Mutuae Relationes 48: Exchanging Information

SenanquecloisterExchanging information: could this be related to the transparency Pope Francis has urged in our hierarchy? What are the fruits of shared information and understanding between Catholics? Likely not scandal, the fruit of secrecy and witch-hunts and stonewalling questioners.

48. A deeply felt need, rich in promises also for the activities and apostolic dynamism of the local Church, is that of fostering, with concerned commitment, exchanges of information and better understanding among the various religious institutes working in a given diocese. To this end, superiors should do their part to bring about this dialog in suitable ways and at regular times. This will certainly serve to increase trust, esteem, mutual exchange of aids, in-depth study of problems and the mutual communication of experiences, so that as a consequence, the common profession of the evangelical counsels may be more clearly expressed.

Poverty, chastity, and obedience are means to an end: a better witness and more intense discipleship. That’s something to which we all can aspire: religious, clergy, prelates, and laity. That’s the whole point of being a Christian.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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