[Oe List ...] FW: Interesting article - follow up to Matthew Fox

Herman Greene hfgreene at mindspring.com
Wed May 2 15:07:51 PDT 2012

This weekend we hosted Matthew Fox at our church in Chapel Hill, NC. 


The article below is about the Pope's crackdown on Caritas Internationalis.
I believe this group funded some of ICA's work in Europe and Egypt.





From: Kathy Murray [mailto:kmurray49 at hotmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 5:23 PM
To: Richard Edens; Herman Greene; Bill Murray
Subject: Interesting article - follow up to Matthew Fox


This is what Matthew Fox was talking about - a follow up to the Pope's
chastising the nuns for focusing on the poor and not paying enough attention
to abortion and homosexuality.  The screws go deeper.  Note the the person
who wrote this decree is a member of Opus Dei.


Thought you might be interested.

Vatican imposes new controls on charity federation

by  <http://ncronline.org/users/john-l-allen-jr> John L Allen Jr [1] on May.
02, 2012 

*                                  <http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today>
NCR Today [2]

ROME -- After moving last year to block the re-election of the first
laywoman to head Caritas Internationalis, the Rome-based confederation of
Catholic charitable agencies around the world, over an alleged "lack of
coordination" with papal aides, the Vatican today imposed sweeping new rules
that effectively tightens its control over Caritas' finances and global
Among other points, the rules require the top officials of Caritas to make
promises of loyalty before a Vatican official, including "Christian
obedience" to church leaders.
Aside from its direct importance for Catholic charities, today's Vatican
move is also interesting for the recently decreed overhaul of the Leadership
Conference for Women Religious in the United States, the country's main
umbrella group for superiors of women's orders.
Like LCWR, Caritas Internationalis is a juridical person under church law
recognized by the Vatican. The new rules are thus a further indication that
the Vatican is in earnest about tightening its grip over groups that enjoy
official status and, in some sense, represent the church.
The rules came in the form of a "General Decree," released today in the name
of Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's Secretary of State.
Composed of nine articles, the rules specify that:

*	The Vatican office which oversees Caritas is the Pontifical Council
Cor Unum, and it has the power to approve in advance "any text with
doctrinal or moral content or orientations," which may also be submitted to
the review of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
*	Cor Unum will appoint an ecclesiastical assistant to Caritas, whose
role will be to "promote its Catholic identity."
*	Cor Unum must approve any cooperative agreements between Caritas and
non-governmental organizations, except in cases of dire humanitarian
emergencies. (In the past, Caritas had been criticized for entering into
agreements with NGOs whose approach to issues such as population control
differs from that of the Catholic church.)
*	Caritas officials are required to report any contact with foreign
governments or diplomatic missions to the Secretariat of State. (Also in the
past, Caritas has been criticized for conducting a sort of "parallel
diplomacy" alongside the Vatican's official diplomatic apparatus.)
*	Cor Unum, in consultation with the Secretariat of State, must
approve various sectors of Caritas' financial operations, such as wages,
contracts and the review of budgets.
*	Top officials of Caritas Internationalis must pronounce loyalty
oaths before the president of Cor Unum, who is currently Cardinal Robert
Sarah of Guinea. The officials are required to vow "always to conserve
communion with the Catholic church, both in word and in mode of acting," to
preserve and transmit "faithfully the deposit of faith, rejecting any
doctrine contrary to it," and to "observe Christian obedience to what the
Sacred Pastors declare as authentic doctors and teachers of the faith, or
stabilize as leaders of the church."

The decree was accompanied by a commentary written by Msgr. Osvaldo Neves de
Almeida, an Argentine priest of Opus Dei who serves as an official in the
Secretariat of State. Neves argued that the new rules come out of a series
of meetings with Caritas Internationalis and Vatican officials, and that
much of the content is already in place.
Neves wrote that the new rules are "of significant assistance to the
institution, worthy of the human and spiritual quality and professionalism
of its officers," and that they will enhance "the distinctive identity of
Caritas Internationalis, which is both its strength and the source of its
particular efficacy."
In January 2011 the Vatican denied approval for the then-secretary-general
of Caritas, Zimbabwe-born laywoman Lesley-Anne Knight, to stand for a second
term, a move seen as pushing Caritas to become more evangelical as well as
more firmly committed to church teaching.
Knight's successor at Caritas, French secretary general Michel Roy, welcomed
the new rules.
"Our immense gratitude to Pope Benedict for granting these new Statutes and
Rules and the staff of the Holy See who have worked with us through this
long process," he said. "The new Statutes and Rules clarifies that Caritas
Internationalis is an organisation both at the service of the confederation
members and of the Holy See."







Kathy Murray, LCSW

919-684-9795 (Work)

919-423-6776 (Cell)


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