Vatican sources deny crackdown on new statements
CWN - November 11, 2011
Contradicting earlier published stories, the Catholic News Service reports that the Vatican Secretariat of State has not disowned a controversial statement by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Although the statement—calling for a worldwide financial authority—has prompted debates within the Vatican, the Secretariat of State was not caught off guard by the document, writes John Thavis for CNS.
While Cardinal Bertone has issued new rules requiring that new statements must be cleared through the Secretariat of State, those rules apply only to documents that are issued in the Pope’s name, Thavis writes. Citing Vatican sources, he explains:
Cardinal Bertone’s order, they said, simply stipulated that any documents bearing the pope’s signature must be released through his office. The Justice and Peace document did not fall into that category, even though its content was reviewed by the Secretariat.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our Spring 2013 goal ($27,795 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!