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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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Perfectae Caritatis 18

How are religious educated? This was a concern of the council bishops, first stating their preference for higher education after the novitiate: Adaptation and renewal depend greatly on the education of religious. Consequently neither non-clerical religious nor religious women should … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 17

What Vatican II said about religious dress: The religious habit, an outward mark of consecration to God, should be simple and modest, poor and at the same becoming. In addition it must meet the requirements of health and be suited … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 16

The different treatment of women religious has been a sore spot for many since the Council. Arrangements and penalties were applied in the past to protect the chastity and reputation of women. Even in the 60′s, there was recognition from … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 15

Communal life is today’s topic: Common life, fashioned on the model of the early Church where the body of believers was united in heart and soul (cf. Acts 4:32), and given new force by the teaching of the Gospel, the … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 14

As we’ve passed through the midpoint of Perfectae Caritatis, the bishops speak of that matter of obedience. As we’ll read, it is much more than a question of subservience, a quality often mistaken for obedience. In professing obedience, religious offer … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 13

The second of the evangelical counsels, poverty, receives attention in Perfectae Caritatis 13. Religious should diligently practice and if need be express also in new forms that voluntary poverty which is recognized and highly esteemed especially today as an expression … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 12

The council turns its attention to the charism of chastity, reminding us that it is a gift from God, and not primarily a personal choice, except in the sense that we cooperate with God’s gift of it: The chastity “for … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 11

Some sensible guidance on “secular institutes,” those organizations that train people in the disciplines of poverty, chastity, and obedience as they maintain life in the world: Secular Institutes, although not Religious institutes involve a true and full profession of the … Continue reading

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