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Perfectae Caritatis 25

Wrapping up Perfectae Caritatis, the council bishops give their usual end-of-document pep talk. Let’s listen in, then add your own peppy comments in the boxes on this or any other aspect of religious life post-Vatican II. Religious institutes, for whom … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 24

In the post-WWII decline of vocations, how much encouragement of young people to seek religious life happens? Priests seem to have a significant responsibility, not just encouraging non-clerical vocations, but regularly preaching and teaching on the “religious state.” Priests and … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 23

The democratic and deliberative process for community leaders is “favored.” This synod favors conferences or councils of major superiors, established by the Holy See. These can contribute very much to achieve the purpose of each institute; to encourage more effective … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 22

The bishops advise banding together if possible: Independent institutes and monasteries should, when opportune and the Holy See permits, form federations if they can be considered as belonging to the same religious family. Others who have practically identical constitutions and … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 21

What happens if a community is judged to be dying? The bishops tell: There may be communities and monasteries which the Holy See, after consulting the interested local Ordinaries, will judge not to possess reasonable hope for further development. These … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 20

Be ready for change, if this seems called for, the council bishops write: Religious communities should continue to maintain and fulfill the ministries proper to them. In addition, after considering the needs of the Universal Church and individual dioceses, they … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 19

Is it enough to have the inspiration for a new religious community? The council bishops suggest serious “weighing” of the possibilities: usefulness in a locale, duplication of an apostolate, adaptation to the culture of the region: When the question of … Continue reading

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