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Pope writes “Motu Proprio” on the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

With the publication of “Fidem servare”, Francis clearly separates doctrinal and disciplinary competences, with the establishment of two distinct sections and the appointment of a secretary for each.

The Pope wrote an apostolic letter in the form of a ‘Motu Proprio’ with which he modifies the internal structure of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

With the publication of “Fidem servare”, Francis clearly separates doctrinal and disciplinary competences, with the establishment of two distinct sections and the appointment of a secretary for each.

In this way, with its own secretary, who assists the Mayor, Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, in the specific area of his competence, each section will have more strength and more autonomy.

“Fidem servare”, protecting the faith, is the title of the Motu Proprio because this “is the main task, as well as the ultimate criterion to be followed in the life of the Church”, explains the Pope.

The Pope explains that the doctrinal section “deals with matters concerning the promotion and protection of the doctrine of faith and morals. In addition, it favors studies that aim to increase intelligence and the transmission of the faith at the service of evangelization, so that its light is a criterion for understanding the meaning of existence, especially in the face of questions posed by the progress of science and the development of society. “.

With regard to faith and customs, the section “examines documents to be published by other departments of the Roman Curia, as well as writings and opinions that seem problematic for the right faith, encouraging dialogue with their authors and proposing solutions suitable to be taken”, adds Francis.

This section is also entrusted with the task of studying questions relating to the personal ordinariates of former Anglicans and the management of the Marriage Registry, which concerns the so-called “privilegium fidei” and examines the dissolution of marriages between two non-baptized persons or between a baptized and one unbaptized.

The disciplinary section, Francis continues, “deals with crimes reserved for the Congregation and dealt with through the “Supreme Apostolic Tribunal” established here.

The section has “the task of preparing and elaborating the procedures foreseen by the canonical norms so that the Congregation, in its different instances, “can promote a correct administration of justice”.

To this end, the disciplinary section “promotes appropriate training initiatives” aimed at bishops and jurists, “to promote a correct understanding and application of canonical norms relating to their own sphere of competence”, reads the “Motu Proprio”.

Source: with Agencies

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