Two instructions

The Vatican is ready to published two important documents, one on each side of the weekend, that will be worth further study.The first one, to be release tomorrow at noon, is called Universae Ecclessiae; it is the long-awaited instruction accompanying Summorum pontificum, the motu proprio from 2007  that allowed the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to be freely celebrated by anyone who so wished. The instruction will in essence be a guide for the correct implimentation of the motu proprio.

It has been a long wait, but tomorrow we will know a whole lot more.

The second document is to be released on Monday, and it will be directed at the bishops. It will deal with the ongoing abuse crisis, and the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, William Cardinal Levada, has said that the document will enable bishops´ conferences everywhere to create a “coordinated and effective program” of child protection and of dealing with allegations. The focus, it is said, will be on cooperation with local law enforcement and helping victims, something that several conferences  (for example in the United States, Germany and the Netherlands) have already been doing.


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