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Pope Issues New Motu Proprio on Charitable Activities
Catholic World Report ^ | 12/1/12 | Mark Brumley

Posted on 12/02/2012 6:24:31 AM PST by marshmallow

Pope Benedict XVI issued yesterday an apostolic letter motu proprio, De Caritate Ministranda, on the Church's charitable activities.

Introduction

“The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God (kerygma-martyria), celebrating the sacraments (leitourgia) and exercising the ministry of charity (diakonia). These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable” (Deus Caritas Est, 25).

The service of charity is also a constitutive element of the Church’s mission and an indispensable expression of her very being (cf. ibid.); all the faithful have the right and duty to devote themselves personally to living the new commandment that Christ left us (cf. Jn 15:12), and to offering our contemporaries not only material assistance, but also refreshment and care for their souls (cf. Deus Caritas Est, 28). The Church is also called as a whole to the exercise of the diakonia of charity, whether in the small communities of particular Churches or on the level of the universal Church. This requires organization “if it is to be an ordered service to the community” (cf. ibid., 20), an organization which entails a variety of institutional expressions.

With regard to this diakonia of charity, in my Encyclical Deus Caritas Est I pointed out that “in conformity with the episcopal structure of the Church, the Bishops, as successors of the Apostles, are charged with primary responsibility for carrying out in the particular Churches” the service of charity (No. 32); at the same time, however, I noted that “the Code of Canon Law, in the canons on the ministry of the Bishop, does not expressly mention charity as a specific sector of episcopal activity” (ibid.). Although “the Directory for the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops explored more specifically the duty of charity as a responsibility incumbent upon the whole Church and upon each Bishop in....

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1 posted on 12/02/2012 6:24:36 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Do you think the Holy Father is suggesting, here, about charities, even “agencies” may be formed under the Bishop, as being Catholic-only, in construct, in order to meet the threat of closures by the HHS Mandate?

Can Catholic charities skirt the mandate where these Catholic organizations and charities become not only Catholic-only, but also preach, or teach, or generally proselytize during the regular course of their charitable works?

The Pope has concerns that we not be just another arm of secular services is the way it reads to me, which is a good and stand alone directive.


2 posted on 12/02/2012 7:03:48 AM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: RitaOK
Art. 11. – The diocesan Bishop is obliged, if necessary, to make known to the faithful the fact that the activity of a particular charitable agency is no longer being carried out in conformity with the Church’s teaching, and then to prohibit that agency from using the name “Catholic” and to take the necessary measures should personal responsibilities emerge.

Seems to me like using the name "Catholic" in your literature or the name of the organization is going to be less common pretty soon, and this is the first step in making sure that happens.

3 posted on 12/02/2012 7:50:49 AM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Rashputin

So, for example, where Catholic Family Services are “sponsored” by a Catholic diocese, but whose administrator or manager may be a Baptist, and the operating mission is to resettle refugees (whom are Muslim) and make collections for them, what does this say to a case like this?

I assume changes are in order to protect the CFS from the HHS Mandate and also to better fulfill and INCLUDE the more specific objectives laid out in the Proprio on Charities?


4 posted on 12/02/2012 12:32:46 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: RitaOK
as being Catholic-only, in construct, in order to meet the threat of closures by the HHS Mandate

That would make sense

5 posted on 12/02/2012 12:35:50 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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