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Mutuae Relationes 50: Esteem for Women Religious

In this section, more is heaped on women religious. The collaborators of bishops in parishes and other organizations certainly know the life’s witness of women in religious life. 50. Bishops, together with their collaborators in the pastoral field, and superiors, … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 49: Women Religious

Forty-nine sections in, we get a specific message about and to women religious. Remember, you can check the full document online here. 49. In the vast pastoral field of the Church, a new and very important place has been accorded … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 48: Exchanging Information

Exchanging 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. … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 47: Information

Would we call it information ecclesiology, this insistence on bishops and their chanceries knowing the “exact” things about religious communities in their dioceses? What else does the Church say about this? You can check the full document online here. And … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 46: Bishop as Supervisor and Mediator

If MR 45 touted mutual respect as an important virtue, this section suggests bishops have a responsibility to “safeguard” how a religious lives in his diocese. This assumes every bishop is well-acquainted with the charisms and apostolate of each community … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 45: Cordial Respect

You can check the full document online here anytime, but today’s brief post will underscore the need for respect. 45. In order that the relations between bishops and superiors produce increasingly more fruitful results, they must be developed in cordial respect … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 44: A Local Bishop’s Authority

The Church weighs in next on “Requirements of Religious Life.” The second part of Chapter VI–the next eight posts–will take is through these considerations. In today’s post, what Vatican II taught in its document on the ministry of bishops, a direct … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 43: Too Tolerant?

Remember to refer to the full document Mutuae Relationes here. With this section we wrap up the first part of Chapter VI, discussing the pastoral mission of the Church. In this section the Church gives a case for harm. But is … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 41-42: Innovations and Experiments

What about innovations? What happens when a long-standing effort must be blown up or replaced? 41. Apostolic innovations, which are later to be undertaken, should be planned with careful study. Can the Church say it too much? Be exceedingly careful. … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 40: Renewal in Discernment

The Church concedes this is not the world of a previous generation. We are not in a mission of recovery or rescue. We discern the times. And we do so together: bishops with religious superiors, as well as ordinary laity … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 39: Religious Vocations

Picking up on a theme from the previous section, here the Church discusses vocations. Remember, you can check the full document online here. One team, everybody works together: 39. Pastoral commitment for vocational recruitment is to be considered a privileged … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 38: Responsibility of Religious Superiors

It makes sense that leadership in religious communities also bears responsibility for a fruitful engagement of their members in the life and ministry of a diocese. Do you think bishops and superiors talk more than they did in 1978? 38. Major … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 37: More on Religious and Diocesan Clergy

In this section, the Church elaborates a bit more on how diocesan clergy relate to religious. It seems the language here is inclusive of non-clergy among a diocese’s religious men and women. But it would seem that some added attention … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 36: Religious Working in a Diocese, Especially Clergy

For the next week, in numbered sections 36 through 43, we’ll look at how bishops and religious women and men work together to further the pastoral mission with which they’ve been entrusted. You can check the full document online here. … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes Chapter VI: Commitments and Responsibilities in the Field of Action

Chapter VI of Mutuae Relationes includes an unnumbered introductory section–just two paragraphs. Let’s read them, and we’ll get a start on the topic of those commitments and responsibilities of bishops and religious. The Church lives in the Spirit and rests on … Continue reading

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