in 'Ordinatio Sacerdotalis'
CDF

'Responsum ad Dubium' October 28, 1995 Document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which declares that 'the teaching that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women is to be understood as belong to the deposit of faith' This file also contains Cardinal Ratzinger's Cover letter of November 8, 1995 to the Bishops' Conference Presidents. For the Vatican's Reflections on the Teaching of

60. Curial Documents - CDWCONC.HTM - Concerts in Churches
CDW

On 5 November 1987, the Congregation for Divine Worship issued an instruction with guidelines for concerts in churches. The primary consideration is that no performance be allowed that would be inconsistent with the character of a church as a sacred place. MUSIC ORGAN LITURGY SCHOLAE CANTORUM GREGORIAN CHANT CANON LAW ARTISTS

61. Curial Documents - pcf17assem.htm - Conclusions of the Pontifical Council's 17 Plenary Assembly
PCF

The Pontifical Council for the Family held its Plenary Assembly from 11 to 13 May 2006 on the occasion of its 25th anniversary (13 May 1981). The Pope addressed the participants on 13 May. These are the Conclusions of the Pontifical Council's 17th Plenary Assembly. JOHN PAUL II LIFE CHILDREN GENDER MARRIAGE EROS CATECHESIS

62. Curial Documents - PCFCONCL.HTM - Conclusions of Theological-Pastoral Congress
PCF

Final suggestions offered by the Pontifical Council on the Family at the conclusion of the Theological and Pastoral Congress on the theme: "Twenty Years since ‘Familiaris Consortio’: The Anthropological and Pastoral Dimension". PRO-LIFE DOMESTIC CHURCH MARRIAGE CONTRACEPTION CATECHESIS SEX EDUCATION FAMILY RIGHTS PERSON REFUGEES

63. Curial Documents - SYNFINMG.HTM - Consecrated Life, A Sign of the Church's Vitality
SYN

Final Message of the 1994 World Synod of Bishops. SYNOD BISHOPS RELIGIOUS CONSECRATED LIFE

64. Curial Documents - CCECONSE.HTM - Consecrated Persons and Their Mission in Schools
CCE

On 20 November 2002, the Congregation for Catholic Education published this document, dated 28 October 2002, which calls attention to the indispensable presence of religious in Catholic schools and the essential role of Catholic schools in the new evangelization. See presentation addresses by Cardinal Grochelewski and Archbishop Pittau. CULTURE VOCATIONS PERSON COMMUNION EVANGELICAL COUNSELS HUMANISM RECIPROCITY DIGNITY WOMEN POOR COEXISTENCE SOLIDARITY

65. Curial Documents - STATCLON.HTM - Considerations on the Issue of Human Cloning
Secretariat of State

In light of the debate on human cloning that took place in New York on 21-22 October 2004, at the Sixth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, the Holy See sent a Document to all Member States containing certain considerations on both "reproductive" and so-called "therapeutic" human cloning, in order to reassert its position on this issue and offer the debate certain scientific explanations. The following is the full text of the Holy See's Document, dated 27 September 2004. EMBRYONIC ADULT STEM CELL RESEARCH GENES GENETICS BIOLOGY DIGNITY HUMAN RIGHTS

66. Curial Documents - CDFHOMUN.HTM - Considerations Regarding Legal Recognition of Unions Between Homosexual Persons
CDF

On 31 July 2003, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a 10-point document rebutting popular arguments in favor of same-sex "marriage" and other forms of legal recognition for homosexuality. Catholic politicians are warned that voting in favor of recognition of homosexual unions is "gravely immoral." SOCIETY CULTURE NATURAL LAW COMPLEMENTARITY CHASTITY CHILDREN REASON

67. Curial Documents - OVCICLST.HTM - Contemplate the Face of Christ: Guiding Light for Consecrated Life
Fr Eusebio Hernàndez Sola, O.A.R.

An overview of the Instruction from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life, called Starting Afresh from Christ. Part by part analysis of this program for responding to Pope John Paul II's request for consecrated persons to grow in holiness by contemplating Christ. NOVO MILLENNIO INEUNTE VITA CONSECRATA RELIGIOUS FORMATION VOCATIONS COMMUNION WORD OF GOD EUCHARIST PRAYER EVANGELIZATION CONCUPISCENCE

68. Curial Documents - CILTEUCH.HTM - Contempt for the Eucharist
CILT

The Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts answers a dubium (doubt) concerning two canons, can. 1367 of the Latin Church's Code of Canon Law and can. 1442 of the Code of Canons of the Oriental (Eastern) Churches (CCEO) which provides sanctions for those who show contempt toward the Eucharist. Included is a commentary on the response by the President of the Council, Archbishop Herranz. SACRAMENT THROW TABERNACLE MONSTRANCE

69. Curial Documents - PCSCECUM.HTM - Criteria for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Cooperation in Communications
PCSC

Published 4 October 1989 by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, these are guidelines for cooperation among Christians and representatives of other religions in an effort to "ensure a united religious presence in the very heart of mass communications." MEDIA

70. Curial Documents - CDWDANCE.HTM - Dance in the Liturgy
CDW

Directives for Liturgical Dance in the Latin Rite. Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship. Originally printed in Notitiae 11 (1975) 202-205, labeled as 'a qualified and authoritative sketch.' English translation from The Canon Law Digest, Vol. VIII, 78-92, reprinted NCCB (Bishops Committee on the Liturgy) Newsletter, April/May 1982. Briefly examines the subject of liturgical dance and forbids it in the Latin Rite. DANCE ART LITURGY MASS

71. Curial Documents - CDFUNICI.HTM - Declaration 'Dominus Iesus'
CDF

In its declaration ON THE UNICITY AND SALVIFIC UNIVERSALITY OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE CHURCH, issued 6 August 2000, the uniqueness of the Catholic Church is reiterated in the face of "relativistic theories which seek to justify religious pluralism." Such theories, by denying that Christ is the only Savior, that there is only one Church, and that the doctrines of the Faith are objectively true, undermine Our Lord's commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations. INDIFFERENTISM SCRIPTURE KINGDOM MAGISTERIUM APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION ECUMENIC

72. Curial Documents - CDFMONTM.HTM - Declaration and Decree, "Ordination" of 7 Women
CDF

In response to the purported ordination of seven Catholic women to the priesthood in Austria by a schismatic "Bishop," the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued this monitum, 10 July 2002, warning the women that they must disclaim their "ordination" and repent of the scandal it caused, or be excommunicated. In fact, none repented, and the decree of excommunication, here included, was published on 5 August. PRIESTHOOD ORDINATIO SACERDOTALIS DISSENT

73. Curial Documents - STATCOPE.HTM - Declaration at the World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen
Angelo Cardinal Sodano

Given on March 12, 1995. SODANO WORLD SUMMIT COPENHAGEN FAMILY PERSON WAR

74. Curial Documents - CDFHAWAI.HTM - Declaration in Case of the Hawaii Five
CDF

Declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith vacating the 1991 excommunication of the so-called 'Hawaii five' -- as expressed in the case of one of the five, Patricia Morley. The Congregation judged their behavior (including frequenting a chapel of the SSPX) "blameworthy in many respects," but not formally schismatic. HAWAII SCHISM PIUS X TRIDENTINE

75. Curial Documents - statdecbertone.htm - Declaration of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

The following is a translation of the Declaration which Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, made on Saturday, 16 September 2006, in reference to the reaction in Muslim quarters to certain passages in Pope Benedict XVI's Address at the University of Regensburg. ISLAM MUSLIMS TERRORISM VIOLENCE INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

76. Curial Documents - CDFDCAT.HTM - Declaration of the Commission of Cardinals on the "New Catechism"
CDF

This Declaration of 15 October 1968 recalls the "Dutch" Catechism, published in 1966, which was flawed in a number of respects, and how Pope Paul VI himself appointed a Commission to clarify the misleading passages which are indicated in this document. ANGELS FALL MARY'S VIRGINITY SATISFACTION SACRIFICE REAL PRESENCE INFALLIBILITY PRIESTHOOD

77. Curial Documents - vpooffend.htm - Declaration of the Holy See Press Office
VPO

In response to the cartoons offensive to Muslims, circulated in newspapers in Europe and elsewhere, the Holy See Press Office offered this declaration denying that the right to freedom of thought and expression includes a right to offend the religious sentiments of believers. ISLAM MEDIA

78. Curial Documents - ZCDFCZCH.HTM - Declaration On Bishops and Priests Ordained Secretly in the Czech Republic
CDF

During communist rule in the Czech republic, several Bishops performed ordinations of priests and other Bishops without getting the necessary permissions or with other irregularities in the ceremonies. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been working since the fall of communism to find a way to solve all the questions raised by this situation. On 14 February 2000, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger released a statement on these cases. HOLY ORDERS APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION MARRIED PRIESTS SCHISM

79. Curial Documents - CDFCERTN.HTM - Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics
CDF

Persona Humana, issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on December 29, 1975. SEX MORALS MARRIAGE MASTURBATION CHASTITY FUNDAMENTAL OPTION HOMOSEXUALITY

80. Curial Documents - CILTCOMM.HTM - Declaration on Divorced and Remarried Persons
Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

The Pontifical Council, in a declaration of 24 June 2000, reaffirms the Church's position, based on divine law, that divorced and remarried couples are barred from Holy Communion. CANON GRAVE SIN EUCHARIST SCANDAL

81. Curial Documents - CDFEUTH.HTM - Declaration on Euthanasia
CDF

Issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 5 May 1980. EUTHANASIA SACRED CONGREGATION DOCTRINE FAITH JOHN PAUL II

82. Curial Documents - CCLSANCT.HTM - Declaration on First Confession and First Communion
CCL

'Sanctus Pontifex' Issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy and the Sacred Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments on May 24, 1973. This document calls for the cessation of experiments and the reinstatement of the traditional practice of reception of Penance before the Holy Eucharist. CONFESSION HOLY EUCHARIST

83. Curial Documents - CDFMASN2.HTM - Declaration on Masonic Associations
CDF

"Quaesitum est" Issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on November 26, 1983. This document is the present Church discipline on the membership of Catholics to a Masonic association. FREEMASONRY SECRET SOCIETY

84. Curial Documents - CDFABORT.HTM - Declaration on Procured Abortion
CDF

Issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on November 18, 1974. ABORTION LIFE MURDER HUMAN HEALTH BIRTH CONTROL

85. Curial Documents - CCLGRNER.HTM - Declaration on Suspended Priest
CCL

In view of a "Conference for Peace," organized by Fr Nicholas Gruner of Canada, for a meeting in Rome, October 2001, the following declaration was released (13 September 2001) by the Congregation for the Clergy. FATIMA CULT

86. Curial Documents - CDFINSIG.HTM - Declaration on the Admission of Women to the Ministerial Priesthood
CDF

'Inter Insigniores' issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on October 15, 1976. WOMEN PRIESTHOOD INTER INSIGNIORES

87. Curial Documents - PALSTEM.HTM - Declaration on the Production and the Scientific and Therapeutic Use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells
Pontifical Academy for Life

This document seeks to contribute to the debate on the production and use of embryonic stem cells which is now taking place in scientific and ethical literature and in public opinion. Given the growing relevance of the debate on the limits and liceity of the production and use of such cells, there is a pressing need to reflect on the ethical implications which are present. IN VITRO FERTILIZATION PERSON

88. Curial Documents - STATUNML.HTM - Declaration to United Nations Millenium Summit
Cardinal Angelo Sodano

To redefine the future of the United Nations Organization, the Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan, invited Heads of State and Government to a Millennium Summit in New York, 6 to 8 September 2000, for a series of round table discussions. At the end of the work, the participants adopted a resolution on the future of the United Nations Organization. Here is the declaration of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State and the Holy See's representative, who addressed the assembly. PEACE POVERTY DEVELOPMENT DIGNITY RIGHTS LIFE NATURAL LAW VALUES

89. Curial Documents - CDFRAGMS.HTM - Declaration: Cum de fragmentis
CDF

The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in a Declaration dated 2 May 1972, directs that, after Communion, left-over Hosts and any particles of Hosts are to be "reserved or consumed with the reverence due to the eucharistic presence of Christ." Note: references to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal are to the 1969 edition. MASS BLESSED SACRAMENT REAL PRESENCE

90. Curial Documents - statpubl - Decree and Communiqué
Cardinal Angelo Sodano

In this Decree, issued 31 May 2005, by Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State, copyrights over all "deeds and documents" published by Pope Benedict XVI, in his capacity as Supreme Pontiff, have been entrusted to the Vatican Publishing House. The following Communiqué clarifies the situation with regard to existing contracts with other publishing houses, made by the Pope prior to his election. RIGHTS

91. Curial Documents - APINDULG.HTM - DECREE Fourth Edition of the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum
Apostolic Penitentiary

With this decree, the 1968 edition of the official manual of indulgences was reissued 16 July 1999, with changes, in preparation for the Great Jubilee of the year 2000. PENANCE SATISFACTION PURGATORY MERITS

92. Curial Documents - apwyd2013.htm - Decree Granting Special Indulgences on the Occasion of the 28th World Youth Day
AP

Conditions are outlined for a Plenary Indulgence, to be granted to the faithful on the occasion of the 28th World Youth Day, to be celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, 22-29 July, during the Year of Faith, 2013. PARTIAL INDULGENCE

93. Curial Documents - apoorclares.htm - Decree Honoring the 800th Anniversary of the Poor Clare Nuns
Apostolic Penitentiary

On 16 April 2011, a decree was issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary with the approval of the Holy Father, commemorating the 800th anniversary of the foundation of the Poor Clare nuns. The decree grants a plenary indulgence to the nuns and all the faithful who "participate devoutly in some jubilee celebration or pious exercise," particularly on the feast of St Clare, 11 August 2011 and 2012, and on the feast of St Francis, 4 October 2011. USUAL CONDITIONS ORDER OF ST CLARE

94. Curial Documents - PCLNEOCA.HTM - Decree of Approval of Statutes of Neocatechumenal Way 'Ad Experimentum'
Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, PCL

On 28 June, Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, President, Pontifical Council for the Laity, gave to the founders of the Neocatechumenal Way the decree of approval ad experimentum for five years of the Statutes of the Way. The Neocatechumenal Way was approved as a way of Christian initiation for the rediscovery of Baptism and ongoing formation of the baptized. It is also approved as a form of adult catechumenate to prepare adults for Baptism. CONVERSION CATECHESIS RCIA

95. Curial Documents - cdfusordin.htm - Decree of Erection of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter
CDF

On 1 January 2012, the Vatican announced the establishment of a U.S. ordinariate for Anglicans seeking full communion with Rome under the stipulations outlined in Anglicanorum coetibus. This is the Decree published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. CATECHESIS FORMATION CATECHISM ANGLICAN COMMUNION TRIBUNAL ORDINARY

96. Curial Documents - CBISLEFB.HTM - Decree of Excomunication of Archbishop Lefebvre
CBIS

From the Office of the Congregation for Bishops, 1 July 1988. LEFEBVRE TRIDENTINE EXCOMUNICATION

97. Curial Documents - CDFATORD.HTM - Decree on Attempted Ordination of Some Catholic Women
CDF

A decree published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, confirming the excommunication of a group of women who participated in an invalid priestly ordination by a schismatic bishop, June 2002. This document announces that the Holy See has rejected the appeal made by the women to the decree of excommunication published 5 August 2002. SENSUS FIDELIUM LATAE SENTENTIAE FERENDAE SCHISM

98. Curial Documents - NETEMERE.HTM - Decree on Betrothal and Marriage
Congregation of the Council

from the Sacred Congregation of the Council, issued by the order and authority of Pope Pius X. Contains certain revisions of the Church laws governing betrothal and marriage, which were subsequently included in the 1917 Code of Canon Law. Latin title 'Ne temere.' PIUS X MARRIAGE BETROTHAL ESPOUSAL

99. Curial Documents - CDWFIRST.HTM - Decree on First Communion
CDW (Sacraments)

'Quam Singulari' Approved by Pope St. Pius X and issued by the Sacred Congregation of the Discipline of the Sacraments on August 8, 1910. COMMUNION PIUS X

100. Curial Documents - CDWFREQ.HTM - Decree on Frequent & Daily Reception of Holy Communion
CDW (Rites)

'Sacra Tridentina' Issued by the Congregation of Rites and approved by Pope Pius X on December 20, 1905. PIUS X HOLY COMMUNION RECEPTION

101. Curial Documents - CCLSTIPN.HTM - Decree On Mass Stipends
CCL

Norms established by the Congregation for the Clergy concerning the practice of Mass stipends issued February 22, 1991. MASS STIPENDS

102. Curial Documents - CCSESCRI.HTM - Decree on the Cause of Canonization of Josemaria Escriva
CCS

The April 9, 1990 Decree of the Sacred Congregation for Cause of the Saints on the heroic virtues of Venerable Josemaria Excriva, founder of Opus Dei. Uploaded by Robert Sheehan. OPUS DEI VENERABLE ESCRIVA VIRTUES

103. Curial Documents - APINDEUC.HTM - Decree on the Indulgence for the Year of the Eucharist
AP

Urbis et Orbis Decretum. A special plenary indulgence has been approved by John Paul II, and published by the Apostolic Penitentiary (25 December 2004), to mark the Year of the Eucharist (2005). According to the decree, a plenary indulgence may be gained by participating in acts of worship and veneration of the Most Holy Sacrament, as well as by praying vespers and compline of the Divine Office before the tabernacle. BENEDICTION ADORATION LITURGY OF THE HOURS

104. Curial Documents - cdwjoseph.htm - Decree on the Name of St Joseph in the Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV
CDW

On 18 June 2013, the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments published a decree calling for the mention of the name of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV. St Joseph's name is already mentioned in Eucharistic Prayer I, as mandated by Bl. John XXIII. ROMAN CANON MISSAL

105. Curial Documents - cbisremitp10.htm - Decree Remitting the Excommunication of the Bishops of the Society of St Pius X
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, on the authority of the Holy Father Benedict XVI, remits the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae incurred by the four Bishops of the Society of St Pius X, when they were illicitly ordained bishops by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, 30 June 1988. FELLAY TISSIER DE MALLERAIS WILLIAMSON GALARETTA

106. Curial Documents - CCECANON.HTM - Decree: Reordering Curriculum for Study of Canon Law
CCE

On 15 November 2002, the Congregation for Catholic Education published a Decree revising the order of studies in the faculties and departments of canon law. The new decree extends from two years to three years the course of study required for a licence in canon law. Knowledge of Latin is emphasized, as well as sufficient grounding in theology and philosophy. SAPIENTIA CHRISTIANA

107. Curial Documents - apbham.htm - Decrees of Indulgences for the Opening, and for the Closing of the Pauline Year
AP

At the request of Bishop Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama, His Eminence Francis Cardinal Stafford, the Major Penitentiary, granted to Bishop Baker on behalf of the Holy Father the faculty to give the Apostolic Blessing with Plenary Indulgence on the Occasions of the Opening and Closing of the Pauline Year. Bishop Baker will celebrate the Masses to open and close the diocesan celebration of the Pauline Year at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel (EWTN) in Irondale. As the following summaries of the Indulgences indicate, they may be received through television, radio and internet by those who are impeded from participating in person - though only during the live broadcast, and provided the other conditions are satisfied.

108. Curial Documents - apbham2 - Decrees of Plenary Indulgences for Pilgrimages
AP

At the request of Bishop Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama, His Eminence Francis Cardinal Stafford, the Major Penitentiary, grants to the faithful on behalf of the Holy Father a Plenary Indulgence for making a Pilgrimage during the Pauline Year to the 2 churches in the diocese of Birmingham dedicated to St. Paul the Apostle, and satisfying the conditions enumerated in the below summaries of the decrees.

109. Curial Documents - CCSMAIN.HTM - Decrees related to the Servants of God
CCS

A compilation of recent decrees of the Congregation for the Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints regarding the heroic virtues and miracles of the Servants of God, Venerables and Blesseds proposed for canonization. SAINTS BLESSEDS VENERABLES SERVANTS MIRACLES VIRTUE

110. Curial Documents - PCIDSPRT.HTM - Dialogue Based on Respect for Spirit's Action in Others
Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, M.Afr.

On the feast of Pentecost, in the year of Jubilee, the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue reminds us that "we cannot set bounds to the action of the Spirit." We should be ready to recognize His presence in the hearts of people of other faiths, even while carrying out our mission to communicate the fullness of truth. ECUMEN EVANGELIZ ASSISI

111. Curial Documents - PCCUGRK.HTM - Dialogue Betweem Rome and Greek Orthodox
Mons. Eleuterio Fortino

Mons. Fortino, of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Unity, traces the recent history of relations between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches, up to the Holy Father's pilgrimage to Athens "in the footsteps of St. Paul." ECUMEN ANDREW PATRIARCH

112. Curial Documents - PATDIAL.HTM - Dialogue Between Cultures and Between Religions
Cardinal Agostino Cacciavillan

On 7 March 2002, Cardinal Agostino Cacciavillan, President, Administration of the Holy See's Patrimony, gave the Jubilee Inaugural Lecture at the Chavara Institute of Indian and Interreligious Studies (CIIS) in Rome. The Cardinal presented interreligious dialogue as a necessary step towards peace and understanding, and also as a way of opening the door to proclaiming the Gospel of salvation in places where ancient Hindu and Buddhist religions are established. TERRORISM VALUES EVANGELIZATION

113. Curial Documents - PCCUANCH.HTM - Dialogue With Ancient Churches of the East
Fr Johan Bonny

Numerous contacts with the leadership of ancient Churches of the East took place in the Year of the Great Jubilee. Fr Bonny, of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, recounts these contacts and the hope of unity they offer for the future. COPT SYRIA ARMENIA ASSYRIA MALANKARA CHALDE ORTHODOX

114. Curial Documents - PCCUECCL.HTM - Dialogue With Faith and Order Commission
Mons. John A. Radano

Mons. Radano, of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, notes progress toward convergence among members of the World Council of Churches and the Catholic Church. Further progress is expected from increased attention to ecclesiology (study of the nature of the Church). ECUMEN

115. Curial Documents - PCCUDFMU.HTM - Dialogue With Lutheran World Federation
Fr Matthias Turk

Fr Türk summarizes developments in the Catholic-Lutheran dialogue and notes the concept of "differentiated multiplicity," which may be significant for eventual unity. ECUMEN JOINT DECLARATION

116. Curial Documents - PCIDNONB.HTM - Dialogue With Non-Believers
Franziskus Cardinal Konig

This document (issued 1968) contains considerations that aim at explaining the nature of interreligious dialogue and how it differs from evangelistic or apologetical contacts between believers and nonbelievers. ECUMEN ATHEIST IRENICISM

117. Curial Documents - PCCUPENT.HTM - Dialogue With Pentecostals
Fr Juan Usma Gómez

Fr Usma, of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, notes that, while the movement is extremely heterogeneous from the ecclesial and theological standpoint, Pentecostalism is rooted in Catholic spirituality, mediated by a Wesleyan current. Based on the assessment that "what unites us is far greater than what divides us," he expresses hopes for further progress. CHARISM HOLINESS BAPTISM SPIRIT KOINONIA PROSELYT

118. Curial Documents - PCCUNIAT.HTM - Dialogue With the Orthodox
Mons. Eleuterio F. Fortino

Uniatism, long a source of disagreement between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, continued to be a problem at the eighth plenary session of the Joint International Commission held in Baltimore, 9-19 July 2000. The question of the legitimacy of Eastern Rite Catholic Churches operating in the same territory as Orthodox Churches raises the further issue of the importance of communion with the Holy See. ECUMEN

119. Curial Documents - PCCUORTH.HTM - Dialogue With the Orthodox Churches
Mons. Eleuterio F. Fortino

Monsignor Fortino shows how progress is being made in East-West dialogue, though not without "tensions and misunderstandings." JOINT INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION UNIAT ECUMENIC JUBILEE

120. Curial Documents - cdfdigpersbio.htm - Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of a Person)
CDF

Dignitas Personae, an Instruction on ethical issues arising from biomedical research, was published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 12 December 2008. The Instruction defends the life of unborn human beings, created in the image of God, and provides guidance on how to respect human life and human procreation in our scientific age. HIPPOCRATIC OATH EMBRYO MARRIAGE FAMILY FERTILITY IN VITRO FERTILIZATION CONJUGAL ACT CRYOPRESERVATION INTERCEPTIVE CONTRAGESTATIVE ABORTION EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS GENE THERAPY GENETIC ENGINEERING CLONING HYBRIDIZATION

121. Curial Documents - PCCUECU.HTM - Directory ...[on] Ecumenism
PCCU

Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity: Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism. 25 Mar 1993. Discusses the ecumenical movement the organization of the service of Christian unity in the Catholic Church, ecumenical formation, common life among all the baptized, dialogue, and common witness. JOHN PAUL II ECUMENISM DIALOGUE

122. Curial Documents - PCCUECU.ZIP - Directory ...[on] Ecumenism
PCCU

Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity: Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism. 25 Mar 1993. Discusses the ecumenical movement the organization of the service of Christian unity in the Catholic Church, ecumenical formation, common life among all the baptized, dialogue, and common witness. JOHN PAUL II ECUMENISM DIALOGUE

123. Curial Documents - CDWPIETY.HTM - Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy
CDW

A directory issued December 2001 by the Congregation for Divine Worship evaluating forms of popular piety. "The object of this Directory is to offer guidelines and, where necessary, to prevent abuses or deviations." It discourages departures from Biblical revelation or competition with the economy of the Sacraments, while encouraging the riches of mature devotion, such as harmonize well with the Liturgy. WORSHIP INCULTURATION PRIVATE REVELATIONS LITURGICAL YEAR MARY SAINTS BLESSEDS ANGELS DEAD SHRINES PILGRIMAGE PROCESSIONS IMAGES MEDALS SCAPULARS SACRAMENTALS

124. Curial Documents - CCLDIR.HTM - Directory on the Ministry and Life of Priests
CCL

Issued by the Congregation for the Clergy on March 31, 1994. This 100 page directory for priests urges a humble life style, obedience to Church authority, correct moral standards and staying away from political office and the need for clerical garb. PRIESTHOOD DIRECTORY CLERGY GARB POVERTY INCARDINATION OBEDIENCE FORMATION

125. Curial Documents - CCLDIR.ZIP - Directory on the Ministry and Life of Priests
CCL

Issued by the Congregation for the Clergy on March 31, 1994. This 100 page directory for priests urges a humble life style, obedience to Church authority, correct moral standards and staying away from political office and the need for clerical garb. PRIESTHOOD DIRECTORY CLERGY GARB POVERTY INCARDINATION OBEDIENCE FORMATION

126. Curial Documents - STATAF97.HTM - Do Not Reduce African Aid
Archbishop Renato R. Martino

On November 5, 1996 Archbishop Renato R. Martino, the Holy See's Permanent Observer at the United Nations spoke to the plenary meeting of the 51st Session of the General Assembly on Item 44: Mid-term Review of the Implementation of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990's.

127. Curial Documents - cdfaslcwr.htm - Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious
CDF

On 18 April 2012, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a doctrinal Assessment of the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), calling for reform of the LCWR under the leadership of Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle with the assistance of Bishop Leonard Blair and Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. The document listed a number of matters of concern, including serious theological and doctrinal errors. FEMINISM HOMOSEXUALITY WOMEN PRIESTS REVELATION MAGISTERIUM OBEDIENCE PROPHECY FORMATION

128. Curial Documents - CDFADTU.HTM - Doctrinal Commentary on concluding formula of 'Professio fidei'
CDF

Coincident with the publication of "Ad tuendam fidem," by which Pope John Paul II added sanctions for dissent from definitive Church teaching to the Oriental and Latin codes of canon law, the Prefect and Secretary of the doctrinal congregation explain the grades of Church teaching and the kind of assent each obliges of Catholics. Given 29 June 1998 OATH PROFESSION CANONS DISSENT FAITH BELIEF HIERARCHY TRUTH

129. Curial Documents - CBISDOCT.HTM - Doctrinal Declarations of Episcopal Conferences
CBIS

Guidelines for Episcopal Conferences in their exercise of magisterial authority, consistent with the magisterium of the universal Church, were sent, in the form of a letter, dated 13 May 1999, to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences. THEOLOGY DOCTRINE

130. Curial Documents - cdfaspevang.htm - Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelization
CDF

In a document released 14 December 2007, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith aimed to clarify "a growing confusion" about the Church's missionary mandate. The document notes that some people think an attempt to convince another person about a religious matter is a violation of freedom, others that there is no need to promote conversion to Christ because it is possible for people to be saved without formal incorporation in the Church. This is the issue examined by the CDF, taking into account the anthropological, ecclesiological and ecumenical implications of evangelization. ECUMENISM MISSION RELATIVISM AGNOSTICISM INCULTURATION PROSELYTISM CONVERSION METANOIA INDIFFERENTISM

131. Curial Documents - GIRMALL.HTM - Documents on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal
CDW

This file contains documents associated with the now superceded General Instructions of 1970 and 1975. They remain historically important, especially the interpretations of the norms promulgated by the Congregation for Divine Worship (document VII).
I. Decree, 1st Editio Typica, Congregation for Divine Worship (1970);
II. Decree, 2nd Editio Typica, Congregation for Divine Worship (1975);
III. Apostolic Constitution, Paul VI (1969);
IV. Forward, NCCB;
V. General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 4th Ed. (1975);
VI. Appendix for the General Instruction for the Dioceses of the United States of America;
VII. Notices of the Congregation for Divine Worship which interpret the norms of the General Instruction (1969-1981). GIRM MASS RUBRICS LITURGY NOTITIAE

132. Curial Documents - GIRMALL.ZIP - Documents on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal
CDW

This file contains documents associated with the now superceded General Instructions of 1970 and 1975. They remain historically important, especially the interpretations of the norms promulgated by the Congregation for Divine Worship (document VII).
I. Decree, 1st Editio Typica, Congregation for Divine Worship (1970);
II. Decree, 2nd Editio Typica, Congregation for Divine Worship (1975);
III. Apostolic Constitution, Paul VI (1969);
IV. Forward, NCCB;
V. General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 4th Ed. (1975);
VI. Appendix for the General Instruction for the Dioceses of the United States of America;
VII. Notices of the Congregation for Divine Worship which interpret the norms of the General Instruction (1969-1981). GIRM MASS RUBRICS LITURGY NOTITIAE

133. Curial Documents - CDFHUMAN.HTM - Donum Vitae
CDF

This "Instruction on Respect for Human Life" was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on February 22, 1987. It covers biomedical research, fetal experimentation, in vitro, fertilization, artificial fertilization, infertility and moral and civil law. CDF HUMAN LIFE FETAL EXPERIMENTATION IN VITRO INFERTILITY LAW

134. Curial Documents - STATDRUG.HTM - Drug trafficking must be combatted
State

Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan, Head of the Holy See's Observer Delegation to the U.N. Special Session dealing with the scourge of drugs, spoke to the General Assembly on 10 June 1998. DRUGS TRAFFIKING HEROIN COCAINE LEGALIZATION

135. Curial Documents - STATSANC.HTM - Economic sanctions must be used with great discernment
STATE

This address by Msgr. James Reinert of the Holy See's delegation to the U.N. addresses the morality of economic sanctions.

136. Curial Documents - ECUMENSM.HTM - Ecumenism in the Pontificate of John Paul II
Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir

In Talk 5 of the Cardinals' Symposium, 15-18 October 2003, called to celebrate the 25th anniversary of John Paul II's Pontificate, Cardinal Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch for Maronites, surveys the Holy Father's longtime outreach to noncatholics and nonchristians as well. ORTHODOX PROTESTANTS LUTHERANS INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE MUSLIMS ISLAM JEWS JUDAISM REFORMATION PETRINE MINISTRY ASSISI

137. Curial Documents - ccecathschools.htm - Educating Together in Catholic Schools
CCE

In a document released 11 December 2007, the Congregation for Catholic Education gave emphasis to the experience of communion in Catholic schools. Since man is called to fulfill himself in communion with God and others, a proper education can be carried out only in a communitarian context, beginning with the family, and carried on with the school's assitance. CONSECRATED PERSONS LAY FORMATION CHARISMS CULTURE

138. Curial Documents - CCEGUIDE.HTM - Educational Guidance in Human Love
CCE

Issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education on the subject of sex education and moral education of young people. November 1, 1983. SEX MORALITY EDUCATION CHILDREN YOUTH TEENS LOVE

139. Curial Documents - SYNBPS11.HTM - Eleventh World Synod of Bishops: On the Eucharist
General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops

An index page listing documents on the topic, The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church, to be discussed at the Eleventh Ordinary General Assembly of the World Synod of Bishops, scheduled for October, 2005. LINEAMENTA MAGISTERIUM ADORATION SACRIFICE THANKSGIVING MASS LITURGY COVENANT MEAL BANQUET ANAPHORA PRIESTHOOD HOLY COMMUNION PASCHAL MYSTERY REAL PRESENCE FATHERS DOCTORS UNITY HOLINESS APOSTOLICITY CATHOLICITY VALIDITY EPICLESIS EVANGELIZATION MYSTAGOGY MUSIC ART SANCTUARY ALTAR TABERNACLE MISSION DIVINIZATION SANCTIFICATION TRANSUBSTANTIATION

140. Curial Documents - CDWREPON.HTM - En reponse a la demande
CDW

1969 letter granting to various Bishops' Conferences permission for Communion in the hand and laying down norms for its implementation. MASS LITURGY COMMUNION HAND TONGUE

141. Curial Documents - SYNLIN96.HTM - Encounter With the Living Jesus: Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America
Synod

"Lineamenta" for the planned Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops. The "Lineamenta", developed by the Synod of Bishops General Secretariat, is a preparatory document to be used in the drafting of the "Instrumentum laboris", the "working document" of the Special Assembly. The Synod's date has not been set, but it will take place before the year 2000. The "Lineamenta" presents in a general way material which will guide the discussion and reflections on the theme. The objective of the "Lineamenta" is to foster the faithful's participation at the local level in the process of reflection on the synod topic and to ensure from the direct participants responses rich in content.

142. Curial Documents - PCFTREND.HTM - Ethical and Pastoral Dimensions of Population Trends
PCF

Released by the Pontifical Council for the Family on May 13, 1994. This report addresses the serious problems linked to population growth. It warns against 'contraceptive imperialism.' POPULATION PARENTHOOD NFP CONTRACEPTION MOTHERHOOD POVERTY

143. Curial Documents - PCSCADVR.HTM - Ethics in Advertising
PCSC

This document, issued by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, 22 February 1997, while recognizing the economic, political, and cultural benefits of advertising in today's world, warns of the harm it can do, and lays down moral guidelines for the common good. MEDIA ECONOMICS POLITICS CULTURE RELIGION DIGNITY

144. Curial Documents - PCSCETH.HTM - Ethics in Communications
PCSC

This guide, issued by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, in conjunction with the Jubilee for Journalists, articulates "the primary moral principles that must the foundation of the new communications technology, which affects all aspects of social existence, from the activity of stock markets to people's home lives." ECONOM CULTUR EDUCATION POLITIC SOLIDARITY SUBSIDIARITY

145. Curial Documents - PCSCINTR.HTM - Ethics in Internet
PCSC

One of two documents issued 28 February 2002 by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. "Ethics in Internet" concerns moral and social obstacles and opportunities offered to human development by this latest advancement in communications. The companion document, "The Church and Internet", concerns the possibilities of the internet for evangelization, catechesis, apologetics, counseling and administration. MEDIA SOLIDARITY TECHNOLOGY GLOBALIZATION COMMERCIAL LIBERTARIAN DIGITAL DIVIDE CULTURE COMPUTER

146. Curial Documents - EUCHLILF.HTM - Eucharist: Light and Life of the New Millenium
Cardinal Jozef Tomko

Cardinal Tomko, President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, gives a short history of past Congresses, preparatory to explaining the plan for the next Congress, to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, 10-17 October 2004. It is to highlight the Year of the Eucharist, declared by the Holy Father, which is the Church's response to "the emptiness of the new agnostic materialism that is spreading in certain Christian regions and is manifested in the loss of the meaning of life and a sort of annihilation of values." MILLENNIUM MASS BLESSED SACRAMENT

147. Curial Documents - CDWSACRA.HTM - Eucharistiae Sacramentum
CDW

This document promulgates the "editio typica" of rites for Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass, 21 June 1973, Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship. General Introduction and Chapter 3. Chapters 1 & 2 are missing, and seemingly unobtainable. EXPOSITION BENEDICTION CONGRESSES PROCESSSIONS RESERVATION

148. Curial Documents - ccleuchad.htm - Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity
CCL

Introduced by a letter from Claudio Card. Hummes, Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, this document provides a series of addresses and articles, complete with pictures, in support of a movement of prayer, with eucharistic adoration at its center, entrusting all priests to Mary, Mother of the Eternal High Priest. AUGUSTINE NICHOLAS OF CUSA ELIZA HERBERT VAUGHAN MARIA DELUIL MARTINY CLARET DE LA TOUCHE LU MONFERRATO ALESSANDRINA DA COSTA CONSOLATA BETRONE BERTHE PETIT CONCHITA OF MEXICO WILLIAM EMMANUEL KETTELER THERESE OF LISIEUX CLEMENS AUGUST VON GALEN JOHN PAUL I ANNA STANG

149. Curial Documents - REPOSJP2.HTM - Eucharistic Concelebration for the Repose of the Soul of Pope John Paul II
Cardinal Angelo Sodano

On 3 April 2005, the Feast of Divine Mercy, Cardinal Sodano gave the homily for the Mass for the repose of the soul of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II. In his homily, the Cardinal referred to the Pope's Encyclical Dives in Misericordia as appropriate to the day and the event of the Holy Father's passing. HOPE HEAVEN

150. Curial Documents - TRUJEV.HTM - Evangelium Vitae and the Pro-Life Movement
Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo

President of the Pontifical Council for the Family Saturday, March 23 1996, Westminster Central Hall, London.

151. Curial Documents - PALQUALF.HTM - Examining Quality of Life, Ethics of Health
Bishop Elio Sgreccia

The Pontifical Academy for Life, on the occasion of its 11th General Assembly held in Rome 21 - 23 February 2005, offered its Members an opportunity to reflect on and examine more deeply a scientific and cultural topic of special timeliness, so-called "quality of life," on the basis of which the natural right to life is being called into question. EUATHANASIA HEALTH BENTHAM VITALISM

152. Curial Documents - CDWBOTH.HTM - Extending the Practice of Communion Under Both Kinds
CDW

'Sacramentali Communione' Instruction of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship issued June 29, 1970.

153. Curial Documents - TRUJFC.HTM - Familiaris Consortio and the Family
Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo

President of the Pontifical Council for the Family Speaking to NACF Families Friday, March 22 1996, St. James, Spanish Place, London.

154. Curial Documents - PCFDEMO.HTM - Family and Demography in Europe
PCF

The Pontifical Council for the Family has convened meetings on "the family and demography" in various continents: Latin America held in Mexico City in 1993, and Asia and Oceania, held in Taipei in 1995. The third meeting in this series, on "the family and demography in Europe", was held in Rome on 17-19 October 1996. From most European nations, Bishops who are Presidents of Commissions for the Family and representatives of the Roman dicasteries met with experts in demography, economics, political science, theologians and moralists. This file contains the recommendations approved unanimously by the 70 participants.

155. Curial Documents - PCFFMMRD.HTM - Family, Marriage and De Facto Unions
Pontifical Council for the Family

In response to the legislation of numerous parliaments, in which "de facto" unions are equated with marriage, the Vatican has published a document warning against the risks involved in these measures, including a "a juridical hollowing out of the marriage institution." SEX HOMOSEXUAL DEMOCRACY TOTALITARIAN CONJUGAL COMPLEMENTARITY SUBSIDIARITY PLURALISM CATECHESIS

156. Curial Documents - PALBIOMD.HTM - Final Communiqué: Ethics of Biomedical Research
PAL

At the end of its Ninth General Assembly, held in the Vatican from 24-26 February 2003, the Pontifical Council for Life issued a Concluding Communiqué on the "Ethics of Biomedical Research. For a Christian Vision". The Council was concerned to highlight general ethical features that biomedicine has to take into account if it is to serve the human person. Appended is a "manifesto" addressed to all researchers in the biomedical field and also in bioethics. GENETICS PERSON MEDICAL SCIENCE EMBRYO MEDIA

157. Curial Documents - pcidmuscath.htm - Final Declaration
Sheikh Ali Shahata and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran

The Joint Committee for Dialogue, est. 1998, held its annual meeting in Rome on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 February 2009; it was jointly presided over by His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and by Prof. Sheikh Ali Abd al-Baqi Shahata, Secretary General of the Academy for Islamic Research of al-Azhar, Cairo, Egypt. Eight points are presented on which the participants had reached agreement. PEACE MEDIA RIGHTS FREEDOM OF RELIGION

158. Curial Documents - pal12assemb.htm - Final Declaration of the 12th General Assembly
PAL

On the occasion of its 12th General Assembly [2006], the Pontifical Academy for Life celebrated an international Congress on the theme: "The human embryo in the pre-implantation phase: Scientific aspects and bioethical considerations". At the conclusion of the Congress, the Academy offered to the Ecclesial Community and to the general public, certain considerations on the theme of its reflection. PERSON HUMAN BEING

159. Curial Documents - paldecl07.htm - Final Declaration: International Congress 2007
PAL

On 23-24 February 2007, the Pontifical Academy for Life organized an International Congress at the Vatican on the occasion of its 13th General Assembly. The topic of the Congress was: "Christian conscience in support of the right to life". At the end of the meeting, the following considerations were offered to the ecclesial community, the civil community and every person of good will for reflection. RATIONALISM CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION

160. Curial Documents - cathjewcomm.htm - Final Document: Catholic-Jewish Bilateral Commission Meeting
Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews

The following is the Final Document of the Delegation of the Holy See's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel's Delegation for Relations with the Catholic Church-Bilateral Commission Meeting, which was held in Jerusalem, 11-13 March 2007. The subject for discussion was freedom of religion and conscience and its limits. DIVINE IMAGE OF GOD MORAL RELATIVISM SANCTITY OF LIFE STATE

161. Curial Documents - ccefinalreport.htm - Final Report on Apostolic Visitation to U.S. Centers of Priestly Formation
CCE

Diocesan seminaries in the United States are generally healthy, concluded a letter from the Congregation for Catholic Education after an apostolic visitation to review centers of priestly formation. The letter, dated 15 December 2008, was directed to cardinals, bishops, major superiors, and all those responsible for diocesan seminaries and religious houses of priestly formation in the United States. HOLY ORDERS INTERDIOCESAN SEMINARIES PRIESTHOOD RECTORS EXTERNAL INTERNAL FORUM FACULTY THEOLOGATE ORDINATION PHILOSOPHY SEMINARIANS HOMOSEXUAL INTERNET CELIBACY MASS CHASTITY DISSENT

162. Curial Documents - PCHFINAL.HTM - Final Statement to 26th Special Session of General Assembly
Delegation of Holy See

On 27 June 2001, at the conclusion of the Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly on HIV/AIDS, the Holy See's Delegation issued in English this final statement on the declaration released at the end of the session. The Holy See supports the positive steps to address the needs of those whose lives have been ravaged by the disease. However, it expresses certain reservations. SEXUAL ABSTINENCE FIDELITY

163. Curial Documents - STAT5PTS.HTM - Five Key Points of Holy See on Holy Land
Mons. Leo Boccardi

On 11 April 2002, in Vienna, Mons. Leo Boccardi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) gave the Holy See's basic five point position on the conditions for peace in the Holy Land. TERRORISM PALESTINIANS ISRAEL SOLIDARITY

164. Curial Documents - SACSAN40.HTM - For the 40th Anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium
Various

The book Spiritus et Sponsa, a collection of the Records of the Day commemorating the 40th anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium (Rome, 4 December 2003), was presented to journalists at the Press Office of the Holy See on Friday, 2 April 2004. Addresses honoring the occasion were presented by Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino, Secretary of the same Congregation; Fr Juan Javier Flores Arcas, O.S.B., President of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of St Anselmo, Rome, and Mons. Giuseppe Liberto, Director and Choirmaster of the Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel. LITURGY VATICAN II MASS EUCHARIST CONTEMPLATION FORMATION MUSIC

165. Curial Documents - PCMIPRER.HTM - For the Presentation of Erga Migrantes Caritas Christi
Cardinal Fumio Hamao, Archbishop AgostinoMarchetto

The Instruction Erga Migrantes Caritas Christi was presented to journalists at the Holy See Press Office on Friday, 14 May 2004, by Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao, President of the Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, and Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, Secretary of the Council. The Presentation recalled prior papal statements on immigration and summarized the rights and duties of immigrants. EMIGRATION EVANGELIZATION INTERRELIGIOUS CULTURE

166. Curial Documents - cclsacrheart.htm - For the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 30 May 2008
CCL

For the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 30 May 2008, the Congregation for the Clergy published this Letter to priests, urging them to a radical, total dedication. The Letter also spoke of a spiritual motherhood, in which consecrated women offer their struggles in life to intercede for priests. PRIESTHOOD PRAYER EUCHARIST MISSION VOCATION MARY AUGUSTINE CURÉ OF ARS THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX

167. Curial Documents - CICLFRAT.HTM - Fraternal Life in Community
CICL

Released by the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on February 19, 1994. RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY FRATERNITY

168. Curial Documents - CICLFRAT.ZIP - Fraternal Life in Community
CICL

Released by the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on February 19, 1994. RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY FRATERNITY

169. Curial Documents - STATISRL.HTM - Fundamental Agreement Between the Holy See and the State of Israel
STATE

Signed by Msgr. Claudio Celli, Vatican assistant secretary of state and Israel's deputy minister of foreign affairs, Yossi Beilin in Jerusalem on December 30, 1993. ISRAEL VATICAN AGREEMENT

170. Curial Documents - CCLGCD.HTM - General Catechetical Directory and Addendum
CCL

Published by the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy on April 11, 1971 as the basis for Catechetics in the Church. Includes the Addendum to the General Catechetical Directory issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy on March 18, 1971. The Addendum concerns the first reception of the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist. DIRECTORY CATECHISM GENERAL CATECHETICS CATECHETICAL EUCHARIST PENANCE CHILDREN

171. Curial Documents - CCLGCD.ZIP - General Catechetical Directory and Addendum
CCL

Published by the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy on April 11, 1971 as the basis for Catechetics in the Church. Includes the Addendum to the General Catechetical Directory issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy on March 18, 1971. The Addendum concerns the first reception of the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist. DIRECTORY CATECHISM GENERAL CATECHETICS CATECHETICAL EUCHARIST PENANCE CHILDREN

172. Curial Documents - cdfattordwom.htm - General Decree Regarding the Delict of Attempted Sacred Ordination of a Woman
CDF

The general decree from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was published 30 May 2008 on the front page of L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper. The text affirms that "he who shall have attempted to confer holy orders on a woman, as well as the woman who may have attempted to receive Holy Orders, incurs a latae sententiae excommunication," that is, an automatic excommunication. CANON LAW VALIDITY SACRAMENT

173. Curial Documents - GIRM.HTM - General Instruction of the Roman Missal (1975)
CDW

Issued by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship on March 27, 1975, this "General Instruction" has since been superceded. For the current edition see: General Instruction of the Roman Missal, promulgated in 2002. GIRM LITURGY MASS MISSAL RUBRICS NOTITIAE NOTICES

174. Curial Documents - GIRM.ZIP - General Instruction of the Roman Missal (1975)
CDW

Issued by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship on March 27, 1975, this "General Instruction" has since been superceded. For the current edition see: General Instruction of the Roman Missal, promulgated in 2002. GIRM LITURGY MASS MISSAL RUBRICS NOTITIAE NOTICES

175. Curial Documents - CDWGIRM.HTM - General Instruction of the Roman Missal (3rd)
Congregation for Divine Worship

Promulgated in March 2003, this General Instruction of the Roman Missal contains the liturgical norms for the celebration of the Mass in effect since March 2003. This 3rd edition (the others were 1969 and 1975) was adapted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the US and confirmed by the Holy See. The places where adaptation has occured are indicated by reference to "in the United States" or similar. Otherwise, this GIRM is the same as applicable throughout the Latin Rite, unless adapted by the Bishops Conference of a particular nation. MASS EUCHARIST RUBRICS NORMS LITURGY USCCB INSTITUTIO GENERALIS MISSALIS ROMANI ROMAN MISSAL

176. Curial Documents - CDWGILH.HTM - General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours
CDW

Liturgy of the Hours in the life of the Church, how it sanctifies the day, with directions on how to say it. DIVINE OFFICE BREVIARY

177. Curial Documents - CDWLECT.HTM - General Introduction to the Lectionary (Second Edition)
CDW

From the Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship (Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments), an exposition of principles for the use of Scripture in liturgy, according to the teaching of Vatican II, directions on how these principles are to be implemented, and an explanation of the pastoral purpose of the Order of Readings. LITURGY LITURGICAL YEAR SEASONS BIBLE SCRIPTURE WORD OF GOD SACRAMENTS SACRAMENTALS EUCHARIST MINISTRIES SUNDAYS WEEKDAYS TRANSLATIONS VERNACULAR

178. Curial Documents - PCCUFILQ.HTM - Greek and Latin Traditions Regarding the Procession of the Holy Spirit
PCCU

The Holy Father, in a homily give in St Peter's Basilica on 29 June 1995, in the presence of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, expressed a desire that "the traditional doctrine of the Filioque, present in the liturgical version of the Latin Credo, [be clarified] in order to highlight its full harmony with what the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople of 381 confesses in its creed: the Father as the source of the whole Trinity, the one origin both of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". This document, published in the same year by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, is the clarification the Holy Father asked for. EASTERN ORTHODOXY SCHISM SYMBOL NICENE CREED ECUMENICAL COUNCIL CONSTANTINOPLE PROCESSIONS ECUMENICAL DIALOGUE EKPOREUSIS LATINS BYZANTINES FILIATION SPIRATION

179. Curial Documents - CCEFUTPR.HTM - Guide to the Training of Future Priests Concerning the Instruments of Social Communication
CCE

Issued 19 March 1986 by the Congregation for Catholic Education, this document gives guidelines for the training of priests in the pastoral use of the mass media. SEMINARY FORMATION COMMUNION EVANGELIZATION JOURNALISM CINEMA MOVIES TELEVISION RADIO

180. Curial Documents - RRJGUIDE.HTM - Guidelines and Suggestions for Implementing Conciliar Declaration 'Nostra Aetate'
RRJ

Given on December 1, 1974. This commission was established on October 22, 1974 to encourage and foster religious relations between Jews and Catholics.

181. Curial Documents - PCCUASCH.HTM - Guidelines for Admission to the Eucharist Between the Chaldean Church and the Assyrian Church of the East
PCCU

The Chaldean Church and the Assyrian Church of the East have taken a decisive step toward East-West unity by offering access to the Eucharist to each other's faithful under certain circumstances. The text was prepared by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in agreement with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, and issued 20 July 2001. EASTERN CHRIST ECUMEN APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION ADDAI MARI

182. Curial Documents - PCMITOUR.HTM - Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of Tourism
PCMI

In an extensive outline of modern tourism (29 June 2001), the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples describes opportunities of spiritual growth both for tourists and host countries, as well as pitfalls to be avoided. TRAVEL HOMOGENIZATION WORK REST FREE TIME PERSON ECOLOGY CULTURES DIALOGUE SOCIETY ECONOMY GLOBALIZATION SEXUAL EXPLOITATION MARGINALIZATION CONTEMPLATION CREATION SIN ECUMENISM EVANGELIZATION MISSIONARY HOSPITALITY EUCHARIST FAMILY COMMUNITY FORMATION HUMANISM LORD'S DAY PASTORAL

183. Curial Documents - ccepsychpriest.htm - Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in the Admission and Formation of Candidates for the Priesthood
CCE

This document, published 30 October 2008, by the Congregation for Catholic Education, affirms that study for the priesthood requires a process of discernment, both for the would-be priest and for the Church, and psychologists can sometimes offer valuable assistance. Would-be priests should have a solid psychological and affective maturity, as well as a rich spiritual life that will enable them to face the demands of priestly life. CELIBACY FORMATORS FORMATION MASCULINITY HOMOSEXUALITY SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR CONFESSOR SEMINARY EXTERNAL FORUM

184. Curial Documents - cdfhistnorms.htm - Historical Introduction to the Norms of Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela
CDF

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith gives a brief history of the development of canon law regarding grave crimes reserved to the competence of the Holy See. DELICTS SOLICITATION CRIMEN SOLLICITATIONIS CRIMEN PESSIMUM HOMOSEXUAL SEXUAL ABUSE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS PRESCRIPTION LAICIZATION EUCHARIST PENANCE CONFESSION SIXTH COMMANDMENT

185. Curial Documents - visneocat.htm - Holy Father Meets with Members of Neo-Catechumenal Way
VIS

On 20 January 2012, the Holy Father received in audience more than 7,000 members of the Neo-Catechumenal Way. The Pope sent out seventeen new "ad gentes" missions of the Way, and he permitted "celebration in small communities, regulated by the books of the liturgy which must be accurately followed, and with the particular features approved in the Statutes of the Way." NEW EVANGELIZATION EUCHARIST

186. Curial Documents - STATUNIC.HTM - Holy See Not to Contribute to UNICEF in 1997
STATE

Text of a press release of the Holy See published on November 4, 1996. UN UNICEF STATE VATICAN

187. Curial Documents - zstatyouth.htm - Holy See on the Rights of Youth
Archbishop Francis Chullikatt

This is the text of a statement given 28 July 2011 by Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the permanent observer of the Holy See at the United Nations. U.N. policies on youth should respect parents' right to educate their children, including in the realm of human sexuality and "reproductive health," says the Holy See. FAMILY MARRIAGE EDUCATIONS RELATIVISM SEXUALITY

188. Curial Documents - zpcjptoler.htm - Holy See on Tolerance and Nondiscrimination
PCJP

Here is the text of an address delivered by the Holy See's representative, Monsignor Anthony Frontiero, to the annual meeting of the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Monsignor Frontiero, an official of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, gave the address 25 Sept. 2007 on the theme of tolerance and nondiscrimination. HUMAN NATURE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM INTOLERANCE PERSON

189. Curial Documents - vpomilingo.htm - Holy See Press Communiqué
VPO

According to an official declaration from the Holy See, published by the Vatican Press Office, Emmanuel Milingo, already excommunicated for "crimes against the unity of the Church" and showing no signs of repentance, has been dimissed from the clerical state. LATAE SENTENTIAE CELIBACY EPISCOPATE ORDINATIONS

190. Curial Documents - pcjposce.htm - Holy See Statement in Tirana
PCJP

This is the statement of the Holy See delivered by Bishop Mario Toso, SDB, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, at the High-Level Conference on tolerance and non-discrimination held in Tirana, Albania from 21-22 May 2013 by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The theme of the second Plenary Session was: combating intolerance and discrimination against Christians. CONSTANTINE EDICT OF MILAN TOLERANCE VANDALISM RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

191. Curial Documents - STATLIB.HTM - Holy See Statement on Religious Liberty
Archbishop Renato Martino

Archbishop Renato Martino, apostolic nuncio and permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, addresses the problem of descrimination against religious minorities in some countries. PERSON HUMAN RIGHTS TERRORISM

192. Curial Documents - PCHAIDS.HTM - Holy See to U.N. General Assembly's Special Session on HIV/AIDS
EWTN

An index page with links to four documents from the Holy See, addressing the topic of the General Assembly's 26th Special Session.

193. Curial Documents - STATWOMN.HTM - Holy See's Statement to UN General Assembly
Archbisop Renato Martino with Holy See Delegation

The 23rd Special Session of the UN General Assembly, entitled "Women 2000: Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century", was held from 5 to 10 June in New York, USA. The Holy See Delegation, led by Archbishop Renato R. Martino, Permanent Observer at the UN, issued a statement at the end of the session, giving its interpretation of the final document. EDUCATION POVERTY VIOLENCE HIV ABORTION SEX

194. Curial Documents - TRUJHOMI.HTM - Homily at Mass for Families
Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo

Lopez Trujillo, Saint James's Church, Spanish Place, London National Association of Catholic Families Friday March 22, 1996

195. Curial Documents - FUNERJP2.HTM - Homily of the Funeral Mass of Pope John Paul II
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

The homily, given by Cardinal Ratzinger, Dean of the College Cardinals, took as its theme, the command of the risen Lord to St. Peter, "Follow me." The Cardinal then recounted how the Holy Father had heeded this command through the course of his life, proclaiming the Gospel even to the end. REQUIEM PRIEST POLAND PASCHAL MYSTERY

196. Curial Documents - RTZFUJP2.HTM - Homily, Funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

On Friday morning, 8 April 2005, at 10 a.m. in the Square of St Peter's Basilica, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Dean of the College of Cardinals, presided at the Holy Funeral Mass for the late Pope John Paul II. This is a translation of the Cardinal's homily at the Mass, which was given in Italian. GOOD SHEPHERD TOTUS TUUS MARY

197. Curial Documents - STATPERS.HTM - Human Person: The Key Value for Development
Archbishop Renato Martino

On 21 March 2002, Archbishop Renato Martino, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations in New York and Head of the Holy See Delegation to the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, spoke on the dignity of the human person as a "key value for development." His theme: "Development is first and foremost a question of people." GLOBALIZATION DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS

198. Curial Documents - CILT25HV.HTM - Humanae Vitae 25 Years Later: Church Can Interpret Natural Law
Archbishop Vincenzo Fagiolo

In an article from 1993, the President of the Pontifical Council For the Interpretation of Legislative Texts reflected on the authority of the Magisterium, particularly as represented by Pope Paul VI, in his authorship of Humanae Vitae. FAMILY PROCREATION DIGNITY MARRIAGE INFALLIBILITY

199. Curial Documents - LORHMVT.HTM - Humanae Vitae: Understanding the Encyclical
LOR

In an editorial from 1968, L'Osservatore Romano addressed the press's "hurried, biased and selfish interpretations" of Pope Paul's encyclical on the conjugal relationship. The Holy Father was bound to uphold the moral teaching of the primitive Church, as it bears on contemporary issues. His pronouncements, as Vicar of Christ, are not subject to majority opinion. MAGISTERIUM CONTRACEPTION ABORTION STERILIZATION

200. Curial Documents - itccommun.htm - In the Communion of the Church
Mons. Paul McPartlan

Mons. McPartlan, of Catholic University of America, summarizes chapter two of the new International Theological Commission (ITC) text, Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria. Here is examined the ecclesial context of theology, since "it is through the Church that theologians receive the object of their enquiry." APOSTOLIC TRADITION SENSUS FIDELIUM SCRIPTURE SENSUS PLENIOR BISHOPS MAGISTERIUM HOLY SPIRIT

201. Curial Documents - apyrfaithind.htm - Indulgence for the Year of Faith
Apostolic Penitentiary

In a decree (here in its entirety) signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, Penitentiary Major and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Holy Father has granted the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the occasion of the Year of Faith. The indulgence will last the entire Year of Faith, from 11 October 2012 to 24 November 2013. VATICAN II PAUL VI CREDO HOLINESS TREASURE OF THE CHURCH MERITS OUR FATHER PROFESSION OF FAITH EASTERN RITE

202. Curial Documents - APDIVMER.HTM - Indulgences Attached to Divine Mercy Devotions
Apostolic Penitentiary

On 29 June 2002, the Apostolic Penitentiary published a Decree in which the Holy Father attached a plenary and a partial indulgence to the devout observance of the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday. Appended to the Decree is an Overview of the Devotion given by L'Osservatore Romano. IMAGE CHAPLET FEAST HOUR OF MERCY

203. Curial Documents - CDW62IND.HTM - Indult for Use of Roman Missal of 1962 According to Judgment of Diocesan Bishop
CDW

This file contains the text of a Quattuor Abhinc Annos, a Circular Letter sent on October 3, 1984 by the Congregation for Divine Worship to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences. INDULT TRIDENTINE MISSAL PIUS ECCLESIA DEI

204. Curial Documents - PCLCONST.HTM - Institutional and Charismatic Aspects: Quasi Coessential to the Church's Constitution
Cardinal J. Francis Stafford

The cardinal sees in the emergence of new ecclesial communities an indication that "the spiritual needs of many Catholic lay people are not being met through the traditional institutions of the Church." He then goes on to show how institutional and charismatic aspects of the Church have been complementary from the beginning. APOSTOLIC PETRINE PAUL MARY

205. Curial Documents - cedinsumpon.htm - Instruction Universae Ecclesiae
Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei

On 13 May 2011, the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei published an Instruction regarding the application of the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum given Motu Proprio by Benedict XVI on 7 July 2007, and becoming effective on 14 September 2007. Summorum Pontificum established "new regulations for the use of the Roman Liturgy in effect in 1962," making the "richness of the Roman Liturgy more accessible to the Universal Church." This new Instruction ensures "the correct interpretation and proper application" of the Motu Proprio. TRIDENTINE MISSALE ROMANUM USUS ANTIQUIOR QUATTUOR ABHINC ANNOS EXTRAORDINARY FORM FORMA EXTRAORDINARIA NORMS COETUS FIDELIUM SACERDOS IDONEUS QUALIFIED PRIEST RUBRICS CODE OF CANON LAW CONFIRMATION HOLY ORDERS BREVIARUM ROMANUM ROMAN BREVIARY TRIDUUM RELIGIOUS ORDERS PONTIFICALE ROMANUM RITUALE ROMANUM

206. Curial Documents - ccehomosex.htm - Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with Regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies
CCE

This document published 29 November 2005, by the Congregation for Catholic Education, while reiterating that homosexual persons must be treated with respect, directs that they should not be admitted to the seminary because of their incompatibility with the priesthood. HOMOSEXUALITY FATHERHOOD ORDAINED MINISTRY ORDINATION FORMATION

207. Curial Documents - EASTINST.HTM - Instruction for Applying the Liturgical Prescriptions of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches
Congregation for the Eastern Churches

Issued January 6, 1996

208. Curial Documents - EASTINST.ZIP - Instruction for Applying the Liturgical Prescriptions of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches
Congregation for the Eastern Churches

Issued January 6, 1996

209. Curial Documents - CCEADMIT.HTM - Instruction on Admitting Candidates Coming From Other Seminaries or Religious Communities
CCE

Issued by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education on March 8, 1996.

210. Curial Documents - CDFLIBR1.HTM - Instruction on Certain Aspects of the 'Theology of Liberation'
CDF

Issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on August 6, 1984. THEOLOGY LIBERATION POOR MARXISM CLASS STRUGGLE

211. Curial Documents - CDFLIBR2.HTM - Instruction on Christian Freedom and Liberation
CDF

Issued March 22, 1986 by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. LIBERATION THEOLOGY FREEDOM POOR

212. Curial Documents - CDFLIBR2.ZIP - Instruction on Christian Freedom and Liberation
CDF

Issued March 22, 1986 by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. LIBERATION THEOLOGY FREEDOM POOR

213. Curial Documents - CDWEUCH.HTM - Instruction on Eucharistic Worship
CDW (Rites)

Eucharisticum Mysterium, issued by the Congregation of Rites on May 25, 1967. EUCHARIST MYSTERY WORSHIP

214. Curial Documents - CDFINFAN.HTM - Instruction on Infant Baptism
CDF

Issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on October 20, 1980. BAPTISM INFANT

215. Curial Documents - CCESEMS.HTM - Instruction on Liturgical Formation in Seminaries
CCE

Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education. Given at Rome from the offices of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education on the Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday, 3 June 1979. SEMINARIES EDUCATION LITURGY FORMATION PRIESTHOOD MASS

216. Curial Documents - CCESEMS.ZIP - Instruction on Liturgical Formation in Seminaries
CCE

Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education. Given at Rome from the offices of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education on the Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday, 3 June 1979. SEMINARIES EDUCATION LITURGY FORMATION PRIESTHOOD MASS

217. Curial Documents - CDWMUSIC.HTM - Instruction on Music in the Liturgy
CDW

Sacred Congregation of Rites, Musicam sacram, 5 Mar. 1967. Juridical norms governing sacred music; a very important document especially for Church musicians. Approved by Pope Paul VI. SACRED MUSIC GREGORIAN CHANT POLYPHONY ORGAN CHOIRS

218. Curial Documents - CDFHEAL.HTM - Instruction on Prayers for Healing
CDF

As stated by this Vatican instruction of 14 September 2000, "Prayer for the restoration of health is ... part of the Church's experience in every age, including our own," this Vatican instruction states. "What in some ways is new is the proliferation of prayer meetings, at times combined with liturgical celebrations, for the purpose of obtaining healing from God." These meetings have multiplied due to the prayer groups or communities that have arisen in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. In response, the CDF has published this document to promote what is good and correct what is to be avoided. SICK CHARISM ANOINTING UNCTION RITUALE ROMANUM

219. Curial Documents - CDFTHEO.HTM - Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian
CDF

Donum veritatis, issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on May 24, 1990, situates the theological vocation within the Church's communion of the faith. It also discusses the problem of dissent. THEOLOGY THEOLOGIAN PROFESSOR FACULTY UNIVERSITY MAGISTERIUM TRUTH DOCTRINE DOGMA DISSENT CHURCH

220. Curial Documents - CDWINAES.HTM - Instruction on the Holy Eucharist
CDW

'Inaestimabile Donum' 1980 Instruction concerning worship of the Eucharistic Mystery prepared by the Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, approved and confirmed by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. ABUSE SCRIPTURE CONCELEBRATION COMMUNION WOMEN EXPOSITION REVERENCE LITURGY MASS EUCHARIST

221. Curial Documents - CDWMEMOR.HTM - Instruction on the Manner of Distributing Holy Communion
CDW

'Memoriale Domini' This document attests that the majority of Catholic bishops felt the practice of receiving Communion on the tongue should be retained. It also gives guidelines for the reception of Communion in the hand. Issued by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship on May 19, 1969. COMMUNION EUCHARIST TONGUE HAND MASS

222. Curial Documents - RNEWVAT2.HTM - Instruction on the Renewal of Religious Formation: In the Light of Vatican II Documents
LOR

L'Osservatore Romano examines the Instruction Renovationis Causam, issued 6 January 1969, on formation for the religious life as an expression of Vatican II's Lumen Gentium and Perfectae Caritatis. HOLINESS THEOCENTRIC CHRISTOCENTRIC NOTIVITIATE VOCATION EVANGELICAL COUNSELS

223. Curial Documents - RENEWREL.HTM - Instruction on the Renewal of Religious Formation: The Importance and Function of the Document
LOR

In an article from 1969, L'Osservatore Romano comments on Renovationis Causam, the Instruction issued Epiphany of that year, on the renewal of religious life through refinements in formation of its members. APOSTOLATE EVANGELICAL COUNSELS NOVITIATE MONKS NUNS SECULARIZATION VOWS PROFESSION CHAPTER INSTITUTE

224. Curial Documents - CEPPRABR.HTM - Instruction on the Sending Abroad and Sojourn of Diocesan Priests From Mission Territories
CEP

In this instruction of 25 April 2001, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples addresses the problem of priests, sent from missionary territories to study in Europe or North America, not returning to their homelands, which sorely need their ministry.

225. Curial Documents - CDWINCLT.HTM - Instruction: Inculturation and the Roman Liturgy
CDW

'Inculturation and the Roman Liturgy: Fourth Instruction for the Right Application of the Conciliar Constitution on the Liturgy.' Issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on March 29, 1994. The document covers principles and practical norms for inculturation of the liturgy in such matters as language, music, gesture and posture, handclapping, rhythmic swaying and dance movements, art, the altar and popular devotion. LITURGY INCULTURATION MASS

226. Curial Documents - fisb16licht.htm - Instrument for a New Evangelization
Archbishop Rino Fisichella

"Light of the World. The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times": the book of Benedict XVI's conversation with Peter Seewald was presented on 23 November 2010, at the Press Office of the Holy See. One of the speakers was Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, who gave an overview of the topics covered in the book, but also insight into the mind of the Holy Father. CHURCH RATIONALITY REASON TRUTH SCANDAL FAITH PRIESTHOOD MODERNITY

227. Curial Documents - CDWINOEC.HTM - Inter Oecumenici - Instruction on Implementing the Constitution on Sacred Liturgy
CDW (Rites)

An important Post-conciliar document, published 26 September 1964, on implementation of the norms established by the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum concilium. EUCHARIST MASS SACRAMENTALS CLERIC RELIGIOUS LAITY INCENSATION WORD OF GOD SCRIPTURE GOSPEL VERNACULAR MUSIC BISHOP PRIEST LITURGICAL COMMISSION READING CHANT DEACON SUBDEACON HOMILY PRAYER OF FAITHFUL COMMUNION BAPTISM CONFIRMATION ANOINTING SICK VIATICUM CONSECRATION MARRIAGE OFFICE LATIN CHURCHES ALTAR RESERVATION TABERNACLE CHOIR ORGAN BAPTISTRY

228. Curial Documents - statoscediscrim.htm - International Community Must Fight Discrimination Against Christians
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, SDB, Secretary of State and Head of the Delegation of the Holy See gave this discourse on 1 December 2010, at the Summit of Heads of State and Government organized by the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE), held in Astana, Kazakhstan. HELSINKI FINAL ACT 10 TEN PRINCIPLES WEAPONS ECONOMIC FINANCIAL CRISIS SOLIDARITY ENVIRONMENT WATER MIGRANTS SLAVERY RELIGIOUS FREEDOM INTOLERANCE TRAFFICKING

229. Curial Documents - STATICC.HTM - International Criminal Court must safeguard human dignity
STATE

A Diplomatic Conference for the establishment of an International Criminal Court was held from 15 June to 17 July 1998 at the Rome headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Archbishop Martino made the following statement in English.

230. Curial Documents - PCJPHOUS.HTM - International Year of Shelter for the Homeless
PCJP

Issued by the Pontifical Commission Justice and Peace (Iustitia et Pax). HOMELESS POVERTY

231. Curial Documents - statcopuos54.htm - Intervention at the 54th Session of COPUOS
Holy See

On 1 June 2011, the Holy See delivered this intervention at the 54th Session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was held in Vienna, Austria from 1-10 June. ENERGY VIOLENCE PEACE CREATION PRIVATE PROPERTY SPACE TECHNOLOGY CULTURES INTRNATIONAL COOPERATION STEWARDSHIP

232. Curial Documents - statmosconf.htm - Intervention at the Moscow Conference on Discrimination Against Christians
Holy See

This is the intervention of the Holy See Representative at the Moscow Conference regarding discrimination against Christians organized by the Russian Patriarchate from 30 November to 1 December 2011. Religious freedom, far from encouraging strife between religions, tends to diminish it. PERSECUTION RELATIVISM SYNCRETISM HUMAN RIGHTS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY CONSCIENCE TOLERANCE

233. Curial Documents - kasprcards.htm - Intervention by Cardinal Kasper to the College of Cardinals
Cardinal Walter Kasper

Cardinal Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, addressed the Holy Father and the College of Cardinals on 23 November 2007, prior to the Public Ordinary Consistory held at the Vatican on 24 November. In a survey of the Catholic Church's relations with non-Catholic Christian bodies, the Cardinal examined three fields of ecumenism: Churches of the first millennium, Ecclesial Communities stemming from the Reformation, and Charismatics & Pentecostals. PRE-CHALCEDONIAN EASTERN ORTHODOX PAPACY PROTESTANT ECCLESIOLOGY

234. Curial Documents - statmultilat.htm - Intervention by Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone on Multilateralism
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

On 30 April 2007, in the Vatican's Casina Pio IV, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, spoke to the participants in the 13th Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Speaking on the theme: "International justice and international governance in the context of the crisis of multilateralism", the Cardinal Secretary of State defined the difference between "government" and "governance", and explained the meaning of the latter. SOCIAL DOCTRINE GLOBALIZATION UNILATERALISM RELATIVISM NATURAL LAW INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS UNITED NATIONS

235. Curial Documents - PCJPHABI.HTM - Intervention of Msgr. Martin at Habitat II Conference June 13, 1996
PCJP

The text of the intervention made today in Istanbul, Turkey, by the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, joint head of the Holy See's Delegation to the UN Habitat II Conference on Human Settlements.

236. Curial Documents - levintaspevang.htm - Intervention on Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelization
Cardinal William Joseph Levada

Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, presented to the Press the central theme of the Doctrinal Note published 14 December 2007. Christians have a duty to make known the Gospel to all people, while respecting their freedom of response. Their freedom is in fact enhanced by conversion. PROSELYTISM EVANGELISM ECUMENISM

237. Curial Documents - ZRATZCOM.HTM - Interview With Prefect of Doctrinal Congregation
ZENIT

In a two-part interview with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Prefect of the Doctrinal Congregation discusses (pt 1) the relation between local Churches and the Holy See and (pt 2) relativism and Communion for the remarried. SUBSIDIARITY CURIA HETERODOXY COLLEGIALITY EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES PEOPLE OF GOD TOLERANCE

238. Curial Documents - intrvappen.htm - Interview with the Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary
L'Osservatore Romano

New forms of sin looming on humanity's horizon constitute a new challenge for the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Dicastery which is increasingly challenged to reaffirm its own role in the age when the perception of sin is vanishing. Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, O.F.M. Conv., Regent of the Penitentiary, spoke about this in an interview with L'Osservatore Romano. GENETIC MANIPULATION BIOETHICS POLLUTION ENVIRONMENT GLOBALISM GLOBALIZATION INDULGENCES ABSOLUTION ABORTION

239. Curial Documents - CDWINTRS.HTM - Introducing Redemptionis Sacramentum
CDW

On 23 April 2004, Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, presented the Instruction, Redemptionis Sacramentum, published by the same Congregation, to the press. The Instruction is a follow-up to Pope John Paul II's 14th Encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, in response to his request to the Roman Curia that abuses in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist be addressed. MASS LITURGY BISHOPS PRIESTS LAY LAITY RUBRICS

240. Curial Documents - cdfintronorms.htm - Introduction to Modifications to Normae de Gravioribus Delictis
CDF

With the promulgation of Normae de Gravioribus Delictis, 15 July 2010, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith provided a "brief description of the changes and amendments of the normative text, Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela. A letter from the Congregation to the Bishops, Ordinaries, and Hierarchs of the Catholic Church is appended. CANON LAW TRIBUNAL HERESY APOSTASY SCHISM CONFESSION SEAL PENANCE EUCHARIST ORDINATION CHILD PORNOGRAPHY SEX ABUSE

241. Curial Documents - introcomp - Introduction to the Compendium
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

This introduction to the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church was written by Cardinal Ratzinger just before he succeeded to the Chair of Peter. The Compendium, while dependent on the Catechism, states the Faith more concisely, in a dialogic format, with the use of artistic images. CATECHESIS DOCTRINE DOGMA

242. Curial Documents - CARSYMIN.HTM - Introduction to the Symposium of the College of Cardinals
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

At the Symposium of the College of Cardinals, met to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Pontificate of John Paul II (15-18 October 2003), certain pastoral and doctrinal issues of the Holy Father's 25-year Pontificate were highlighted by six Cardinals. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger introduced the meeting. PONTIFICATE LIFE

243. Curial Documents - STATJERU.HTM - Jerusalem: Considerations of the Secretariat of State
STATE

This file provides a summary of the Holy See's position on Jerusalem and historical perspectives on the development of that position.

244. Curial Documents - PCCPCIDA.HTM - Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life
PCC & PCIDA

This document, issued jointly by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, is a Christian reflection on the New Age movement. It is addressed primarily to those engaged in pastoral work, to "explain how the New Age movement differs from the Christian Faith," and also "refuting the positions espoused by New Age thinkers in opposition to Christian faith." AGE OF AQUARIUS INTERNET GNOSTICISM ENNEAGRAM SYNCRETISM CABBALISM SUFISM ALCHEMY HERMETICISM ZEN BUDDHISM YOGA CELTIC DRUIDIC WICCA ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS MANICHAEISM HOLISM GAIA THEOSOPHY ASTROLOLGY KABBALISTIC BLAVATSKY BESANT WILLIAM JAMES CARL JUNG ESOTERICISM MAGIC OCCULT CHANNELING REINCARNATION COSMIC CHRIST MYSTICISM THEOSIS RELATIVISM TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION HUMAN POTENTIAL FENG-SHUI ANDROGYNY MONISM PANTHEISM KARMA POSITIVE THINKING PARAPSYCHOLOGY ROSICRUCIANS SHAMANISM SPIRITUALISM TRANSCENDENTALISM CRAFT

245. Curial Documents - PCCUJNT.HTM - Joint Declaration on Justification
Catholic Church, World Lutheran Federation

The Holy See and the World Lutheran Federation have concluded a Joint Declaration to express that which is common in the faith of Catholics and Lutherans regarding the doctrine of Justification. The following documents are included, the Common Statement itself, an Annex to the Joint Declaration, and the Presentation of the Common Statement by Edward Cardinal Cassidy. ECUMENISM GRACE JUSTICE FAITH WORKS BAPTISM

246. Curial Documents - OPLCJOSE.HTM - Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer
OPLC

From the Office of Papal Liturgical Celebrations comes this biography of Bl. Josemaría Escrivá, Priest, Founder of Opus Dei, to be canonized 6 October 2002. UNIVERSAL CALL HOLINESS APOSTOLATE SAINT

247. Curial Documents - JUBCAL.HTM - Jubilee Year 2000 Calendar
From the Jubilee Commission

A Calendar of the Jubilee events in Rome from the Opening of the Great Jubilee 2000 on Christmas Eve 1999 to its closing on the Epiphany of 2001. Based on information provided by the Holy See. 2000 JUBILEE ROME

248. Curial Documents - CDWTABS.HTM - Lectionary Tables
CDW

An index page to Tables in the Sunday Lectionary (1998), giving the Principal Celebrations in the Liturgical Year and the Order of Second Readings for Sundays in Ordinary Time. See General Introduction to the Lectionary. LITURGY FEASTS SOLEMNITIES BIBLE SCRIPTURE

249. Curial Documents - PALEUTCH.HTM - Legalizing Euthanasia for Children in the Netherlands
Bishop Elio Sgreccia

Bishop Sgreccia, Vice-President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, describes the "slippery slope" that has led, in Dutch legislation, 2004, from assisted suicide, which purports to honor the autonomy of the patient, to imposed death on persons too young to make any decision for themselves. UTILITARIANISM EUTHANASIA EUROPE HOLLAND PAIN SUFFERING EUGENICS DARWIN PRINCIPLE OF HUMANITY PERSON

250. Curial Documents - CDFHOMOL.HTM - Legislative Proposals on the Non-Discrimination of Homosexual Persons
CDF

Some Considerations Concerning the Response to Legislative Proposals on the Non-Discrimination of Homosexual Persons 'Revised Text' issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on July 22, 1992. HOMOSEXUALS DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION CIVIL LAW POLITICS GAY RIGHTS

251. Curial Documents - REFORMOF.HTM - Letter from Cardinal Ottaviani to His Holiness Pope Paul VI Rome, September 25th, 1969
Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani

Cardinal Ottaviani was the Prefect of the Holy Office at the time this critique of the Novus Ordo was written.

252. Curial Documents - CDFAIDS.HTM - Letter of Cardinal Ratzinger on Aids
CDF

Cardinal Ratzinger's letter of May 29, 1988 expressing Vatican concerns about the statement released by the United States Catholic Conference's Administrative Board in December of 1987 titled 'The Many Faces of AIDS: A Gospel Response.' RATZINGER AIDS USCC

253. Curial Documents - cdfeschat.htm - Letter on Certain Questions Concerning Eschatology
CDF

In order to allay any doubts in the minds of the faithful as to the Church's teaching on certain points of eschatology ("last things"), the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published a Letter, dated 17 May 1979, addressing what happens between the death of a Christian and the General Resurrection. CREED LIFE EVERLASTING SOUL SECOND COMING ASSUMPTION HELL PURGATORY THEOLOGIANS

254. Curial Documents - CDFAUBRY.HTM - Letter to Bishop Gilbert Aubry
CDF

A letter of 26 May 1998 from the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to Bishop Gilbert Aubry of St. Denis, Reunion, France, concerning the status of Medjugorje. APPARITION MOSTAR BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA YUGOSLAVIA

255. Curial Documents - CDWPLAIN.HTM - Letter to Bishops on the Minimum Repertoire of Plain Chant
CDW

Voluntati Obsequens Issued by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship on April 14, 1974. CHANT LITURGY MUSIC VERNACULAR JUBILATE DEO LATIN

256. Curial Documents - CICLJUB.HTM - Letter to Cloistered Religious on Praying for the Great Jubilee
Congregation for Religious

This letter, dated 5 October 1999, by the superiors of the Central Committee for the Great Jubilee and the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Communities of Apostolic Life, was written to the members of cloistered monasteries and convents, asking for their prayers so that all Christians and men and women of good will may benefit from the spiritual fruits of the Great Jubilee. HOLY YEAR

257. Curial Documents - CDFFEENY.HTM - Letter to the Archbishop of Boston
CDF (Holy Office)

Proposed on July 27, 1949, and approved the next day by Pope Pius XII, this letter (dated 8 August) is directed against that rigorism by which certain members of the institutions 'St. Benedict's Center' and 'Boston College' (including Fr. Leonard Feeney) interpret the doctrine 'Outside the Church there is no salvation' to mean that all non-Catholics -- catechumens having the explicit intention of entering the Catholic Church excepted -- are excluded from eternal salvation. EXTRA ECCLESIA NULLA SALUS JUSTIFICATION BAPTISM FAITH

258. Curial Documents - cdwtetragram.htm - Letter to the Bishop's Conferences On the Name of God
CDW

On 8 August 2008, the Congregation for Divine Worship addressed a letter to the Conferences of Bishops, giving directives for the liturgical use of the Divine Name as "signified in the tetragrammaton." In accord with Sacred Tradition, the Name itself is not to be used, for which the words "Lord" and "God," or their equivalents in the various languages, are to be substituted. SEPTUAGINT LITURGIAM AUTHENTICAM BIBLE SCRIPTURE

259. Curial Documents - CDFHOMOP.HTM - Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons
CDF

Issued on October 1, 1986 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and signed by Cardinal Ratzinger. RATZINGER HOMOSEXUAL

260. Curial Documents - CDFMED.HTM - Letter to the Bishops on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation
CDF

Issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on October 15, 1989. PRAYER MEDITATION YOGA EASTERN

261. Curial Documents - cclsanctpr.htm - Letter: World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests
CCL

Letter of the Congregation for the Clergy on the occasion of the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, celebrated on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 15 June 2007. The theme for this year was "The priest, nourished by the Word of God, is a universal witness to Christ's charity" MISSION MISSIONARIES LEVI ORDINATION HOLY ORDERS CELIBACY CATECHESIS KERYGMA SOLIDARITY CULTURE OF LIFE FORMATION LAITY FAMILY EUCHARIST

262. Curial Documents - CDWLAOVR.HTM - Liturgiam Authenticam: Background and Overview
CDW

This document from the Congregation for Divine Worship summarizes and clarifies their Instruction, Liturgiam authenticam, which deals primarily with proper translation of liturgical texts from the original Latin to the various vernacular languages. Also included is an article from L'Osservatore Romano on the press release at the time of publication of Liturgiam authenticam. ROMAN RITE SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM NOVA VULGATA

263. Curial Documents - CDWLITUR.HTM - Liturgicae Instaurationes
CDW

Instruction of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship on the orderly carrying out of the Constitution on the Liturgy, September 3, 1970. LITURGY DIVINE WORSHIP MASS

264. Curial Documents - CDWCREMA.HTM - Liturgical Norms on Cremation
CDW

From the Order of Christian Funerals, 1998, Appendix 2: Cremation. As a testimony to the body's sacredness and its future resurrection in glory, the Church prefers burial of the body of a Catholic, but she permits cremation according to these norms. DEATH CATECHESIS

265. Curial Documents - OPLCASSI.HTM - Liturgical-Pastoral Guidelines on the Fast and Prayer for Peace
OPLC

Guidelines published by the Office of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, in preparation for the Assisi Meeting of 24 January 2002. FASTING PILGRIMAGE PRAYER INTERRELIGIOUS PEACE

266. Curial Documents - MDPD.HTM - Magisterial Documents and Public Dissent
Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B.

This article by the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith seeks to address the voices of dissent that have arisen in certain quarters of the Church and civil society

267. Curial Documents - statitsenate.htm - Many Dimensions of Humanism
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

In an address to the Italian Senate, 28 July 2009, Cardinal Bertone, Secretary of State to the Vatican, highlighted important points in Pope Benedict XVI's Encyclical, Veritas in Caritate, beginning with the Holy Father's analysis of the words "love" and "truth." NATURAL LAW RELATIVISM REASON TRANSCENDANT SOCIAL TEACHING DOCTRINE ECONOMY BUSINESS COMMON GOOD SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS SOCIETY GRATUITOUSNESS FAMILY EFFICIENCY BROTHERHOOD MARKET RECIPROCITY JUSTICE GIFT FREEDOM EUROPE MARRIAGE

268. Curial Documents - RTZPROEL.HTM - Mass for Election of the Roman Pontiff
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

On Monday morning, 18 April 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger, at the time Dean of the College of Cardinals, presided at the Mass "pro eligendo Romano Pontifice" (for the election of the Roman Pontiff) in St Peter's Basilica prior to the Conclave. The Cardinal's homily stressed the need for Catholics to become more adult in their faith, to withstand the winds and waves of deception. RELATIVISM SECTS MATURITY

269. Curial Documents - CDFLUCIA.HTM - Meeting With Sr Maria Lucia
Archbishop Tarcisio, CDF

Archbishop Bertone, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, inteviewed Sr. Lucia, only survivor of the three Fatima children, in response to rumors that Sr. Lucia had received new revelations in the wake of the terrorist attack of 11 September. SECRET FRANCISCO JACINTA GRUNER IMMACULATE HEART PRAYER PENANCE

270. Curial Documents - ITCRECON.HTM - Memory and Reconciliation: the Church and the Faults of the Past
International Theological Commission

The study of the topic “The Church and the Faults of the Past” was proposed to the International Theological Commission by its President, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, in view of the celebration of the Jubilee Year 2000. The present text was approved by the Commission, and was then submitted to the President, Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who gave his approval for its publication, December 1999. CONFESS PARDON FORGIVE METANOIA CONVERSION HISTORY SEPARAT ANTI-SEMITISM INQUISITION

271. Curial Documents - PCCUMENN.HTM - Mennonite-Catholic Dialogue
Mons. John A. Radano

The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Mennonite World Conference have organized together a Mennonite-Catholic International Dialogue, which began in 1998 and held its second meeting in October 1999. The dialogue seeks to promote better understanding of each other's positions and to contribute to overcoming long-standing prejudices. REFORMATION ANABAPTIST ECUMENIC common roots. ECUMENISM

272. Curial Documents - PCCUMNNN.HTM - Mennonite-Catholic Relations in 2001
Mons. John A. Radano

A report on the continuing dialogue of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Mennonite World Conference, an anabaptist family comprising about 1 million baptized members. ECCLESIOLOGY SACRAMENTS PEACE

273. Curial Documents - PCIDIWAL.HTM - Message for Diwali
Cardinal Francis Arinze

For the annual feast of Diwali, Cardinal Francis Arinze, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, sent this Message to all Hindus. ECUMEN JUBILEE

274. Curial Documents - cdfenglord.htm - Message of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Cardinal William Levada

Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sent the following message to be read at Westminster Cathedral on 15 January 2011, on the occasion of the Mass for the ordination of three former Anglican Bishops to the Catholic Priesthood, and for the establishment of the new Personal Ordinariate for England and Wales. ANGLICANS ANGLICANORUM COETIBUS

275. Curial Documents - comchina.htm - Message to Catholics in China
Commission on the Church in China

On 11 - 13 April 2011, the Fourth Plenary Meeting of the Commission, instituted by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 to study the questions of major importance concerning the life of Church in China, took place in the Vatican. At the conclusion of the aforementioned Meeting, the Participants addressed the following Message to the Catholics in China. BISHOPS EPISCOPAL ORDINATION EXCOMMUNICATION UNITY SEMINARIANS RELIGIOUS FORMATION XU GUANGQI RICCI

276. Curial Documents - PCIDMUSL.HTM - Message to Muslims
Cardinal Francis Arinze

For the feast of 'Id al-Fitr, which closes Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, Cardinal Francis Arinze, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, sent a message to the Muslim community on the theme, "Education for Dialogue: A Duty for Christians and Muslims". ECUMEN DIGNITY

277. Curial Documents - CCLMESSG.HTM - Message to the World's Priests
CCL

Concluding message of the Vatican International Symposium on the priesthood sponsored by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, October 28, 1995.

278. Curial Documents - MISERIND.HTM - Misericordia Dei: Its Presentation to the Press
EWTN

An index page with Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio, entitled Misericordia Dei ("The Mercy of God"), and addresses to the press by Cardinals Medina and Ratzinger and by Archbishop Herranz. PENANCE RECONCILIATION GENERAL ABSOLUTION PENITENCE MORTAL GRAVE SIN NECESSITY CONFESSIONALS BISHOPS CONFERENCES EASTERN CHURCHES PERSONALIST TRENT JURISDICTION JURIDICAL JUDICIAL

279. Curial Documents - CCEMISSI.HTM - Mission of Catholic Schools for Evangelization Today
Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski

On 19 November 2002 , Cardinal Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, presented the new instruction from the Congregation on Consecrated Persons and their Mission in Schools, which focuses on the indispensable mission of Catholic schools in the work of the new evangelization, and on the necessary involvment of religious in carrying out that mission. GLOBALIZATION CULTURE

280. Curial Documents - CCESCHOL.HTM - Mission of Consecrated Persons in the School
Archbishop Joseph Pittau, S.J.

On 19 November 2002, Archbishop Joseph Pittau, S.J., presented the Instruction, Consecrated Persons and Their Mission in Schools, from the Congregation for Catholic Education. He addressed the history and impact of men and women religious on the formation of young people, while giving a general view of the situation in the world today. VOCATIONS WEST ASIA CHARISM

281. Curial Documents - MISSIONS.HTM - Missions in the Pontificate of John Paul II
Cardinal Ivan Dias

In Talk 1 of the Cardinals' Symposium, 15-18 October 2003, met to celebrate the 25th anniversary of John Paul II's Pontificate, Cardinal Dias, Archbishop of Bombay, examines the salvific mission of John Paul II in light of the three stages of evangelization: missio ad gentes (first Gospel proclamation), pastoral care, and new evangelization (to "refresh and deepen Christian roots"), as exemplified in the Holy Father's visits to the five continents. EUROPE AFRICA ASIA AMERICA OCEANIA MAGISTERIUM LAITY ECUMENISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE INCULTURATION HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

282. Curial Documents - visritecards.htm - Modification to Rites for the Creation of New Cardinals
VIS

On 10 January 2012, the Vatican Information Service reported an announcement made by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations regarding the review and simplification of rites for the creation of new cardinals. BIRETTA RING TITLE DIACONATE CONSISTORY

283. Curial Documents - CDFTEILH.HTM - Monitum on the Writings of Fr. Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
CDF (Holy Office)

On June 30, 1962, the Holy Office issued a monitum (warning) regarding the writings of Father Teilhard de Chardin. In 1981 the Holy See reiterated this warning against rumors that it no longer applied. This file containts both the monitum and the 1981 statement.

284. Curial Documents - PCLMORN.HTM - Morning Watchmen
Cardinal James F. Stafford, President, PCL

Cardinal Stafford, of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, recalls Pope John Paul II's Novo Millennio Ineunte (6 January 2001), and relates its "strong and urgent reference to young people" to his emphasis on young people as the "morning watchmen" of the new millennium, at World Youth Day 2000. NEW EVANGEL JUBILEE

285. Curial Documents - CDWKNEEL.HTM - Must We Stand for Communion?
CDW

Letters from the Congregation for Divine Worship to a U.S. Bishop respond to his question of whether Holy Communion may be refused to Catholics in good standing who kneel to receive, rather than stand, according to the norm of the USCCB. The reply is an emphastic No. SCANDAL HERESY SCHISM GIRM BISHOPS' CONFERENCE

286. Curial Documents - CICLCBIS.HTM - Mutuae Relationes
CICL & CBIS

A document from 1978, published jointly by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes, providing directives for mutual relations between Bishops and Religious, i.e., the relations which should exist between the local Ordinary, on the one hand, and Religious Institutes and Societies of Common Life on the other. CHARISMS ECCLESIAL MISSIONARY EXEMPTION VOCATION FORMATION NUNS MONKS APOSTOLATE SCHOOLS

287. Curial Documents - ccsritebeatif.htm - New Procedures in the Rite of Beatification
Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, C.M.F.

On 30 September 2005, the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints published the new dispositions on the rite of beatification. Beatification, although always a papal act, will be celebrated by a representative of the Holy Father, rather than by the Pope himself. It will normally take place during the celebration of Mass, and in the diocese which promoted the cause. MARTYRS CONFESSORS EPISCOPAL CANONIZATIONS BLESSEDS

288. Curial Documents - APCONFES.HTM - Norm of Confession for Gaining a Plenary Indulgence
AP

This document was received by EWTN in response to a question directed to the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Roman dicastery responsible for the administration of Indulgences. It states that the norm promulgated during the Great Jubilee that permits "about 20 days before or after an indulgenced work" to go to confession remains in effect. CONFESSION COMMUNION POPE INDULGENCE COMMUNION

289. Curial Documents - cdfnormae.htm - Normae de Gravioribus Delictis
CDF

This index page links to the 31-article document, published by the Holy See on 15 July 2010, which streamlines the process for dealing with priests who sexually abuse minors, as well as clarifying and updating other procedures and crimes handled by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The document, much of whose content was already in force, was approved by Benedict XVI on May 21. Also in this index are related articles providing explanation and background for the new norms. HERESY SCHISM APOSTASY STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS CHILD PORNOGRAPHY EUCHARIST CONFESSION

290. Curial Documents - CDWNORMS.HTM - Norms for Communion Under Both Species in Latin Church
CDW

The extension of norms for Communion under both species in the Latin Church, as set forth in the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal, with commentary by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, from their bulletin, Notitiae 2001, vol 37, nn. 6-7). USCCB BISHOPS CONFERENCES LITURGY INTINCTION GIRM

291. Curial Documents - CDFNORMS.HTM - Norms for the Translation of Biblical Texts for Use in the Liturgy
CDF

In 1995 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued "secret norms" to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (of the United States) to guide their revision of the Lectionary used at Mass. Prior to this time the Congregation had rejected two versions of Scripture (the New Revised Standard Version and the Revised New American Bible) for use in the Liturgy, owing to the unacceptable use of inclusive language. These norms remained "secret," even from most bishops, until just prior to the June 1997 meeting of the bishops' conference. This meeting approved, by subsequent mail ballot, a version of the Lectionary agreed upon by a working committee of Vatican officials and US bishops in March 1997. This Lectionary conforms to the previously issued Norms. Having been approved by the entire Conference it was sent to Rome and subsequently confirmed for use. As of July 1998 it is awaiting publication, and expected implementation in Advent 1998. LITURGY LECTIONARY INCLUSIVE NAB

292. Curial Documents - CDFMUSTM.HTM - Norms for Use of Low-Gluten Bread and 'Mustum'
CDF

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Released August 22, 1994 Addresses the question of the use of low-gluten altar breads and 'mustum' as matter for the celebration of the Eucharist. PRIESTS ALCOHOL ALCOHOLIC WINE MASS GLUTEN

293. Curial Documents - cdfmustm2.htm - Norms for Use of Low-Gluten Bread and Mustum, Follow-Up
CDF

This a follow-up to the Norms published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1994, providing guidelines for the accomodation of communicants suffering from celiac disease or alcoholism, without sacrificing the validity of the Sacrament. EUCHARIST

294. Curial Documents - cdfappsrevs.htm - Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions or Revelations
CDF

In 1978 Pope Paul VI approved a document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which examined problems relative to presumed apparitions or revelations, giving directions on how competetent ecclesiastical authorities should proceed in these matters. Originally sent to Bishops only, it has now been published openly. PILGRIMAGES ORDINARIES DEVOTIONS POSITIVE NEGATIVE CRITERIA PSYCHOLOGY SUPERNATURAL

295. Curial Documents - statnotep10.htm - Note from the Secretariat of State
Secretariat of State

A Note from the Secretariat of State clarifies the lifting of the sentence of excommunication from the four bishops illicitly ordained by Archbishop Lefebvre, 30 June 1988. Remission of the penalty opens the door to dialogue, with a view to healing the schism. It does not give canonical recognition to the Society of Saint Pius X. SHOAH WILLIAMSON VATICAN II GENOCIDE JEWS

296. Curial Documents - visnoteclar.htm - Note of Clarification
Secretariat of State

The Vatican Secretariat of State responds to requests for information concerning its recognition of various equestrian orders dedicated to saints or to holy places. A list is given of those orders which are recognized by the Holy See. HOSPITALLER KNIGHTS MALTA HOLY SEPULCHRE

297. Curial Documents - vpoordinangl.htm - Note on Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans Entering the Catholic Church
VPO

As announced by Cardinal William Joseph Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at a press conference at the Holy See Press Office on 20 October 2009, an Apostolic Constitution on Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans wishing to enter the Catholic Church would be forthcoming. This papal initiative comes as a response to "the requests for full communion that have come to us from Anglicans in different parts of the world in recent years." A joint statement by Archbishop Vincent Gerard Nichols of Westminster and His Grace Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury is appended. HENRY VIII OXFORD MOVEMENT ECUMENICAL PASTORAL PROVISION

298. Curial Documents - ccsnotejp2.htm - Note on the Beatification of John Paul II
CCS

This Note from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints states that, although the Cause for John Paul II was begun before the five-year period stipulated by the Norms, the common canonical measures concerning Causes of Beatification and Canonization were fully observed. MIRACLE HEROIC VIRTUES

299. Curial Documents - CDFSISCH.HTM - Note on the Expression 'Sister Churches'
CDF

The expression Sister Churches has sometimes been misused in ecumenical dialogue. This Note, issued 30 June 2000, clarifies its proper use, as conforming with the teaching of Vatican II and the post-conciliar papal Magisterium. It is accompanied by a letter from Cardinal Ratzinger to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences, summarizing the purpose and authority of the Note. ORTHODOX PATRIARCH DOMINUS IESUS

300. Curial Documents - CDFROSMI.HTM - Note on the Force of the Doctrinal Decrees
CDF

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, on behalf of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, explains the return of the writings of Fr Rosmini to theological debate, after 40 propositions, drawn from his posthumous writings, were condemned in 1887. See historical overview. THOMISM IDEALISM ONTOLOGISM SUBJECTIVISM

301. Curial Documents - CDFSERBA.HTM - Note on the Force of the Doctrinal Decrees Concerning the Thought and Work of Fr Antonio Rosmini Serbati
CDF

This doctrinal Note (1 July 2001) from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith supercedes the Decree Post obitum (1887), with its condemnation of 40 Propositions taken from the works of Anthony Rosmini. Although some of his writings, taken out of context, can be understood contrary to the Faith, within the context of his system, they bear an orthodox meaning. ONTOLOGISM IDEALISM INDEX THOMISM

302. Curial Documents - PCJPENVI.HTM - Note on Use of the Environment
PCJP

On 22 May 2002, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace published this statement for the World Day of Biological Diversity. The Council reflected on this year's theme, forest biodiversity, the need for human life and survival, and showed how it is connected with the effort of the Holy See to promote sustainable growth. ECOLOGY STEWARDSHIP

303. Curial Documents - cdflightworld.htm - Note Regarding Certain Interpretations of Light of the World
CDF

This is the English-language text of a Note published 21 December 2010 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, entitled: "On the trivialisation of sexuality. Regarding certain interpretations of 'Light of the World'". It gives the correct interpretation of the Holy Father's words in that book, regarding the use of condoms. PROSTITUTION AIDS CONTRACEPTION HIV

304. Curial Documents - cdfyrfaith.htm - Note with Pastoral Recommendations for the Year of Faith
CDF

This Note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith contains proposals for ways to live the upcoming Year of Faith, from the universal to the personal level. In his Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei, Benedict XVI called the Year of Faith for 11 October 2012 through 24 November 2013. CATECHISM NEW EVANGELIZATION VATICAN II EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES TELEVISION RADIO FILMS ART APOLOGETIC DIOCESES PENANCE DIALOGUE EUCHARIST MISSIONS CONSECRATED LIFE APOSTOLIC LIFE ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS

305. Curial Documents - cdfminhealing.htm - Note: On the Minister of the Anointing of the Sick
CDF

Even subsequent to publication in the press of the text of the Note of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith On the Minister of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, drafted for the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, the Bishops' Conferences and the Oriental Synods, the above-mentioned Congregation deemed it appropriate to publish the text in L'Osservatore Romano, together with the text of the accompanying letter, addressed to the Presidents of the Bishops' Conferences and the Oriental Synods, signed by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Dicastery. The following is a translation of the Note, the commentary on it and the accompanying letter, dated 1 March 2005, all of which were written in Italian. HEALING EXTREME UNCTION SACRAMENTS EPISTLE OF JAMES PRIEST PRESBYTER

306. Curial Documents - RRJJEWS.HTM - Notes on the Correct Way to Present the Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church
RRJ

These Guidelines appeared in the July 1, 1985 issue of "L'Osservatore Romano."

307. Curial Documents - cdfsrfarley.htm - Notification
CDF

On 4 June 2012, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith today published a notification about a book “Just Love. A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics” by Sister of Mercy Margaret A. Farley. The book "is not in conformity with the teaching of the Church. Consequently it cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching, either in counseling and formation, or in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue," the notification warned. MAGISTERIUM MASTURBATION HOMOSEXUALITY DIVORCE REMARRIAGE SAME-SEX HOMOSEXUAL UNIONS ACTS INDISSOLUBILITY MARRIAGE

308. Curial Documents - CDFTISSA.HTM - Notification concerning the text 'Mary and Human Liberation' by Fr. Tissa Balasuriya, O.M.I.
CDF

Statement issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on January 2, 1997 in which the author's erroneous statements are explained and the congregation's actions in his regard are outlined. Fr. Balasuriya "has incurred excommunication 'latae sententiae'."

309. Curial Documents - CDFDEMEL.HTM - Notification concerning the Writings of Fr. Anthony de Mello, SJ
CDF

In this Notification, given 22 August 1998, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declares of Fr. de Mello's writings that certain "positions are incompatible with the Catholic faith and can cause grave harm" to the faithful. PRAYER SPIRITUALITY MYSTICISM BUDDHISM SALVATION CONTEMPLATION NEW AGE

310. Curial Documents - cdfjonsobrino.htm - Notification on Certain Writings of Father Jon Sobrino, S.J.
CDF

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued this Notification, 3 March 2007, to warn the faithful that two books by Fr. Jon Sobrino, S.J., Jesucristo liberador. Lectura histórico-teológica de Jesús de Nazaret (Jesus the Liberator) and La fe en Jesucristo. Ensayo desde las víctimas (Christ the Liberator), contain errors and imprecisions in regard to a) its methodological presuppositions, b) the Divinity of Christ, c) the Incarnation of Christ, d) Christ's relationship to the Kingdom of God, e) the self-consciousness of Christ, and f) the salvific value of His death. The implications of this Notification extend far beyond Fr. Sobrino's work, as similar errors have too often been proposed from pulpit and podium. LIBERATION THEOLOGY ADOPTIONISM NESTORIANISM CHURCH COUNCILS COMMUNICATIO IDIOMATUM MEDIATOR SOTERIOLOGY

311. Curial Documents - CDFDUPUI.HTM - Notification on the Book 'Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism'
CDF

This Notification of 24 January 2001 addresses arguments by Fr. Jacques Dupuis, S.J., about the concept of salvation in Christ, which can lead one to think that any religion is, in itself, a valid way for salvation. Rather, five points are affirmed by the Holy See, which clarify the Church's position on the place of other religions in the plan of God, vis-à-vis Christ, as the only Savior. DOMINUS IESUS INDIFFERENT ECUMEN NESTORIAN

312. Curial Documents - CDFNOTSG.HTM - Notification on the Book, Jesus Symbol of God
CDF

According to this Notification from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the book, Jesus Symbol of God, by Fr. Roger Haight, has been tried and found wanting. Its treatment of fundamental dogmas of the Catholic Church, e.g., the divinity of Christ, the Holy Trinity, the salvific value of the death of Christ, and His resurrection, convey a meaning contrary to what the Church has always believed and taught. CHRISTOLOGY CHRISTOCENTRISM THEOCENTRISM LOGOS HYPOSTASIS NICAEA CHALCEDON MEDIATION

313. Curial Documents - CDFDIACO.HTM - Notification on the Diaconal Ordination of Women
CDF, CDW, CCL

A Notification by the Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith, for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments and for Clergy, prohibited courses that are being planned or underway, directly or indirectly aimed at the diaconal ordination of women. The Notification was approved by the Pope on 14 September 2001. ORDER MAGISTERIUM

314. Curial Documents - CDFVIDAL.HTM - Notification Regarding Certain Writings of Fr. Marciano Vidal, C.Ss.R.
CDF

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in this notification of 22 February 2001, summarizes past communications with Spanish moral theologian, Fr Marciano Vidal, and lists doctrinal "errors and ambiguities" in some of his key writings which still need to be amended. MAGISTERIUM ABORTION CONTRACEPTION MASTURBATION HOMOSEXUAL

315. Curial Documents - CDFNUWAY.HTM - Notification Regarding Sister Jeannine Gramick, SSND, and Father Robert Nugent, SDS
CDF

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on 31 May 1999 issued this Notification Regarding Sister Jeannine Gramick, SSND, and Father Robert Nugent, SDS. It comes at the end of a lengthy dialogue, spanning almost two decades, concerning their teaching on homosexuality. HOMOSEXUAL ORIENTATION NUWAYS

316. Curial Documents - CDFBOFF.HTM - Notification to Fr. Leonardo Boff
CDF

Issued by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on March 11, 1985. The CDF notified the Brazilian theologian that his book, 'Church: Charism and Power' is a danger to the faith.

317. Curial Documents - STATNUCL.HTM - Nuclear energy must be used not only peacefully but safely
State

On 24 September 1998, during the 42nd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, Monsignor Mario Zenari, the Holy See's representative to the Agency, signed the Additional Safeguards Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1 August 1972 and gave this address.

318. Curial Documents - OBITUJP2.HTM - Obitus, Depositum et Tumulatio
Notary of the Chapter of the Vatican Basilica

In accordance with Universi Dominici Gregis, after the funeral rites for the late Pope John Paul II, the relevant official document, the Deed for the Pious Transfer of His Holiness John Paul II, was drafted by the Notary of the Chapter of the Vatican Basilica. The Notary read the authentic act of burial to those present in the Vatican Grottoes. The following is a translation of the Italian text. KAROL WOJTY£A PONTIFICATE DIALOGUE MAGISTERIUM

319. Curial Documents - PCCUCOM3.HTM - On Admitting other Christians to Eucharistic Communion (cont..)
PCCU

Under Certain Circumstances. This document is a Note interpreting the instruction issued by the S.P.U.C. (Secretariat for the Promotion of the Unity of Christians), Dopo le publicazione, 17 October, 1973.

320. Curial Documents - PCCUCOM1.HTM - On admitting Other Christians to Eucharistic Communion in the Catholic Church
PCCU

Issued by the Secretariat for the Promotion of the Unity of Christians (predecessor of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity). In Quibus Rerum Circumstantiis, 1 June, 1972. UNITY ECUMENISM PROTESTANT NON-CATHOLIC

321. Curial Documents - CATTEACH.HTM - On Better Care for Catechetical Teaching
Catechetical Office, Pius IX

'Provido Sane Consilio' Issued by the Catechetical Office of the Holy See, under Pope Pius XI, on January 12, 1935.

322. Curial Documents - CDFLAITY.HTM - On Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priest
CDF (and other dicasteries)

This document (Ecclesiae de mysterio), issued on 15 August 1997 but only published on 13 November 1997, is the work of 8 Roman Dicasteries (Congregations and Commissions). Its scope is "to provide a clear, authoritative response to the many pressing requests which have come to (these) dicasteries from Bishops, Priests and laity seeking clarification in the light of specific cases of new forms of 'pastoral activity' of the non-ordained." Further, "it points out that certain practices, harmful to ecclesial communion, have developed, and that these 'tend to predominate in certain areas of the world'." [Vatican Press Office release.] LAITY NON-ORDAINED PRIEST CURIA EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS CHAPLAIN PASTOR

323. Curial Documents - CDFMENWO.HTM - On Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church and in the World
CDF

This Letter (31 May 2004) to Catholic Bishops, from the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith, addresses two currents in contemporary culture: 1) the idea that women, in order to be themselves, must be opponents of men; and 2) the tendency to avoid confrontation between the sexes by downplaying the differences between them. GENDER HOMOSEXUALITY FAMILY MASCULINE FEMININE BIBLE SCRIPTURE ORIGINAL SIN PERSON MARRIAGE

324. Curial Documents - PCFEMBRE.HTM - On Embryo Reduction
Pontifical Council for the Family

Invited to express its position on so-called "embryo reduction" in cases of multiple pregnancies, the Pontifical Council for the Family published this Declaration after consultation with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. FERTILIZ ABORTION PERSON EVANGELIUM VITAE

325. Curial Documents - CDWIMCAR.HTM - On Facilitating Reception of Communion in Certain Circumstances
CDW

Instruction 'Immensae caritatis' Sacred Congregation of the Sacraments (now Congregation for Divine Worship) January 29, 1973. WORSHIP COMMUNION EUCHARIST

326. Curial Documents - STATFACS.HTM - On faculties delegated to Superior Generals and Abbot-Presidents
STATE

On faculties delegated to Superior Generals and to Abbot-Presidents of monastic congregations. Pontifical Rescript issued by the Secretariat of State, November 6, 1964. 'Cum Admotae'

327. Curial Documents - PCFCLONE.HTM - On Human Cloning
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo

The aim of this document, as expressed by Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, is to clarify the challenge of human cloning to the general public. "It is a question of contributing to a satisfactory presentation of the problem, of pointing out the negative ethical aspects and meanings of human cloning which are contrary to the dignity of the person and the family." BIOLOGY BIOETHICS PROCREATION REPRODUCTIVE THERAPEUTIC CLONING IN VITRO FERTILIZATION SEX EMBRYO NUCLEAR TRANSFER TOTIPOTENT MULTIPOTENT STEM CELLS PERSONALITY

328. Curial Documents - STATARMS.HTM - On Illicit Trade in Small Arms
Mons. Celestino Migliore

A delegation from the Holy See addressed the International Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms, meeting in New York from 9-20 July 2001. In his address, Mons. Migliore observed that "it is impossible to ban all kinds of small arms and light weapons. In a world marked by evil ... the right of legitimate defence by means of arms exists" though it is not an absolute right. The Conference's primary concern was the dire effects of small arms and light weapons being diverted into the illegal market. VIOLENCE SOLIDARITY GUN CONTROL

329. Curial Documents - cdfopang.htm - On Opus Angelorum
CDF

Here is the complete text, provided by the Vatican Information Service, of the English-language version of a circular letter issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, dated 2 October 2010 and signed by Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the congregation. The letter was published 4 November 2010 by L'Osservatore Romano and concerns the current doctrinal and canonical position of the association known as "Opus Angelorum". PUBLIC ASSOCIATION ANGELS CANONS REGULAR OF THE HOLY CROSS BITTERLICH

330. Curial Documents - pcfpuebla25.htm - On the 25th Anniversary of the Puebla Conference
PCF

The opening of the Third General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate took place in Puebla de los Angeles, Mexico, on 28 January 1979. On the 25th anniversary of this event, Cardinal Trujillo's reflection deals first with the preparation for the conference, then with its development, with particular attention to the opening address by John Paul II. NEW EVANGELIZATION LATIN AMERICA CELAM MEDELLÍN MARXISM CHRISTOLOGY LIBERATION THEOLOGY FAMILY

331. Curial Documents - cdfcorformu.htm - On the Correct Formula for Baptism
CDF

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responds to questions concerning the validity of Baptism conferred with certain non-standard formulae. Only the standard formula, as recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew, is sufficient for validity. SACRAMENTS

332. Curial Documents - CDFEXORC.HTM - On the Current Norms Governing Exorcisms
CDF

The letter "Inde Ab Aliquot Annis," issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on September 29, 1984. The Latin text is also available in the Library. This translation has been prepared for EWTN (formerly CRNET) by Christopher Mirus. It is not an official translation, and is not to be circulated without the attached warning. EXORCISM POSSESSION OBSESSION INFESTATION DEVIL RATZINGER EXORCIST

333. Curial Documents - CDFECUM.HTM - On the Ecumenical Movement
CDF (Holy Office)

An Instruction of the Holy Office addressed to the Ordinaries of Places, given December 20, 1949. HOLY OFFICE ECUMENISM PROTESTANTS CATHOLICS ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT

334. Curial Documents - CONSLEPR.HTM - On the Translation of Liturgical Texts for Celebrations with a Congregation
Consilium

'Comme le prevoit.' Instruction of the Consilium for Implementing the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy to Bishops Conferences concerning translating liturgical texts into the vernacular. January 25, 1969. LITURGY MASS TRANSLATION LATIN ENGLISH

335. Curial Documents - STATBEIJ.HTM - Opening Address of Mary Ann Glendon
STATE

Advance text of Mary Ann Glendon's Opening Address on Behalf of the Vatican delegation at the UN Conference on Women in Beijing, China, September 5, 1995. This advance copy was provided to Catholic World News prior to the Conference. The address as actually delivered may have differed in some minor points from this text. GLENDON BEIJING WOMEN CONFERENCE UN

336. Curial Documents - PCHHOLST.HTM - Our Vision of Health Must Be Holistic
Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan

On Wednesday, 27 June 2001, Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan, President Of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance of Health Care Workers, Head of the Holy See Delegation to the 26th Special Session of the General Assembly, gave the following address. AIDS CHASTITY POVERTY

337. Curial Documents - CDFPOLIF.HTM - Participation of Catholics in Political Life
CDF

This document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, published 16 January 2003, calls on Catholic politicians to be consistent with their faith in their political life. While firmly supporting the involvement of believers in democracy, the document urges the faithful to be consistent with their convictions. They are especially to avoid the current "cultural relativism" that advocates "ethical pluralism," namely, the rejection of absolute truth as "the very condition for democracy." THOMAS MORE NATURAL LAW POLITICS LEGISLATURES LEGISLATION LAW STATE FREEDOM ABORTION EUTHANASIA FAMILY SLAVERY SOLIDARITY SUBSIDIARITY SECULARISM

338. Curial Documents - PCCAPPRO.HTM - Pastoral Approach to Culture
PCC

The Pontifical Council for Culture issued this document detailing a pastoral approach to dealing with culture today on 23 May 1999. FAITH EVANGELIZATION INCULTURATION MINORITIES MEDIA SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION ART LEISURE PLURALISM SECTS ECOLOGY TOURISM

339. Curial Documents - PCFDIFF.HTM - Pastoral Care of the Family: Couples in Difficulty
PCF

At the invitation of Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family met in Sacrofano, Rome, from 17 to 19 October 2002. The participants reflected on the issue of couples in difficulty from the point of view of pastoral care. MARRIAGE DIVORCE SEX INDIVIDUAL COMPLEMENTARITY FEMINISM CHILDREN FORMATION COMMITMENT

340. Curial Documents - PCJPEACE.HTM - Peace and Everyday Life
Cardinal François-Xavier Nuguyên Van Thuân

Cardinal Nuguyên Van Thuân, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, observes that peace in the world begins with peace at home, in our own homes and workplaces. GLOBALISATION TERRORISM

341. Curial Documents - PCJPCHAL.HTM - Peace as a Radical Challenge
Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi

Bishop Crepaldi, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in view of the Day of Prayer at Assisi, 24 January 2002, considers the complexities of the search for peace. WAR TERRORISM DIALOGUE CULTURAL DIVERSITY RELIGION

342. Curial Documents - CCEDEACN.HTM - Permanent Deacons
CCE & CCL

Two documents issued together by the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Congregation for the Clergy, 22 February 1998, "Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons," and "Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons." DIACONATE DIAKONIA EVANGELIZATION HOLY ORDERS MINISTRY SACRAMENT CANON LAW BISHOP LITURGY

343. Curial Documents - vispersord.htm - Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
VIS

On 15 January 2011, the Vatican Information Service announced the erection of a Personal Ordinariate within the territory of England and Wales for Anglicans, clergy and faithful, wishing to enter full communion with the Catholic Church, while retaining certain of their traditions. ANGLICANORUM COETIBUS

344. Curial Documents - PETRINE.HTM - Petrine Ministry and Communion in the Episcopate
Cardinal Bernardin Gantin

In Talk 2 of the Cardinals' Symposium, 15-18 October 2003, met to celebrate the 25th anniversary of John Paul II's Pontificate, Cardinal Gantin describes the impact the Holy Father has had on the Church, and on the world. He underscores the relationship between the Petrine Ministry and the collegiality of Bishops. PAPACY PETER PONTIFICATE CARDINALS AFRICA ROME APOSTLES ASSISI LIBERATION THEOLOGY LATIN AMERICA EVANGELIZATION SYNODS BISHOPS' CONFERENCES COMMUNION MAGISTERIUM SUBSIDIARITY CURIA

345. Curial Documents - aplourdesind.htm - Plenary Indulgence Decree
Cardinal James Francis Stafford

On the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes, a daily Plenary Indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, from 8 December 2007 until 8 December 2008, devoutly and in accordance with the established conditions, visit the Grotto of Massabielle, as well as those who, from 2-11 February 2008, visit a blessed image of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes solemnly displayed for public veneration in any church, oratory, grotto or suitable place. BERNADETTE SOUBIROUS

346. Curial Documents - visplenindfaith.htm - Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Faith
VIS

In a decree signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, Penitentiary Major and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Holy Father has granted the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the occasion of the Year of Faith. The indulgence will last the entire Year of Faith, from 11 October 2012 to 24 November 2013. CONFESSION COMMUNION INTENTIONS EUCHARIST LITURGY OF THE HOURS

347. Curial Documents - apsydndecre.htm - Plenary Indulgence for World Youth Day 2008
Cardinal James Francis Stafford

A special indulgence is granted, by Cardinal Stafford, Apostolic Penitentiary, with the Holy Father's authority, to "the faithful who, on the occasion of the 23rd World Youth Day [15-20 July 2008], will gather at Sydney in the spirit of pilgrimage," as well as to all the faithful who "pray for the spiritual goals of this Meeting." PLENARY PARTIAL INDULGENCE AUSTRALIA RECONCILIATION CONFESSION

348. Curial Documents - reformf1.htm - Pope Francis' Reform
LOR

On 13 April [2013] the news was made public that Pope Francis had assembled a group of eight cardinals to advise him in the governance of the Universal Church and in order to study a project to revise the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus on the Roman Curia. On this issue Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the Secretariat of State, gave an interview to L'Osservatore Romano. IOR INSTITUTE FOR THE WORKS OF RELIGION DICASTERIES

349. Curial Documents - PCSCVIOL.HTM - Pornography and Violence in the Media
PCSC

Given by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, May 7, 1989.

350. Curial Documents - CDWCLAR.HTM - Posture of the Faithful following Communion
CDW

This official interpretation of the General Instruction, by the Congregation for Divine Worship in June 2003, resolves whether the faithful may be required to stand while everyone receives Holy Communion. They may not. RUBRICS MISSAL KNEELING LITURGY MASS POSTURE

351. Curial Documents - PCFLEXCN.HTM - Preface to the Lexicon
Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo

In January 2003, the Dehonian Fathers' publishing house (in Bologna) was to publish a book with the English title, Lexicon: Ambiguous and Debatable Terms Regarding Family Life and Ethical Questions. This dictionary, edited by the Pontifical Council for the Family, collects in 1,000 pages 78 topics/articles written by well-known experts. Cardinal López Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, wrote the preface, which is here presented in English translation. FAMILY ABORTION EUTHANASIA RIGHTS LANGUAGE DISCRIMINATION WOMEN MORAL RELATIVISM FREEDOM HOMOSEXUAL

352. Curial Documents - PCFPREP.HTM - Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage
PCF

Released by the Pontifical Council for the Family on May 27, 1996.

353. Curial Documents - CDFPRES.HTM - Presentation of Misericordia Dei
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

Cardinal Ratzinger noted that the Motu Proprio is a response to the improper use in some countries of general absolution to replace the personal confession of sins. General absolution is designed for emergency situations where penitents must also have the intention of making their confession afterward as soon as possible for the liceity of the general absolution. PERSONALIST PENANCE RECONCILIATION TRENT JURISDICTION JURIDICAL JUDICIAL

354. Curial Documents - PCCNEWAG.HTM - Presentation of Holy See's Document on New Age
Cardinal Paul Poupard

Cardinal Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, writes to present the Document, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life, issued February 2003 jointly by the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Interreligious Dialogue. In light of the Document, the Cardinal explains why it seems so many have turned away from traditional religions in favor of the New Age Movement. GNOSIS SCEPTICISM NEO-PAGAN EASTERN RELIGIONS AGE OF AQUARIUS UTOPIA

355. Curial Documents - PCIDNEWA.HTM - Presentation of Holy See's Document on New Age
Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald

Archbishop Fitzgerald, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, presents the Document, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life, issued February 2003 jointly by the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Interreligious Dialogue. In light of the Document, the Archbishop notes the evidence of authentic spiritual searching on the part of some New Age devotees, while emphasizing that what they seek can only be found in Christ. DIALOGUE SPIRITUALITY NEO-PAGAN PRE-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS

356. Curial Documents - PCCARDUR.HTM - Presentation of Holy See's Document on New Age
Rev. Bernard Ardura, O. Praem.

Fr. Bernard Ardura, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, presents the Document, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life, issued February 2003 jointly by the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Interreligious Dialogue. The Document helps to account for the appeal of New Age ideas by such cultural phenomena as an impatience with institutions and preoccupation with the self. ESOTERICISM GNOSTICISM RELATIVISM CELTIC SPIRITUALITY SYNCRETISM

357. Curial Documents - PRSHLYTH.HTM - Presentation of Holy Thursday Letter to Priests 2002
Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos

On 21 March 2002, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, held a press conference at which he presented the Holy Father's Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 2002. In his introduction to the press, the Cardinal said, "The Holy Father ... urges priests, who are sinners like all men to open their inner dwelling to Christ to receive God's merciful embrace and re-establish the full friendship shattered by sin." PENANCE RECONCILIATION CONFESSION CDF

358. Curial Documents - VISMARRI.HTM - Presentation of Instruction About Norms in Marriage Cases
VIS

On 8 February 2005, the Instruction Dignitas Conubii (Dignity of Marriage), prepared by the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, with the collaboration of other dicasteries, was presented to the press. Cardinal Julian Herranz explained that the Instruction offers judges in ecclesial courts "a practical document, a kind of vademecum to use as a ready guide for carrying out their duties in canonical hearings on the nullity of marriage." ANNULMENTS VALIDITY ROTA DIVORCE

359. Curial Documents - VPOORDIN.HTM - Presentation of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis
VPO

This is the Vatican Press Office's 'presentation' document explaining Ordinatio Sacerdotalis upon its release to the public. While not an official teaching document of the Church, it gives insight into the intentions of John Paul II in issuing the apostolic letter which states that the Church has no authority to ordain women. VATICAN PRESS OFFICE ORDINATIO SACERDOTALIS POPE JOHN PAUL II WOMEN ORDINATION PRIESTHOOD

360. Curial Documents - CDFREDMA.HTM - Presentation of Redemptoris Mater
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

At a press conference on 25 March 1987, Solemnity of the Annunciation, Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, presented Pope John Paul II's Encyclical Redemptoris Mater, giving an exposition of its primary themes. MARY MARIAN YEAR JUBILEE SCRIPTURE BIBLE WOMAN CHURCH MEDIATION MEDIATRIX MOTHER

361. Curial Documents - CDWMISER.HTM - Presentation to the Press
Cardinal Jorge A. Medina Estévez

In his presentation to the press (2 May 2002) of Pope John Paul II's Motu Proprio Misericordia Dei, on the Sacrament of Penance, Cardinal Medina emphasized the return to basics of the Holy Father's pastoral teaching, and especially the need for personal conversion, as provided for by the ordinary way of celebrating the sacrament, with "integral confession" and personal absolution. RECONCILIATION GENERAL ABSOLUTION

362. Curial Documents - CILTMISE.HTM - Presentation to the Press
Archbishop Julián Herranz

Archbishop Julián Herranz, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, presented the normative clarification of the canons that regulate the practice of the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation. He explains that the extraordinary celebration must be truly extraordinary. CONFESSION GRAVE NECESSITY BISHOPS CONFERENCES EASTERN CHURCHES

363. Curial Documents - CCLPARPR.HTM - Presentation: Priest, Pastor and Leader of Parish Community
Cardinal Castillón Hoyos

At a press conference on 18 October 2002, Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, and Archbishop Csaba Ternyák, Secretary of the Congregation presented the Instruction The Priest, Pastor and Leader of the Parish Community. The Cardinal explained that "in the face of the challenges to pastoral activity in the new millennium, a new approach to the nature and mission of the ministerial priesthood has become a priority...." PASTORAL MISSION EVANGELIZATION HOLY ORDERS VOCATION

364. Curial Documents - CCLPRSID.HTM - Presentation: Priest, Pastor and Leader of the Parish Community
Archbishop Csaba Ternyák

At a press conference, held on 18 October 2002, Archbishop Csaba Ternyák, Secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy, together with the Prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, presented the Instruction, The Priest, Pastor and Leader of the Parish Community. The Archbishop spoke about the persisting need in some parts of the world to understand better the essential distinction between the royal priesthood of the baptized and the priesthood of the ordained. DIRECTORY HOLY ORDERS PASTORAL LAITY SACRAMENTAL LEADERSHIP

365. Curial Documents - CILTPRDC.HTM - Presentations of Dignitas Connubii
Various

In these presentations, Cardinal Julian Herranz, Bishop De Paolis, and Bishop Antoni Stankiewicz explained that this document, prepared by the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, with the collaboration of other dicasteries, provides a guide for judges on ecclesiastical courts to carry out their duties in canonical hearings on the nullity of marriage. ANNULMENTS VADEMECUM FAMILY DIVORCE CONVALIDATION CANONS

366. Curial Documents - CDWPOPRS.HTM - Presentations of the Directory on Popular Piety
Cardinal Medina Estévez & Archbishop Tamburrino

On 9 April 2002, in the Holy See Press Office, the Directory on Popular Piety, from the Congregation for Divine Worship, was presented to the media. Taking part in the press conference were: Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estévez, Prefect of the Congregation, and Archbishop Francesco Pio Tamburrino, O.S.B., Secretary. WORSHIP DEVOTION SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM BIBLE LITURGY MAGISTERIUM SUPERSTITION CULTURE

367. Curial Documents - PALNATMO.HTM - Press Release on Nature of Human Person as Foundation for the Right to Life
Pontifical Academy for Life

From 25 to 27 February 2002 the Pontifical Academy for Life held its 8th General Assembly on the theme of human nature as the basis for natural rights, in the face of contrary notions in contemporary culture. This is a press release on their conclusions. NATURAL MORAL LAW ETHICS HUMAN NATURE REASON

368. Curial Documents - CCLMERCY.HTM - Priest of God, You Embody the Mystery of Mercy
CCL

Reflections and prayers on the priest and the Mercy of God in light of the Letter of the Holy Father John Paul II to Priests for Holy Thursday 2001, issued 13 May 2001 by the Congregation for Clergy. Includes the Litany of Divine Mercy. FAUSTINA RECONCILIATION CONFESSION

369. Curial Documents - PCLASSOC.HTM - Priests Within Associations of the Faithful
PCL

This document was issued by the Pontifical Council for the Laity on December 3, 1981.

370. Curial Documents - PCFTRUTH.HTM - Proclaiming the Splendid Truth of the Family
Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo

This address, on the 10th anniversary of John Paul II's Letter to Families, was delivered in English by Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, at the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars' 27th Anniversary Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., on 24 September 2004. In his address, Cardinal López Trujillo echoes the Holy Father's call to the truth about man, marriage, and the family, in the face of relativistic, utilitarian attempts to reduce mankind to a multitude of individuals without inherent dignity. CULTURE SOCIETY RIGHTS CHILDREN NATURAL LAW PROCREATION GENDER SEXES PERSONS

371. Curial Documents - PCIDPROC.HTM - Proclamation and Dialogue
PCID

A document, issued May 1991, by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, describing the relationship between the Church's commitment to dialogue with nonchristian religions and her obligation to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. MISSION EVANGELIZATION CONVERSION MAGISTERIUM CULTURE RELIGIONS

372. Curial Documents - CDFOATH.HTM - Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity
CDF

Issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, effective March 1, 1989. This file contains the new formulas of the Profession of Faith and of the Oath of Fidelity to be taken on assuming an office to be exercised in the name of the Church. Published in 'L'Osservatore Romano' on February 25, 1989. OATH FIDELITY FAITH MAGISTERIUM BELIEF DISBELIEF HERESY APOSTASY ERROR

373. Curial Documents - LORWTO.HTM - Promoting Human Development for All
LOR

During the intra Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), held (Dec '99) in Seattle, USA, the Holy See's delegation issued a Statement inviting negotiators to take into account the needs of developing countries and the difficulties they face in gaining access to international markets. ECONOMICS MARGINALIZATION PROTECTIONISM

374. Curial Documents - PALXENOT.HTM - Prospects for Xenotransplantation: Scientific Aspects and Ethical Considerations
PAL

In this document (published, Italian ed. L'Osservatore Romano, 26 September 2001), the Pontifical Academy for Life, with the help of an international work group, examines the medical and ethical implications of the transplantation of animal organs to the human body. XENOZOONOSE ANIMAL RIGHTS DIGNITY IMAGE IDENTITY BIOETHIC TRANSGEN GENETIC ENGINEER ALLOTRANSPLANT

375. Curial Documents - VISPUBS.HTM - Publications of the Roman Curia and Holy See-Related Institutions
VIS

This file contains a list of periodical publications of the Roman Curia and institutions related to the Holy See. Taken from the Vatican Information Service.

376. Curial Documents - RATZSYMP.HTM - Question of Truth Lies at Centre of Theology
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

The symposium on "The Primacy of the Successor of Peter", sponsored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, opened on Monday, 2 December 1996, with an address by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Congregation's Prefect. This file contains a translation of his talk.

377. Curial Documents - CEPREASO.HTM - Reasons for an Instruction
Cardinal Jozef Tomko, Prefect Emeritus, CEP

Cardinal Tomko gives background and explanation for the Instruction on the Sending Abroad and Sojourn of Diocesan Priests from Mission Territories, from the Congregation for the Evangelizataion of Peoples (25 April 2001), which addresses the problem of priests from mission territories, sent to study in the West, not returning to their homelands. FIDEI DONUM EVANGEL

378. Curial Documents - PCFDIVOR.HTM - Recommendations For Care of Divorced Catholics
PCF

The Pontifical Council for the Family held its 13th plenary assembly on 22-25 January, in the Vatican, on the theme The Pastoral Care of the Divorced and Remarried. The participants discussed the serious problem, a cause of concern for the Church, regarding the continued increase in the sad phenomenon of divorce which has become a true social plague. The work concluded with the publication of these recommendations, briefly summarizing the Church's guidelines in this regard.

379. Curial Documents - CDWRDSAC.HTM - Redemptionis Sacramentum
CDW

The purpose of the Instruction, published 23 April 2004 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, is indicated in its subtitle, "On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist." The Instruction is not a compendium of norms on the Eucharist, but rather emphasizes certain existing norms, establishes others by which the "earlier ones are explained and complemented," and defines the separate roles of Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and the Laity in celebration of the Eucharist. LITURGY MASS LITURGICAL ABUSES ECUMENICAL ECUMENISM RECOGNITIO PRIESTHOOD CLERICALIZATION SERVERS BREAD WINE HOSTS WORD BIBLE HOMILY CREED SIGN OF PEACE FRACTION HOLY COMMUNION CONFESSION PENANCE COMMUNION-PLATE CHALICE INTINCTION LATAE SENTENTIAE EXCOMMUNICATION GRAVIORA DELICTA LATIN VESSELS VESTURE VESTMENTS RESERVATION TABERNACLE ECHARISTIC ADORATION EXPOSITION EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS PREACHING

380. Curial Documents - Xrstwitme.htm - Reflection of the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops
Archbishop Nikola Eterović

On 11 October 2010, in the presence of the Holy Father, the First General Congregation of the Special Assembly for the Middle East took place in the Synod Hall. After the President Delegate, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, had welcomed the Holy Father, Archbishop Nikola Eterović, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, gave a report in Italian. This is a translation of his discourse. COMMUNION INSTRUMENTUM LABORIS HOLY LAND WITNESS ANNUARIUM STATISTICUM ECCLESIAE EDUCATION CHARITY EASTERN CATHOLIC CHURCHES SUI JURIS PROPOSITIONES

381. Curial Documents - CEPPENT.HTM - Reflection on Pentecost 2000
Archbishop Marcello Zago, O.M.I.

On the feast of Pentecost, 11 June, in the year of the Great Jubilee, the Archbishop reminds us of "our duty to make Christ known in our midst as well as support the work of evangelization in the world." "Ordinary life and every day contacts can offer the opportunity to bear witness to our faith." ECUMEN PERSECUTION

382. Curial Documents - LOROFFSP.HTM - Reflections on Humanae Vitae: Love and Offspring
LOR

While Vatican II enhanced the value of conjugal love, making it primary in relation to the essential properties of marriage (fidelity and indissolubility), the Council continued to teach its natural end in procreation. And the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, reiterates in Humanae Vitae that the unitive meaning of marital love cannot be separated from its procreative meaning. Every marital act must remain open to the transmission of life. MATRIMONY CONTRACEPTION

383. Curial Documents - PCIDPENT.HTM - Reflections on Pentecost 2000
Mons. Felix A. Machado

The Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue reminds us that all Christians are called to bear witness to Christ in a world hostile to the Gospel. ATHEISM INDIFFERENT MARTYR ECUMEN

384. Curial Documents - PCIDASSI.HTM - Reflections on the Day of Prayer at Assisi, 24 January
Cardinal Francis Arinze

According to Cardinal Arinze, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, "Humanity wins if the followers of world religions are convinced that they need to travel together the road to peace." ECUMENISM PLURALISM GOLDEN RULE HINDUISM BUDDHISM CONFUCIANISM JUDAISM ISLAM ANIMISM

385. Curial Documents - CDFDISS.HTM - Regulations for Doctrinal Examination
CDF

Issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on 29 June 1997, these regulations govern the doctrinal examination of the writings of theologians who are suspected of error. HERESY DISSENT THEOLOGY BOOKS HOLY OFFICE INQUISITION

386. Curial Documents - MOSCROME.HTM - Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow With the Holy See
Rev. Josef M. Maj, S.J.

An official of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity analyzes the misunderstanding on Moscow's part of the Holy See's action, on 11 February 2002, of raising the four Apostolic Administrations in the Russian Federation to the rank of Diocese. UNIVERSALITY PROSELYTISM ORTHODOX

387. Curial Documents - RATZRELA.HTM - Relativism: The Central Problem for Faith Today
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave this address during the meeting of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with the presidents of the Doctrinal Commissions of the Bishops' Conferences of Latin America, held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in May 1996.

388. Curial Documents - CCL1961R.HTM - Religiosorum Institutio
CCL

In 1961 the Congregation for Religious, today called the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, issued this instruction on the "Careful Selection And Training Of Candidates For The States Of Perfection And Sacred Orders". Although its canonical status today is unclear, it has come to PUBLIC attention in recent days in connection with its prohibition of homosexual candidates to religious life and sacred ordination. FORMATION SEMINARY DEACON PRIEST VOW

389. Curial Documents - statrelfree.htm - Religious Freedom
Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi

On 28 September 2010, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, delivered the following intervention on religious freedom at the 15th Ordinary Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. FREEDOM OF THOUGHT EXPRESSION DISCRIMINATION HUMAN NATURE PERSON IDEOLOGY

390. Curial Documents - STATRELF.HTM - Religious Freedom, Cornerstone of Human Dignity
Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo

On 3 December 2004, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, Secretary for the Holy See's Relations with States, delivered the following address at a Conference on Religious Freedom organized by the Embassy of the United States of America to the Holy See at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. After explaining the Holy See's interest in the free exercise of human rights and fundamental liberties, which are anchored in the very nature of man, the Archbishop recalled the Holy See's involvement in the right to religious freedom as explicated in various international agreements, and drew attention to contemporary challenges to this freedom. POLITICS CHRISTIANOPHOBIA UNITED NATIONS OSCE INTOLERANCE INDIFFERENTISM FUNDAMENTALISM

391. Curial Documents - PCMISEA.HTM - Renewed Pastoral Presence Among Seafarers
PCMI

On 22 November 2002, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples published a press release on a renewed pastoral presence among seafarers, focusing on the need for pastoral care among yachtsmen who participate in competitive regattas. APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA

392. Curial Documents - CICLRNEW.HTM - Renovationis Causam
CICL

An Instruction, issued 6 January 1969, by the Sacred Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes (now the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life), on changes in the training of novices for religious life as mandated by Vatican II in Perfectae caritatis. EVANGELICAL COUNSELS APOSTOLATE MONKS NUNS CONVENTS MONASTERIES NOVITIATE VOWS PROFESSION CHAPTER

393. Curial Documents - cdfbaptform.htm - Reply on Baptismal Formulae
CDF

Made public 29 February 2008 were the responses of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to questions concerning the validity of Baptism conferred with certain non-standard formulae. Only the standard formula, as recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew, is sufficient for validity. TRINITY FEMINISM

394. Curial Documents - PCCROPA.HTM - Report of Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture
Cardinal Paul Poupard

Cardinal Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, at the end of their Plenary Assembly, reported on religious trends in the world (an increase in religious indifference and practical atheism) with proposals for reversing these trends through effective witness. GLOBALIZATION AGNOSTICISM EVANGELIZATION RELATIVISM PLURALISM BEAUTY SCEPTICISM

395. Curial Documents - synbps2012rep.htm - Report of the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops
Archbishop Nikola Eterović

On Monday morning, 8 October 2012, in the Vatican's Synod Hall, in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI, the First General Congregation of the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops convened. Present at the Congregation were 256 Synodal Fathers. This is a translation of the report given in Latin by the General Secretary Archbishop Nikola Eterović. NEW EVANGELIZATION YEAR OF FAITH ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY LINEAMENTA INSTRUMENTUM LABORIS VADEMECUM

396. Curial Documents - PCCUWIND.HTM - Report on Anglican-Catholic Relations
Fr Donald Bolen

Fr. Bolen, of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, describes the present threat to unity in the Anglican Communion, the effort being made to stave off a fracture, and the impact the success of this venture will have on Anglican-Catholic relations. THE WINDSOR REPORT HOMOSEXUALITY SAME-SEX MARRIAGE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY ARCIC IARCCUM KOINONIA ECCLESIOLOGY

397. Curial Documents - PCCUMECA.HTM - Report on Current Status of Methodist-Catholic Relations
Fr. Donald Bolen

In 2003 important steps were taken towards a Methodist affirmation of the agreement reached by Lutherans and Catholics in the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, while the International Methodist-Catholic Dialogue Commission continued its work on ecclesiology towards a clearer understanding of convergences and differences in our understanding of the nature and mission of the Church. WESLEYAN ECUMENISM

398. Curial Documents - PCCUROCC.HTM - Report on Russian Orthodox Church-Catholic Church Relations
Fr Jozef M. Maj. S.J.

Father Maj, of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, gives brief overview of relations between the Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow in 2003, while encouraging collaboration between Orthodox and Catholics to ensure the recognition and continuing influence of Christianity in the new united Europe. ECUMENISM LAICISM POLITICS

399. Curial Documents - PCCUEVCA.HTM - Report on World Evangelical Alliance-Catholic Church Relations
Fr Juan Usma Gomez

This report by Fr Usma Gomez, of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, cites certain unifying factors (doctrines of Christ and the Trinity), as well as those that divide (doctrines of the Church and ministry). Of primary concern is the effectiveness of witness to the world by divided Christians, particularly when they compete on the mission field. KOINONIA BAPTISM COMMUNION PROSELYTISM

400. Curial Documents - PALDYING.HTM - Respect for the Dignity of the Dying
PAL

In this document, the Pontifical Academy for Life examines the twin principles of the international campaign for euthanasia-- 1) the absolute right of the individual to dispose of his life, and 2) the intolerability and pointlessness of pain--and shows their weaknesses. MEDIC HEALTH

401. Curial Documents - CDFMORM.HTM - Response to a 'Dubium': On the Validity of Baptism in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
CDF

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith gives an answer (5 June 2001) to the question raised about the validity of Mormon baptisms. Two links are provided to documents explaining the theological and canonical implications of the decision.

402. Curial Documents - statrespcloyne.htm - Response to the Irish Government Concerning the Cloyne Report
Holy See

In its response to the Cloyne Report, charging the Vatican with covering up cases of sexual abuse in Ireland, the Holy See insists that it did not impede efforts to curb abuse, and that such accusations are "unfounded." CLERICAL CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE BISHOPS BENEDICT XVI

403. Curial Documents - cdfaliment.htm - Responses Concerning Artificial Alimentation
CDF

Made public on 14 September 2007 was a response from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to certain questions raised by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops concerning artificial nutrition and hydration. The replies were approved by the Holy Father. PERMANENT VEGETATIVE STATE FOOD WATER

404. Curial Documents - PCPULUTH.HTM - Responses of the Catholic Church to the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
PCPU

This document contains the responses of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in conjunction with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to the Joint Declaration of the Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation on the Doctrine of Justification. FAITH JUSTICE GRACE LUTHER TRENT ECUMENISM

405. Curial Documents - CDWADORI.HTM - Responses to Questions
CDW

In his response of 7 November 2000, Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estévez, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, answers questions on the new regulations for the celebration of Mass [Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani]. The questions [dubia] concern the posture and gestures of the people at Mass, placement of the tabernacle, and orientation of the celebrant at Mass. GENERAL INSTRUCTION GIRM KNEELING GENUFLECTION COMMUNION ORIENTEM NOTICE POPULUM DUBIUM

406. Curial Documents - CDFUTER.HTM - Responses to Questions Proposed Concerning 'Uterine Isolation' and Related Matters
CDF

Issued by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on July 31, 1993. HYSTERECTOMY CAESAREAN UTERUS STERILIZATION

407. Curial Documents - cdfrespchrch.htm - Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine of the Church
CDF

On 10 July 2007, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responded to five questions all relating to the issue of whether Vatican II changed the traditional teaching that the Catholic Church is the one Church founded by Christ. SUBSISTS IN SUBSISTENCE ECCLESIOLOGY LUMEN GENTIUM CHURCHES

408. Curial Documents - vporing.htm - Ring of Pope Francis
VPO

An explanation of the Fisherman's Ring, received by Pope Francis at his Inauguration Mass, 19 March 2013, was provided by Father Federico Lombardi of the Vatican Press Office. PAUL VI MANFRINI MALNATI

409. Curial Documents - CDWFORMA.HTM - Rite of Reconciliation for Individual Penitents
CDW

The text of ritual form "A" (individual absolution) is that approved for use in the United Sates by the NCCB and confirmed by the Holy See. Not all the optional texts are included in this file.

410. Curial Documents - pcminternat2.htm - Second International Meeting: Final Document
PCMI

"On the road to sustainable mobility" was the theme of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People's Second International Meeting held at the Vatican on 1-2 December 2006. The care for road professionals and those who live on the street were among the topics discussed. This is a description of the event, the conclusions and recommendations. DRIVERS ROAD TRAVELERS RAILWAYS HOMELESS INHABITANTS OF THE STREET

411. Curial Documents - statfrndpeopl.htm - Secretary of State's Message at Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B.

For the 29th Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples, held in Rimini from 24 to 30 August 2008, Cardinal Bertone, Secretary of State, addressed a message to Bishop Francesco Lambiasi, the Pastor of the Diocese. The Cardinal compared the world's view of success in life to St. Paul's. The Meeting is an annual event organized in Rimini by the Communion and Liberation Movement. PROTAGONISM

412. Curial Documents - cathmusform.htm - Seminar of Catholic-Muslim Forum: Final Declaration
LOR

The Catholic-Muslim Forum, formed by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and a delegation of 138 Muslims, held its first Seminar in Rome from 4-6 November 2008. Twenty-four participants and five advisors from each religion took part in the meeting. The theme of the Seminar was "Love of God, Love of Neighbour". MUHAMMED ISLAM MINORITIES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM TRANSCENDENCE

413. Curial Documents - PCJPSERV.HTM - Service in Politics
PCJP

From the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, this section highlights the responsibility of Catholics in political matters to heed the Church's social teaching. While it is true that the temporal sphere has its own legitimate autonomy, those who act in it are never free of moral principles, by which their actions should be guided. POLITICS SUBSIDIARITY SOLIDARITY SECRET ORGANIZATIONS DEMOCRACY AGNOSTICISM RELATIVISM NATURAL MORAL SUPERNATURAL VALUES WITNESS MARTYRDOM SECULARISM

414. Curial Documents - STATEXPL.HTM - Sexual Exploitation of Children Results from Erosion of Values
STATE

Msgr. Monni the Holy See's Permanent Observer at the World Tourist Organization gave this speech on August 28, 1996 at the World Congress against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children held at Stockholm, Sweden.

415. Curial Documents - STATUNAB.HTM - Sexual Health Can never Mean Abortion
Archbishop Renato R. Martino

A statement issued by the Archbishop giving the Holy See's official interpretation of a document resulting from a review and appraisal by the UN General Assembly of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, held five years ago in Egypt. FAMILY PLANNING PARENTS ADOLESCENTS

416. Curial Documents - PCFDRUGS.HTM - Should 'Soft' Drugs Be Legalized?
PCF

Public opinion has been recently shocked by some proposals presented in various countries that are aimed at legislation to control the use of drugs, but also to facilitate access to so-called "soft" drugs. The Pontifical Council for the Family was questioned on the matter by families and numerous teachers and institutions that work with young people. After consulting experts from many countries and the heads of various therapeutic communities, this dicastery published these reflections in Italian on January 17, 1997. LEGALIZATION DRUGS MARIJUANA

417. Curial Documents - SYMCARIN.HTM - Simposium of the College of Cardinals: Index
EWTN

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Pontificate of John Paul II, a symposium of the College of Cardinals met to discuss pastoral and doctrinal issues raised during the Holy Father's reign. In addition to the 128 Cardinals and 4 Patriarchs, there were present 59 Presidents of the Bishops' Conferences from the five continents of the world. The Symposium, introduced by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Dean of the College, included addresses by six Cardinals, and a concluding address by the Holy Father. PAPACY LIFE EUROPE AFRICA ASIA AMERICA OCEANIA MAGISTERIUM LAITY ECUMENISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE INCULTURATION HUMAN DEVELOPMENT COLD WAR COMMUNISM HOLY LAND BALKANS IRAQ JEWS PALESTINIANS MUSLIMS PETER ROME APOSTLES ASSISI LIBERATION THEOLOGY LATIN EVANGELIZATION SYNODS BISHOPS' CONFERENCES COMMUNION SUBSIDIARITY CURIA POOR HOLINESS

418. Curial Documents - pcmi6congyps.htm - Sixth World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Gypsies: Final Document
PCMI

The Sixth World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Gypsies took place, 1-4 September 2008, in Freising, Germany. It was organised by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People in collaboration with the German Bishops' Conference. The 150 delegates, from 26 European countries, as well as from Latin America and Asia, explored the theme "Young Gypsies in the Church and Society". ROMA SINTI YOUTH DISCRIMINATION EVANGELIZATION SECULARIZATION EDUCATION

419. Curial Documents - PCCUPNTC.HTM - So Who Really Are the Pentecostals?
Fr Juan Usma Gomez

Fr Usma Gómez, of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, distinguishes between popular perceptions of Pentacostalism and what most Pentacostals really believe. He also summarizes the mutual influences of Pentacostalism and Catholicism since the 1970s. HEALINGS MIRACLES BAPTISM HOLY SPIRIT CHARISMATICS MOVEMENT PROCLAMATION MISSIONARY EVANGELISATION

420. Curial Documents - CDFCOMM.HTM - Some Aspects of the Church Understood As Communion
CDF

Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, May 28, 1992. The concept of communion, which appears with a certain prominence in the texts of the Second Vatican Council, is very suitable for expressing the core of the mystery of the Church and can certainly be a key for the renewal of Catholic ecclesiology. A deeper appreciation of the fact that the Church is a communion is, indeed, a task of

421. Curial Documents - CDFUSESC.HTM - Some Aspects of the Use of Social Communication in Promoting the Doctrine of the Faith
CDF

Dated 30 March 1992, this Instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was sent to all Bishops, outlining, from a juridical-canonical perspective, the use of means of social communication for purposes of evangelization, and the specific responsibility of Bishops in this regard, and in regard to defense of the Faith. MEDIA IMPRIMATUR BOOKS PUBLISHING RELIGIOUS SUPERIORS

422. Curial Documents - CDFCMNOT.HTM - Some Comments on the Notifications
CDF

Referring to the Notification Regarding Certain Writings of Fr. Marciano Vidal, C.Ss.R., this article helps clarify the relationship and responsibility of the theologians to the Magisterium. PERSON MORAL

423. Curial Documents - CDWARINZ.HTM - Some Highlights of the Liturgical Renewal Initiated by Sacrosanctum Concilium
Francis Cardinal Arinze

In his address, delivered at the Omni San Antonio Hotel to those assembled for the National Meeting of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, October 7-11, 2003, Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, reiterates the principles and purposes of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Vatican II. He lists positive results, but also warns against abuses resulting from misapprehensions of the document. RENEWAL MASS EUCHARIST BIBLE HOLY SCRIPTURE TRANSLATION INCULTURATION LAITY LECTIONARY SACRAMENTS LITURGY OF HOURS SILENCE MUSIC GESTURES ARCHITECTURE STATUES TABERNACLE BLESSED SACRAMENT BENEDICTION FORTY HOURS

424. Curial Documents - statrelatstate.htm - Some of the Many Facets of Holy See Relations with States
Archbishop D. Mamberti

On 29 August 2008, Archbishop Mamberti, Secretary of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State, addressed the 29th Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples organized In Rimini from 24 to 30 August by the Communion and Liberation Movement. The Archbishop addressed the escalation of Christianophobia throughout the world. PERSECUTION FREEDOM OF RELIGION JUSTICE PAPAL DIPLOMACY UNITED NATIONS INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE OSCE EUROPEAN UNION SECULARISM

425. Curial Documents - apindyrpriests.htm - Special Indulgence for the Year for Priests
AP

Holy Father Benedict XVI has established a special Year for Priests on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death of St John Mary Vianney, the holy Curé d'Ars. During the Year for Priests, beginning on 19 June 2009 and ending on 19 June 2010, the gift of special Indulgences is granted as described in the Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary, published on 12 May. SACRED HEART ETERNAL HIGH PRIEST PLENARY PARTIAL INDULGENCES

426. Curial Documents - PCJPCAIR.HTM - Speech To The Population Conference Planning Session
PCJP

Remarks by Msgr. Diarmuid Martin, an official of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and head of the Vatican delegation, made on April 4 to the opening in New York of the third session of the preparatory committee for next September's International Conference on Population and Development, which will be held in Cairo, Egypt. POPULATION CONFERENCE MARTIN UNITED NATIONS CAIRO

427. Curial Documents - CCESEMSF.HTM - Spiritual Formation in Seminaries
CCE

'Ratio Fundamentalis Instutionis Sacerdotaolis' Given at Rome, from the offices of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, January 6, 1980. SEMINARY EDUCATION PRIESTHOOD VOCATIONS PRAYER SILENCE EUCHARIST PENANCE RULE OBEDIENCE SACRIFICE

428. Curial Documents - PCMISPOR.HTM - Sport and Tourism
Archbishop Agostino Marchetto

Archbishop Marchetto, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, commenting on Pope John Paul II's Message for the World Day of Tourism 2004, observes the close connection between tourism and international sports. Both tourism and sport are "expressions of the mobility of the people of our time, who feel strongly drawn towards the same goal: the development of individuals and their well-being, in harmony with the ideal of bringing about friendly relations between countries and cultures." GAMES SOLIDARITY

429. Curial Documents - CDFJOSMA.HTM - St Josemaria: God Is Very Much at Work in Our World Today
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, shows that holiness, as exemplified by St Josemaria Escriva, is not achieved by great personal effort, but by openness to God and availability to the work He wants to perform in us. OPUS DEI CANONIZATION HEROIC VIRTUES

430. Curial Documents - CCSJOSMA.HTM - St Josemaria: God's Instrument for The Work
Cardinal José Saraiva Martins

Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, describes how fitted Josemaria Escriva to anticipate Vatican II's universal call to holiness through the founding of Opus Dei. MISSION EVANGLIZATION WORK LAITY

431. Curial Documents - CICLSTRT.HTM - Starting Afresh From Christ
CICL

The new Vatican instruction (19 May 2002) on religious life urges the renewal of spirituality in the consecrated life. According to Fr Eusebio Hernández, head of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, "the Instruction is a picture of the current situation of the consecrated life and the journey of renewal that is being realized in each one's own communities, guided by the orientations of the recent Jubilee." CONVERSION VITA CONSECRATA MONKS NUNS CONTEMPLATIVES APOSTOLATE EVANGELICAL COUNSELS MISSION EVANGELIZATION MARTYRDOM HOLINESS CHARISMS VOCATION YOUTH COMMUNION INCULTURATION POVERTY HOLY SCRIPTURE BIBLE PRAYER CONTEMPLATION EUCHARIST LAITY COMPLEMENTARITY CHARITY DIALOGUE ECUMENICAL INTERRELIGIOUS

432. Curial Documents - STATDSRM.HTM - Statement by Apostolic Nuncio to U.N. on Disarmament
ZENIT

Here is the text of the statement by Archbishop Renato R. Martino, the Holy See's permanent observer to the United Nations, on disarmament. He made the speech, 6 October 2000, before the First Committee of the General Assembly. WAR CHARTER INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE POVERTY MILLENNIUM DECLARATION NUCLEAR DIPLOMACY

433. Curial Documents - PCCUPRES.HTM - Statement for the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and a Delegation of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
PCCU and Presbyterian Delegates

The statement recalls an ongoing dialogue since Vatican II between those of the Reformed tradition, including Presbyterians, and the Catholic Church. While there is basic agreement on the doctrines of the Trinity and of Christ, there is room for progress in arriving at a common understanding of the nature of the Church. PAPACY EPISCOPATE JUSTIFICATION BAPTISM

434. Curial Documents - VPOHABI.HTM - Statement of Holy See Press Office Director at Habitat II June 12, 1996
VPO

Statement given to jounalists about the United States introducing new references to 'reproductive and sexual health' into the UN Conference.

435. Curial Documents - CCLGRUNR.HTM - Statement on Father Nicholas Gruner
CCL

Declaration of the Congregation for the Clergy, published on 4 October 1992 in the English edition of L'Osservatore Romano. GRUNER FATIMA

436. Curial Documents - VPOVITAE.HTM - Statement on Gospel of Life
VPO

Released by the Vatican on March 30, 1995. JOHN PAUL II EVANGELIUM VITAE VATICAN SUMMARY

437. Curial Documents - VPOABORT.HTM - Statement on Partial Birth Abortion
VPO

The declaration made April 19, 1996, by Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Holy See Press Office director, on the decision by the president of the United States with regard to "partial birth abortion".

438. Curial Documents - STATMEDP.HTM - Statement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

On 20 June 2001, during the meeting of the Council for Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights of the World Trade Organization in Genoa, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the WTO, gave all the members of the meeting an English text presenting the Holy See's position. The Holy See called for mechanisms that will allow the pharmaceutical industry to offer medicines at affordable prices for poor countries. ECONOM HEALTH AIDS PRIVATE PROPERTY SOLIDARITY

439. Curial Documents - STATWMRT.HTM - Statement on Women's Rights
Holy See's Delegation to United Nations

On 9 October 2000, during the meeting of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on item 108: "Review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 23rd Special Session of the General Assembly Entitled: 'Women 2000. Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the Twenty-First Century'", the Holy See's Delegation made this statement. DIGNITY INEQUALITY GLOBALIZATION VIOLENCE POVERTY DISEASE PROSTITUTION DEBT RELIEF

440. Curial Documents - itcyrfaith.htm - Statement on Year of Faith
International Theological Commission

This is a translation of the statement released by the International Theological Commission regarding the Year of Faith, begun in October 2012. The role of theology in support of faith is reflected upon. NEW EVANGELIZATION THOMAS AQUINAS PREVENIENT GRACE AUGUSTINE CREDO

441. Curial Documents - CEDSSPX.HTM - Status of Society of St. Pius X Masses
Commission Ecclesia Dei

This letter was received from the Pontifical Commission established to facilitate communion with the Holy See of those who have a particular love for the Roman Rite celebrated according to the Missal of 1962. This response from the Commission was precipated by a letter to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger about the lack of availability of lawful Tridentine Masses in many dioceses and asking about the consequences of attending unauthorized chapels. It has been generously shared with EWTN by the recipient. SSPX LEFEBVRE

442. Curial Documents - CEDSSPX2.HTM - Status of St. Pius X Society
Commission Ecclesia Dei

This letter was sent to an Australian man in response to a letter he addressed to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The author is the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission responsible for the implementation of Ecclesia Dei, the Holy Father's letter announcing the excommunication of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and encouraging broader implementation of the Indult allowing the celebration of the Tridentine Mass. SSPX LATIN

443. Curial Documents - PCFHIV.HTM - Stopping the Spread of HIV/AIDS
Mons. Jacques Suaudeau

The AIDS tragedy, as it affects sub-Saharan Africa, is examined, with an eye to prevention, by teaching responsible behavior, rather than mere containment, through distribution of prophylactics. SEX CONDOM ABSTINENCE FAMILY

444. Curial Documents - hsapvisire.htm - Summary of Findings of the Apostolic Visitation in Ireland
Holy See

Here is a summary of the findings of the Apostolic Visitation to Ireland, called for by Benedict XVI in wake of the findings of sexual abuse by clergy in that country. The Visitation was made to the four Archdioceses, to Religious Institutes and to the Irish Seminaries. It has been approved by the Offices which conducted the Visitation and it also contains some further observations from the Holy See. CHILDREN FORMATION VICTIMS GUIDELINES PRIESTS SEMINARIANS FORMATORS

445. Curial Documents - vpoaspevang.htm - Summary: Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelization
VPO

The Vatican Press Office provides a summary of the Document on evangelization, released 14 December 2007, by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Document is intended to clear up confusion about the Church's responsibility to make the Gospel known to all, while respecting their freedom regarding conversion. ECUMENISM PROSELYTISM MISSIONARY HOLINESS DIALOGUE

446. Curial Documents - CDFLAMEN.HTM - Syllabus of Pope St. Pius X Condemning the Errors of the Modernists
CDF (Holy Office)

'Lamentabili Sane' Issued July 3, 1907. SYLLABUS ERRORS MODERNISTS PASCENDI PIUS X MODERNISM CONDEMNATION

447. Curial Documents - Synod Middle East.pdf - Synod of Bishops, Special Assembly for the Middle East: Instrumentum Laboris
General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops

This Instrumentum Laboris is the working document for the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, scheduled to convene in October 2010 in the Vatican. The subject is The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness. UNITY INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE ECUMENISM BIBLE SCRIPTURE MEDITATION WORD OF GOD CHRISTOLOGY EASTERN ORTHODOX GREAT SCHISM APOSTOLICITY MISSIONARY VOCATIONS CONSECRATED LIFE MUSLIMS ISLAM EVANGELIZATION FREEDOM OF RELIGION PROSELYTISM IMMIGRATION ECCLESIAL COMMUNION WITNESSING CATECHESIS LITURGY JUDAISM JEWS MODERNITY EMMIGRATION

448. Curial Documents - synbpsme.htm - Synod of Bishops: Special Assembly for the Middle East
General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops

Lineamenta for the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, scheduled to convene in October 2010 in the Vatican. The subject is The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness. Lineamenta are guidelines for the preparation of a working document (Instrumentum Laboris), to be used at the time of the Synod. UNITY MISSIONARY FREEDOM OF RELIGION EMIGRATION ISLAM SCRIPTURE SCHISM CONVERSION JEWS MUSLIMS JUDAISM

449. Curial Documents - pcmidecalog.htm - Ten Commandments for Drivers
PCMI

On 19 June 2007, the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People released a document entitled, "Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road." Included in this document is a driver's decalogue, which is presented here. CHARITY PRUDENCE

450. Curial Documents - PCIDDIAL.HTM - Ten Years After the Publication of 'Dialogue and Proclamation' (1991-2001)
Mons. Felix A. Machado

Mons. Machado, Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, reflects on the continuing dialogue with various religious communities, and how it relates to the Church's mission to proclaim the Gospel. ECUMEN TRADITIONAL RELIGION MUSLIM BUDDHIST HINDU JAIN SIKH

451. Curial Documents - CCEVISIT.HTM - The Apostolic Visitation of Seminaries in the U.S.A.
Cardinal William W. Baum

A 1987 report from Cardinal Baum, then Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, on the earlier visitation of U.S. seminaries initiated by Pope John Paul II. FORMATION PRIESTHOOD CELIBACY MAGISTERIUM ORTHODOXY

452. Curial Documents - CCECTHSC.HTM - The Catholic School
Congregation for Catholic Education

This document, issued 19 March 1977, is developed from the Second Vatican Council's Declaration, Gravissimum Educationis. It takes up the theme of Christian education, with reference to challenges faced by the Catholic school in a pluralistic society, as well as the degree of commitment needed from Catholic teachers. EVANGEL CULTUR VALUE APOSTOL PERSON SUBSIDIARITY

453. Curial Documents - CCEMILLE.HTM - The Catholic School on the Verge of the Third Millennium
CCE

The Congregation for Catholic Education published this reflection, dated 28 Decemebr 1997. JUBILEE COLLEGE UNIVERSITY PAROCHIAL SCHOOL

454. Curial Documents - PCSCCHNT.HTM - The Church and Internet
PCSC

One of two documents issued 28 February 2002 by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. "The Church and Internet" concerns the possibilities of the internet for evangelization, catechesis, apologetics, counseling and administration. The companion document, "Ethics in Internet", concerns moral and social obstacles and opportunities offered to human development by this latest advancement in communications. MEDIA MAGISTERIUM PUBLIC OPINION EDUCATION COMPUTER SACRAMENTS ECUMENICAL INTERRELIGIOUS PARENTS CHILDREN VIOLENCE PORNOGRAPHY GLOBALIZATION SOLIDARITY

455. Curial Documents - PCJPCHRA.HTM - The Church and Racism: an Introductory Update
PCJP

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace presents an update on their 1988 document, The Church and Racism: Toward a More Fraternal Society, to the World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, 31 August - 7 September 2001, in Durban, South Africa. GLOBAL ETHNIC PARDON REPARATION EDUCATION PERSON RIGHTS INTERRELIGIOUS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION MIGRANT CLON EMBRYO

456. Curial Documents - PCJPRACI.HTM - The Church and Racism: Towards a More Fraternal Society
PCJP

A history of racism, forms of racism today, the dignity of every race, and the unity of mankind. Issued on 3 November 1988. SLAVE NAZI ANTI-SEMITISM SOUTH AFRICA DIGNITY PERSON EDUCATION UNITED NATIONS KU KLUX KLAN

457. Curial Documents - cdfprotminors.htm - The Church Protects Minors
Monsignor Charles J. Scicluna

An international forum was held on 3 November 2011 in the Italian Senate's Koch Hall in Rome, on "The World's Children and the Abuse of Their Rights" sponsored by the nonprofit association "SOS Telefono Azzurro" and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, in collaboration with the Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital and the Mayo Clinic in the United States. Here is an intervention given by the Promoter of Justice of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. CHILD SEX ABUSE SCANDAL PRIESTHOOD EMPOWERMENT DELICTA GRAVIORA

458. Curial Documents - statchrchfreed.htm - The Church's Freedom and Institutional Autonomy
Holy See's Permanent Representation to the Council

This is the English text of the Note on the Catholic Church's freedom and institutional autonomy presented by Holy See's Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe concerning the cases: Sindicatul "Pastorul cel Bun" versus Romania n. (2330/09) and Fernández-Martínez versus Spain (n. 56030/07) being examined by the European Court of Human Rights. STATE CHURCH POLITICAL COMMUNITY PUBLIC ORDER RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PLURALISM

459. Curial Documents - cdwcolombo.htm - The Colombo Statement
CDW

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in collaboration with the Bishops' Conferences of Asia organized a Convention for the Promotion of the Sacred Liturgy in Colombo from 16-21 September 2008. The Convention represented an important step in intensifying the liturgical renewal envisaged by the Second Vatican Council while also examining effective ways to foster appropriate forms of worship in Asia. CULTURE INCULTURATION INTERNET TRANSLATION ABUSES FORMATION MUSIC

460. Curial Documents - SYNRELIG.HTM - The Consecrated Life and Its Role in the Church and in the World
Synod

Working Paper for October 1994 World Synod of Bishops, by the Vatican Synod Secretariat. SYNOD RELIGIOUS WOMEN BROTHER VOCATION COMMUNITY APOSTOLATE CONSECRATED

461. Curial Documents - mullerfactor.htm - The Crucial Factor
Astrid Haas

In this interview with Astrid Haas of L'Osservatore Romano, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke of his arrival at the Dicastery of the Roman Curia, of his determination to become a priest, of the time he has spent as a lecturer in theology and as a bishop, of his repeated visits to Latin America. REVELATION FIDEISM RATIONALISM HOLY OFFICE GUTIÉRREZ LIBERATION THEOLOGY MARXISM SOCIAL DOCTRINE LEFEBVRE WOMEN RELIGIOUS PRIESTHOOD

462. Curial Documents - PALHUPRO.HTM - The Dignity of Human Procreation and Reproductive Technologies
Pontifical Academy for Life

In this Final Communiqué of the Tenth General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, scientists are encouraged to seek ways to stem the increase in infertility among couples especially in the West, rather than to intervene in ways unworthy of the dignity of procreation and destructive of human embryos. ART ARTIFICIAL REPRODUCTIVE TECHNIQUES STERILITY CONJUGAL POLITICIANS FAMILY PARENTS

463. Curial Documents - PCLOLDER.HTM - The Dignity of Older People
PCL

From the Pontifical Council for the Laity. "The Dignity of Older People and their Mission in the Church and in the World" was issued on 1 October 1998. ELDERLY AGED

464. Curial Documents - CDFECCL.HTM - The Ecclesiology of the Constitution on the Church, Vatican II, 'Lumen Gentium'
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

Cardinal Ratzinger made this presentation at a symposium on the reception of the Council held in Rome in November 2000. In his address, the Cardinal underscores the need to understand the Council’s teaching on the Church in terms of her universality. UNICITY SUBSIST COMMUNIO BAPTISM EUCHARIST COLLEGIUM BISHOP PAPACY MARY

465. Curial Documents - CDFECCV2.HTM - The Ecclesiology of Vatican II
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

On 15 September 2002, Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, opened the Pastoral Congress of the Diocese of Aversa (Italy) dedicated to a re-reading of the documents of the Second Vatican Council. In his address, the Cardinal reviewed key concepts of the Church leading up to Lumen Gentium, and their use, and sometimes misuse, since the Council. MYSTICAL BODY EUCHARIST MASS ORTHODOX PROTESTANT PEOPLE OF GOD MARXIST COMMUNION UNIVERSAL PARTICULAR CHURCH MARY

466. Curial Documents - CBISUTSI.HTM - The Erection of Opus Dei As A Personal Prelature
CBIS

Contains Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Constitution of 23 August 1982, 'Ut Sit', and the related Declaration of the SC for Bishops which erected Opus Dei as the first Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church. OPUS DEI PRELATURE UT SIT JOHN PAUL II

467. Curial Documents - EUCHFREE.HTM - The Eucharist and Freedom
Holy See

Document of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses issued in 1996 in preparation for the 46th International Eucharistic Congress to be celebrated in Wrodaw, Poland, in 1997. For the first time in the history of the International Eucharistic Congresses, this Congress will reflect on the rich and stimulating theme of the Eucharist in relation to freedom at the close of a century which has witnessed the drama of entire nations being subjugated to totalitarian regimes.

468. Curial Documents - instlabeuch - The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church — Instrumentum Laboris
General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops

An Instrumentum Laboris is a summary of responses to the Lineamenta, (an introduction and outline of the subject for discussion at an upcoming General Assembly of the World Synod of Bishops), sent to all Episcopal Conferences, Eastern Churches, Departments of the Curia, the Union of Superiors General. This document summarizes information returned to the General Secretariat in preparation for the Eleventh Ordinary Assembly, scheduled for October 2005. MASS LITURGY BLESSED SACRAMENT ECCLESIAL COMMUNION PASCHAL MYSTERY MUSIC SONG ART SACRED SPACE ADORATION MISSION EVANGELIZATION INCULTURATION INTERCOMMUNION ECUMENISM ECUMENICAL

469. Curial Documents - PCFEUROP.HTM - The Family and Life in Europe
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo

At the invitation of Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Presidents of the Episcopal Commissions for the Family and Life of Europe met from 11-14 June 2003, in Palazzo San Calisto, Vatican City, for their fourth meeting. Together with experts and representatives of various movements and associations, the Bishops made an assessment of the challenges that the family in Europe is facing today. DIGNITY CONSUMERISM HOMOSEXUAL SINGLE-PARENT SECULARIZATION MARRIAGE DIVORCE DE-FACTO UNIONS SOCIETY PROCREATION CHILDREN ABORTION CONTRACEPTION EUTHANASIA

470. Curial Documents - FAMLYJP2.HTM - The Family in the Pontificate of John Paul II
Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo

In Talk 4 of the Cardinals' Symposium, 15-18 October 2003, met to celebrate the 25th anniversary of John Paul II's Pontificate, Cardinal Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, tells how the Holy Father has proclaimed and defended the truth of the family, in the face of a "sick, dehumanizing society." LIFE DOMESTIC CHURCH EVANGELIZATION ABORTION UTILITARIANISM S0CIAL ENGINEERING STATE SUBSIDIARITY MARRIAGE HUSBAND WIFE BISHOPS DEMOCRACY PERSONS

471. Curial Documents - TRUJHART.HTM - The Family, the Heart of the Civilization of Love
Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo

Keynote Address of His Eminence Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family to the tenth annual Conference of Women for Faith & Family on the International Year of the Family. This address appeared in the December 1994 issue of VOICES, published by Women for Faith & Family. TRUJILLO FAMILY SOCIETY MOTHERS WOMEN

472. Curial Documents - PCJPRACM.HTM - The Fight Against Racism: the Hardest of Battles for Human Rights
Cardinal Roger Etchegaray

In preparation for the World Conference Against Racial Discrimination (31 Aug-7 Sep 2001, Durban, South Africa), Cardinal Etchegaray participated in a Round Table of Eminent Persons. His address noted the need for new methods of combatting racism. PERSON UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS

473. Curial Documents - SYNFINAL.HTM - The Final Report of the 1985 Extraordinary Synod
1985 Extraordinary Synod

'The Church, in the Word of God, Celebrates the Mysteries of Christ for the Salvation of the World.' Central Theme of this Synod: Celebration, Verification, Promotion of Vatican II

474. Curial Documents - APINDLG.HTM - The Gift of Indulgence
Apostolic Penitentiary

Even after receiving forgiveness for his sin through the sacrament of Penance, a person needs purification and renewal through Christ's grace. The gift of indulgence is an effective means to purification. This notice of the Apostolic Penitentiary, issued 29 January 2000, recalls the necessary dispositions for fruitfully gaining the Jubilee indulgence. RECONCILIATION SATISFACTION PURGATORY

475. Curial Documents - syn20gencong.htm - The Gospel in the World
Synod of Bishops

At the 20th General Congregation, held on 26 October 2012, the Synod Fathers approved the Message of the Synod of Bishops to the People of God, concluding the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, on the New Evangelization. The following is the English text provied by the Synod Office. CHURCH SCRIPTURES TRADITION CONVERSION SECULARIZATION POLITICS STATE FAMILY CONSECRATED LIFE PRIESTS YOUTH CULTURE EDUCATION SCIENCE ART VATICAN II CATECHISM POOR

476. Curial Documents - PBCGOSPL.HTM - The Historicity of the Gospels
PBC

This document from the Pontifical Biblical Commission, dated 21 April 1964, gives direction to the important work of biblical exegetes in the ministry of the Church, especially as it touches on the historicity of the Gospel accounts. SCRIPTURE EXEGESIS BIBLE FORM HISTORICAL CRITICISM EVANGELIST APOSTLE

477. Curial Documents - STATHOLY.HTM - The Holy See and the Holy Land: Justice and Charity
Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran

On 25 October 1999, Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Secretary for Relations with States, gave an address at the United Nations headquarters in New York during a symposium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine. In his address, he rehearsed papal efforts over the last hundred years to bring peace through justice to the Holy Land. HOLY SEE ISRAEL JERUSALEM JEWS MUSLIMS

478. Curial Documents - statuninterv.htm - The Holy See Intervention at the United Nations
Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, CS

The following is an intervention given by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, CS, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, at the United Nations Office at the 16th Ordinary Session of the Human Rights Council given in English in Geneva on 2 March 2011. The Archbishop underscored the centrality of religious freedom to all human rights. DISCRIMINATION DIALOGUE PERSECUTION TOLERANCE PEACE

479. Curial Documents - STATINT.HTM - The Holy See's Presence in International Organizations
Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran

On 22 April 2002, Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Secretary for the Relations with States of the Secretariate of State, gave a lecture at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. His topic was the Holy See's presence in International Organizations. Drawing on history and canon law, he explained what the Holy See is and why it is a moral person recognized by international law. DIPLOMACY EQUALITY SOLIDARITY FAMILY LIFE UNITED NATIONS

480. Curial Documents - itclimbo.htm - The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptized
ITC

The following study by the International Theological Commission was published on 20 April 2007 with the consent of Pope Benedict XVI, on a question put to the Commission by Pope John Paul II in 2004. The International Theological Commission is composed of theologians of various nationalities called together to examine doctrinal questions of major importance. It is not an organ of the Magisterium, although its President is the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; therefore, this study is not a teaching document of the Church. LIMBO UNBAPTIZED ABORTION IN VITRO FERTILIZATION ORIGINAL SIN GREGORY NYSSA NAZIANZUS PELAGIUS AUGUSTINE THOMAS AQUINAS JANSENISM BAPTISM OF DESIRE BEATIFIC VISION UNIVERSAL SALVIFIC WILL SENSUS FIDELIUM INNOCENT III COMMUNION OF SAINTS

481. Curial Documents - PBCINTER.HTM - The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church
PBC

Presented on March 18, 1994 by the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Contains an introduction by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. BIBLE RATZINGER HISTORICAL-CRITICAL METHOD TRADITION ACTUALIZATION INCULTURATION FEMINIST EXEGESIS

482. Curial Documents - PBCINTER.ZIP - The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church
PBC

Presented on March 18, 1994 by the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Contains an introduction by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. BIBLE RATZINGER HISTORICAL-CRITICAL METHOD TRADITION ACTUALIZATION INCULTURATION FEMINIST EXEGESIS

483. Curial Documents - PBCJWSCR.HTM - The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible
PBC

This document, published in May 2001 by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, with preface by Cardinal Ratzinger, underlines the Church's traditional teaching on the harmony between Old and New Testaments, and examines implications for the relationship between Christians and Jews. AUTHORITY INSPIRATION CANON JUDAISM TRADITION EXEGESIS QUMRAN RABBINIC REVELATION HUMAN PERSON ELECTION COVENANT LAW ANTISEMITISM

484. Curial Documents - LORJUST.HTM - The Joint Declaration Between the Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation on the Doctrine of Justification
LOR

On 31 October 1999, the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification was signed in Augsburg, Germany, by the Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation. This article, by the staff at L'Osservatore Romano, provides background and sheds light on the implications of this statement. REFORMATION TRENT AUGSBURG GRACE FAITH WORKS

485. Curial Documents - CDWLITYR.HTM - The Liturgical Year
CDW

General Norms For The Liturgical Year And The Calendar as published by the Congregation for Divine Worship, 14 February 1969. SUNDAYS SOLEMNITIES FEASTS MEMORIALS WEEKDAYS EASTER TRIDUUM SEASONS LENT CHRISTMAS ADVENT ORDINARY TIME ROGATION EMBER DAYS SAINTS BLESSEDS OPTIONAL

486. Curial Documents - PCCMRTR.HTM - The Martyr as Figure of Christian Humanism
Cardinal Angelo Sodano

On 3 November 1999, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State, presided at the solemn joint session of the Pontifical Academies, which was dedicated to the theme, "The Martyr Identified with Christ, the Faithful Protomartyr: A Figure of Christian Humanism". At the end of the meeting, Cardinal Sodano presented the annual Pontifical Academies Award in the Holy Father's name, with this address. SACRIFICE CULTURE JUBILEE

487. Curial Documents - CDFATIMA.HTM - The Message of Fatima
CDF

Here is the text of the "third secret" of Fatima, with history and related documents, published 26 June 2000, by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the word of Pope John Paul II. There is a concluding theological commentary by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. REVELATION PUBLIC PRIVATE SISTER LUCIA PENANCE CONVERSION RUSSIA PERSECUTION ENTRUSTMENT CONSECRATION

488. Curial Documents - PCCHMUSM.HTM - The Pastoral Function of Ecclesiastical Museums
PCCH

A detailed plan for preserving the Church's art-historical patrimony no longer in regular use, and putting it to use as a testimony to the Faith of the Church. "With this new document, the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church wishes to help reinforce the activity of the Church, in dealing with her cultural heritage in the hope of fostering a new humanism as part of the new evangelization." CULTURE INCULTURATION EVANGELIZATION ARTEFACTS MUSEOLOGY TREASURES MONUMENTS BEAUTY CATECHESIS TYPOLOGY EDUCATION LIBRARIES ARCHIVES RESTORATION FORMATION

489. Curial Documents - LORPOPE.HTM - The power of the Pope and the marriage of the baptized
LOR

This unsigned article from L'Osservatore Romano, English Edition, of 25 November 1998, explains that the Pope is unable to dissolve the marriages of the baptized which are ratified and consummated. MARRIAGE MATRIMONY INDISSOLUBLE RATUM CONSUMMATUM

490. Curial Documents - CDWEASTR.HTM - The Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts
CDW

'Paschales Solemnitatis' Given on January 16, 1988 by the Offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship. EASTER LENT HOLY WEEK HOLY THURSDAY GOOD FRIDAY HOLY SATURDAY

491. Curial Documents - CCEUNIV.HTM - The Presence of the Church in the University and in University Culture
CCE

Issued June 7, 1994 by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, and the pontifical councils for the Laity and for Culture. UNIVERSITY CULTURE CHURCH EDUCATION PEDAGOGY TEACHERS

492. Curial Documents - synsecmideast.htm - The Present and Future of the Church in the Middle East
Archbishop Nikola Eterović

On 8 October 2010, in the John Paul II Hall at the Press Office of the Holy See, Archbishop Nikola Eterović, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, held a press briefing on the meaning and development of the Synodal Assembly. This is the text of the General Secretary's presentation. SUI JURIS PATRIARCHS COPTIC SYRIAN GREEK-MELKITE MARONITE CHALDEAN ARMENIAN JEWS MUSLIMS

493. Curial Documents - CCL3MIL.HTM - The Priest and the Third Christian Millennium: Teacher of the Word, Minister of Sacraments and Leader of the Community
CCL

This document, issued 19 March 1999, is designed to lead individual priests as well as presbyterates to an examination of conscience. New evangelization demands renewal of commitment to pastoral ministry in its three elements of teaching, feeding and leading Christ's flock. PASTORS

494. Curial Documents - CCLPREST.HTM - The Priest, Pastor and Leader of the Parish Community
CCL

On 18 October 2002, this Instruction, signed by the Holy Father 4 August 2002, was addressed by the Congregation for the Clergy to all priests having the "care of souls." "The main goal of the Instruction is to highlight the office of the parish priest ..., the sacramental leader in the parish who animates and leads the faithful of the parish towards Christ, the Way to the Father". The Instruction has two parts: a doctrinal section that brings together teaching from the Second Vatican Council and recent documents, and a section on the pastoral ministry itself as it is lived in the parish. HOLY ORDERS LAITY HOLINESS INCARDINATION EUCHARIST DIVINE OFFICE ECCLESIASTICAL DISCIPLINE LITURGY COMMUNION PARISH BAPTISM SACRAMENTS VOCATIONS DEACONS PASTORAL COUNCIL EVANGELIZATION

495. Curial Documents - CDFPRIMA.HTM - The Primacy of the Successor of Peter in the Mystery of the Church
CDF

Reflections on the Primacy of Peter by the Prefect and Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, published in October 1998. In 1996 a symposium on this subject was held in the Vatican, the papers of which were published in 1998 by the Vatican Press. POPE PAPACY CHAIR ROME ECUMENISM

496. Curial Documents - CDFLEFEB.HTM - The Protocol Agreement of the Vatican and Archbishop Lefebvre
CDF

Signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Archbishop Lefebvre 5 May 1988. LEFEBVRE RATZINGER TRIDENTINE VATICAN

497. Curial Documents - PCHREPRO.HTM - The Reproductive Health of Refugees
PCH, PCMI, PCF

A Note for Bishops' Conferences, giving a short analysis of the Inter-agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Refugee Situations, published by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and some NGOs. This Note raises moral concerns about the Field Manual and offers Bishops and Catholic pastoral and humanitarian workers guidance for the protection and the promotion of the dignity and integral health of refugees. CONTRACEPTION BIRTH CONTROL ABORTION SEXUALITY MALTHUSIAN STERILISATION STERILIZATION HIV/AIDS

498. Curial Documents - CDFMEDL.HTM - The Scapular Medal
CDF (Holy Office)

In 1910, Pope St. Pius X introduced a scapular medal which may be substituted, in most cases, for any of the various scapulars. Valid enrollment in the scapulars must, however, be made before the substitution. This file contains the decree of the Holy Office given on December 16, 1910.

499. Curial Documents - ciclauthob.htm - The Service of Authority and Obedience
CICL

A document published 28 May 2008, by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, teaches that obedience in the consecrated life is a journey in search of God and of His will for the individual seeker. Religious authority is "at the service of the community so that God's will may be sought and achieved together." LIBERATION PRAYER SENTIRE CUM ECCLESIA CHARISM FORMATION DISCERNMENT

500. Curial Documents - cdfmultifac.htm - The Sexual Abuse of Minors: A Multi-faceted Response to the Challenge
Cardinal William Levada

This is a statement from Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, delivered on 6 February 2012 to a symposium on clergy sex abuse, held at the Pontifical Gregorian University. CANON LAW SACRAMENTORUM SANCTITATIS TUTELA CHILDREN CIVIL AUTHORITY FORMATION PRIESTS RELIGIOUS

501. Curial Documents - PCMISHRN.HTM - The Shrine: Memory, Presence and Prophecy of the Living God
PCMI

The term 'shrine' designates a church or other sacred place to which the faithful make pilgrimages for a particular religious reason, with the approval of the local Ordinary. In these words the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People describes the subject of its latest document, issued on the eve of the season of pilgrimage called the Great Jubilee. MARIAN HOLY LAND YEAR PALESTINE ROME LOURDES FATIMA GUADALUPE SANTIAGO

502. Curial Documents - vposignorms.htm - The Significance of the Norms Concerning the Most Serious Crimes
Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ

Fr Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, explains how the new "Norms Concerning the Most Serious Crimes" clarify and simplify the Church's investigation and punishment of such crimes as sexual abuse of minors, heresy, and profanation of the sacraments. CANON LAW APOSTASY SCHISM CONFESSION SEAL PENANCE EUCHARIST ORDINATION CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

503. Curial Documents - PALVEGST.HTM - The Subject in a Vegetative State: a Personalistic View
Bishop Elio Sgreccia

Bishop Sgreccia, Vice-President of the Pontifical Academy of Life, examines competing criteria for determining the moment of death, with a personalist concern, based on a Thomistic analysis of the body-soul connection. Only when the body has lost the "unifying principle of life," at brain death, may we be confident that the soul has departed. EUTHANASIA ABORTION MARXISM MATERIALISM DUALISM AQUINAS SPIRIT ESSENCE EXISTENCE PERSONALISM THOMISM

504. Curial Documents - PCFSEXED.HTM - The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality
PCF

The Pontifical Council for the Family Guidelines for Education within the Family. Given in Rome on November 21, 1995. SEX EDUCATION SEXUALITY CATECHETICS CATECHISM

505. Curial Documents - PCFSEXED.ZIP - The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality
PCF

The Pontifical Council for the Family Guidelines for Education within the Family. Given in Rome on November 21, 1995. SEX EDUCATION SEXUALITY CATECHETICS CATECHISM

506. Curial Documents - instrlabword.htm - The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church
General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops

An Instrumentum Laboris is a summary of responses to the Lineamenta (an introduction and outline of the subject for discussion at an upcoming General Assembly of the World Synod of Bishops), sent to all Episcopal Conferences, Eastern Churches, Departments of the Curia, the Union of Superiors General. This document summarizes information returned to the General Secretariat in preparation for the Twelfth Ordinary Assembly, scheduled for October 2008. The subject of this Assembly will be “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” INSPIRATION HOLY SPIRIT TRADITION MAGISTERIUM LECTIO DIVINA EVANGELIZATION INCULTURATION DEI VERBUM LITURGY OF THE HOURS BIBLE SCRIPTURE SECULARIZATION PLURALISM HERMENEUTICS MARY PRAYER EUCHARIST SACRAMENTS EXEGESIS CATECHESIS BISHOPS PRIESTS DEACONS MINISTRIES LAITY CONSECRATED PERSONS COMMUNION ECUMENISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

507. Curial Documents - CDWEDTYP.HTM - Third Editio Typica of the Roman Missal
CDW

On 22 March 2002, the Cardinal Prefect and the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship presented the third Editio Typica (2000) of the Roman Missal to the press, and described the changes from the second edition (1975). This is an overview drawn from that presentation. LITURGIAM AUTHENTICAM TRADITION SENSUS FIDEI ROMAN CALENDAR MASS EUCHARIST SACRAMENTARY

508. Curial Documents - statprolif.htm - To End the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Archbishop Dominique Mamberti

This is the abbreviated English text of the intervention given on 16 September 2013 in Vienna by Archbishop Dominique Maberti, Secretary for Relations with States, during the 57th General Conference of International Atomic Energy Agency. NUCLEAR ENERGY SOLIDARITY SELFISHNESS DISARMAMENT

509. Curial Documents - ZSTATCHL.HTM - To the U.N. General Assembly on Children
Archbishop Renato R. Martino

This is the text of the speech given 15 November 2000 by Archbishop Renato R. Martino, the Vatican's U.N. permanent observer, to the General Assembly regarding a special session to follow up the World Summit for Children. UNICEF DIGNITY

510. Curial Documents - STATCHLD.HTM - To the UN Assembly on Children's Rights
Card. Alfonso López Trujillo

In a statement, 7 May 2002, to the Special Session of the UN Assembly on Children's Rights, Cardinal Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, referenced the Declaration on the Rights of the Child for the child's right to life, and for the legal protection necessary to preserve that right. He recalled also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, for its recognition of the family as the "natural and fundamental group unit of society ... entitled to protection by society and the state." Included is a statement by the Holy See on reservations and interpretations of terms used in the final report of the Special Session. DIGNITY EDUCATION HEALTH SHELTER

511. Curial Documents - STATMINO.HTM - To the UN Commission on Human Rights
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

On 12 April 2002, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Permanent Observer of the Holy See in Geneva, addressed the issues of the protection of Holy Places in the Holy Land, and of respect for the religious freedom of religious minorities where there is a State religion. HUMAN RIGHTS PLURALIST STATE RELIGION LIBERTY CULTURE

512. Curial Documents - STATUNDS.HTM - To the UN Disarmament Committee
Archbishop Renato Martino

On 6 October 2000, Archbishop R. Martino, Apostolic Nuncio and the Holy See's Permanent Observer at the United Nations in New York, addressed the First Committee of the 55th Session of the General Assembly on item 74: "General and Complete Disarmament". CHARTER POVERTY ARMS TRADE NUCLEAR SUMMIT

513. Curial Documents - STATMORL.HTM - To the United Nations on the Moral-Cultural Dimension of Development
Archbishop Renato Martino

On 28 September 2000, Archbishop Renato R. Martino, the Holy See's Permanent Observer at the United Nations, addressed the Third Committee of the 55th Session of the General Assembly on item 103, social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, aging, disabled persons and the family. ECONOM DEMOGRAPH DIGNITY GLOBALIZATION FAMILY

514. Curial Documents - STATBETH.HTM - TO UN General Assembly
Archbishop Renato R. Martino

On 10 November 1999, Archbishop Renato R. Martino, the Holy See's Permanent Observer at the United Nations, gave an address to the 54th Session of the General Assembly on the resolution, "Bethlehem 2000," in which he urged that Bethlehem be viewed as the patrimony of all humanity. HOLY LAND PALESTINE

515. Curial Documents - PCJPAGRA.HTM - Towards a better distribution of land
PCJP

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace issued this statement on agrarian reform on 23 November 1997. LAND FARM

516. Curial Documents - CDWVULG.HTM - Translations and the Consultation of the Nova Vulgata of the Latin Church
CDW

On 5 November 2001, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments sent to an English-speaking Bishop a Letter to clarify certain misunderstandings that had arisen regarding the norms of the translation of biblical texts for use in the Roman Liturgy, as contained in the recent Instruction Liturgiam authenticam. LECTIONARY SCRIPTURE EXEGESIS VERSIFICATION INERRANCY SCHOLARSHIP CANON

517. Curial Documents - synxianfaith.htm - Transmitting the Christian Faith
Archbishop Nikola Eterović*

This is a summary of the Instrumentum Laboris, or working document, for the 13th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled to convene in October 2012 in the Vatican. The summary was prepared by Archbishop Nikola Eterović, General Secretary of the Synod. The subject of the General Assembly is the New Evangelization. GOSPEL PROCLAMATION PASTORAL CATECHISM REFORM VATICAN II JOY CONVERSION COMMUNICATION ECUMENISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE REVIVAL MISSIONARY PASTORAL CARE VOCATIONS LITURGY TRANSMISSION CATECHUMENATE SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION EDUCATION FAITH REASON HOLINESS

518. Curial Documents - synbps12.htm - Twelfth World Synod of Bishops: The Word of God
General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops

Lineamenta for the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the World Synod of Bishops, scheduled to convene October 2008. The subject is The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church. Lineamenta are guidelines for the preparation of a working document (Instrumentum Laboris), to be used at the time of the Synod. BIBLE TRADITION MAGISTERIUM INSPIRATION OLD NEW TESTAMENT HOLY SPIRIT INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE CULTURE

519. Curial Documents - statunlajolo.htm - U.N. Intervention: Archibishop Giovanni Lajolo, 27 September
Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo

On 27 September 2006, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, President of the Governatorate of Vatican City State, Special Envoy of the Holy Father and Head of the Holy See's Delegation, addressed the General Debate of the 61st Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. The following is the text of Archbishop Lajolo's intervention. TERRORISM VIOLENCE MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS HUMAN RIGHTS LIFE INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

520. Curial Documents - statconvweaps.htm - U.N. Meeting on Excessive Conventional Weapons
Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi

The 14th Session of the Convention on Prohibition or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be Deemed to be Excessively injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW), met in Geneva 19 - 23 June 2006. Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the Office of the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva, addressed the Convention on 19 June. CLUSTER BOMBS WAR

521. Curial Documents - STATRACI.HTM - UN Conference Against Racism, Durban
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Archbishop Martin, head of the Vatican delegation, addressed the U.N. sponsored conference on racism, (31 Aug - 7 Sep 2001) regarding the xenophobic reaction against migrations prompted by globalization. See Interview with Archbishop Martin. EDUCATION SOLIDARITY GLOBAL IMMIGRATION

522. Curial Documents - STATABRT.HTM - Under no guise can abortion be promoted
Bishop James T. McHugh

On Wednesday, 24 March, Bishop James T. McHugh, deputy head of the Holy See's Delegation to the 32nd Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development, which is acting as the preparatory committee for the General Assembly's special session for reviewing and appraising implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, made a statement against abortion. FAMILY PLANNING DEMOGRAPHICS SEXUALITY STATE

523. Curial Documents - vposyncarb16.htm - Unofficial Synthesis of the Encyclical Caritas in Veritate of His Holiness Benedict XVI
VPO

This is a synthesis, provided by the Holy See Press Office, 7 July 2009, of Pope Benedict XVI's third Encyclical, Caritas in Veritate. CHARITY TRUTH SOCIAL DOCTRINE LOGOS AGAPE HUMAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGY VOCATION PERSON IDEOLOGIES ECONOMY TRADE UNIONS CULTURES POVERTY RIGHT TO LIFE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FRATERNITY CIVIL SOCIETY MARKET GRATUITOUSNESS COMMUTATIVE DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE GLOBALIZATION ENVIRONMENT POPULATION GROWTH FAMILY

524. Curial Documents - PCFVADE.HTM - Vademecum for Confessors concerning some Aspects of the Morality of Congugal Life, 12 February 1997
PCF

This Vademecum traces its origin to the particular pastoral sensitivity of the Holy Father, who has entrusted the task of preparing this aid for confessors to the Pontifical Council for the Family. With the experience he acquired both as a priest and a Bishop, the Pope ascertained the importance of clear and certain guidelines to which the ministers of the Sacrament of Reconciliation can refer in their dialogue with souls. The richness of the doctrine of the Magisterium of the Church on themes of marriage and the family, especially since the Second Vatican Council, has raised the need for a good synthesis regarding some questions of morality pertaining to conjugal life." Pontifical Council for the Family

525. Curial Documents - cdfrydn.htm - Vassula Ryden/True Life in God
CDF

Vassula Ryden, a Greek Orthodox lay woman who promotes the re-union of the Orthodox Churches with Rome, has published a number of alleged revelations regarding "True Life in God" and promotes an ecumenical prayer movement. In an official Notification published in 1995, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith raised certain doctrinal and disciplinary issues with respect to Mrs. Ryden and her writings. In 1996 it re-inforced its decision, and in 2004 it noted to several bishops conferences the useful clarifications made by Mrs Ryden regarding her writings.

526. Curial Documents - CDWCOMM.HTM - Vatican Communication on Female Altar Servers
CDW

The text of a communication sent from the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to the presidents of episcopal conferences permitting altar girls. Rome, 15 March 1994

527. Curial Documents - VPOARCHV.HTM - Vatican Opens German Material 1922-1939 in Secret Archives
Fr Sergio Pagano, Prefect Secret Vatican Archives

As an "exceptional" gesture and to help put an end to "unjust and disagreeable speculations" on relations between the Vatican and Nazi Germany, the Holy Father has decided to open collections in the Vatican Secret Archives on Germany, for the period 1922-1939. PIUS XI PIUS XII SECOND WORLD WAR JEWS SHOAH

528. Curial Documents - CDFREPLY.HTM - Vatican Reflections on the Teaching of 'Ordinatio Sacerdotalis'
CDF

These reflections were released on November 18, 1995 along with the 'dubium'.

529. Curial Documents - CCLSPONS.HTM - Verbi Sponsa
Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life

Instruction on the Contemplative Life and on the Enclosure of Nuns (Verbi Sponsa) was promulgated by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life on 13 May 1999, after having been approved by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. CLOISTER CARMEL CLARES RELIGIOUS

530. Curial Documents - VOCATION.HTM - Vocations in the Pontificate of John Paul II
Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger

In Talk 6 of the Cardinals' Symposium, 15-18 October 2003, gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of John Paul II's Pontificatehe, the Archbishop of Paris summarizes the "body of pronouncements by John Paul II on the subject of priests, consecrated life and the vocation of the baptized," highlighting "their logic and their originality." He roots the Holy Father's teachings in the Pope's own history and in the history of our times. PRIESTHOOD LITURGY DESACERDOTALISM DECLERICALISM SECULARISM CELIBACY LAITY MARXISM VATICAN II NEW EVANGELIZATION TRINITY EUCHARIST ORDINATION IN PERSONA CHRISTI

531. Curial Documents - CDFBRID.HTM - Warning of the Holy Office concerning the Promises of St. Bridget
CDF

Given at Rome on January 28, 1954. BRIDGET PRAYER WARNING PIETA

532. Curial Documents - RRJSHOAH2.HTM - We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah
RRJ

Issued on 16 March 1998 by the Vatican's Commission for the Religious Relations with the Jews, Edward Cardinal Cassidy, President. It reflects upon the origins of the Holocaust, the sufferings of the Jewish people and the role of Christians in that event. It was first envisioned by a joint Catholic-Jewish dialogue meeting in 1987. JEWS JUDAISM HOLOCAUST SHOAH PIUS GERMANS GERMANY NAZIS WWII NOSTRA AETATE JUBILEE

533. Curial Documents - CDWpriestcommunion.HTM - Whether a Priest Celebrant may Communicate after the Faithful
CDW

In the November/December 2008 issue of the journal Notitiae, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued an official interpretation of the liturgical norms in response to a question about whether the priest may receive Holy Communion after the faithful. In this abuse the priest receives after the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion or even at the end of the Communion of the faithful. EUCHARIST MASS

534. Curial Documents - PCCUWITN.HTM - Witnesses of Love
Bishop Marc Ouellet

Following Novo Millennio ineunte, Bishop Ouellet, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Unity of Christians, reflects on the nature of the Church as the mystery of communion. BALTHASAR THERESE MARY PERSON EUCHARIST ECUMEN

535. Curial Documents - CCLWDPR.HTM - World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests
CCL

For the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests 2002, the Congregation for the Clergy prepared a spiritual reflection on the Holy Father's Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 2002 on the topic "Eucharist and Confession". Officially, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, Friday, 7 June 2002 was the intended day, though the reflection would be useful for groups gathered at any time to pray for priests. An Aid to Meditation is included. DIVINE MERCY HOLY ORDERS PRIESTHOOD PENANCE RECONCILIATION MASS ADORATION BLESSED SACRAMENT BISHOPS PRAYER

536. Curial Documents - PCORHNGR.HTM - World Hunger
PCOR

Subtitled: "A Challenge for All: Development in Solidarity". Released by the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" on October 24, 1996.

537. Curial Documents - PCORHNGR.ZIP - World Hunger
PCOR

Subtitled: "A Challenge for All: Development in Solidarity". Released by the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" on October 24, 1996.

538. Curial Documents - cdfworthycom.htm - Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion: General Principles
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

This memorandum was sent by Cardinal Ratzinger, then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to Cardinal McCarrick of Washington DC and was made public in the first week of July 2004. The memorandum concerns the eligibility of Catholic politicians, who support abortion or euthanasia, to receive Holy Communion. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT DEATH PENALTY WAR GRAVE MORTAL SIN

539. Curial Documents - synbps13.htm - XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops

These are the Lineamenta for the 13th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled to convene in October 2012 in the Vatican. The subject is The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. Lineamenta are guidelines for the preparation of a working document (Instrumentum Laboris), to be used at the time of the Synod. MISSION UBICUMQUE ET SEMPER SECULARIZATION MIGRATION SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY POLITICS ECUMENICAL INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE CATECHESIS BAPTISM CONFIRMATION RELATIVISM EDUCATION