(RNS) Vatican issues new guidelines for Catholic charities

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Under new rules announced on Wednesday (May 2), the Vatican will more closely oversee the operations of Caritas Internationalis, a global confederation of 162 national Catholic charities. The decision comes after the Vatican last year vetoed the re-election of the organization's then-secretary general, Lesley-Anne Knight, complaining of a lack of coordination with Vatican officials.

The new rules issued by the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, will require all Caritas Internationalis officials make a formal promise of fidelity to church teachings and leaders.

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Posted May 3, 2012 at 11:29 am

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1. evan miller wrote:

Good for them.

May 3, 1:31 pm | [comment link]
2. Teatime2 wrote:

Why? What’s the problem with this charity? OK, I can see them scrutinizing partnerships with NGOs but, aside from replacing the Ugandan woman with a French bloke, there’s nothing substantive here. Taking “vows” before an Opus Dei cleric and such? Heh. Got a third book in you, Dan Brown? The RCC makes it too easy.

May 3, 2:18 pm | [comment link]
3. Ian+ wrote:

It’s because too many in leadership positions in the Church lack the commitment to the Gospel that is required of their office. Otherwise we end up with people who may be so ignorant of spiritual matters that they don’t understand why Christian organizations can’t be run the way secular ones are. Worse still, when the hierarchy isn’t diligent in ascertaining the condition of a candidate’s soul, we end up with agnostic bishops named John Spong, Michael Ingham and Richard Holloway

May 3, 3:54 pm | [comment link]
4. Sarah wrote:

RE: “will require all Caritas Internationalis officials make a formal promise of fidelity to church teachings and leaders. . . . “

So happy about this.

May 3, 4:12 pm | [comment link]
5. RandomJoe wrote:

Sarah, are you being sarcastic? I can’t tell…

May 3, 5:29 pm | [comment link]
6. Sarah wrote:

No, I’m sincerely happy.

As we’ve all observed, a number of feminist and other liberal activists in the RC church are attempting to deconstruct that church’s theology and doctrine, as well as take public and activist positions in doing so.

Forcing them to publicly accede to the RC church’s doctrine is a first step.

May 3, 5:43 pm | [comment link]
7. Charles52 wrote:

I worked for a local Catholic Charities chapter for a few months. This it’s a good move.

May 3, 6:17 pm | [comment link]


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