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Vatican suppresses Cistercian abbey in Rome

Catholic World News - May 23, 2011

The Vatican has suppressed a Cistercian abbey in Rome.

The abbey of Santa Croce in Jerusalem, associated with the Roman basilica of the same name, was formally suppressed in March, by a decree from the Congregation for Religious, signed by the prefect, Archbishop Joao Braz de Aziz. The Cistercian monks living in the monastery were given two months to relocate to another abbey.

The Vatican has not made a public announcement of the unusual move, nor have officials of the Holy See offered an explanation for the decision. The suppression follows an apostolic visitation of the Cistercian community in Rome.

There had been reports of liturgical and doctrinal abuses at the Cistercian abbey, and the suppression of the venerable institution—established in Rome in 1651—appears to be the final outcome of a long conflict with the Vatican.

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - May. 24, 2011 11:39 AM ET USA

    At long last, the governing arm of the Papacy is being used. The teaching and sanctifying offices of the Papacy are definitely used, but now the governing office is catching up.

  • Posted by: Obregon - May. 23, 2011 4:38 PM ET USA

    "Next, may we consider the Jesuits . . . ." I fully agree. They need a "visitation" badly and every Catholic high school and university they possess should be shut down immediately and a remnant should remain, those who are truly loyal to the Fourth vow of the founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. Once their suppression was a grave injustice, today their suppression is needed to save the Church.

  • Posted by: Cornelius - May. 23, 2011 2:14 PM ET USA

    Next, may we consider the Jesuits . . . .

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